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Focus on the Masters (FOTM) Arts Archive & Library is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), art appreciation and education program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists. We emphasize the importance of the arts to a healthy society.

The FOTM archives includes oral histories, videotaped interviews, photographic portraits and examples of artists’ work. All FOTM community outreach projects, including our cross-curricular in-school program Learning To See, are built upon the research and documentation collected in the FOTM archive. Archival documentation, consisting of visual, written and recorded oral histories, is at the heart of the FOTM mission. The Focus mission is to demonstrate the full significance of the arts to society by bringing highly accomplished and diverse artists to the forefront of the community.

The Focus on the Masters Mission

  • To document and archive extraordinary artists and their work through photographic portraits, audio and video interviews and biographical research that encompass each artist’s experiences, artistic reflections and development.
  • To present this work to a broad and diverse public through extensive education outreach to all ages; including:
  • At-risk youth through the Learning to See youth outreach program,
  • The general public through the Artist Spotlight Interview  Series,
  • And through exhibitions, print and digital publications, and access to the extensive FOTM resource library.

Artists teach us to see the world. With refreshed vision, they force us to ask questions about society, they console us and even enrage us. But, above all, they engage us and remind us of our own role in the world.

Donna Granata

Founder, Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Reed Foundation
Hilton Foundation
California Humanities
City of Ventura
Ventura County
Museum of Ventura County
Image Source
Ventura Picture Framing
BofA Performing Arts Center
Custom Printing
California Arts Council
The Breeze