Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles that creates new conversations about art, politics, and urban space.

Photo: Gina Clyne

We commission work by artists and writers, curate inclusive public programs about pressing social and political issues, and collaborate with institutions to strengthen the social fabric of our community and the world beyond.

Our core activity is the production of year-round commissions, conversations, and community events. We also bring this mission to our partnership with California State Parks on the Bowtie Project, an underused public space along the Los Angeles River. Together, we help our community realize its agency in shaping the future of the city.

Clockshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded by artist and filmmaker Julia Meltzer in 2004. We do not accept unsolicited portfolios or proposals.


(323) 522-6014
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Clockshop is located in a former porcelain mold factory in Frogtown, adjacent to the LA River:

2806 Clearwater Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Clockshop shares its space with elysian, an event venue run by David Thorne and his dedicated staff. Clockshop and elysian are also occasional collaborators. We recently opened our garden to Cafecito Organico, and we are looking forward to sharing our space with LA-Más in 2019.

Many Clockshop events happen at the Bowtie Parcel (2780 W. Casitas Ave. 90039), a river-adjacent parcel of land owned by California State Parks. Learn more about our partnership here.

Clockshop has also executed projects on LA city streets, and at various partner institutions, such as California Institute of the Arts, the Huntington, and Armory Center for the Arts.



Julia Meltzer, Founder & Director
Julia Meltzer is an artist and filmmaker, and the founding director of Clockshop. Meltzer’s film and video work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sharjah Biennial, and toured with the Sundance Film Forward Program. Her most recent films, the feature documentaries The Light in Her Eyes (2011) and Dalya’s Other Country (2017) were broadcast on POV on PBS. Meltzer is a recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria.

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Savannah Wood, Communications Director
Savannah Wood is an artist with deep roots in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Baltimore. She is interested in uncovering obscured histories, tapping into ancestral magic and disrupting linear readings of time. She makes photographs, clothing and small-scale sculpture.

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Lindsey Lee Eichenberger, Public Programs Coordinator
Lindsey Lee Eichenberger is a writer and zine-maker. She is a cofounder of Thick Thigh Collective, an arts collective that puts together zine-anthologies and organizes events that amplify the voices and bodies of marginalized folks in the community, including, but not limited to, conducting various creative workshops for children and youth. She received a B.A in child and adolescent development from San Francisco State University and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is from.

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William Warrener, Development Manager
William Warrener is an arts and culture project manager living in Los Angeles. His recent work includes brokering a new partnership between the University of Southern California and King’s College London that has enabled students and arts organizations to collaborate on international projects. Before relocating to California William produced artists’ residencies for the Cultural Institute at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2016, he coordinated projects for international cultural leaders at the Clore Leadership Programme, the UK’s pioneering arts leadership initiative. William has completed research for arts publications including Sir John Tusa’s 2014 book, Pain in the Arts. He has an MA in Culture and Creative Industries from King’s College London and a BA in literature from the University of Sussex.

william [at]

Katie Manos, Designer
Katie Manos is a graphic designer born in, living in and focusing on Los Angeles. Collecting and capturing the accelerated change her city is experiencing through existing systems such as Google Street View, aggregated content and archival photography, Katie finds ways to distribute these digital observations using available printing methods. Katie sees the role of the designer as one of both authorship and intention, and strives to create a practice that incorporates social responsibility into the work she does.

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Board Members

Sue Bell Yank, President
York Chang, Vice-President
Ashley Hunt, Secretary
Andrew Vought, Treasurer
William Deverell
Beth Gibb
Tracy Gray
Ann Le
Julia Meltzer

Work Opportunities


Development Manager, starting early 2019


Clockshop welcomes volunteers in many forms – document an event, assist an artist in production, check-in guests, etc. As a small organization with an ambitious schedule, we are happy to have all the help we can get. Sign up below.


Clockshop currently has no internships available. Please check back for updated listings.

Select Press


‘Frogtown Without Frogs: The Changing Ecology of the Bowtie Parcel and the L.A. River’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018

‘The Evolution of the Bowtie Parcel Contains Clues to the Future of Los Angeles’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018

‘Artists Are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places’ Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018

‘Simultaneities: Beatriz Cortez Interviewed by Rafa Esparza’ Rafa Esparza, BOMB Magazine, 2018

‘How 5 Artists in the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA Biennial Are Using Their Work to Imagine Alternative Futures’ Janelle Zara, Artnet, 2018

‘L.A. Literary events to enliven your spring’ Carolyn Kellog, Los Angeles Times, 2018

‘Adobe, Dust, and Water: Rafa Esparza and Rebeca Hernandez’s building: a simulacrum of power’ Gwyneth Shanks, X-TRA, 2018


’11 Podcasts About L.A. You Must Subscribe to ASAP’ Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, 2017

‘Remembering Octavia Butler’ Scott Timberg, Salon, 2017


‘Listen to ‘Next Up: The LA River’ Mini-Session #6: Julia Meltzer (Clockshop) and Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más)’ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Archinect, 2016

‘Inside the Octavia Butler Archives With L.A. Writer Lynell George’ Julia Wick, LAist, 2016

‘Celebrating Octavia Butler’ Kevin Durkin, Verso, 2016

‘Octavia Butler’s Legacy, Impact, and Afrofuturism Celebrated’ Jazelle Hunt, NBC News, 2016

‘Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Grants’ Artforum, 2016

‘Celebrating Octavia Butler: A visionary among futurists’ Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, 2016

‘Remembering unsung science-fiction hero/Genius Grant winner Octavia Butler’ Tom Carroll, Off-Ramp, KPCC, 2016

‘LA Celebrates Science Fiction Legend Octavia E. Butler With a Year of Events’ Cheryl Eddy, io9, 2016


‘An Authentic, Nourishing Persian-Jewish Dinner—in Los Angeles’ Merissa Nathan Gerson, Tablet, 2015

‘Dive deep into the history of the LA river via audio tour’ A. Martinez, Take Two, KPCC, 2015

‘Currents, Chapter One: On the Banks under the Bloodmoon’ Katie Antonsson, Ampersand, 2015

Best New Performance Art Stage (2015) Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly BEST OF LA, 2015

‘The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Los Angeles’ Lauren McQuade, ArtSlant, 2015

‘Clockshop brings dance to the banks of the LA River’ Robert Garrova, The Frame, KPCC, 2015

‘The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles’ Art in America, 2015

‘How to Enjoy the L.A. River Before Its $1.2 Billion Revamp’ Lila Higgins, LA Mag, 2015

‘taisha paggett and WXPT bring dance to the LA River’ Delirious, LA, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, 2015

‘This Performance Art Space Gives You A Cool New Reason To Visit The L.A. River’ Carol Cheh, LA Weekly, 2015

‘The bowtie project, clockshop la, and the transformation of the la river’ The Family Savvy, LA Edition, 2015

‘5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week’ Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly, 2015

‘Hyperallergic ArtRx LA’ Matt Stromberg, HYPERALLERGIC, 2015

‘Con/Safos: Art in the L.A. River’ Evan Moffitt, Paris, LA, 2015

‘A Dream for the Bowtie Parcel, Intro: What is the Bowtie?’ CalPark Voices, 2015

‘The Bowtie Parcel’s Narrative Landscape’ Carren Jao, Artbound, 2015

‘Free weekend? Free chocolate, Bill Murray and Happy Hour Week’ Kristen Lepore, Daniella Segura, and Jennifer Velez, KPCC, 2015


‘Notes on Looking; Rafa Esparza / Elizabeth Sonenberg Interview’ Notes on Looking, 2014

‘Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.’ Jessica Ritz, Jewish Journal, 2014

‘Clockshop’s The Bowtie Project’ Stacy Conde, Art Nerd Los Angeles, 2014

‘Gender Bending: Clockshop Presents the “My Atlas” Series’ Arianna Schioldager, alphasixty blog, 2014

‘My Atlas: Discovering the Real Female Traveler’ Dariush Azimi, Lady Clever, LA, 2014

‘My Atlas’ Rachel Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014

‘LA River Hosted Its First-Ever Public Campout This Weekend’ Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA, 2014

‘Camping on Concrete at the LA River’ DnA on KCRW, 2014

‘The First Ever L.A. River Campout’ LAist, 2014

‘Camping out by the L.A. River’ The Eastsider LA, 2014

‘Artist hopes public art piece will help re-envision city, nature’ Brittany Levine, LA Times, 2014

‘The Unfinished: A Temporary Public Sculpture by Michael Parker’ Rachael Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014

‘KCET Artbound; The Unfinished’ 5 Articles, Julia Meltzer, Anne Walsh, Michael Parker, Maggie Geoga, and Allison Carruth, KCET’s Artbound, 2014

‘Viewpoints: What’s next in Frogtown’s Future?’ Julia Meltzer, The Eastsider LA,  2014


‘War and the Sentence Fragment’ Anne Shea, X-TRA, 2011


‘Billboard Oases’ Holly Willis, LA Weekly, 2004

‘Images with a drive-by impact’ Scott Timberg, LA Times, 2004


Clockshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and relies on the generosity of government, foundation, and corporate support, as well as individual donors. Donations can be made at anytime here.

As an artist-run organization, Clockshop has a strong conviction that producers of culture should be paid for their time and engagement. All Clockshop participants—artists, writers, performers, activists, chefs—are compensated. Clockshop is proudly W.A.G.E. Certified.

Clockshop’s programs have been supported by:










Additional supporting organizations include the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, Karen Hillenburg and numerous other private donors.

How We Work

When commissioning new work for the Bowtie Project, Clockshop partners with artists who are willing to spend a significant amount of time inhabiting and engaging with the site, ensuring their commissions sensitively respond to the Bowtie’s unique properties. We support artists who view a Bowtie commission as a valuable opportunity to develop and challenge their practice in a raw, expansive and atmospheric naturalized urban landscape.

Clockshop works closely with every artist throughout the duration of their project. We help artists to orient themselves within the site, providing contextual information and feasibility guidance. Clockshop takes responsibility for securing funds for every project. Project budgets always include an artist honorarium, fairly determined in line with W.A.G.E guidelines.

During each project’s production, installation and exhibiting periods, we work to translate and present the artist’s intentions to our Bowtie Project partner, California State Parks (CSP). Projects must meet the approval of CSP staff, who often support artists and Clockshop staff with production and installation. Completing a work at the Bowtie is a challenging process – the site lacks basic amenities and is exposed to the elements. As a result, artists need to remain flexible and receptive when executing their projects.

Clockshop does not accept unsolicited proposals.

To see examples of past Bowtie Project artworks, visit