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The California Museum is seeking funding to research and produce an exhibit celebrating Ray Eames' centennial.

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

The California Museum is seeking $25,000 of crowdsourced funding to open the new exhibit, “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design," which will celebrate the centennial of legendary California designer and Sacramento native Ray Eames.

Although her work at Eames Office is well-known for innovations to modern architecture, furniture, films, toys, photography and exhibition design, Ray remains largely overlooked in history or frequently mistaken for her husband and business partner Charles’ brother. The exhibit will educate the public on Ray's place in history as one of the 20th century’s most influential but largely unknown artists who broke barriers for women in multiple creative fields and inspire visitors to explore their own creativity through a new display of artifacts representing over 60 years of her prolific career.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE:

Currently in development with Eames Foundation, the exhibit will commemorate Ray Eames' centennial and showcase her vast contributions to the arts and humanities as a ground-breaking female artist who prevailed during an era of limited opportunities for women. Based on accounts presented in the 2006 Sactown magazine article, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman,” and the 2011 PBS American Masters documentary, “Eames: The Architect and the Painter,” new research on her life in Sacramento and its influence on her legacy will be conducted for the year-long exhibit and preserved for the Eames Foundation's archives.

EXHIBIT TIMELINE:

Rare works and artifacts from the lesser known period of Ray’s life from 1912-1941 will be emphasized to establish her place as an accomplished artist in her own right. Artifacts will include photographs, historical documents, handmade paper dolls, fashion illustrations, sketches, paintings and more. Additionally, highlights of her Eames Office work from 1943-1988 including photographs, sketches, films, furniture, toys and more will be included to representing the well-known portion of her career and illustrate her equal part as Charles' collaborative partner and one of the most influential yet largely unknown artists of the 20th century.

Exhibit will emphasize Ray's life & work from 1912-1941 before meeting Charles
Exhibit will emphasize Ray's life & work from 1912-1941 before meeting Charles

EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS:

> Creates the new educational program “California Design Project,” which will supply public school educators with free learning tools to bring the arts back into the classroom

> Launches “Creative California”
 gallery designed to showcase the creativity and diversity of California while inspiring visitors to engage in their own creative pursuits as the inaugural exhibit

> Includes hands-on creativity stations with arts-based activities including paper doll and structural design appropriate for 3rd grade through college students

IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT:

> Achieves long overdue awareness of Ray Eames and her place in history as one of the 20th century's most prolific yet largely unknown artists

> Creates a civic memorial to Ray Eames through a yearlong exhibit in her hometown and celebrates one of the region’s most prolific native

> Helps students improve problem solving abilities, build critical thinking skills and gain self-confidence by returning creativity to the classroom as indicated in new research on the arts' impact in education

> Provides a new take on history for students and teachers through incorporating multiple disciplines related to the Eames' work including science, math, engineering, communications, technology and more

> Increases the Museum’s reach with arts and culture-focused audiences throughout California predisposed favorably toward museums to attract new visitors, members, docents, volunteers, partners, sponsors and donors

Director Jason Cohn & Eames Office's Llisa Demetrios intereviewed by the CA Arts Council's Craig Watson at the Museum's screening of "Eames: The Architect & The Painter," on March 6, 2012.
Director Jason Cohn & Eames Office's Llisa Demetrios intereviewed by the CA Arts Council's Craig Watson at the Museum's screening of "Eames: The Architect & The Painter," on March 6, 2012.

EXHIBIT ADVISORY COUNCIL & PARTNERS:

Jason Cohn, Bread & Butter Films
Llisa Demetrios, Eames Office
Laureano Faedi, Gangs of San Francisco
Christian Flanders, MTA Office
Carla Hartman, Eames Office
Todd Hedgpeth, Academy of Art University & TAWD Design
Marilyn Isenberg
Stephen Jaycox, Fulcrum Properties
Kelly Malone, Indie Mart
Elyssa Lee, Sactown Magazine
Andrea Lepore, Lepore Development/
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Karen Lial, Sacramento Modern
Lori Rianda, Bank of America
Miles Treaster, former Herman Miller Dealer
Rob Turner, Sactown Magazine
Craig Watson, California Arts Council
Joyce Wolfe, Lumens Light + Living

ENDORSED BY:

Dina Eastwood, Museum Board of Trustees Past Immediate Chair
Lisa Ling, Journalist on OWN's "Our America With Lisa Ling" & Museum Board of Trustee
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA MUSEUM:

A self-supporting 501(c)3, The California Museum educates and enlightens people with California's rich history, diverse population and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts & culture. Through interactive, innovative exhibits, events and educational programming, the Museum inspires visitors to pursue the California dream and make a mark on history. For more information, please visit CaliforniaMuseum.org

CONTACT:

Brenna Hamilton, Communications & Marketing Director
The California Museum
1020 O Street, Sacramento CA 95814
bhamilton@californiamuseum.org

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The California Museum faces the challenge of raising adequate funding to complete construction in the exhibit's scheduled gallery space, which is needed before the exhibit can be installed and opened. The risk is that we will not be able to raise enough funding to cover construction costs, in which case the exhibit's opening will be delayed and not correspond with Ray Eames' 100th birthday on December 15, 2012.

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    Powers of Ten Sponsorship Package: name recognition as Founding member in “Creative California” gallery & on lobby donor wall at $10,000 level; 2 seats in the California Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Museum on March 20, 2013; 2 tickets to Founders Circle V.I.P. reception at the California Hall of Fame at the Museum on March 20, 2013; 6 tickets to the California Hall of Fame after party at the Museum on March 20, 2013; name recognition at $10,000 level on Museum lobby donor wall; exclusive tour of Eames Office Archives in Petaluma for up to 6 guests; 6 invitations to exhibit reception at the Museum on February 23, 2013; logo or name recognition on exhibit sponsorship wall; name recognition on all printed marketing; name recognition on exhibit page at CaliforniaMuseum.org; name recognition on Museum donor page at CaliforniaMuseum.org; 6 limited-edition exhibit t-shirts designed by Gangs of San Francisco & 6 Individual level Museum memberships; 125 exhibition guest passes with name recognition

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