Becoming a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Prior to opening the Good Health Medical Center in Hollywood, California, Dr. Aramais Paronyan received his MD at the Yerevan State Medical University and completed his residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Aramais Paronyan is also interested in the arts, and he coproduced an Armenian film titled If Only Every One, which was a candidate for best foreign language film at the 2013 Oscars.

The body of professionals who determine nominees and winners of the Oscars are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Becoming a member of the Academy involves fulfilling very particular requirements.

Members of the Academy must be exceptional in their respective fields, as determined by the Academy committee. Membership also requires achieving specific numbers of credits on a professional resume. For example, a writer or director must be credited with a minimum of two films, while actors must have three credited film roles in order to be considered for membership.

In the absence of the necessary credentials, two current members of the Academy can sponsor a potential member, who is then approved or denied by the Academy committee and Board of Governors. However, the simplest way to gain membership to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to be nominated for an Oscar, which grants automatic consideration for membership.

What Galleries Look for in Potential Exhibitors

Aramais Paronyan, MD, formerly treated patients at Good Health Medical Center
in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Aramais Paronyan also has a love for the arts and sponsored an art exhibit at the Arshag and Eleanor Dickranian Diocesan Complex in Burbank, California, in 2009, providing an opportunity for talented local artists to showcase their works to the public.

Artists who want their works to be exhibited usually have to transact with gallery owners for exhibit space. However, looking for exhibit opportunities is not as easy as finding gallery owners who like the art presented to them. Some gallery owners might be looking for more than just art that interests them. They may be looking for artist personalities that are just as valuable as the art.

The main thing that gallery owners look for in artists is commitment to their art. This might be manifested by a personal philosophy or a declaration of purpose. Because an exhibit is a form of investment, gallery owners want to know what direction the artist is headed in the long run. They may also be interested in artists’ back story to determine their motivation in pursuing their art.

Gallery owners may also expect artists to have background knowledge on the gallery in general, including some history and the art it has represented in the past. Some traits, such as willingness to learn, flexibility, and genuineness may enhance an artist’s chances in getting an exhibit deal.

Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

A retired family medicine physician in California, Aramais Paronyan, MD, currently focuses on a variety of philanthropic and community development activities. Dr. Aramais Paronyan also enjoys and supports fine art, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Among its many programs and services, MOCA offers Art Talks and Lectures, and the Sunday Studio for Los Angeles residents. On Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights, MOCA usually hosts engaging presentations and informal art talks that allow audiences to join the dialogue and gain exposure to multidisciplinary perspectives on MOCA exhibitions. The lectures feature a wide range of individuals from the art community, such as curators, artists, scholars, and historians.

At MOCA’s Sunday Studio, families and community members of all ages can enjoy a participatory art experience where they use provided materials to craft a variety of art pieces. The quarterly event, supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, is free to the public.