Monday, October 26, 2009



You are cordially invited to a very special reception at Los Angeles Pierce College on November 10, 2009. This event celebrates 50 years of support of our area’s community colleges by the Maple Leaf Society and the life achievements of the acclaimed American artist Richard Glazer Danay.
Sponsored by the Pierce College Foundation and The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, this free event will begin with catered hors d’ouvres and beverages at 5:30 until 6:30 pm in the Great Hall of Pierce College. After introductions, Mr. Glazer Danay will present an overview of his career as a famed Native American artist and teacher of fine arts.

Nov. 10, 2009
5:30 to 7:45 pm

Los Angeles Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Avenue

Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Parking is free for this event’s guests in Lot A

Your hosts believe this is a unique opportunity to meet the leaders of the Pierce College Administration and the Pierce Foundation, The Board and Advisors of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Founders of Phi Delta Psi Fraternity, Alumni of the Maple Leaf Society, and members of the San Fernando Valley’s arts and economic communities. San Fernando Valley artists, alumni and faculty of Pierce College will also be in attendance.

It is expected that seating for the event will be limited.
Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Background of Richard Glazer-Danay
Richard Glazer-Danay came to Pierce College in the fall of 1962, after completing two years of active duty in the US Army Reserves. It was while taking art classes at the community college, that he determined to become a professional artist. At Pierce, Ric joined the Phi Delta Psi student fraternity and subsequently became a lifelong member of its alumni organization, the Maple Leaf Society.
After Pierce College, Richard Glazer-Danay earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University Northridge and two years later received a Master of Arts from CSU Chico and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Davis. For some years Danay taught painting at CSU Chico, and later became a professor of American Indian Studies at CSU Long Beach and chairman of the university’s program.
A certified member of the Caughnawaga-Turtle Clan of the Kahnawake Band of Native Americans, Richard Glazer-Danay has created a world famous body of art derived from both pop and postmodernist art movements, and he employs a wry and ironic sense of humor in his interpretation of Indian themes and the status of women in modern American life. Inspired by his ironworking family, Danay is best known for his hard hat art.
Mr. Glazer-Danay has been a consultant for the U.S. Office of Education, Office of Indian Education, U.S. Forest Service, Civil Rights compliance, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Glazer-Danay is a member of the National Indian Education Association, College Art Association, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Education Committee, and the board of directors for Educational Opportunity Center, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin. He served as acting director, C. N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis; coordinator, American-Intercultural Programs/American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; California State University, Long Beach; commissioner, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Richard Glazer-Danay has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe. His works are widely included in publications across the world. His works are in the collections of the British Museum, Vienna's Museum fur Vokerkunde, the Heard Museum in Phoenix and the Philbrook Museum.

Background of The Maple Leaf Society
The Maple Leaf Society is an organization of alumni the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity, from Los Angeles Pierce, Valley, and City Colleges. It also has alumni members from California State University Northridge, Virginia Technical University and Moorpark College. The fraternal brotherhood was founded by 13 students from Valley and Pierce Colleges in 1956. Among its founders were veterans of the Korean War. As the years passed, to give a positive expression of their loyalty to each other and gratitude for the opportunities give though community college education, the Maple Leaf Endowment Fund was created. It provides student scholarships and support for the foundations on the campuses on which the fraternity had active chapters.

Background of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, incorporated as a California non-profit organization in 2005, is in its developmental years. It is in the process of obtaining input and gathering support from valley residents and from the business, public, private, and non-profit sectors.
The Museum’s organizational goals and objectives will always be a work-in-progress; to meet thechanging needs of a dynamic society. At the present, the San Fernando Valley has no significant museum
of history and culture, which serves the entire Valley residential population.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is an educational and cultural institution. Its purpose is toacquire, display, and preserve artifacts, documents and records related to the San Fernando Valley and its residents. It strives to accomplish this through interactive exhibits, an interactive website, tours for schools and organizations, performances, lectures and an artifact loan program for San Fernando Valley schools.
The Museum's collections of art and historical items exist for scholarly research and for public enjoyment.
The Museum collects, preserves, and shares with the entire San Fernando Valley important works of art as well as folk art and crafts.
Dr. Gerald Fecht, President; Tel: (818) 437-1665; email:
Michel Stevens, Vice President, Development; Tel: (310) 890-9182; Fax: (818) 276-1547;

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