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An Overview of Mural Laws in Los Angeles

  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Durón Gallery at SPARC (in the Old Venice Police Station), 685 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291


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An Overview of Mural Laws in Los Angeles
with Eric Bjorgum, Esq. and Carlos Rogel of SPARC

Program Description:

The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a city-wide ordinance ending a decade-long “mural moratorium.” Join California Lawyers for the Arts and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) for an educational workshop presented by attorney Eric Bjorgum, Esq. and Carlos Rogel of SPARC to find out more about how the new law works, what it changes, and how it fits into the history of mural creation in the city. The presentation will include an explanation of the specific provisions of the new mural law as well as an overview of other laws that affect the creation of murals in Los Angeles. The workshop will also address some of the new issues that have arisen since the new mural ordinance took effect as well as an analysis of the state of mural art in Los Angeles before, during and after the “mural moratorium.”


Eric Bjorgum, Esq. has over 15 years of experience working in intellectual property law. He has worked for large clients such as Mattel and Directv, as well as for many artists. He was on the team that helped Kent Twitchell obtain a $1.1 million settlement for the painting out of his “Ed Ruscha Monument.” He was actively involved in meeting with artists during the passage of the new mural ordinance. Eric is a founding partner at Karish & Bjorgum, PC, an intellectual property firm in Pasadena. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

Carlos Rogel 
is an emerging interdisciplinary media artist and doctoral student at UCLA’s Chicana and Chicano Studies program with a focus in Community Cultural Development. His work includes video installation, muralism, studio painting and digital media. Under the mentorship of SPARC’s Founder/Artistic Director and Distinguished UCLA Professor Judy Baca, Carlos’ work as Project Manager at SPARC focuses on the creation of new public artworks through the UCLA@SPARC Community Cultural Development Lab, mural advocacy, preservation and expanding the role of collaborative visual art in interdisciplinary education. Some of his research in the UCLA@SPARC Community Cultural Development Lab includes: the continuation of the Great Wall of Los Angeles program and designs; interpretation of histories through collaboration in visual media and technology; activism and education in applied visual arts; and preservation of Los Angeles Murals especially Chicano/Latino iconographic public artworks.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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