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Mission & Vision

The mission of Surrogate Gallery Projects (SGP) is to give voice to underrepresented artists and curators, inspire youth participation in the arts and to facilitate partnerships between unoccupied commercial spaces in the Pasadena area, creating exhibitions and projects that serve and energize community participation in the arts. SGP is committed to presenting the arts as an ennobling and inspiring action that fosters deeper understandings about self and community, building bridges between cultures, ethnicities, social class and difference. Surrogate Gallery Projects is thrilled to be a project of Fulcrum Art's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.


Surrogate Gallery Projects' vision is to embrace the 'pop-up' format to produce a minimum of two exhibitions a year creating experiences that are unexpected, unique and captivating. Our goal is to develop ongoing relationships with local commercial property owners, community arts organizations and schools as an active member of the Pasadena arts community. SGP's use of empty commercial spaces benefits local businesses by increasing potential consumer traffic and by contributing to the greater good of the community. Surrogate Gallery Projects' outreach and presentations to local public and private schools supports and strengthens the integration of the arts in the lives of young students.


If you have an exhibition or curatorial project idea we would love to hear from you! Please visit the contact page.

Holly Boruck - Director, Curator










Holly grew up in Pasadena and is a third generation Californian. She has an MFA in Painting from Cal State University Northridge and a BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is an Adjunct Professor at Cal State University Northridge and Moorpark College and a faculty member at Ryman Arts on the Cal State University Fullerton campus. Highlights of her awards include a 2013 USA Projects Funding Grant for The Butterfly Hurricanes Project, a Durfee Grant and a George Sugarman Grant. She works in painting, drawing and sculpture, currently divided into two distinct bodies of work: 'Omni-Optics' and 'Marcus Durkheim'. "A common thread in my art-making practice is generated from a deep interest in the human psyche and earthly experiences. I'm interested in questioning and contemplating the nature of reality, and feel a tender sensitivity toward the outcast, shunned and darker corners of who-we-are." Holly's work can be seen in local, national and international exhibition venues. 



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