My Century of the Self paintings document the search for an authentic self and the creation of hope, meaning and purpose in life. I'm pleased by how well Letters aligns with Inner-City Arts and their mission to cultivate creativity within Los Angeles youth.
Alexandra Grant

Century of the Self, USC Fisher Museum, 2013, photos by Brian Forrest.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Inner-City Arts is re-launching a program to collaborate with contemporary artists to produce fine art benefit editions. The Lapis Press is honored to work with Inner-City Arts and Alexandra Grant to create this inaugral edition and to help raise awareness of Inner-City Arts' services within the Los Angeles fine arts community and beyond.

Alexandra Grant's series of five prints for Inner-City Arts, Letters from Century of the Self (2014) are images that address questions of identity and one's concept of self. Based on quotes from Shakespeare, Sophocles, Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, and the artist herself, Letters explores the tension between the meaning of language and its visual representations. As one young student observed, Grant's work teaches us "the difference between seeing and perceiving."

The complete series is limited to an edition of 50 and may be purchased for $1,250 with all proceeds benefitting Inner-City Arts. To purchase the series or learn more about the program, please contact Inner-City Arts at (213) 627-9621, or email

Alexandra Grant is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Hammer Museum, and has been exhibited in institutions and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

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Inner-City Arts, widely regarded as one of the nation's most effective arts education providers, is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles.

Providing access to the arts and the endless possibilities they offer, Inner-City Arts is an investment in the youth of Los Angeles. Creating a bridge between the studio and the classroom, Inner-City Arts' unique approach to arts education measurably improves academic and personal outcomes for children and youth.


Century of the Self, USC Fisher Museum, 2013, photos by Brian Forrest.