A Bright and Guilty Place

Posted on July 12, 2017






Open Studio as part of Maiden LA

Saturday August 12, 3-6pm 

Orson Welles described Los Angeles as "a bright and guilty place," which is also a fitting context for Virginia Broersma's recent work.
Broersma is an artist and sometimes curator whose paintings focus on the representation of the human form
in moments of hyperawareness of one's own body.

Come visit her studio to see recent work and have a drink with the artist. 

656 W. Arbor Vitae, Inglewood, CA 90301



Map available HERE; full event list available HERE.



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Opening of A Painter and a Performance Artist Walk Into a Bar

Posted on June 08, 2017


Opening Reception + Dinner Party for A PAINTER AND A PERFORMANCE WALK INTO A BAR

At Grab Bag Studio, Long Beach, CA. June 3, 2017











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Curators: Emerging into what?

Posted on January 30, 2017


I am pleased to be a panelist for this upcoming discussion:

Panel Discussion as part of the Annual Emerging Curators Program
Presented by LACE and art ltd.
Saturday February 4, 2017 2-4 PM
The current exhibition at LACE, The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley offers a forum to this year’s group of emerging curators. But for all its mystique, the role of the curator in the art world is constantly evolving, and can vary greatly with different types of cultural institutions and the social, political and economical situation of the time. How is the role of the curator in today’s art world changing?  How do today’s curators see the art world changing around them, and what are the challenges and priorities that they need to respond to?  How do today’s emerging and independent curators navigate issues of globalization and institutional authority, working with limited resources or outside of large institutional support systems?
How do we understand the curatorial practice, considering the recent history and the institutionalization of the practice by museums, biennials, art fairs, and universities?
To examine these questions and more, LACE joins forces with art ltd. magazine. Hosted by LACE and moderated by art ltd. editor George Melrod and LACE curatorial associate Daniela Lieja Quintanar, the panel discussion will emphasize the role of curators working outside the larger institutions to advance independent visions and will feature both emerging and established curators working in Los Angeles. Topics addressed will include the unique role of non-profit art institutions and alternate spaces as well as the upcoming LA/LA exhibitions through PST. The event promises probing questions, thoughtful inquiry, and of course, refreshing beverages.
Panelists include:
George Melrodart ltd. editor
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Curatorial Associate, LACE
Virginia Broersma, Co-curator of The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley
Michael Duncan, Critic and independent curator
Idurre Alonso, Associate Curator of Latin American Art, Getty Research Institute


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Now Be Here - Over 700 women artists gather for photo

Posted on August 29, 2016

...and I was there.


LOS ANGELES — A group of 733 female artists gathered on Sunday in the sunny courtyard of the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery for “Now Be Here,” which its organizers call the largest group portrait of working artists taken in this city’s history. - Jori Finkel, New York Times

"For artist Kim Schoenstadt, it began as a simple idea: Bring together a group of female artists from around Los Angeles for a group portrait — a way of recognizing the presence of women in a field that remains dominated by men." - Carolina Miranda, LA Times 

Read more about Now Be Here in the New York Times and The LA Times.


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WE Show at WE Labs

Posted on April 16, 2015

I am pleased to be included in this exhibition at WE Labs in Long Beach. Work Evolution Laboratories (WE Labs) is Downtown Long Beach's first coworking community: an inspiring environment designed for innovators and influencers. 

Opening reception: May 2, 2015 6:30pm; RSVP here.



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The Telephone Game

Posted on April 01, 2015

at Prohibition Gallery in Culver City

Opening Reception: April 11, 2015 6-10pm

I worked on a collaborative piece for this exhibition with Nick Brown, Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski and Essi Zimm. The final piece will be seen for the first time at the opening reception. 


