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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.

This competitive art program was instituted in 2021 by the Lakers in collaboration with world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges. This dynamic program strives to change the trajectory of 25 LA-based BIPOC artists’ careers each year.   

For the program’s second year, 15 local artists of color will be selected by Charly and a panel as Contributing Artists to create works of art to be exhibited at one or more In the Paint art exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2023, with the net proceeds benefitting the Contributing Artists and supporting the growth and development of future In the Paint initiatives.  In 2022, In the Paint art exhibitions were held at the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center as well as at Band of Vice’s Sacred House.

Furthermore, Charly and the panelists will also select 10 local artists as Grantees to receive mentorship opportunities and grants to support their development as artists. 

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.

This competitive art program was instituted in 2021 by the Lakers in collaboration with world-renowned fine artist Charly Palmer and a panel of three judges. This dynamic program strives to change the trajectory of 25 LA-based BIPOC artists’ careers each year.   

For the program’s second year, 15 local artists of color will be selected by Charly and a panel as Contributing Artists to create works of art to be exhibited at one or more In the Paint art exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2023, with the net proceeds benefitting the Contributing Artists and supporting the growth and development of future In the Paint initiatives.  In 2022, In the Paint art exhibitions were held at the Los Angeles Lakers’ UCLA Health Training Center as well as at Band of Vice’s Sacred House.

Furthermore, Charly and the panelists will also select 10 local artists as Grantees to receive mentorship opportunities and grants to support their development as artists. 

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15 In the Paint Contributing Artists

15 artists will be chosen by our panelists as Contributing Artists for the 2022-2023 In the Paint program. These Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work at one or more In the Paint art exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2023. Up to three of those works will be selected by Lakers players and staff to be purchased by the Lakers for display at the UCLA Health Training Center. Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to receive unique exposure for their artwork at In the Paint art exhibitions, an accompanying online exhibition, and on Lakers' digital and social platforms.


Updated deadline to sign-up: September 18, 2022

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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.


Updated deadline to sign-up: September 18, 2022

15 In the Paint Contributing Artists

15 artists will be chosen by our panelists as Contributing Artists for the 2022-2023 In the Paint program. These Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work at one or more In the Paint art exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2023. Up to three of those works will be selected by Lakers players and staff to be purchased by the Lakers for display at the UCLA Health Training Center. Contributing Artists will have the opportunity to receive unique exposure for their artwork at In the Paint art exhibitions, an accompanying online exhibition, and on Lakers' digital and social platforms.


Updated deadline to sign-up: September 18, 2022

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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.


Updated deadline to sign-up: September 18, 2022

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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

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Open call for local BIPOC artist submissions

A panel of judges selects 15 artists as Contributing Artists and 10 artists as Grantees

15 Contributing Artists create original artwork for one or more In the Paint art exhibitions in 2023, including an art exhibition at the UCLA Health Training Center, where Contributing Artists’ outstanding works of art are available to purchase by attendees

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

“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 and Grantee winners will be notified on or around October 24th, 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 four (4) new original works of art to be exhibited at one or more 2023 In the Paint art exhibitions. The Creative Director for the In the Paint program will work with you to determine which of your works are best suited for the exhibitions.

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!