Many Faces of Joan Quinn

Robert Graham 1976

Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn is a unique exhibition focusing on more than 70 renowned contemporary artists and their interpretation of the same subject — their friend and patroness of the arts Joan Agajanian Quinn — using a wide array of media. 

Lucie Abdalian 2009

Here is a rare opportunity to see into the minds of stylistically varied artists ranging from George Hurrell to Helmut Newton and Jean-Michel Basquiat and how they approach one sitter over the course of several decades – a comprehensive study in portraiture which is being shown to the public as a collection for the first time at Santa Ana College Main Gallery from September 10 to November 1, 2011.

Joan Agajanian Quinn, a second generation Angeleno, graduated from Westlake School for Girls and University of Southern California. After several years as a master teacher, Agajanian Quinn was appointed the West Coast Editor of Interview magazine by Andy Warhol, and then Society Editor of Hearst’s Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Her work with Condé Nast included staff positions on Condé Nast Traveler and House and Garden. Agajanian Quinn, the longest sitting member appointed to the California Arts Council, served two terms each on the Beverly Hills Arts Commission, the Beverly Hills Architectural Commission and the California Film Commission.

Joan continues her work as a Trustee of the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Boston and the Pilgrim School in Los Angeles. She has served on the board of public television’s KCET Women’s Council and is a primary NGO delegate to the United Nations where she represents AIWA, the Armenian International Women’s Association.

Zareh 2005

Joan and her husband, attorney John J. Quinn, have twin daughters Jennifer Quinn and Amanda Quinn Olivar.  Artist Charles Arnoldi notes “She has documented cultural changes in Los Angeles and around the world for the last 50 years…Joan always has her finger on the pulse of artistic momentum.” 

Some of the Armenian artists who have made portraits are: Lucie Abdalian, Vaco Armeno, Greg Beylerian, Felix Eghiazarian, Dahlia Elsayed, Sophia Gasparian, Irina Gurgian, Ara Hovespyan, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Jean Kazandjian, Karine Matsakian, Samvel Saghatelian, Zaven Sarkissian, Stepan Veranian, Zareh, Hrastan Zeitlian.

1530 West 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Exhibition dates: September 10 – November 1, 2011


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