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MAS 8: San Diego

Posted on February 20, 2015


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MAS 7: Santa Monica

Posted on December 04, 2014


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CALIFORNIA DREAMING opening reception

Posted on December 04, 2014

Opening Reception at the Oceanside Museum of Art: Saturday December 6, 2014 6-9pm 


Oceanside Museum of Art Proudly Announces

“California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California”


The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is proud to announce its inaugural venture into international traveling exhibitions. California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California is a comprehensive traveling exhibition juried by Peter Frank (Los Angeles-based art critic/curator), Drew Oberjuerge (Inland Empire-based museum director), and Daniel Foster (San Diego/Oceanside-based museum director).  The exhibition is a contemporary look at the state of the “California Dream” interpreted by 54 artists from California and beyond. Also available with the traveling exhibition is a quality catalog publication of the 54 chosen artworks.

California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California will travel to three top museum/gallery venues over the next year: the Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone in Frosinone, Italy (Rome vicinity) under the leadership of Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director, October 4 - 28, 2014; Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), December 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015; and Riverside Art Museum (RAM), April 21 - July 2, 2015. OMA has arranged for a cultural delegation of nearly two dozen to travel to Italy from October 20-29, 2014 in support of this one–year international traveling exhibition.  A major public reception for California Dreaming will occur at OMA on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

“We are very excited about the ambitious vision and high quality of art and artists selected for this extensive traveling international exhibition.  I think this exhibition has been interpreted by the three jurors in a very contemporary and updated manner that directly challenges the nostalgic and romantic mid-20th Century notions of the ‘California Dream’,” says Daniel Foster, executive director of the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Out of the 900 juried art submissions, the selected artists for the California Dreaming exhibition are:  Sharon Allicotti, Craig Attebery, Alexsandra Babic, Vincenzo Balsamo, Lisa Bartleson, Olivia Bouchard, Virginia Broersma, Lorraine Bubar, JT Burke, Craig Deman, James Doolin, Jorg Dubin, Kari Dunham, John Eden, Michael Field, Star Foreman, Carlene Frances, Kenda Francis, Steven Gibson, Dirk Hagner, Bradley Hankey, Brooke Harker, Teale Hatheway, Danny Heller, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Bryan Ida, Seta Injeyan, Glenna Jennings, Yoichi Kawamura, Roy Kerchhoffs, Mary-Austin Klein, Gary Lang, Dan McCleary, Douglas McCulloh, Allan Morrow, Hung Viet Nguyen, R. Mike Nichols, Fiona Pattinson, Kim Reasor, Lara Jo Regan, Jeremie Riggleman, Junn Roca, Karrie Ross, Catherine Ruane, Gwen Samuels, Cory Sewelson, Barbara Sexton, Gregg Stone, Nicole Strasburg, Young Summers, Daena Title, Jen Trute, Cynda Valle, and Donna Westerman. 

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Posted on December 03, 2014


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LA Art Auction to Benefit Syrian Refugees

Posted on November 20, 2014

I have donated a painting to this benefit organized by LA artist Josh Atlas. 

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6-9pm

Where: Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012

All money raised will be donated directly to Oxfam.  More details on the event and how raised funds are used to provide critical humanitarian aid can be found here:




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The Great Wrong Place

Posted on October 06, 2014

at NORTE MAAR, as part of EXHANGE RATES: The Bushwick Expo, New York 

I will have a piece included in the group exhibition - The Great Wrong Place - that will be Los Angeles based Durden and Ray's contribution to an international exchange happening in 24 Bushwick galleries. 


83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

October 23-26 2014

Artists included in exhibition: 
Virginia Broersma
Nick Brown
Emily Counts
Tom Dunn
Ariel Erestingcol
Roni Feldman
Jon Flack
David French
Kio Griffith
Jenny Hager
Raymie Iadevaia
Gil Kuno
Michelle Jane Lee
Esmeralda Montes
Max Presneill
Grant Vetter
Steven Wolkoff

curated by David French

83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

A catalog was also produced for the exhibition: 


Los Angeles has long been a place that has drawn outcasts, opportunists and creative types who have escaped one life to re-invent themselves in another. When talking about the Los Angeles of the crime writer Raymond Chandler, W.H. Auden referred to the city as “the great wrong place”. In one respect the sheer blandness of LA while acting as a blank canvas on which many have re-shaped their own destiny also acts as a mask covering up the more gritty and seedy elements that it is so adept at harboring. In another sense the glitz and glamour of LA’s Hollywood media machine has also acted as a mask that has hid not only the real story of America’s sordid history and present but continues to overshadow the contribution made by contemporary artists in what is becoming a major hub of art creation in the United States. 

