GRAPHIC ARTS COUNCIL | LACMA ^

As Communications Chair of the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stagg was a key player in the concept, design and promotion of many new successful GAC initiatives including: the Into The Pixel Video Game Art Awards, the Modern Broadsides project, Art Leadership awards to Ed Harris for Pollock, Salma Hayek for Frida, and numerous workshops, exhibition previews and special events.

 

During his tenure, the GAC was rebranded, tripled its membership, built a vital new network of board and advisory board members, raised over $100,000 for new acquisitions by Rembrandt, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd and others, pioneered after-hours museum events and strengthened the GAC's mission to support artists working in the print medium via the Commissioned Prints Program. Historically, these included works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti, Rufino Tamayo, Jim Dine, William Wiley, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney.

 

 

The Graphic Arts Council, founded in 1965, supports LACMA's Prints and Drawings Department and encourages appreciation of original works of art on paper, providing members with opportunities for social events, education and exploration of the arts. — GAC Charter 

 

 

During his tenure as Communications Chair of the Graphic Arts Council , Stagg designed and directed the production of

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GAC | IDENTITY ^

Stagg initiated a GAC rebranding with a new logo by renowned designer John Van Hammersveld

Corporate Identity by Jesse Stagg

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GAC | INTO THE PIXEL AWARDS ^

Working with the GAC board and Prints & Drawings Curator Kevin Salatino, Stagg helped conceive and execute Into the Pixel, the first Video Game Art awards, in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, E3 Expo and Spike TV.

LACMA was the first prominent institution to recognize Video Games as a major art form.

 

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INTO THE PIXEL AWARDS | E3 EXPO ^

The annual Into the Pixel Awards held at E3 Expo have become a pivotal platform recognizing excellence in the multi-billion dollar video gaming industry. 

 

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INTO THE PIXEL | E3 WEBSITE ^

The official E3 Insider website for the Into the Pixel awards

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GAC | MODERN BROADSIDES ^

The Modern Broadsides initiative pays tribute to the tradition of the broadside – historically the first printed works on paper to enjoy mass distribution and popularity in the 16th Century, considered as the precursor to the newspaper. Modern Broadsides were published as a series, each composed by a different artist or creative team, and printed inexpensively for free or mass distribution.

 

The Devil Has Been Downsized, written by Julie Logan, illustrated linocuts by Artemio Rodriguez, designed by Justin Carroll.

Smoke Wagon, written and illustrated by Gary Panter.

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KENNY SCHARF | ACTION PAINTING ^

Stagg convinced artist Kenny Scharf to create an action painting in invisible spectrum UV fluorescent pigments in real time during the Graphic Arts Council sponsored Los Angeles Printfair.

Produced during the invasion of Iraq, the anti-war mural became a lightning rod for comment.

 
 
DESTINO | US PREMIERE ^

Destino was an unlikely and highly esoteric collaboration between surrealist painter Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. Begun in 1945, it was unfinished for 58 years until Roy Disney teamed with producer Baker Bloodworth and French animator Dominique Monféry to complete it.

 

Under Stagg's tenure as Communications Chair, The Graphic Arts Council partnered with the Walt Disney Company for the American premiere of this haunting masterpiece by one of the 20th Century's greatest artists.

 

 

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GAC | COMMISSIONED PRINT EDITIONS ^

The Graphic Arts Council commissions prominent artists to create works of art in limited editions for fundraising purposes.

Since 1965 commissioned prints have included works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti, Rufino Tamayo, Jim Dine, William Wiley, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney. During Stagg's tenure new works were commissioned by artists Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, Salomon Huerta, Camille Rose Garcia and Kenny Scharf.

 

The proceeds were an important GAC revenue source for the acquisitions program of the Department of Prints and Drawings.

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SHEPARD FAIREY | COMMISSIONED PRINT ^

The Beloved Premiere, We Are Blinded By Your Majesty was Shepard Fairey's first collaboration with a major arts institution.

Three color serigraph – Dimensions: 32 x 25 ½ inch (81.28 x 64.77 cm)

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ART LEADERSHIP AWARD | SALMA HAYEK ^

As Communications Chair, Stagg worked with council colleagues to bestow an art leadership award on Salma Hayek for her bold portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the movie Frida, and hosted a screening and Q&A with the actress in the LACMA Bing Theater. 

 

The key art for the film's one-sheet was created by artist and GAC member Richard Duardo.

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RAYMOND PETTIBON | COMMISSIONED PRINT ^

The Beautiful and the Damned was Pettibon's first work with the LACMA Graphic Arts Council.

Pettibon came to prominence in the early 1980s creating posters and album art in the Southern California punk rock scene. 

Copper plate etching – Dimensions: 15 x 22 inches (38.1 x 55.88 cm)

 
 
SALOMON HUERTA | COMMISSIONED PRINT ^

Untitled (Back of Head on Orange Field) is one of a series of “portraits” of anonymous subjects from the back rather than the front. 

In these rear-view “anti-portraits” Huerta rejects facial features in order to question the nature of portraiture.

Six-color lithograph in shades of tangerine & brick red – Dimensions: 17 ¼ x 16 ¾ inches - Numbered edition of 75

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GAC | EVENTS ^

Stagg's event production experience was valuable to the GAC and helped pioneer late night events at LACMA, setting the bar for other SoCal institutions, including the annual Los Angeles Printfair sponsored by Absolut.

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GAC | REBRAND & MERCH ^

Stagg initiated a successful rebrand of GAC and raised sponsorship from American Apparel for clothing merchandise.

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GRAPHIC ARTS COUNCIL | BOARD 

 

Chair – Doug Blake

Co Chair – Frank Helller

 

Robert Berman

Karen Constine

Richard Duardo

Herman Engel

Ruth Engel

Bettina Korek

Ana Markosyan

Raymond Roker

Robert Ross

Stephen Nemeth

Jesse Stagg

William Turner

Stephen Verona

Marilyn Reingold

 

Coordinator – Piper Wynn Severance

 

 

 
 
| ADVISORY BOARD 


Chair – Pilar Tompkins
 
France Aline

Pam Berg
Clare Baren

Justin Carroll
Raj China

Armando Duron
Rod Dyer

Brad Elterman

Jim Heimann
Mary Pat Jordan

Patrick Lakey
Marta Leff

Julie Logan
Cheech Marin

Sara Mijares
John O’Brien

Christine Ochoa
Kim O’Niell

Lauren Paskal
Artemio Rodriguez

Alexis Scott
Billy Shire

Paul Van Ostrand
Kelly Wheeler
 

 

 
 
GRAPHIC ARTS COUNCIL | GALLERY 

 

Images highlighting various Graphic Arts Council member and public events at the LA County Museum of Art