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General Press for the SD ART PRIZE

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show 92067, October 2016
San Diego Art Prize at Art San Diego, July 2016 and ongoing
Honoring Visual Artists 92024 Magazine By ZCode Magazines, Nov 2015
Changes to the SD Art Prize A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer, July 2015
Rethinking the San Diego Art Prize City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
,
July 2015
Patricia Frischer
speaking on Blog Talk Radio Tue. Sept 24 2013, at 10:30am.host Sherri Rabinowitz
Dani Dodge, Voice of San Diego, Guide from the Inside: A Leg Up, Friendship, Cash, March 2011
Robert Pincus, SD Union Tribune, MacConnel, Morris tabbed for S.D. Art Prize honors, Dec 21, 2008
“ Noyer le Poisson" & The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization April, 2008
Emily Vizzo, San Diego Union Tribune, Six Artists Spotlighted in Exhibit, CCAE, March 27, 2088
Enlace, Union Tribune Spanish Speaking edition, March 2008
Kirby Fairfax, North County Times, Escondido exhibition poignantly examines the concept of innocence lost
, CCAE, March 5, 2008
UCSD Department of Visual Arts
, Feb 27, 2008

Del Mar Village Voice,
Feb 2008
Innocence is Quetionable: SD Art Prize at Californian Center for the Arts, Escondido, Feb, 2008
Robert Pincus, San Diego Union Tribune, Show and Tell, Art Prize Winners Set
, Aug 20,2007
Kevin Freitas, Art as Authority, And the winner is... SD Art Prize unveils, , August, 2007
Press release, SD Art Prize 2007/2008 award announcement, July, 2007
LetsPlayDowntown,
Internet Interviews, July 2007
Art Net, June 28,2007
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, A chance to see San Diego Art Prize winners' work , June 17,2007
Press release Update June 2007
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Anonymously funded, prize goal is local artist recognition
December 1, 2006
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune,
New Prize Will Recognize Local Artists
August 11, 2006
Hear David Codden on KPBS talking to Tom Fudge about the SD Art Prize Aug, 2006
This Week @ UCSD September 25, 2006

Press for William Feeney and Shinpei Takeda
Press Release SD Art Prize Emerging Artists announced, July 2016
Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show Returns To Balboa Park This Novembe, SanDiegoville, Oct, 2016
O’side Artist part of ‘Art San Diego’ Contemporary Art Show, Oside News, Oct 2016
Art San Diego 2016 - The 8th Edition of the Iconic Californian Show, WideWall by Angie Kordics, Oct 2016
Weekend Scene: Art San Diego 2016 Updates Shadowbox by L. Richelle Murry, Oct 2016
Press Release SD Art Prize Established Artists announced, Oct 2016


2016 New Contemporaries
Press Release New Contemporaries, April 2016
Spring Arts Preview: Visual Arts 2016 San Diego Art Prize Nominated Artists Union Tribune by Susan Myrland , April 2016
Press Release New Contemporaries at City College, May 2016
Summer art show preview including New Contemporaries City Beat by Seth Combs, June, 2016
New Contemporaries, Oysterfest and Point Break LIVE! City Beat Staff June 2016
New Contemporaries at City College: Emerging Artist nominated for SD Art Prize Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
June, 2016
Culture Report: Even the Alt-Cons Are Bursting at the Seams Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan July, 2016
Press Release SD Art Prize Emerging Artists announced, July 2016
A Best Of 2016 List (of sorts) City Beat by Seth Combs, October, 2016

Press for Wendy Maruyama, Peter Scheidt, Roy McMakin, Kevin Inman
Union Tribune, San Diego Art Prize winners named:Wendy Maruyama and Roy McMakin are the 2015 winners by James Chute, March 2015
Press Release, Wendy Maruyama and Roy McMakin, March 2015
Press Release, Peter Scheidt and Kevin Inman, May 2015
Emerging Artistry, Art San Diego, July 2015
Press Release for Art San Diego, October 2015
Art San Diego, October 2015
Craft Shoot: Peter Nelson Scheidt Voice of San Diego by Seth Combs, May 2016
San Diego Art Prize 2015 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer, May 2916
Naughty, Traditions, and Wood: A 2-part Review of “2015 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition” San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh, May, 2016


Press Release, New Contemporaries March 2015
Department of Visual Arts UCSD, 2015 SDVAN New Contemporaries, March 2015
Pacific Magazine New contemporaries VIII, May 28, 2015

Press for Marianela de la Hoz, Bhavna Mehta, Philipp Scholz Ritterman, Joseph Huppert
Voice of San Diego, Culture Report: Creative DNA and NCVII and SD Art Prize by Alex Zaragoza, April 8, 2014
Press Release, Marienella de la Hoz, Philipp Scholz Ritterman, April 2014
Union Tribune, Rittermann, de la Hoz win art prize Artists recognized by San Diego Visual Arts Network by James Chute, April 4, 2014
Press Release, Bhavna Mehta and Joseph Huppert, May, 2014
San Diego City Beat Red List, Perfect Pairings, March 2015
San Diego Art Prize at the Athenaeum March 2015
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
SD Art Prize at The Athenaeum Picked RAW Peeled by Vanessa Christie
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library exhibit celebrates 2014 San Diego Art Prize winners in La Jolla La Jolla Light and Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt with Photos by Maurice Hewitt


Voice of San Diego, Culture Report: Creative DNA and NCVII and SD Art Prize by Alex Zaragoza, April 8, 2014

Press for James Hubbell, Brennan Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline, James Enos

Announcing 2013 SD Art Prize recipients, April 2013
Union Tribune San Diego by Jim Chute, April 9, 2013
Union Tribune San Diego, by Jim Chute, July 2, 2013
Debby and Larry Kline, Collaborative Artist - Provocateurs Talk about Themselves, by Cathy Breslaw, Aug 28, 2013
Patricia Frischer speaking on Blog Talk Radio Tue. Sept 24 2013, at 10:30am.host Sherri Rabinowitz
Dinner with the Klines on Art Pulse TV
, Oct, 2013
Creative Art Fair brings " Creative Collision" to Balboa Park by Lonnie Bernstein Hewitt, Oct 2013
SD Art Prize at Art SD, Rithebard, Oct 31, 2013
NBC San Diego Video News, Klines at Art San Diego, Nov 6, 2013
City Beat, Kinsee Morlan, 8 Reason to Check Out Art SD, Nov 7, 2013
City Beat, Kinsee Morlan, Worthy Recipients, April 4, 2014
La Jolla Light, San Diego Art Prize winners feted at Athenaeum reception in La Jolla by
Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, Photos by Maurice Hewitt, May, 2014


Press for New Contemporaries VI
Announcing 2013 New Contemporaries Artists at Sparks Galleryt, May, 2013
SD City Beat, New Art Venue Alert Sparks Gallery and the NCVI by Alex Zaragoza, May 22, 2013
SD City Beat, 2 Young Blood, June 7, 2013
Urbanist, New Contemporaries + Sparks Gallery by Dayna Crozier, June 8, 2013
San Diego Artists Award; Sparks Art Gallery by Richard Hayes, June 8, 2013
Talk of San Diego Show with Susanna Pereda, June 9, 2013

Press for Arline Fisch, Vincent Robles and Jeffery Laudenslager
, Deanne Sabeck
Announcing 2012 SD Art Prize recipients, March 2012
Union Tribune, James Chute, Art Prize winner named, March 14, 2012
City Beat
San Diego Art Prize winners, March 19, 2012
La Jolla Light, Exhibition of Art Prize Winners Opens at Athenaeum by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, April 6, 2012
Announcing SD Emerging Artists Recipients Press release, June 8, 2012
James Chute, Union Tribune, SD Art Prize names emerging artist winners, June 11, 2012
Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego, Art Report, Where art fits into the local election, June 12, 2012
Kay Colvin, Coast News, Artist Captivate with wind and light: Laudenslage and Sabeck, Aug, 2012
Vanguard Culture, April 2, 2013
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library by Lonnie Hewitt, April 8, 2013


Press for New Contemporaries V
Announcing 2012 New Contemporaries Artists at Susan Street Fine Art, March, 2012
Announcing SD Emerging Artists Recipients Press release, June 8, 2012
UT, SD Emerging Art Scene: Lauren Carrera, June 4, 2012

Press for Jay Johnson, Adam Belt and Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Tristan Shone
Announcing 2011 SD Art Prize recipients, Feb 2011
SD Art Prize Recipients Announced, Jim Chute, Union Tribune, Feb 13, 2011
SD Art Prize Emerging Artists Announced, May 10, 2011
Artist Set for Visual Art Network exhibit at Art Fair, Union Tribune, May 25, 2011
Art Notes on Ortiz-Torres, Shone, Johnson and Belt by Amy Galpin, curator, SDMA, Sally Yard, professor art history USD, Natalie Haddad, art writer, Karen McGuire, direcotor, William D. Cannon Art Gallery and Leah Ollman, art critic.
Video by Melissa Au
and interview by Jon Au: Tristan Shone
Video by Melissa Au and interview by Jon Au: Adam Belt
Video by Melissa Au and interview by Jon Au: Jay S. Johnson
Rubén Ortiz-Torres captures cultural collisions City Beat, Kinsee Morlan, Aug 30, 2011
Art San Diego aims to be West Coast’s top contemporary art fair, La Jolla Light, Lonnie Hewitt , Sept, 2011
Athenaeum Press Release, March 2012
City Beat San Diego Art Prize winners, March 19, 2012
La Jolla Light, Exhibition of Art Prize Winners Opens at Athenaeum by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, April 6, 2012

 


New Contemporaries IV PRESS RELEASE PDF
Photos of the show by Jack Foster Mancilla on Facebook
Photos by YCWong on Facebook, posted by Irina Negulescu, Effen Vodka reception
New Contemporaries IV, Kevis Freitas and Kinsee Moran, City Beat, Aug 2011t

Press for Gail Roberts, David Adey, Einar and Jamex de La Torre
Announcing 2010 SD Art Prize recipients, August 2010
Robert Pincus, SignON San Diego, Entering the fourth season of the San Diego Art Prize, Feb 10, 2010
Seminal Projects News, Feb 2010
Eyes on the Prize: San Diego Pacific Magazine, Oct, 2010
Athenaeum Exhibiton to Showcase Works of SD Art Prize Winners, March 2011
Athenaeum Press Photos from Opening, Jennifer Pyun, April 1, 2011
Art and Culture La Jolla, April, 2011
La Jolla Festival of the Arts news, May 2011


Press for SD Art Prize New Contemporaries III
Emerging Artists at Project X
Announcing 2010 New Contemporaries III nominated artists, February 2010

Press for Richard Allen Morris and Tom Driscoll
Tom Driscoll announced as Emerging Artist Choice, April 2009
Richard Gleaves, Art As Authority, Affinities (Two Flowers for Spring), April 23, 2009
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Remaining SD Art Prize winners named, April 24, 2009
Double Header: Richard Allen Morris and Tom Driscoll, Aug, 2009
The Magazine, Sept, 2009
Art Notes on Richard Allen Morris and Tom Driscoll with Robin Bright, artist, Mark Quint, Quint Contemporary Art, Ellen Salk, artist and Patricia Frischer, coordinator, SDVAN

Press for Beyond the Borders International Art Fair
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Fair aims to put San Diego on binational art-lovers’ map, Aug 30, 2009
A+ Art Blog, Patricia Frischer, Sept, 2009

Press for Kim MacConnel and Brian Dick
Kim Macconnel and Brian Dick Press Release, April 2009
Keli Dailey, Sign On San Diego, San Diego Art Prize Kim Macconnel and Brian Dick April 18, 2009
Kevin Freitas Art As Authority, :A rose is a rose is a rose" - Kim MacConnel and emerging artist Brian Dick, April 23, 2009
Art Notes on Kim MacConnel and Brian Dick edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister with Robin Clark, PhD, Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Katherine Sweetman, Artist, educator, curator, freelance writer and Director of Lui Velazquez, Gabrielle Wyrick, Education Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Vallo Riberta, Artist and art teacher at Southwestern College.

Press for SD Art Prize New Contemporaries II
Emerging Artist at Noel-Baza Fine Art

Press Release, Jan 2009
Riviera Magazine page 42 Jan 2009
SanDiegoArtists.com Full coverage of New Contemporaries II, Jan 2009
Art as Authority, Feb 2009
Georgia Hoopes, Feb 09
Michele Guieu and Yuransky live and archived on ArtRocks! Radio.
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Fear Factor, March 5, 2009
Kevin Freitas Art As Authority "Faite comme d'habitude" or the Culture of Me Me Me New Contemporaries II - Part 3 - March, 2009
Kevin Freitas Art As Authority "Faite comme d'habitude" or the Culture of Me Me Me New Contemporaries II - Part 4 - March, 2009
Seth Combs, City Beat, Mr. Combs’ Daily “Obsethssion” #5–David Adey’s “Britney’s Mental Illness” March 20, 2009
Seth Combs, City Beat, Culture Shock: Matt Stallings, April 7, 2009
Art as Authority, Marisol Rendon at Art Produce Gallery, April 18, 2009

Press for Vision to Page Competition and Performance Slam

Performance Slam on Art as Authority, April, 2008
Performance Slam , March, 2008, press release
Vision to Page
in the North County Times, Feb/March, 2008
Vision to Page Competition December, 2007, press release

Press for Eleanor Antin and Pamela Jaeger
AnnaMaria Stephens, Jaeger Master, Riviera Magizine, The Radar Art, April 2008 or Modern Luxury
Eleanor Antin and Pamela Jaeger Press Release, May 2008
Art Notes on Eleanor Antin and Pamela Jaeger edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister with Bettie-Sue Hertz, San Diego Museum of Art Contemporary Curator; Kevin Freitas, Art as Authority; Mark Murphy, Cultural Instigator, Collector, Publisher and owner Murphy Designs and Alice Diamond.
Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes will be on display at the San Diego Museum of Art from July 19–November 2, 2008.

Press for Roman de Salvo and Lael Corbin
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Lael Corbin's 'Research' project, Feb 17, 2008
Roman de Salvo and Lael Corbin Press Release, January 2008
Art Notes on Roman de Salvo and Lael Corbin edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister with Ellen Phelan, art actvist and educator, Doug Simay, Simayspace and Kevin Freitas, Art as Authority

Press for Marcos Ramirez ERRE and Allison Wiese
Kinsee Moran, City Beat, Intelligent Art September, 2007
Marcos Ramirez Erre and Allison Wiese Press Release, September, 2007
Art Notes on Marcos Ramirez Erre and Allison Wiese edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister
with Erika Torri, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Executive Director Athenaeum Music & Arts Library; Larry Poteet and Lucía Sanromán, Assistant Curator Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Robert Pincus, Union Tribune,Group Shows, Individual Efforts, Dec, 2007

We are pleased to announce that Marcos Ramirez ERRE has been awarded the USA Fellows Award. This prestigious award comes with $50,000 as well as lapel pins with the motto "Art comes from artists". ERRE was picked by a panel of experts including Eli Broad and Agnes Gund. This year, Marcos was also awarded the San Diego Art Prize. He is currently showing part of his installation "The Four Riders of the Apocalypse" at The Suburban" in Chicago. In 2008, he will have a solo show at LAX, Los Angeles, he will participate in the California Biennial and the summer residence program at ArtPace in San Antonio, TX and he will take part in Rare Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Berkeley Museum exhibition

Press for Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell

Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, Behind the Scenes,
Dec, 2006
LetsPlayDowntown
video of the SD ART PRIZE opening reception Nov, 2006
Art Notes on Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister
with Derrick Cartwright, executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art and Amy Adler, professor UCSD, Nov 2006
Iana Quesnell interview on Art Rocks internet radio,
Nov 2006
Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell: Green Acres Press Release,
October, 2006

Press for Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas

Robert Pincus, Union Tribune, review of Fata Morgana "Heads of the Class" Sept 7, 2006
LetsPlayDowntown
video of the SD ART PRIZE opening reception. Aug, 2006
Raul Guerrero interview on ArtRocks! Internet radio
Aug, 2006
Yvonne Venegas interview on ArtRocks! Internet radio
Aug, 2006
Art Notes on Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas by Ingrid Hoffmeister
with Teddy Cruz UCSD, Stephanie Hanor MOCA and Julia Fry,SD Foundation Aug, 2006
Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas: Fat Morgana Press Release
, July, 2006

Press for Ernest Silva and May-ling Martinez

Ernest Silva and May-ling Martinez: Domestic Deviation Press Release,
Jan, 2007
Art Notes on Ernest Silva and May-ling Martinez edited by Ingrid Hoffmeister with Tina Yipella, director SDSU Art Gallery/Foundation and Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection of USCD
May-ling Martinez interview with ArtRocks Internet radio,
March, 2007
Filipino Press,
Feb, 2007
Lets Play Downtown
video of the SD ART PRIZE opening reception March, 2007
May-ling Martinez, CityBeat, July 2007