All the Artists in Durden and Ray in one way or another attempt to tap into a certain sense of disquiet while maintaining an affirmative visual sensibility. There is an unsettled undercurrent within our work which binds us together as a group of artists and yet the positive nature of our work and our personalities generates visually exciting and thought provoking work and exhibitions. Perhaps this aspect of our work or our way of thinking has been affected by living in Los Angeles or perhaps this is what brought us together in the first instance to Los Angeles. The great wrong place is perhaps a fitting moniker for a city whose superficial image belies a veritable army of vital culture creators. — David French 


About Exchange Rates.
Exchange Rates is an international exposition of artworks and art galleries in and around Bushwick. Conceived and produced by arts organizations helmed by artists and curators in Bushwick and London, UK, Exchange Rates—known also in this inaugural iteration as The Bushwick Expo—is an international exposition of artworks and curatorial programs in which host spaces in one art community open their doors and share their walls with kindred spaces on visit from elsewhere. It is an exposition, to wit. Not a fair.

Date of the exposition are October 23-26. Spaces will be open daily from 12-6pm. A special edition of Norte Maar’s Beat Nite will be held on Friday, October 24 from 6-10pm and will feature an after party at the new Vazquez, 10-12am.

Some exhibits will be integrated, some collaborative yet autonomous, some even spontaneous or virtual.

The rates of exchange, as such, will fluctuate, while the currencies of exchange—ideas and culture—remain fixed.

Shared spaces and cultural currencies. Currencies tangible and intangible.

Variable valuations of the same.

Visit one space to visit several.

Visit Bushwick to get a glimpse of aesthetic endeavors both here and in a dozen other cities.

Come to Exchange Rates for a creative breath of fresh air.

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Posted on October 04, 2014

Catalog Release Party: October 4, 2014  4-6pm at Autonomie

The catalog is here! I will have a limited number of copies available at the catalog release for $10, and once those are gone they can be ordered online through Blurb.



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Opening Reception of DITHYRAMBIC

Posted on September 16, 2014

September 13, 2014

Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA

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Thanks For The Mammaries

Posted on July 18, 2014

I will have a painting included in this exhibition and fundraiser to support breast cancer research at ForYourArt in Los Angeles, CA.


Organized by Bettina Hubby, in partnership with Klowden Mann

Opening Reception: July 31, 2014 7-9pm

Exhibition runs July 31 - August 17, and over 100 artists will have works in the show, many of which will be for sale to raise money for breast cancer research. 


Read an article about Bettina Hubby on LA WEEKLY and read Virginia's interview with her on A STUDIO AFFAIR.


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Status of Portraiture: Artist Talk

Posted on February 04, 2014


Come join us this coming Saturday, February the 8th at 4:30pm for an artist talk with Virginia Broersma, Alec Egan, Roni Feldman, Andrew Foster, Frank J. Stockton, Laurence McNamara, and Erica Ryan Stallones about how portraiture figures into their art practice as well as how the status of portraiture has being prolematized in the early twenty-first century. Has portraiture been on the decline as a genre of serious interest by artists and critics alike or are we living through the era of consummate portraiture where people are more interested in the theater of the self than ever before do to the rise of social media? If so, what does painting have to offer the discussion in an era of motion gifs, facebook tags and the wild proliferation of filters and image enhancement techniques offered by digital media? Is portraiture as a genre at the same impasse painting and photography faced in the last century? Come explore these questions and more at Autonomie's roundtable on their current exhibition as part of The Foundation for Art Resources Artists Talk Art (ATA) series. Discussion moderated by Grant Vetter.


