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"The Eyes and Ears Foundation, (A non profit, 501(c)(3), public benefit corporation), has sponsored billboard art shows since 1977 in high traffic, Los Angeles, (New York), and San Francisco locales. Through them, a random urban audience is exposed to conventional 'high art' sited in unconventional locations and scaled unconventionally large."   Studio International - The International Journal of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture: Sculpture on the grand scale, 1982, Volume 195, Number 995



Ed Ruscha's "Back of Hollywood"

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has used Ed Ruscha's work on the current exhibit, "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 - 1981" Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 will constitute the most comprehensive survey exhibition to date to examine the exceptional fertility and diversity of art practice in California during the mid- to late 1970s; a period bracketed by Richard Nixon's ignominious resignation and retreat to Southern California in 1974, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and the landslide election of California Governor Ronald Reagan and his ascent to the American Presidency in 1981. Organized by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 will feature works by approximately 125 artists working in a wide array of mediums and styles. The exhibition seeks to demonstrate how collective loss of faith in government and other institutionalized forms of authority yielded a pluralistic spirit of freedom and experimentation that reached its artistic apex in California, already a fertile ground for creativity and non-conformity.


William T. Wiley's "VOID"

Rick Griffin's, "Imperial Message" Before, "Repent" added by Rick for San Francisco show.

Victor Moscoso


D. J. Hall's "Midge & Madge",                                                                                                 Paul Whitehead's, "Solar Carte,"

Karen Carson's,"How To Draw,"

Neon Park XIII's, tribute to his lost dog, "Tyrone of Tuhunga," became Little Feat's, "Hoy-Hoy!" Album Cover.

      At Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.


Above - On the 30th Anniversary of the original artboard Festival, 1977, Rick Griffin's "Imperial Message", returned to Los Angeles for three weeks in August, 2007. The occasion, as noted on the banner, was, "Heart and Torch: Rick Griffins Transcendence," an exhibit at The Laguna Art Museum, June 24 to September 30, 2007. Rick's first major retrospective and solo museum exhibition. The exhibition, which included some 140 paintings, drawings, posters, album covers, and artifacts, surveys thirty years of Griffins work from the 1960s until his death in 1991. The accompanying 156-page catalogue, published in association with Gingko Press, was the first publication to address Griffins impact on the surf, psychedelic rock, and born-again Christian movements. Photos and space courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor. To view a larger Artboard from LAM's Griffin Exhibit, guest curator, bon(d) vivant, Greg Escalante's FrankenGriffin.

Heart and Torch, Poster

Laguna Art Museum's Official, "Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin's Transcendence,"
poster and catalog cover, designed by Jeff Girard.

Sunset Magazine, Nov. 1977, Pg. 23:   "Imagine a billboard that has at its base a crowd shading their eyes against the sun, pressing closer for a different perspective, discussing the artist's message - and perhaps returning late in the day to see the effect of changing light."

Horizon Magazine, Jan., 1978:   "Acknowledging California's drive-in ethos, the Eyes and Ears Foundation intregated art with environment by turning the cities into drive-through galleries. Last year as many people saw the billboards as glimpsed the country's biggest museum draw, Treasures of Tutankhamun __without standing on line or, in most cases without leaving their cars."

Artweek Magazine, November 26, 1977 / Vol 8 No. 40   "This aspect of the unexpected is a definite advantage; discovering art, whatever its form, where it is not thought to exist can be a rewarding experience." - Judith L. Dunham

Newspapers:  Artweek,  Los Angeles Times,  San Francisco Chronicle,  L A Free Press,

Pictures, Articles:  Sunset, Horizon, Artweek Magazines, and featured:

New West Magazine,New West Magazine, Feb.'77



Eyes and Ears Foundation is a Festival Sponsor for the San Francisco International Arts Festival,
that, every year, since 2003, has featured artists from many countries in the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and film.
News and Updates:

"PLACAS, 2014" Starring Ric Salinas,"The Most Dangerous Tattoo." Wed. March 26, and Thru. March 27 2014 at 8:00pm at Laney Collage Theater in Oakland, CA.
Atamira, Contemporary Maori Ensemble Dance Company.
Studium Teatraine from Warsaw with the stage adaptation of Hannah Krall’s prize winning novel, "Chasing the King of Hearts"

For details on SFIAFestival, - San Francisco International Arts Festival - http://sfiaf.org/


On Path

Also, for the past several years, The Eyes and Ears Foundation has participated in wall mural projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sponsoring artists, Logek, Chase, and Sano, in a combined effort, mural, acrylics w/aerosol, completed in August, 2003. Located on the north wall of co-sponsor, Yoga Works' corporate center, Main and Pacific Streets in Santa Monica, California. Larger version, "ON PATH," August, 2003."

   Rigo's Extinct

Rigo 02's, "TRUTH," a 55 X 140 foot mural, dedicated in April, 2002, adorns the exterior of San Francisco's landmark, Oddfellows Building, 7th and Market Street, across from the United Nations Plaza. "TRUTH" is visible from the steps of San Francisco City Hall. For the large version see "TRUTH;" and another of Rigo's murals with Eyes and Ears, 1996's "EXTINCT" (?)



Donors, Benefactors, Grantors, Artists and Writers

Since 1976,
grant beneficiaries:

California Arts Council
National Endowment For The Arts

Eyes and Ears Foundation
870 Market St., Suite 1260, San Francisco, CA 94102-2917

   Mark E. Rennie, J.D. - Founder - Chairman
   Elizabeth Castagnoli - Executive Director
Santa Monica, CA 90409-5699
   Edward F. Thomas, III - Treasurer - Director
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