Press for New Contemporaries
Emerging Artists at Simay Space
Press Release for New Contemporaries, May 2007
The Espresso
, June, 2007
Simayspace New Contemporaries by Doug Simay , June 17,2007
Art Rocks Interview: New Contemporaries with Doug Simay and Shannon Spanhake, June 2007
LetsPlayDowntown view the opening, meet the people, see the art!
Art As Authority: Kevin Freitas, July, 2007

Katrin Merkel, San Diego Downtown New, San Diego Art Prize gets Simayspace,
July 5,2007

WHAT IS THE SD ART PRIZE ?

SD ART PRIZE: Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Arts

The SD ART PRIZE is dedicated to the idea that the visual arts are a necessary and rewarding ingredient of any world-class city and a building block of the lifestyle of its residents. Conceived to promote and encourage dialogue, reflection and social interaction about San Diego’s artistic and cultural life, this annual award honors artistic expression. The 2006-2007 SD ART PRIZE, a cash prize, will spotlight  established San Diego artists and emerging artists whose outstanding achievements in the field of Visual Arts merit the recognition and prize.

WHO IS BEHIND THE SD ART PRIZE?
Presented and funded By:
San Diego Visual Arts Network (SDVAN)
SDVAN was founded and is coordinated by Patricia Frishcer

The Art Prize is organized by Art Girls Inc:.Patricia Frischer, Debra Poteet and Ann Berchtold. a volunteer arts advisory group dedicated to furthering the growth of the Visual Arts in the San Diego region.Erika Torri as director of the Athenaeum Art and Music Libary in La Jolla is an honorary Art Girl.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

San Diego Visual Arts Network
Patricia Frischer, coordinator patricia@sdvisualarts.net 760. 943.0148

Archived Press releases

SD Art Prize: STOP. YIELD. MERGE
Marcos Ramirez ERRE and Allison Wiese
Sept 29, 2007to Jan 15, 2008
Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, Sept 29, 2007

Kicking of the second season of the San Diego Art Prize is the exhibition, STOP. YIELD. MERGE.featuring Works by Marcos Ramirez “ ERRE” and Allison Wiese, which will begin on September 29, 2007 and run through mid-January 2008 at The L Street Fine Art Gallery.  Road signs and eye charts dominate this show – both artists use these ready-made architectural fabrications to express truths or observations that communicate ideals of individuality, anachronistic displacement, as well as social and political sentiments that are both present and archaic.

The San Diego Visual Art's Network and SanDiegoArtist.com has established the San Diego Art Prize which is given annually to three established and three emerging artists who have exhibited outstanding achievement in the field of Visual Arts.  The Prize recipients will receive a cash grant and an exhibition at the L Street Fine Art Gallery in the Downtown Omni Hotel.  Each exhibition will pair an established artist with an emerging artist.

Marcos Ramirez "ERRE" was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in 1961. He studied law at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. He has exhibited throughout Mexico and in the United States since 1993. His most critically acclaimed installations have been "Century 21” for inSite '94, and "Toy and Horse" for inSite '97. His most "memorable exhibition", as Robert Pincus writes, was "Amor como primer idioma/Love As First Language" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 1999. In the year 2000 at the Whitney Biennial, he presented "Stripes and Fence Forever - Homage to Jasper Johns," a metal structure in which two flags (Mexico and the United States) are built as if they were the fence that divides Tijuana and San Diego.

ERRE’s work is about social and political behavior, about humans, their environments and their relationships with their boundary spaces, specifically when these spaces overlap. His work then is about the frictions produced by people’s interactions. It is work that does critique, but most of the time does it by asking a question, that supports the possible coexistence of more than one truth and struggles against absolutes and blind postures.

Allison Wiese is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the US. She recently developed a site-specific solar audio work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and her projects have also been presented by Machine Project ( Los Angeles, CA), DiverseWorks ( Houston, TX), Socrates Sculpture Park ( Long Island City, NY) and apexart ( New York, NY).  Her work makes poetry with the ready-to-hand, altering spaces through christening and commemoration. Wiese's projects often employ the diversion of commodities or language through space and time. She recently negotiated a large awning off an empty office tower in downtown Houston, for instance, and installed it, capsized, on the floor of a tiny residentially scaled gallery.

