ARS is an
Art Practice

What happens when artists are given cutting edge tools to create new work?

What we do

ARS provides technology and resources to artists whose interest aligns with these new mediums, allowing them to develop an alternative and complimentary means of expression to their existing practice.

Technology

ARS provides high quality cutting-edge technology that fits with the vision of the artists.

Exhibition

Each completed project is presented at the ARS studio in Eagle Rock California or at a Los Angeles arts institution.

Resources

ARS recruits advisors and experts in a variety of fields to assist artists in the development of their projects.

Community

As a 501(c)(3) ARS expands the community’s understanding of technology and art in society.

Why ARS?

Founded in 2017 by Brent Imai and Frank Masi, Art Reality Studio (ARS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to connecting artists to technology. ARS asks: What happens when artists are given access to the latest cutting-edge technology?

The 21st century has ushered in a world with a rapidly changing technological landscape that has the potential to impact our communities and society more quickly and to a greater degree than ever before. Through the development of new economies to the destruction of democratic processes, technology is both humanity's greatest asset and greatest threat.

ARS offers artists the opportunity to employ the latest technologies as a means to understand the human experience in this new reality. Known to be the most innovative problem-solvers, artists have the ability to illuminate technology’s potential impact on the world and demonstrate how we can understand our place as humans in this ever-evolving ecosystem.

Get to Know Us

Board Members

Brent Imai

President - Co-Founder

"There are two through lines that define my career.  First, I’m always looking for what’s new in products, technology, and business models.  The second is a motivation to build platforms that enable others to achieve their goals.

My 25 years career in the entertainment industry, starting in television then transitioned to digital media.  Some highlights include work with sports teams and leagues, developing an Emmy Award winning interactive television series featuring NASCAR racing, serving as the first executive producer for the Prime Ticket Network in Los Angeles, pioneering new forms of television experiences with Game Show Network, CNN, PBS, MTV, and heading original content development for AT&T.

In 2016, I created OmniWorks, a business incubator focusing on women and minority entrepreneurs.  Co-founding Art Reality Studio is my latest endeavor that combines what’s new with supporting others."

Frank Masi

Secretary/Treasurer - Co-Founder

"I have held design, fabrication, and project director positions in the field of live entertainment starting in 1966 as the Technical Director of the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan, and finishing in 2005 as the Universal Creative Project Director for new theme park attractions at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

Highlights from those 40 years include building the Joshua Tree set for U2's touring arena show while working as the Projector Director of Tait Towers in Lititz, PA, Project Directing the original T2-3D: Battle Across Time at Universal Studios Florida for Universal Creative (opened 1996), and Project Directing Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Hollywood (opened 2004).

Since 2005, I redefined myself as an artist, collector, facilitator. My success as an artist can be judged on frank-masi.com. I'm proud of the art collection my family and I have assembled. Co-founding Art Reality Studio (ARS) with Brent Imai gave me a second life that I would like to share with you."

Chip Largman

Director

"I began my career as a lighting designer in the early 70’s in NYC, collaborating with some of the leading choreographers of the postmodern era. 

In the mid 70’s, I turned to the concert touring industry and traveled throughout the world as a lighting designer/tour manager for pop entertainers such as Olivia Newton John and Bette Midler.  In 1983, I served as the Executive in Charge of Production for the Democratic National Convention held in San Francisco.  In 1986 I held a similar position for Liberty Weekend: The Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration

In 1987, I joined the Universal Creative team, the development arm of Universal Studios.  I rapidly moved into an executive role and served as SVP for the regional team at Universal Studios Hollywood

After 30 years of service, I retired in 2017 and returned to my roots in the dance world serving as a management advisor and production consultant.  Furthering my interest in the arts, I joined the Board of ARS in 2018."

Technical and Administrative Advisory Committee
(TAAC)

Lyndon Barrois

Director/Writer/Producer

Motion Picture Industry

Randy Boch

Insurance Broker

Falcon West Insurance Brokers Inc.

Bob Chambers

Executive Producer & Co-CEO

The Producers Group

Sarah Cohen

Development Executive

Nonprofit Management

Peter Kirby

Director/Editor

Media Art Services

Judy Lee

Spatial Experience Designer & Service Design Strategist

LEEM STUDIO

Jesse McCombs

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Northern Trust

Tom Smith

Vice-President, Senior Trust Officer

Northern Trust

David Morris

Chief Creative Director

Theme Parks/Location Based Entertainment

Rebecca Morse

Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department

LACMA

Carter Mull

Cultural Attache'

American Artist

Jason Pilarski

Co-Founder

Machine Histories

Nick Ravden

Principal, Senior Client Advisor

Bessemer Trust

Nancy Reimann

Partner

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Jamie Robertson

Principal

Robertsonics

Daniel Rothman

Sound Installation & Music for Performance

Composer, Musician, Producer, Educator

Ken Salter

Principal

Ken Salter Motioneering KSM

Patrick Shields

Principal

Reliable Scan

Frank Weigand

Co-Founder

The TWT Group