Place: Autonomie, 4742 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90016

Time: 4:30 to 6pm, Saturday, February 8th.


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C-Note: An Exhibition and Fundraiser for Syrian Children

Posted on February 04, 2014

JAUS is pleased to present C-Note: An Exhibition and Fundraiser for Syrian Children.


Featuring works by: Luciana Abait, Karla Aguíñiga, Mario Ayala, Kelly Barrie, Raul Baltazar, Susanne Melanie Berry, Nicole Bille, Virginia Broersma, Daniel Caballero, Gul Cagin, Clayton Campbell, Matt Carter, Miri Chais, Brian Chambers, York Chang, Carlos Chavez, Sarah Chenault, Aaron Dadacay, Joshua Daniel (aka Cole Lodge 365), Michael Dee, Jenny Donaire, Martin Durazo, Jay Erker, Nancy Evans, Dan Everett, Don Flores, David French, Yvette Gellis, Eben Goff, Daniel Gonzalez (aka DGZB), Elan Greenwald, Kio Griffith, Maria Guerrero Solarzano, Sherin Guirguis, Ashley Hagen, Katy Hamrock, Michelle Carla Handel, Carlson Hatton, Luis Guillermo Hernandez, Fatima Hoang, Ichiro Irie, Karin Jancuk, Astrelle Johnquest, Gilbert Johnquest, Emily Jones, Lucas Kazansky, Heidi Kidon, Phil Kim, Svetlana Linetsakaya, Vida Liu, Aleve Mei Loh, Emily Marchand, David McDonald, Marissa Mercado, Marcos Lutyens, Mathew Manos, Katherine Martin, Robert Medina, Kathleen Melian, Rebeca Mendes, Dustin Metz, Bryan Miller, John Mills, Ashley Mistriel, Robert Moya, Ofunne Obiwame, Dasha Orlova, Ruby Osorio, Julia Paull, Atilio Pernisco, Suzy Poghosyan, Stephen Praise, Max Presneill, Rebeca Puga, Jason Ramos, Sarah Riedmann, Bryan Ricci, Ana Rodriguez, Jaklin Romine, Nathan Rosser, Kiki Seror, Mahya Shamai, Chris Sicat, Emily Silver, Skunkworks, Kate Slovin, Lisa C Soto, Collin Stafford, CR Stecyk III, Jason Michael Stepina, Macha Suzuki, Olguin Tapia, Don Tinling, Melly Trochez, Devon Tsuno, Marjan Vayghan, Maria Villote, Eric Vrymoed, Nathan Warner, Tessie Whitmore, Lena Wolek, Eve Wood, Peter and Samantha Rae Wu ... and more!

As of October 27, 2013, the third year of Syria’s internal conflict, 1,110,860 children, that is to say over one million children live as refugees in neighboring countries. This is more than the total number of children living in the city of Los Angeles. Over 3 million live inside Syria, displaced, orphaned, living in poverty, and caught in the line of fire. They need food, water, medicine, protection, and education.

The exhibition will be a pop-up, salon style exhibition at JAUS featuring works by over 100 artists from Southern California, in an effort to raise awareness, contribute to the humanitarian effort, and raise money that will be donated to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) specifically directed to children affected by the Syrian crisis.

Every piece in the show will be available for $100. All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to UNICEF’s efforts in Syria.

The works in the exhibition will span a variety of media, genre, and subject matter. In its entirety, we hope the project conveys a spirit of non-violence, co-existence and harmony among those with differentphilosophies and ways of life.

A special thanks to UNICEF and UNICEF Next Generation for their kind support.  Also thanks to 18th Street Arts Center for their generosity and support.


11851 La Grange Ave. Los Angeles, CA, 90025
by appointment only
tel: 424.248.0781        


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