Janna Ireland in Conversation: Saturday, October 24, 2020

You are invited to join us for a conversation with Los Angeles based photographer Janna Ireland this Saturday, October 24, at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST.

Please click here to RSVP for this Zoom event

Janna Ireland was born in Philadelphia, but has chosen Los Angeles as her home. She holds an MFA from the UCLA Department of Art and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. She has been published in ApertureThe New YorkerHarper’sArt PapersVice, and The Los Angeles Times. Her first monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams, was published by Angel City Press in 2020.

The Ojai Institute will present a solo exhibition project with Janna Ireland opening January 8, 2021, and on view through April 3, 2021. 

Janna Ireland’s first monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams, is now available for purchase from The Ojai Institute Bookstore. Click here to learn more

The Free Republic of California website launch: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 12:00 pm PST

Join a conversation with artist Cole Sternberg and Executive Director, Frederick Janka and celebrate the launch of The Free Republic of California website.


The site is complete with the plan for the nation, including a new structure of government, a historical review, a modern constitution, an entire national budget strategy, event information, visual presentations, and the Free Republic clothing line, featuring limited edition pieces hand-screened by the artist. The site also contains a digital library of newly drafted policy papers, agreements and treaties, as well as a historical archive. One can download Sternberg’s new California Constitution or read about the massacre of Indigenous people by Junipero Serra’s band of marauders. The website will function ahistorically to simultaneously take into account the gravity of California’s past, the absurdities of today, and the possibilities of tomorrow. It will exist as its own digital-being so that the Free Republic may live online as a blueprint for a movement.

Muna Malik in Conversation: Friday, August 7, 2020

You are invited to join us for a live recording for the Ojai Institute Podcast. This virtual event will feature Los Angeles based artist Muna Malik in conversation with Frederick Janka, Executive Director, this Friday, August 7, at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST.

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Please note this will be a ZOOM meeting, not a typical webinar, and will be closed captioned.

Muna Malik is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Malik’s art practice is grounded in a pursuit to create cultural awareness and understanding. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik lived in Minneapolis and started her art career at MCAD and the Northern Spark art festival. Her work has also been exhibited at Artworks Chicago and The University of Minnesota—Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She was the billboard artist for North Carolina for the “For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.” She recently completed exhibitions at the Band of Vices Gallery LA, Annenberg Space for Photography LA with Photoville, the International Center for Photography with “For Freedoms”, Soomaal House of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and MOCA Geffen in Los Angeles, California. Her latest collage series was featured on vogue.com and i-D Magazine. Her ongoing series Blessing of the Boats, large scale and site responsive sculptures of origami shaped boats, will be unveiled this month in Battery Park, New York City, as part of LMCC River to River Festival, River To River 2020: Four Voices, and will then make its way to Governor’s Island after that. A forthcoming installation of Blessing of the Boats will take place with the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College this fall. 

Sunday Salon: Sunday, July 5, 2020

You are invited to a Sunday Salon with the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation

Join Frederick Janka, Executive Director and special guest Lila Glasoe Francese, Foundation President, Carolyn’s sister, and author of the best selling new book The Situation: A Radical Journey Through Sisterhood.

Saturday, July 5, 4:00pm PST on Zoom (click here to register)

We encourage everyone to stay home this Holiday weekend! Pour your favorite beverage and join us for a conversation on Zoom about the founding and current goals of the organization, Lila’s new book about her sister’s battle with cancer and their journey as sisters. Lila will read a few short excerpts from the best selling new book, a portion of proceeds benefit the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.


Ojai Institute Members (Virtual) Breakfast in Rome: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Members (and friends) are invited to join us for a special Breakfast in Rome, Italy
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am
ZOOM Webinar (Click to register)

Join Frederick Janka, Executive Director, and Carl Stibolt, Board Member for a special dispatch from Rome. We’ll check in about current stage two status as the cosmopolitan city starts to reopen, as well as some of Carl’s favorite picks for cappuccino, markets, food, and art in the Eternal City.

#TravelWithArtists Explore Oaxaca with Porfirio: Friday, May 29, 2020

As part of our #GiveToArtists campaign, we are pleased to kick off our #TravelWithArtists series of virtual trips. We hope you’ll join us live or view it afterwards. We love to travel as we’re sure you do too. Since most of us are staying in place, we’ve invited artists to lead us on virtual travel adventures and satisfy our wanderlust. Registration is free, let’s go!

