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Third edition of the "Jeunes Talents" program

New York, NY – February 9, 2009 – The Jeunes Talents or Young Talents—a group of
eight accomplished American art students from Southern California and New Orleans’
finest art schools—returned from a tour hosted by Maison de la France and four French
cities where they were commissioned to depict modern France through photography.
Their work will be exhibited at the prominent West Hollywood gallery of Louis Stern Fine
Arts, starting on March 26, 2009 for three weeks.

These talented art students spent ten days in one of the four cities of Biarritz, Lyon,
Montpellier and Antibes. Based on their experiences there, they were asked to produce a
series of photographs representing their feelings and personal understanding of the
places they visited. In addition to the 3-week exhibition their work will be soon be
displayed on the MDLF website at

Their trip marked the third edition of the Jeunes Talents program, a joint initiative by
Maison de la France and the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles to set the stage for
future artistic and educational exchanges.

"Jeunes Talents is a unique opportunity to open the boundaries of art, creativity and
cultural exchanges. Take eight talented young American photographers. Put them in an
unknown environment: a French city with its own traditions and culture. Add key players
in the contemporary photographic art scene - fine schools of photography (CalArts, Art
Center College of Design, OTIS College, Loyola University) and a famous gallery owner
known for innovative photography - Louis Stern. The result is one of the most exciting,
subversive and challenging art concepts to date. The Cultural Services of the French
Embassy are proud to be part of this project along with their French partners, Maison de
la France and the FLAX foundation."
– Yann Perreau, Deputy Cultural Attaché

“The Young Talents project, organized by Maison de la France/The French Government
Tourist Office and its partners, is a unique opportunity for French cities to expand their
visibility through the visions of young American artists. It is a unique experience
combining art and tourism, France and the US, and the opportunity for young artists to
display their work at a world renowned gallery in Los Angeles and on”
- Benoit Chollet Director Western USA Maison de la France

The Jeunes Talents are Justine Maccario and Spencer Lowell from Art Center College of
Design, Alie Bogle and Alejandro Sanchez from the California Institute for the Arts,
Amanda Keller and Tasha Moore from Otis College of Art and Design, and Gillian Dicker
and Esther Murphy from Loyola University New Orleans. All eight students were chosen
for their talent and personal interest in the project.


Antibes Juan-les-Pins

With its old stones firmly anchored in the past yet looking resolutely to the future,
Antibes Juan-les-Pins offers an amazing array of qualities. Its eccentricity is embodied in
the building of Europe’s largest marina realized to satisfy the whims of a billionaire who
needed a place to accommodate his yacht. In 1895, Antibes modernized and destroyed
its surrounding walls. But the city, while now open to the world, has never lost its
authenticity and charm. The main event of the year takes place in the second half of July
with Europe’s oldest jazz festival, Jazz à Juan. This festival has always dedicated the
rising stars of jazz (it was the place of the European debut of Ray Charles in the 1960’s),
and has welcomed on its stage the biggest names: from Louis Armstrong to Ella
Fitzgerald, from Keith Jarrett to Marcus Miller and so many others. In April, the city
organizes a contest to promote these young musicians.

Discover Antibes through the eyes of Esther Maureen Murphy and Gillian Dicker from
Loyola School (New Orleans).

For information on Antibes visit:


A major destination indelibly marked by Napoleon III and other leading personalities,
Biarritz has always been one of France’s most welcoming towns. Thanks to Empress
Eugenie, this small fishing harbor became a fashionable seaside resort in the 19th
century. In 1888, the continent’s second oldest golf course opened in Biarritz. Today it
has one of approximately ten golf courses in the region. Blessed with wide beaches,
powerful waves and a warm climate throughout the year, in 1957, the first surfers on the
European continent naturally came to Biarritz which was to become Europe’s historic
surfing capital.
Look at Biarritz through the pictures of Amanda Konya from Otis (LA) and Alejandro
Sanchez from Calart (LA).

For Information on Biarritz visit:


Lyon unveils its architecture just like a history book, as you pass from one district to the
next. No need to walk for hours, the whole city lies snugly between its two rivers and its
two hills. In 1998, the historical center of Lyon was made a UNESCO world heritage site,
a distinction that crowns 2,000 uninterrupted years of history and architecture.
With the numerous starred restaurants, its famous chefs, its brasseries with their turn-of-
the-century decor, café-bars, whatever your tastes may be, you will find what you are
looking for in Lyon. A marvelous blend of flavors and colors to be discovered as you stroll
through the stalls in the open-air markets that already perfume the air with the exquisite
scents of the south, or through the Halles de Lyon, the city’s permanent covered market,
where all the great chefs go to do their morning shopping.
The city’s prosperity has been accompanied by a cultural aura and a creative heritage
that can be seen in its approximately twenty museums, which include both a textile
museum and a cinema museum. The city hosts numerous festivals and events
throughout the year: dance, contemporary art, puppetry and cinema festivals as well as
The Nights of Fourvière, the Nights of Sound Festival of Light.

Experience Lyon with Spencer Mishlen’s pictures from Art Center (LA).

