Artist Laureate Program


Culver City Artist Laureate 2020-2022 - Alexey Steele

Self portrait of Alexey Steele, oil on canvas, 2014, used with permission of artist

 Alexey Steele, Self-Portrait, 2014

 

Alexey Steele was appointed Artist Laureate by the Culver City City Council for a two-year term January 2020 – December 2021 and extended through 2022.

Mr. Steele serves as the City’s cultural ambassador, raising awareness and appreciation for the arts in Culver City and the artists who live and work here. As Artist Laureate, Mr. Steele attends events, engages with the public directly, supports and collaborates with community artists, and partners with the school district and the City’s cultural organizations and businesses to develop new programming.

 


“With this appointment, the City Council acknowledges the important role individual artists play in Culver City, advancing the city’s creative economy and positively impacting our quality of life, enriching our community with their exhibits, performances, presentations, and service.”

Cultural Affairs Commission Member Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin


“We are proud to continue Culver City’s strong commitment to the arts by appointing Alexey Steele as our Artist Laureate. His strong vision and immense talent as a visual artist, along with his extensive community work, make him the ideal cultural ambassador for our city. We are confident his tenure will be both productive and inspiring!” 

Past City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells


Application and Selection Process

The Artist Laureate program application was launched in August 2019, open to candidates who had lived or worked in Culver City for a minimum of five years. Applications from artists in a variety of art disciplines (fine and visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts) were received by the mid-October deadline. An independent peer panel comprising distinguished professionals from across the art disciplines reviewed the applications for artistic quality, potential community impact, and professional development. The panel recommended visual artist Alexey Steele. At their December meeting, the Cultural Affairs Commission voted to recommend appointment of Mr. Steele, and the Culver City City Council voted to appoint Alexey Steele as Artist Laureate for a two-year term at their January 13, 2020 meeting. On May 24, 2021, the Council extended Mr. Steele's appointment for a third year through December 2022.


Award

The Artist Laureate appointment includes an stipend award in recognition of artistic excellence and to support the continuing development of the artist’s work. 

The Culver City Artist Laureate award is made possible with a grant from the Culver City Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding arts and cultural individuals, organizations and institutions in Culver City. 

Learn more about the Culver Arts Foundation and how you can support arts in Culver City.


Cultural Equity

The City of Culver City is dedicated to achieving cultural equity through its programs. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.