Claire Peeps. Photo: Robert Pacheco.

Mike Kelley Foundation Welcomes Claire Peeps to Its Board of Directors

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts in Los Angeles announced today that Claire Peeps has joined its board of directors. Peeps currently serves as the executive director of the Durfee Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on “people who are making a better Los Angeles.” The organization is best known for its support of leadership development and community building through its Stanton Fellowships and other programs.

“We are delighted to welcome Claire to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts,” said board chair John C. Welchman. “Her exemplary work at the helm of a sister nonprofit that champions imaginative and risk-taking projects in Los Angeles—and the exceptional people behind them—makes a unique fit with the mission of our foundation. We will benefit greatly from her knowledge, expertise, and energy.”

Previously, Peeps served as associate director of the Los Angeles Festival, publisher of High Performance magazine, and director of education at the Ansel Adams Center/Friends of Photography. She was also a consultant to the J. Paul Getty Center, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and ARTS Inc., among other organizations; the president of Grantmakers in the Arts; and the head of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

“Having had the privilege to see Mike Kelley perform at LACE and other LA venues in the late eighties, it is an especially great honor to join the Mike Kelley Foundation board,” said Peeps. “Mike’s work was formative and enormously influential among his peers then, and it continues to be a source of inspiration for artists working today. Though many didn’t know it, Mike was always generous in quietly offering support to other artists. That his legacy should be extended through the Foundation is a beautiful thing, indeed.”

Other members of the board include Stephanie Barron, Catherine Opie, Edward Rada, and Joan Weinstein.