A+ Art Blog 2023
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Black Women Artists in the Marketplace
My attention was caught today with an email from Artsyabout the market for women artists. It is a three part series including The Late Women Artists Garnering Art Market Attention reporting that l ast year auction sales in deceased women artists grew by 109% . We all think this is about time.
That led me to the second part and in The State of the Market for Women Artists’ Work we learn that $11 billion worth of artwork was sold at auction in 2022: $9.7 billion was male, only $1 billion was women. That is just 9.3%. No women were in the top 50 most expensive. Two were in the top 100 and 50 were in the top 500. Not so great.
How about sales for women artists born after 1975 reported the The Ultra-Contemporary Women Artists at the Forefront of the Art Market . The real growth for these women was in 2020 where they went from about $49 million to $220 million that is a whopping 339%. The split between men and women in sales was 56.1% male vs. 43.6% female. BUT if you look at artist born after 1985 the split reverses 63.8% for women to only 36% for men.
That is when I went further down the rabbit hole and saw that Black Women Artists Black like Lynette Yiadom-Boakyeand Jennifer Packer are in this mix. I found videos on both women, one from the Tate in London and one from The Whitney in New York which were both fascinating. I have been wanting to respect both Black History Month and Women’s History Month in some way and I hope you find this a satisfying journey to enter both worlds at once. Both women are figurative artists which cements the view that the figure is back! To see the videos please link here.
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California Creative Corp in San Diego
The California Creative Corp Program was announced last year and is finally coming to San Diego County. It comes in two parts, the first directly for artists and a few months later for nonprofit organizations and governments units to regrant to artist. This funding was conceived as a help to the creative community much as the WPA was formed in 1935 to lift the country out of the Great Depression by reforming the financial system and restoring the economy.
Far South/Border North: Artists and Cultural Practitioners in Community (FSBN) was conceived by the City of San Diego for the SD county with its regional partners in Imperial county as a California Creative Corps arts program.
FSBN provides funded through a $4.75 million California Creative Corps grant from the California Arts Council . This is to develop and implement media, outreach, and engagement campaigns that address one or more of the program’s goals.
public health to stop the spread of COVID-19 and associated diseases or health disparities
water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery
civic engagement, including election participation; and 4) social justice and community engagement.
Approximately 115 Artists will receive approximately $33,333 which includes $25,000 for artist/cultural practitioner fees and $8,333 for project costs. They will get mentorship through a Social Impact Hub established to provide technical assistance and other support services. The full guidelines will be coming soon and application portal will open on February 15, 2023. For nonprofit organizations and governments units to regrant to artist another portal opens May 2023. The actual program will run for two years from May 1,2023 to April 30, 2024
These public awareness campaigns are only for communities ranked in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index for San Diego and Imperial counties.
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has partnered with Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties , The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (the application administer), The San Diego Foundation , and five nonprofit social service and community development organizations.
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State of the Arts 2023- DEI, Money for the Arts and Women Arts Leaders
First, I want to say how important it has been this year to recognize all the people who may not have gotten as much respect as they deserve. Inclusion, diversity and equality are not just politically correct words, but together they bring us together by recognizing that every person deserves their place in the sun. I am lucky to be a cheerleader for those in the visual arts. But whatever your interests are, I urge you to be a champion for those you know and admire.
It has been booming time for government funding. I am struck by the amount of money that it is pouring into the arts. At first, I thought it was due to the pandemic and the arts being struck so severely. But I had another idea. Do you think it is possible that people are gaining confidence that the arts actually can bring solutions to so many of the current social issues? Those of us in the arts have always known that arts and culture can go where others cannot. Still, I am impressed with how much money is being directed our way, much of which is earmarked for the underserved and for education.
Making sure it is fairly distributed is another matter. Grass roots organizations are now truly being recognized for how essential they are, and how collaborative they know they have to be to survive. Grass roots organizations have always had to be nimble to survive and excel. Now large organizations like American for the Arts are going through a transformation process and seems to be jumping on that band wagon. Just look at the old corporate logo and the new more open logo above with more emphasis on the arts and less on who is an American.
Here are just some examples sums coming to the arts:
Federal Funding: A 15% funding increase to both the NEA/NEH of $27 million to bring the total to from the Senate to $207 million. A $26.8 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A first-time ever budget allocation of $10 million in the Department of Defense to support creative art therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. More than $66 million in direct project funding, also known as congressional earmarks , was awarded to over 68 arts organizations across the country. Level funding of $36.5 million was allocated to the Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education programs.
