Catherine Opie. Courtesy: Catherine Opie Studio.

Catherine Opie Joins Board of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announced today that artist Catherine Opie has been elected to its board of directors. She joins chair John C. Welchman and members Stephanie Barron, Gary Cypres, Jim Shaw, and Joan Weinstein.

“We are delighted to welcome Cathy Opie to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts,” said Welchman. “Her excellence as an artist, generous commitment to community engagement, philanthropic experience, and candid art-world wisdom will greatly benefit the Foundation’s mission as we move forward.”

Created by artist Mike Kelley in 2007, the foundation supports arts organizations that offer experimental programming, as well as emerging and underrepresented artists. Catherine Opie met Mike Kelley when she was a graduate student at CalArts in the 1980s. “There was always loud music from a band of students he put together emanating from one of the classrooms,” she explained. “Mike’s artwork and teaching has influenced many generations of artists. I am thrilled to be serving on the Foundation’s board and am honored to help carry on his legacy and his vision of supporting artists.”