Also of note: On September 23, until December 30, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open Cerca Series: Iana Quesnellat its La Jolla location. In 2006, she received the San Diego Art Prize in the emerging artist category. Iana lives and works between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California. For her Cerca Series, Quesnell will present several new large-scale drawings and an animation that respond to this binational living situation. Less interested in the idea of borders and limitations than in exploring the connections and permeability between delimited territories, Quesnell’s drawings for this exhibition represent a series of interlinked narratives across physical and temporal divides. Quesnell has exhibited in group shows at LACE, Los Angeles; Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco; and Sundown Salon, Los Angeles. This exhibition is curated by MCASD Assistant Curator, Lucía Sanromán.

For full information about the SD Art Prize: www.SDVAN.net
Patricia Frischer | patricia@SDVisualArts.net | 760.943.0148


SD Art Prize: Fata Morgana
Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas
August 26 – November 18, 2006
Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, August 26, 2006

L Street Gallery, in conjunction with SanDiegoArtist.com, is pleased to announce: Raul Guerrero: Past & Present: a comprehensive survey of Guerrero’s work since 1974. The online retrospective will be available for viewing from July 15 – September 30, 2006 at http://sandiegoartist.com and will highlight 30 years of work by Raul Guerrero. This survey includes over 50 works -- ranging from his well-known Tijuana Nightlife paintings to earlier sculptures, installations and kinetic works -- from each phase of the artist's career.

The exhibition, Fata Morgana: Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas will open on August 26 with an reception from 6pm – 9pm at the L Street Gallery and will be on view through November 18, 2006. Both the online and gallery exhibit have been organized by Ann Berchtold, curator of SanDiegoArtist.com and newly appointed gallery director for the L Street Gallery at the Omni Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

” Raul Guerrero has been an important presence on the Southern California art scene-particularly in the San Diego/Tijuana region-- for more than thirty years. Making paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and videotapes, he has forged an expansive, ever-evolving vision-one that combines technical innovation with symbolic power. Although his style ranges from early conceptually based abstraction to recent narrative realism, Guerrero’s self-described “search for the poetry of life” is a constant in all of this work. Traveling and reading voraciously, Guerrero continually engages the histories of culture in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, culling images and ideas for his art.” Written by Toby Kamps, 1998, Assistant Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego .

Guerrero spent four years (1966 – 1970) at the Chouinard Art Institute studying with professors like Emerson Woelffer, Mike Kanemitsu, Don Graham, Ed Reep and Stephen Van Heune. At that time Chouinard students were witnessing the emergence of cutting edge artists such as Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Edward Ruscha, Edward Kienholz, Bruce Nauman and the Los Angeles art scene. Says Guerrero of that period, “In LA, I was embedded in an art culture that made a big difference in my life. Up to that time I felt alienated for some reason or another – and that scene was like finding my tribe.” Guerrero had his first celebrated solo exhibit at the Cirrus Gallery, LA in 1974 and followed with four more successful LA based exhibits. Guerrero left LA in January of 1980 and moved back to San Diego. Guerrero has since gradually and steadily assumed the characteristics of a successful career and has become one of our most outstanding artists. After countless solo and joint exhibits his first major retrospective was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 1998.

His latest body of work, Problems and Marvelous Secrets of the Indies, which has been fifteen years in the making, is a history of the American continent presented in three parts: Black Hills of Dakota, Latin America and Southern California. In describing the series, Guerrero imagines two travelers chronicling their respective journeys as they move through time and geography within the continent. “The first traveler is coming from the Eastern seaboard and traveling west, encountering defining moments in the evolving history of the United States, eventually arriving in Southern California. The second traveler leaves Peru, treks thru South America, Central America, Mexico, eventually arriving in Southern California”. Structuring research for the series in this manner allowed the artist to create a non-linear visual and poetic map of the territory, expressed in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, mosaic work, artist books, photography and bronze sculpture.

Guerrero continues: "Eventually the two travelers converge in Southern California, becoming witnesses of the hybrid culture from which they sprang, an infrastructure

made up of Anglo-American, Indigenous and Latino influences. As one, they experience the strange surreal cultural phenomena that is Southern California with its "dive bars," take-out food culture, its highly industrialized consumer society and of course Hollywood, the ultimate surreal dream machine”.

