Carnegie Art Cornerstones is committed to promote creativity, learning and growth in the careers of artists, and to inspire passion and appreciation for arts and culture in Oxnard and Southern California.
Since the abrupt closure of the Museum in 2019, we have all been waiting to hear the city’s plans for reopening.
On September 12 the City Manager, Alex Nguyen, submitted a proposal to the Community Services, Public Safety, Housing and DevelopmentCommittee for approval and forwarding to the City Council for action. The City’s plan does not include reopening the Carnegie as an art museum.
The City is exploring the option of deaccessioning (selling) the Permanent Collection and turning the museum into a space for after school art classes, renting out the facility for private events, and possibly having it open in the evenings with art work from local artists on view. Besides the enduring effects of losing the PermanentCollection and the educational programs associated with it and the many exhibits, this is a considerable under-use of the building. The Carnegie Art Cornerstones board attended this meeting and, fortunately, we were able to register our concerns with the committee and forestall further action until they had done some research.
We requested that they get community input from residents, artists, collectors, donors, etc. before they went any further. They agreed to do so, but we are not sure how that will be handled.
We want you to have a voice in this process!
To that end, we have compiled a survey, and ask that you take a few minutes to fill it out so we can show the committee that there is real community interest in the Museum and its collection.
The Carnegie Art Cornerstones is excited to announce that our first ever Student Art Competition has been expanded to allow submissions from students in their freshman or sophomore year at Oxnard College, Ventura College, California Lutheran University and CSUCI, in addition to public school students in the 9th – 12th grades in the Oxnard Union High School and Ventura Unified school districts.
Seven cash prizes will be awarded at the opening exhibit reception Friday January 19, 2024 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.
Young artists can visit our website for details and submission instructions. The Cornerstones will be accepting digital submissions September 6 – November 17, 2023.
Please help us continue this support of artist events!
You can send your contribution by check to:
Carnegie Art Cornerstones
PO Box 567
Oxnard, CA 93032
Or donate on-line here:
A Message from your Carnegie Art Cornerstones Board
The time for action is now! Be informed.
In light of the City’s proposal to not reopen the Carnegie as a museum, the Carnegie Art Cornerstones Board would like to share some information that raises essential questions about the role of the Carnegie Art Museum and the Permanent Collection in the community. We have significant concerns about the effects of a permanent closure as a museum and the deaccession (selling) of the Permanent Collection on artists, students of all ages, and the community at large, financially, educationally and culturally.
Please check out these links: