CalArts, in partnership with publisher Lisa Ivorian-Jones, has commissioned limited editions and artwork series by a prominent group of 50 artist alumni as a part of 50+50: A Creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts.

50+50 is an unprecedented artist-led scholarship endowment initiative in preparation for the upcoming 50th anniversary of California Institute of the Arts and the centennial of Chouinard Art Institute.

The 50+50 artist editions and series reflect the diversity of graduating artists from CalArts and Chouinard, which together have nurtured some of the world’s most influential artistic talent for nearly 100 years, and set the leading edge of contemporary artistic practice in conceptualism, feminist art, design, and interdisciplinary performance.

Representing a broad range of art-making, the 2020 inaugural series of artworks range in price from $3,000 to upwards of $100,000, and were generously created by artists John Baldessari, Anne Collier, Laddie John Dill, Joe Goode, Naotaka Hiro, Tony Oursler, Gala Porras-Kim, Stephen Prina, Barbara T. Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems. A complete list of the 50 participating artists is provided below.

Sales of these artworks generate crucial funding for the School of Art Alumni Scholarship endowment, and provide essential financial support for students. Increased scholarship funding is necessary for CalArts to continue to recruit and retain the very best art students, regardless of their financial means.

The 50+50 project is just one example of the many ways that CalArts alumni play a vital role in directly supporting current and future students—the artists who will shape the future of culture.


50 new editioned works are released in curated groupings starting in February 2020. The following artists are part of 50+50: