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In the Paint is an organizational initiative stemming from the Lakers 6-point Racial Equity Action Plan.

As an LA-based basketball organization, we fused the worlds of sports and culture 60+ years ago. Now we’re strengthening this connection even more by recognizing, supporting, and uplifting our local community of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists.  

In partnership with the Lakers, this competitive art program will be instituted by world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges, who will select 15 local artists of color as Contributing Artists to create works of art to be exhibited at the inaugural 2022 In the Paint art exhibition at the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center. The proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists and support the growth and development of In the Paint initiatives.

Furthermore, Charly and accompanying panelists will select 10 local artists to receive grants supporting their development as artists and mentorship opportunities with Charly.

Overall, this dynamic program will change the trajectory of 25 LA-based BIPOC artists’ careers in 2022.

In the Paint is an organizational initiative stemming from the Lakers 6-point Racial Equity Action Plan.

As an LA-based basketball organization, we fused the worlds of sports and culture 60+ years ago. Now we’re strengthening this connection even more by recognizing, supporting, and uplifting our local community of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists.  

In partnership with the Lakers, this competitive art program will be instituted by world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges, who will select 15 local artists of color as Contributing Artists to create works of art to be exhibited at the inaugural 2022 In the Paint art exhibition at the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center. The proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists and support the growth and development of In the Paint initiatives.

Furthermore, Charly and accompanying panelists will select 10 local artists to receive grants supporting their development as artists and mentorship opportunities with Charly.

Overall, this dynamic program will change the trajectory of 25 LA-based BIPOC artists’ careers in 2022.

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15 In the Paint Contributing Artists

15 artists will be chosen by our panelists as Contributing Artists to exhibit their work at the 2022 inaugural In the Paint art exhibition. Those Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work at the 2022 exhibition. Up to 3 works selected by Lakers players will be purchased by the Lakers at the 2022 exhibition. All of the artwork exhibited at the 2022 exhibition will receive unique exposure at the exhibition itself, as well as through an accompanying online exhibition and on Lakers' digital and social platforms. Artwork purchased by the Lakers may also receive exposure on display at the UCLA Health Training Center.

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10 In the Paint Grantees

In the Paint is looking to expand artistic opportunities for 10 up-and-coming BIPOC artists. In the Paint Grantees will receive mentorship opportunities with Charly Palmer, including artistic support and skill enhancement workshops throughout the year. Each Grantee will also receive a $10,000 grant to elevate their artistic endeavors.

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15 In the Paint Contributing Artists

15 artists will be chosen by our panelists as Contributing Artists to exhibit their work at the 2022 inaugural In the Paint art exhibition. Those Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work at the 2022 exhibition. Up to 3 works selected by Lakers players will be purchased by the Lakers at the 2022 exhibition. All of the artwork exhibited at the 2022 exhibition will receive unique exposure at the exhibition itself, as well as through an accompanying online exhibition and on Lakers' digital and social platforms. Artwork purchased by the Lakers may also receive exposure on display at the UCLA Health Training Center.

The deadline has passed for submissions for In the Paint Contributing Artists.
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10 In the Paint Grantees

In the Paint is looking to expand artistic opportunities for 10 up-and-coming BIPOC artists. In the Paint Grantees will receive mentorship opportunities with Charly Palmer, including artistic support and skill enhancement workshops throughout the year. Each Grantee will also receive a $10,000 grant to elevate their artistic endeavors.

The deadline has passed for submissions for In the Paint Grantees.
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Charly Palmer is an American fine artist whose work focuses on visually narrating the Black American experience. Primarily an acrylic painter, Palmer's subjects include landscapes, portraits, and sociopolitical conditions of Black life in America. In addition to his paintings, he has also illustrated seven children’s books, for which he has won numerous national awards. In 2020, Sony Records commission Palmer to illustrate the cover art for John Legend's now Grammy award winning album, Bigger Love.

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Palmer was selected to do the July 2020 cover of Time Magazine for the publication’s "America Must Change" special issue. Several other illustrations were included in the issue, including portraits of George Stinney, Jr. and James Baldwin paired with American iconography. Born in Fayette, Alabama and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his fine arts degree from the American Academy of Art.

Palmer is currently based between Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, CA, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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“I put all my focus, energy and love into us. I’m an extremist when it comes to the love of Black people.”

— Charly Palmer

Artist Overview

Open call for local BIPOC artist submissions

3 judges select 15 artists as Contributing Artists and 10 artists as Grantees

15 Contributing Artists create original artwork for the 2022 In the Paint art exhibition

In the Paint exhibition artwork is displayed at the UCLA Health Training Center

Lakers players choose up to 3 works of art to purchase and display at UCLA Health Training Center

Contributing Artists’ outstanding works of art are available to purchase by attendees at the 2022 In the Paint exhibition

All proceeds benefit the Contributing Artists and support In the Paint initiatives

Meet the Panelists

Lakers In the Paint CCH Pounder Judge

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder is an award-winning actress. An advocate for the arts, she is active in the Creative Coalition. Pounder was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa and serves on the board of the African Millennium Foundation. In addition, Pounder has been extensively involved with the arts as a collector, gallery owner and museum founder.


Lakers In the Paint Terrell Tilford Judege

Terrell Tilford

Terrell Tilford is an award-winning, classically-trained professional actor with 30+ years of stage, television, and film credits. He has also been collecting Modern and Contemporary artwork for 30+ years. Terrell is an experienced creative with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art & entertainment industry.

Lakers In the Paint Halima Taha Judge

Halima Taha

Halima Taha is recognized throughout the US as a leading authority on collecting African American art and arts management. For more than twenty years, she continues to contribute to the field as an appraiser, art advisor, educator, and speaker. Halima is also an author of the bestselling book, "Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas".

“Art should change the temperature of the room.”

— Charly Palmer

Frequently Asked Questions

Contributing Artist:
Yes. Submitted work must be two-dimensional material and medium (e.g., painting or drawing), preferably acrylic, oil, pastel, graphic pencil, or watercolor.

Grantee:
No restriction on medium for submitted work.

Contributing Artist:
The initial submissions are digital images, which must be less than 8 MB each, of 3 of your original works. Each original work depicted in the digital images that you submit must meet the following dimensions: 18”x24” - 60”x40”, no deeper than 6”, and may not be heavier than 30 lbs.

Grantee:
Digital submissions must be less than 8 MB each.

Only legal residents of one of the California counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern, Orange or Riverside are eligible for these competitions.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Contributing Artist:
Contributing Artist winners will be notified by early September 2021

Grantee:
Grantee winners will be notified by February 2022

Yes, you can enter each competition one time. However, you can only be selected as a winner of one of the competitions.

Contributing Artist:
Must be at least 21 years old at the time of submission

Grantee:
Must be at least 21 years old at the time of submission

Contributing Artist:
No. Include your best 3 works of art.

Grantee:
No. Include your best 3 works of art.

Contributing Artist:
Each Contributing Artist winner will have the opportunity to submit up to two (2) new original works of art to be exhibited at the 2022 In the Paint Exhibition. The Art Curator for the In the Paint program will work with you to determine which of your works are best suited for the show.

Grantee:
N/A

Contributing Artist:
No. All submissions must come directly from the artist.

Grantee:
No. All submissions must come directly from the artist.

Contributing Artist:
No. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to view the works of our local artistic talent!

Grantee:
No. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to view the works of our local artistic talent!

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