California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) was founded in 1961 as a merger between two institutions (Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music) that was funded by Walt Disney. In 1971 CalArts moved to a campus in Valencia, California, where it is still located today. CalArts provides instruction in a range of disciplines including art, animation, film, and music, and it was home to the Feminist Art Program. Notable faculty members have included Judy Chicago, Allan Kaprow, Miriam Schapiro, Michael Asher, and John Baldessari, whose “post-studio” approach influenced a new generation of conceptual artists.