In a painting titled, The Lovers; a French fry is seen lying on a beach towel, while an elongated splash of ketchup hovers over seductively. The "lovers" are surrounded by a sandy beach and blue sky, and represent Southern California's most perfect and sought after couple. The composition, The Lovers, was inspired by Man Ray's classic surrealistic painting, A l’heurede l’observatoire—Les Amoureux; (Observatory Time--The Lovers).

Raul Guerrero’s style and approach to art has been described in many ways, poetically by Michael McManus for ART WEEK in 1988. He states, “Guerrero is a dance photographer, an elitist, late of the school of Paris and a disciple of the dadaist Many Ray; he's political, a Chicano activist excavating the Olmec roots of his consciousness; he's the Prince of Oaxaca, a peripheral figure in the L.A. pop scene; he's a conceptual artist, a California surrealist; protégé of Emerson Woelffer; he's an oil painter in the Academy San Carlos tradition, devoted to the memory of Dr. Atl and Diego Rivera; he's an ironist, a constructivist, a Jungian, a comedian.”

2006 kicked off a series of joint exhibits for Raul Guerrero beginning in April with a show at the Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery in Culver City: Problemas y Secretos Maravillosos de Las Indies/
Problems and Marvelous Secrets of the Indies ,
which ran fromApril 15 - May 20, 2006. Guerrero is currently part of the Strange New World: Art and Design From Tijuana , which is running concurrently at both MCASD Downtown and MCASD La Jolla. His work will be featured at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, as part of the exhibition: Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge running from July 22 - October 22, which includes works of some of the country’s best Chicano and Chicana artists. Works by Guerrero are also currently being featured in Ravenna Italy at the Galleria Ninapi.

Showing with Raul Guerrero is Yvonne Venegas. Yvonne Venegas grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, studied in San Diego, Ca. and Mexico City before spending a year at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. In New York she assisted photographers as Dana Lixenberg, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber.  Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, SPIN, Details and also in Zoom and Luna Cornea, from Mexico among others. She has exhibited her work in Tijuana, Mexico City, New York, California, Madrid, Valencia and Quebec, and is currently exhibiting with the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2002 she won 1st prize in the Mexico City Photo Bi-enal.  She is currently studying Visual Arts  / Media focus at University of California San Diego.

Raul Guerrero’s website: http://raulguerrero.com
SanDiegoArtist.com Retrospective: (preview view)

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SD ART PRIZE: Green Acres
Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell
November 18 - February 16, 2006/07
Opening Reception: Sat. November 18, 2006 6:30pm - 9:30pm
L-Street Gallery, 628 L Street at the Omni Hotel

San Diego, CA. October, 2006 - The San Diego Visual Art's Network and SanDiegoArtist.com has established the San Diego Art Prize which is given annually to three established and three emerging artists who have exhibited outstanding achievement in the field of Visual Arts. The Prize recipients will receive a cash grant and an exhibition at the L Street Gallery in the Downtown Omni Hotel. Each exhibition will pair an established artist with an emerging artist. The final exhibition will run from June 2007 - September 2007 and will feature work by all recognized recipients of the SD ART PRIZE.

The second exhibition in the series, Green Acres, Featuring Works by Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell will begin November 18 with an opening reception from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at the L Street Gallery and will be on view through February 18, 2007.

Both Lowe (the established artist) and Quesnell (the emerging artist) have a fascination with places that humans occupy. Lowe’s concentration is on an impersonal level as it relates to “plunked down communities” that she feels has no aesthetic appeal while Quesnell’s interest is on a deeply personal level as she shares specific relationships with the places she inhabits. The visual contrast is strikingly different, Lowe uses a more traditional painterly style while Quesnell’s works as a draftsman with graphite on paper.

California-based artist Jean Lowe earned her MFA at the University of California, San Diego in 1988, the same year she presented her first solo exhibition at the Dietrich Jenny Gallery in Downtown San Diego. Lowe earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley and was the winner of the first Alberta duPont Bonsal Foundation Art Prize in 2000.