California: California Arts Council is pushing for $1 per capital for the arts which would bring them from $26M to $40M per year allocation from the state. Over $600 million was spent so far on pandemic recovery. Cultural Districts will get $30M plus Art in Parks $25M. There is also $20 in Cultural Institution relief funding still to come and an upcoming $925,000 for Artist Fellowships. Biggest news is for art education with the passing of Prop 28 = $800M for school districts through Create CA . Much of this money will trickle down to San Diego!
San Diego and Imperial Counties : $4.5M for Creative Corp.
Encinitas : $7M Pacific View Art Center
And you can’t complain about the fact that Women are still trending in the Visual Arts in San Diego. There are a whole new crop of women taking important positions in the Visual Arts in our County: Jessica Berlanga Taylor, new director of UCSD Stuart Collection, Jessica York new Executive Director of the Mingei, Elizabeth Yang-Heelewell new EEO of New Children Museum, Felicia Shaw new Executive director of San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, Lauren Lockhart new Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society and Gina Lopez new Chief Executive Officer for California Center for the Arts Escondido and Christie Mitchell new executive director of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
They are joining Women Museum DirectorsMaria Mingalone at OMA, Roxana Velásquez at SDMA, Deborah Klochko at MOPA, and Kathryn Kanjo at MCASD. There are so many women running municipal and sales galleries in the county including Sonya Sparks at Sparks Gallery, Ellen Speert at PHES Gallery, Karen McGuire at Cannon Gallery, Alessandra Moctezuma at Mesa College Gallery, Melissa Inez Walker at Distinction Gallery, Julie Weaverling at Front Porch Gallery, Lynn Susholtz at Art Produce, Blanca Bergman at Art Unites, Sandi Cottrell at Art Walk, Jennifer de Poyen at Space4Art, Julia McMeans at ArtsBusXpress, Wendy Wilson at the Bonita Museum, Julie Fister at Studio Aceand Dinah Poellnitz at Hillcrest Country Club. Both Madison and Adelman Galleries are run by women.
There are women writers in the arts like Julie Dixon Evans, Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, Lisa Deaderick, and Elizabeth Rooklidge, pluslots of great curators like Daniella Susella and Chi Essary and PR agents like Toni Robbin. There are legions of women art administrator who are working for the SD County cities, and libraries and the airport like Bonnie Domingos at the Central Library, Giang Myers at the new County Office of Art and Culture, Lara Bullock at the City of SD Commission for Arts and Cultureand recently appointed curator for the SD Art Prize. Naimeh Tahna Woodward runs the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and Collette Murphy does arts admin at the City of Encinitas. Let’s not forget Naomi Nussbaum who runs Synergy Arts Foundation, and their sister non-profit The San Diego Visual Arts Network coordinated by me, Patricia Frischer.
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Archived A+ Art Blog
2023 past A+ Art Blogs including:
State of the Arts 2023- DEI, Money for the Arts and Women Arts Leaders
2022 past A+ Art Blogs including:
2021 past A+ Art Blogs Including
Partying with No Purpose
ArtsVote - Make Your Vote Count
Ayad Akhtar gives the Nancy Hanks Lecture and SD Design Week Collectors
What the NFT?
Uninformed and Not Stupid?
Summary of the New Ordinance for an office of Arts and Culture at the county level.
Support for the Arts at the County Level
How are the arts doing: Americans for the Arts Survey?
Arts and Culture Center for Encinitas
Gator Aid : An upcycle rescue story
State of the Arts 2022: Hurry up and Slow Down
SDVAN New Normal Cookbook: Eating Your Art In
Selling the Soul
California Creative Corps Pilot Program Development Update
A Red Letter Day with the passage of a proposal for a County Commission for Arts and Culture
The Blue Economy
VAPA Asks: What is your superpower?
On the Occasion of our 200th SDVAN RAW Column
Simply the Best: A Step Too Far and actually quite dangerous!
A Tale of Two Learnings
Finger on the Pulse
State of the Arts 2021: San Diego Creative Industry by the Numbers
2020 past A+ Art Blogs including
Artist Guide to Surviving the Pandemic: 5 things you can do which will keep you working
Understanding AB 2257, Follow Up Legislation to AB 5, and Its Impact on the Arts Sector
Guiding Principles and Manifestos
San Diego + Imperial counties Regional Conversation Summary
2020 Brain Candy: A Virtual Salon Series – The Curators
The Power of Art Part 2
The Power of Art
It's Not Easy, Being Difficult
Remember when Corona was a Cigar or a Beer
Constance White at The Residency Project in Pasadena
The Role of the Arts in Defining Democracy
State of the Arts California, 2020
2019 past A+ Art Blogs including
Who wants to be a millionaire artist?