Explore Oaxaca with Porfirio Gutiérrez
Friday, May 29, 5:00pm
ZOOM Webinar (Click to register)

Porfirio Gutiérrez is known internationally for his exceptional devotion to the textile traditions of his home pueblo of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, a richly historic Zapotec textile community. His mission has been reinvigorating and preserving natural dyeing techniques, for future generations. Gutiérrez’s work brings awareness to a profound spiritual belief that nature is a living being, sacred and honored.

#TravelWithArtists Travel through Ghana with Cole M James: Thursday, May 28, 2020

This event has past, but you may watch the live recording below. Please note closed captions are available. 


As part of our #GiveToArtists campaign, we are pleased to kick off our #TravelWithArtists series of virtual trips. We hope you’ll join us live or view it afterwards. We love to travel as we’re sure you do too. Since most of us are staying in place, we’ve invited artists to lead us on virtual travel adventures and satisfy our wanderlust. Registration is free, let’s go!

Travel through Ghana with Cole M James
Thursday, May 28, 5:00 pm
ZOOM Webinar (Click to register)

Cole will take us on an incredibly personal journey through many important sites in Ghana, including beaches, markets, verdant forests, and historical buildings. This will offer an incredibly important insight into her exhibition and residency with the Ojai Institute.

#TravelWithArtists Camping in Baja California, Mexico with Tanya Aguiñiga: Friday, May 22, 2020

As part of our #GiveToArtists campaign, we are pleased to kick off our #TravelwithArtists series of virtual trips. We hope you’ll join us live or view it afterwards. We love to travel as we’re sure you do too. Since most of us are staying in place, we’ve invited artists to lead us on virtual travel adventures and satisfy our wanderlust. Registration is free, let’s go!

Camping in Baja California, Mexico with Tanya Aguiñiga
Friday, May 22, 5:00pm
Zoom (register here)

Kick off this Memorial Day weekend with a cold beer and some fish tacos (in your own home) as we explore Baja California through the eyes of Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson Tanya Aguiñiga. Tanya is the recipient of the 2020 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize.

Tanya Aguiñiga and her family have been camping in Baja California, Mexico, for the last 41 consecutive years, and it is Tanya’s absolute pleasure, passion, and honor to show people the beauty and history of Baja Norte and Sur. She will take us on a journey from Los Angeles all the way to Bahía Concepción (Baja Sur), stopping at her favorite places on both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. This virtual trip will include cave paintings and Alexander Gustave Eiffel’s stainless steel church in the desert called Iglesia de Santa Bárbara, as well as yurts in the middle of a Baja oasis. Also included is her emergency packing list must haves and preferred routes for scenic, cultural, or quick escapes. We’ll also virtually visit the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, for a peek at amazing up-cycled architecture.

Zoom (register here) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dear Friends,

I would like to make this appeal to you for your support during this great time of uncertainty. Our organization, like many others, was planning for a major fundraiser at the end of May.

Today, instead of gala tickets and tables and sponsorships, we’re inviting you, if you can, to make a donation in any amount to support the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala Month. Join us in giving to artists! All of our fundraising efforts this month will go to our Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prizes.

Follow along as we share our #GiveToArtists campaign during our Art Prize Month of May.

Cole M James: 3 Movements, Student Workshop: February 29, 2020

Ojai Institute Presents Books That Breathe: Non Linear Storytelling

Free Student Workshop with Cole M James, Artist in Residence

Location: Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, 248 South Montgomery Street, Ojai

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Students of all ages are invited to attend a free workshop with Cole M James, Ojai Institute Artist in Residence. Students will have the opportunity to tour the art exhibition Cole M James: 3 Movements, meet the artist, and participate in a book making workshop. Lunch and all materials will be provided.

Our memory has the amazing ability to collapse and expand time. Books That Breathe is a design based workshop. We write or draw memories or information on sheets of paper that are folded and combined into collapsible and expandable books.

The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James’ interdisciplinary work explores the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Moreno Valley, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State San Bernardino and Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. James currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

With 3 Movements, the artist is inviting the viewer on a personal diaspora journey, with moments of reflection, and a closing event that offers the viewer resources to pursue their own journey. The inherent generosity of this project explores being comfortable or mindfully uncomfortable in the unknowing of one’s cultural heritage. 3 Movements has been informed by the artist’s recent time spent this past summer in Ghana, and an ongoing exploration of cross cultural ethnomedicinal knowledge especially as to how it relates to the female body.

To register please contact:

Frederick Janka, Executive Director, [email protected] or 646.334.1006