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New Heights Artist Development Series: You’re the Curator: Creating Your Own Online Exhibits | October 3, 2020

NEW HEIGHTS Presents Arts Virtual Symposium 2020! Offered by the City of Santa Clarita, the FREE Arts Symposium joins New Heights Artists Development Series during ‘ARTOBER’ for a sequence of workshops and panel discussions designed to engage and educate creative individuals, no matter what level of experience. Held every Saturday in October, the Arts Symposium will feature Visual Arts, Film and Music sessions!

Join The MAIN on Saturday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual panel discussion, “You’re the Curator: Creating Your Own Online Exhibits”
Learn how to effectively utilize various online virtual exhibition platforms. This session is designed to motivate artists, and offer insight and understanding of creating your own online exhibition. Panelists include: Sydney Adam, Emannuel Massillon and Chris Davies.


Sydney Adam is the arts assistant at City of Santa Clarita, Arts and Events, where she works to create art opportunities for the community and local artists. Adam is dedicated to developing a variety of art exhibits in five city-sponsored gallery spaces. These spaces contribute to providing flourishing arts for the community and city, making the City of Santa Clarita a nonstop arts-friendly region. Her work at the City of Santa Clarita allows her to provide visual arts for the public and spaces for artists to obtain exposure and expand their portfolio. Implementing easily accessible art opportunities for all ages is a lifelong aspiration in her professional development.

Adam has her Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. She is in the process of obtaining her Master’s in Information and Library Science from the University of Washington in hopes of creating even more accessible opportunities in the art realm with digital preservation and gallery archiving.

Emmanuel Massillon (born 1998 in Washington D.C.) is an African American Artist who works in several different mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. With these varying mediums, He explores the complex history of race, identity, culture and it’s the relation to people of African descent. Massillon’s upbringing in the inner city of Washington D.C. shapes the narrative of what he strives to convey through his work, which is introducing others to new ideas by creating work from day-to-day life to politically charged topics . With this, he aims for his viewers to start and explore conversations that may or may not have been previously spoken about. With influences as diverse as David Hammons,David Hockney and Alex Katz. Massillon uses many reference points to get his ideas across to his viewers, in a simple yet evoking manner. When he isn’t painting, taking photos, or sculpting, he can be found curating shows to shed light on artists looking to share a similar narrative. Massillon currently attends The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City and is pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts. In recognition of his academic and artistic accomplishments, Massillon was selected as a recipient of the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship and a recipient of the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities Exhibitions (Curatorial) Grant. His work has also been included in museum exhibitions such as The Cookout: Kinfolk and Other Intimacies an exhibition at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) Massillon currently lives and works between New York City & Washington DC.

Chris Davies is a Los Angeles based publisher, gallery director, creative and entrepreneur with extensive expertise in the business aspect of art. As a mentor to artists, and a consultant to art galleries, art fairs and a variety of arts organizations, he specializes in developing cutting edge programs for presenting and marketing contemporary art.

The founder and publisher of Fabrik Magazine, a quarterly print and online magazine focusing on the visual arts, Chris also established two regional art fairs, Photo Independent and Fabrik Expo, as well as the Los Angeles Festival of Photography.

In addition, Chris is director of Fabrik Projects, an art gallery in Los Angeles. More recently, he created Artpreneur, a program designed to help artists build their careers, and ArtVirtualy™, a state-of-the-art 3-D virtual reality online gallery platform.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Chris got his start in music and went on to create a design and marketing agency. Through his gallery, art fairs and start-ups like Artpreneur and ArtVirtualy™, Chris has continually sought to create innovative platforms designed to equip artists and other art organizations with the tools they need to excel in the fiercely competitive art world.

To contact Chris Davies or for more information on these programs:
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