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SD Art Prize Mission: Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration
What is the Prize for? The SD Art Prize annually awards art of excellence made in San Diego County by established artists and emerging artists. There is no age, gender or ethnic requirements attached to the prize. Art can be of any media but consideration is given to the restrictions of the exhibitions spaces for work on display.
What is the purpose of the Prize? The SD Art Prize give exposure to deserving SD County artists through a series of exhibitions, websites, published reviews, catalogues and educational materials.The Art Prize Catalog is an important part of this educational element. Art Professional are asked to contribute to these notes and those writers are part of the nominating committee for the next year of the prize. The SD Art Prize is growing a network of art professionals and an advisory board of patrons and facilitates collaboration with arts organizations and the media to raise awareness of the visual arts.
Who gives the money? The money is raised by the San Diego Visual Arts Network which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts and art education mainly but not exclusively within the County of San Diego. SDVAN believes art, in its diverse forms, enriches our lives, can be a catalyst for personal development, empowerment, enhanced creativity, community building and positive social changes. In 2006/2007 The start up art prize money came from The Smart Family Foundation. The SD Art Prize is a 100% volunteer effort just like SDVAN. No one receives a salary or makes a profit from these efforts.Why is it held where it is held? The L-Street Gallery of the Omni Hotel sponsored the exhibitions by generously donating space and the supporting expenses of the exhibitions in 2006-2009. The 2006/2007 SD Art Prize artists were also shown at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido from March 1 – May 31 of 2008. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has graciously offered to host 2010 and 2011 art prize recipients, and from 2010 all recipients will be featured at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair. A special exhibition of all nominated emerging artists New Contemporaries I for the 2007/2008 SD Art Prize was held at Simayspace at Art College International in June of 2007. The New Contemporaries II 2009 emerging artists was held at Noel-Baza Fine Art. New Contemporaries III in 2010 was held at Project X: Art . New Contemporaries IV will be held at Alexander Salazaar Gallery in downtown SD. The SD Art Prize looks for venues so that all within the SD region have an opportunity to view the works of these artists.
Why is the prize given? The prize is given in recognition of work these artists have created in the three years previous to the award year. It is not a life-time achievement award.Who picks the artists? The artists are chosen by a nominating committee that changes yearly and by the SD Art Prize executive committee. The nominating committee is consists of those artist recipients from the previous year and the art professionals who have contributed to the SD Art Prize catalog. .Each nominator is asked to choose an established and an emerging artist. The New Contemporaries venue director is also allowed to make one nomination of an emerging artist. The Established artists for the current year choose the emerging artists to mentor and with which to exhibit. All artists nominated are considered worthy of the award. Established Artist are chosen by the SD Art Prize Committee for each year to maintain a balance of age, gender, medium and ethnicity.
Who picks the work for the show? The artists choose the work for the show in cooperation with the curator of the space.
What do the selectors look for? The nominating committee looks for a body of work of excellence created in the last three years, which explores a unique viewpoint. The final selection is made by the SD Art Prize Committee who ties to create a balance over the years of gender and ethnicity.
Who produces the SD Art Prize? The SD ART PRIZE is produced by The Art Girls: Debra McGinty-Poteet, Ann Berchtold and Patricia Frischer who volunteer their time and effort.
Is the public involved in the choice? The public can make suggestions of artist whom they think are worthy of the prize. Public suggestions are passed on to the nominators through the SD Art Prize Survey
How can the public comment on the show? There is a guest book at the exhibition and all visitors are welcome to make comments about the show. Comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or as above you can help us Enliven the SD Art Scene by filling in our SD Art Prize Survey.