For information on Lyon visit:


Montpellier is a unique destination: young, lively, vibrant and deeply Mediterranean. The
city has a population of 70,000 students, among whom a great number are foreign
students. Halfway between Spain and Italy and less than 11km from the Mediterranean,
the city certainly has an undeniable attraction; 300 days of sunshine per year, many
lively cafes, vast pedestrian squares, parks and green spaces, and the charm of the
medieval streets. It is a city with style and there is always an event going on in
Montpellier to light up your stay!

Enjoy Montpellier as shown by Tasha Moore from Otis (LA), Justine Maccario from Art
center (LA) and Allison Hwang from Calart (LA).

For information on Montpellier visit:


The Jeunes Talents Program is made possible thanks to the generous patronage of
Maison de la France, the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles, France-Los Angeles
Exchange (FLAX), Louis Stern Fine Arts and the hosting of great French cities, as a
means of nurturing French-American friendship, as well as the production of
masterpieces inspired by modern-day France.

Sponsorship is provided by Maison de la France, Office de tourisme d’Antibes-Juan-les-
pins, Office de tourisme et des congrès de la ville de Lyon, Office de tourisme de
Montpellier, Office de tourisme de Biarritz, Club Jeunes Maison de la France, Air Tahiti
Nui, Rail Europe and France-Los Angeles Exchange Foundation.

Maison de la France/French Government Tourist Office – Created in 1987 and
placed under the authority of the Ministry of Tourism, Maison de la France, also known as
the French Government Tourist Office, is responsible for the promotion of France as a
holiday destination, with 33 offices in 28 countries around the world. In the United
States, Maison de la France has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
For information on MDLF/FGTO:

France for Young People - "France for Young People" groups together, within Maison
de la France, 50 professionals specialized in services for young people: trip organizers,
hotels, language schools and study-abroad programs, amusement parks, museums and
institutions. The presence of these providers is a guarantee of reliability, quality, service
and professionalism. You can find our offers at:

French Cultural Services – The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United
States promote the best of French arts, literature, and education to cultural and
academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary.
The work of the Cultural Services is advisory, conceptual, developmental and
promotional. Their goal is to prompt and sustain a high-spirited cultural exchange
between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers, students,
and educators, and to continually enhance the number and caliber of opportunities
available to them.
For information on French Cultural Services:

France-Los Angeles Exchange – Created in 2006 by two Frenchmen, Gerald du Manoir
and Lionel Sauvage, FLAX is the logical answer to their love for America and their desire
to pursue the historical link between both countries. FLAX’s mission is to bring together
resources and programs that will draw our two countries and their people closer. By
partnering with Southern California cultural and educational institutions and using the
access to the French creative community and its associated events, FLAX is dedicated to
expose Southern California to the diversity of French culture.
For information on FLAX:

Rail Europe – Serving North American travelers for over 75 years, Rail Europe has
provided sophisticated travelers access to the most romantic and truly European method
of travel, and has emerged as an essential part of the vacation planning process. With a
vast rail network throughout Europe - representing more than 30 railroad operators
throughout the continent - Rail Europe has been a dominating presence in European rail
travel since 1932. An essential part of any authentic European journey, train travel is not
only a convenient and easy way to travel, but it immediately immerses passengers into
the culture and pace of European life.
To book any of Rail Europe's wide range of economical railpasses and point-to-point
tickets on trains throughout Europe, log on to Rail Europe's web site for travel agents at or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245
To book rail for groups of 10 or more, please contact our Group Department at

Air Tahiti Nui - Air Tahiti Nui is the international flag-carrier of Tahiti and Her Islands
and links four continents to the South Pacific. They offer flights from Los Angeles to
Papeete, Tahiti, France, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia. Their modern fleet of A340-
300 airbuses was rated by travelers as the “Best Airline - Pacific Region” and recognized
as having the “Best Cabin Staff - Pacific Region” in the 2008 Skytrax World Airline
Survey® for the sixth consecutive year. Be moved by Tahiti.

For Information about Air Tahiti Nui:


Art Center College of Design – For over 75 years, Art Center College of Design has
been a global leader in art and design education whose graduates have inspired change
in society by solving problems through design. Art Center offers undergraduate and
graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as Public
Programs offering design education to all ages and levels of experience.
For information about Art Center College of Design:

California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – The first U.S. higher educational
institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, CalArts is
recognized as the nation’s leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools – Art,
Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater – CalArts embraces creative cross-
pollination among diverse art forms and traditions, and strongly encourages each artist to
pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding.
For information about CalArts:

Otis College of Art and Design – Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles’ oldest
independent art school, was founded in 1918. The College offers an interdisciplinary
education for architects and designers who will shape the future. Otis prepares diverse
students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and
their vision. Its programs embrace new technologies and emerging disciplines, uniting
these practices with established strengths in fine arts and design.
For information about Otis:

Loyola University New Orleans – Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-
educational and Jesuit university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. With its current
enrollment of more approximately 5,000 students, it is the largest Catholic university in
the southern United States. Loyola University New Orleans is ranked fifth best institution
among Southern regional universities offering masters and undergraduate degrees.
For information about Loyola University:
Full profiles of each student artist and school, and photos of each participating region are
available upon request. Interviews with the participating students are also available.

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