LUX ART INSTITUTE THE VALISE PROJECT
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In 1998, a group of art patrons and philanthropists joined with Reesey Shaw, the founding director of the California Center for the Arts Museum, and began discussing how they might encourage a better understanding of visual art among the population of our county. Ramona Sahm became the Board President of this nonprofit organization and donated one million dollars in seed money to realizing the young institution. The group chose the name Lux (Latin for “light”) and planned to bring artists to San Diego from elsewhere to realize a commissioned work on-site. When the group learned that the canyon the site was on was actually named “Lux canyon” after the Lux family that had settled the area at the turn of the century, they knew this was the place for this new institution.

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