LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that Mark and Janet Hilbert of The Hilbert Collection donated "Evening Rendezvous" (Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 14 inches, 1960) by acclaimed California watercolorist Rex Brandt. The iconic watercolor will be part of the college's permanent collection, which also includes The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Archives housed in the Dennis and Leslie Power Library on the college's Main Campus.
"Rex Brandt is a seminal figure in our college's history and we are honored by Mark and Janet's gift of this beautiful painting," said President Jonathan Burke. "Our permanent collection of fine art instructs and inspires our students and arts scholars to celebrate the accomplishments of master painters and sculptors."
Mark Hilbert recalled meeting Rex Brandt by chance at the dentist's office over 30 years ago. When he approached the painter, he was invited to visit Brandt's home to see his studio.
"Few watercolor artists can manipulate colors the way he did," Hilbert said. "He was also a very rare watercolorist in that he was always willing to take risks with his work."
In 1962, Brandt was involved in designing the first two college art studios for what was then Laguna Beach School of Art (today known as Laguna College of Art and Design). With fellow painter Phil Dike, Brandt taught a workshop for the school and in 1978, he served on the school's Advisory Board and its Endowment Fund campaign. Brandt served as head of faculty for the school's summer class curriculum in 1963.
Through a partnership with Project Gado, LCAD's archive of Brandt's sketchbooks, photographs and archival materials now appear on Getty Images at: http://bit.ly/rexbrandtlcadgado
About Laguna College of Art and Design:
Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Design + Digital Media, Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Game Art and Illustration, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Drawing and Painting.
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*Caption: Mark and Janet Hilbert with "Evening Rendezvous."
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