For 18 years, Lowe has been inspired and challenged to make work that is visually seductive, viscerally engaging, but also provocative in its critique of how we live in relation to other species and the environment. Lowe enjoys creating artwork that tackles difficult issues such as over-development, exploitation of the environment, sex, power, and the widespread mistreatment of animals. “I'm motivated,” says Lowe, “by a desire to stimulate conversation around issues I think are important, and challenged by the desire to do so in a way that is engaging and playful as opposed to dry and didactic.” Her work ranges from traditional painting and sculpture to her most common medium, enamel-painted papier-mâché. “At L Street Gallery, I'll be exhibiting one brand new large scale landscape and a couple of existing works that will hopefully have a nice conceptual resonance with the work Iana will be showing.”

Iana Quesnell is from the southern states and is currently in the Masters Program at UCSD. Iana’s current work is about temporary living situations, specificity of place, as well as, navigation through the spaces she occupies and intends to occupy. Whether that be a military tent in Bosnia, her car, a studio on the border in Tijuana, or the Omni Hotel (for a week for this project), each incorporates architectural floor plans and schematic rendering with more experiential and ephemeral details. A viewer is initially pulled in to the work by its beautiful draftsmanship and the surprise of its scale but it’s the conceptual underpinnings that seal the deal. She’s quite literally drafting her life and this odd combination of technical drawing and autobiography yields an unexpected and original narrative. Iana Quesnell engages drawing as a mediating tool between her own body and her immediate surroundings. Often painfully honest these exceptional, large scale drawings take into account her every move with excruciating detail.

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SD Art Prize: Domestic Deviation
Ernest Silva and May Ling Martinez
March 3 - May 21, 2007
Opening Reception: Sat. March 3, 2007 7 pm - 9 pm
L-Street Gallery, 628 L Street at the Omni Hotel

The third exhibition in the series, Domestic Deviation, featuring works by Ernest Silva and May Ling Martinez will begin March 3 rd with an opening reception from 7pm - 9pm at the L Street Gallery and will be on view through May 21, 2007. The psychoanalytical term Object Relations Theory in many ways defines the work of both artists. This theory states that the building blocks of how people experience the world emerge from their relationship to loved and hated objects. Both use images as a visual language to tell a story.  Viewers then interpret the story based on their own frame of reference. Each image invokes a different dialogue within the individual that is significant to his or her life. These are deviations or departures from the domestic starting point.

Ernest Silva received a BFA from the University of Rhode Island in 1971 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1974. Since 1972, his work has been shown in over 45 one-person shows and over 150 group shows. In 1989, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and in 1995; he was the artist in residence at the National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen, Denmark, known as Gammel Dok. Silva has been commissioned to construct several public art projects in the San Diego/Tijuana region. His public projects include a permanent installation at the Children's Museum of San Diego, 1995; the Casa de la Cultura, Tijuana, 1994; and the Centro Cultural Tijuana. Silva has been a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego since 1979. Silva’s recent paintings and sculptures were shown at the Patricia Correia Gallery in Santa Monica, CA June 24 - July 29, 2006.

“Ernest Silva is a consummate painter, sculptor and installation artist with an individual vision and distinctive vocabulary. His work is an expression of mankind’s eternal longings and fears, and in his world human beings are restless souls on a lonely journey through a sometimes, dark environment filled with risk and danger,” comments Mary Beebe, director of the Stuart Collection.

May-ling Martinez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but has made San Diego her home. She is a recent graduate with a MFA degree in sculpture from San Diego State University in 2005. In 1996 she received a bachelor's degree in communications and visual arts from Sacred Heart University, in Puerto Rico. Her work consists of mixed media installations, sculptures and collages that function as triggers to evoke memories.

"For a while now I have been collecting and working with home related elements and objects. I’ve always found comfort and humor in them and in the general idea of the house. Philosophers, psychoanalysts and poets have perceived the house, or the home, as a magical place full of contradictory wonders that can function as a structure forming device,” said Martinez.

“May Ling’s artwork shows the impact of the cultural aesthetic with which she grew up, as well as the effect of her strong family ties. From her father, an engineer, she inherited an interest in logic and mathematics, which is reflected in her repeated use of numbers, ledger paper and mechanical imagery. After a brief career as a secretary, her mother became a homemaker, and inspired Martinez’s fascination with household objects and the concept of “home” as a symbol for domestic happiness,” says Tina Yapelli, director of SDSU’s University Art Gallery.

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