Immigration, Migration, Integration: SD Chinese Historical Museum
Isolationist or Globalist?
Birthing a New Art Organization
Three Things You Need to Know
Passport to Dance produced by Encinitas Friends of the Arts
Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Hope Inspired through Art at Fallbrook Library
The Cotwolds: Purton and Cirencester
Modern Couples at the Barbican
Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year!
India: Monuments and Museums
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
State of Mind, State of the Arts, 2019
2018 past A+ Art Blogs including
Politics and Art: Don't forget the we are human seeking connections
VOTE Like your life depended on it
Ten Reason to Support the Arts
North County Arts Events: Lux Art Couture and SD Botanic Gardens
Look at #Me,Too
Men on Boats at new Village Arts, Carlsbad until April 22
State of the Arts 2018
Outside Mullingar from the Oceanside Theater Co. at Brooks Historic Thea
2017 past A+ Art Blogs including:
End of Year NCAN Arts and Economic Summit Take Aways
SDVAN Giving Tuesday
Patricia Frischer: London Post Script 2017
Patricia Frischer: London Letter, Part 1, 2017
Patricia Frischer: London Letter, Part 2, 2017
Patricia Frischer: London Letter, Part 3, 2017
Patricia Frischer: London Letter, Part 4, 2017
Flash Forward at Oceanside Museum of Art
Desert X: a close by way to see large scale art
Off with the new, on with the old
Passing on a legacy
Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and The Broad in LA
State of the Arts/State of the Website 2017
Off with the new, on with the old
2016 Past A+Art Blogs including
State of the Arts 2016
What is the What of What
London Journal March 2016
Today San Diego, Tomorrow the World
1000 Words! Where is a picture when you need it?
Five trends in Social Innovation
Art of Science Learning Proof of Impact..The Facts, just the facts
Old Fashion or Out of Fashion
Annual San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) Workshop
Can Falling Behind, Put You Ahead
2015 Past A+ Art Blog including
2014 Past A+ Art Blog including
North County arts Network meeting at CCAE in Escondido
True Collaboration Means Sharing Credit
Why San Diego needs an County Arts Council
Hobby Store Heaven
State of the Arts: Are these the Questions for 2015?
Scaling Up and Out: The changing audience for the arts
Spoiled for Choice equals a Guilt Free Art Life
Changes to the SD Art Prize
Naimeh Tahna Woodard: Queen of Parties and Art Supporter par Excellence
In Praise of Saying Thank You
Art Makes things Strange : Looking at and Talking About Art
Thankful for STEM into STEAM
Your Donations Make a Difference
Mural by Paola Villasenor at SDAI and Art Fair Miami
Turn on, chill out and Pop up
Incubator for Innovation - final 9 teams for San Diego
London Journal 1: Tate Britain Folk Art
London Journal 2: Horst at the Victoria and Albert Museum
London Journal 3:Today's Special: Pace Gallery, Tate Modern Matisse
London Journal 4: National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi
London Journal 5: London Fashion Week and London Design Show at Tent and Super Brands
London Journal 6: Gilbert and George, Boyd and Evans, Anslem Kiefer and AI WEIWEI
A Call to Action
SD Fringe Festival Art Exhibition at Ten Street Art Center
ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum
Deborah DeLisi and One Minute Mandalas at SDVAN sponsored Mission Federal ArtWalk
DNA of Creativity Introduction at Oceanside Museum of Art
Notes on Aesthetics and Authenticity Symposium
SD Art Prize has its roots in the Turner Prize
2013 Past A+Art Blog including
State of the Arts: The Rise of the Living Artist, 2013
New Art at the SD Airportt: Flying High
San Diego Incubator for Innovation
Arts Leaders Motivations
Politics and Art in San Diego
Art Eats Food
Alternative Materials Panel Discussion - Sparks Gallery
London Art Newsletter 2013
San Diego: Identity Crisis or Identity Opportunity? March 2013
Palm Springs Art Fair, Feb, 2013
Corporate Collecting Book Review, Jan 2013
2012 Past A+Art Blog including
Art of Science, Science of Art
San Diego Steps It Up
Art Spaces for Art Places
Curated Exhibitons/OMA New Director
TED Speak: Introducing SDVAN View Art Now App
Big Art Big Bucks
Three Things You Can Do to Help the Art World
United Councils of San Diego?
Thank you to Dennis Paul Batt
New Horizons in SD Art
2011 Past A+Art Blog including
Is La Jolla coming back as a center for the visual arts in San Diego?, Dec 2011
Audience Engagement, Nov 2011
London Part Two, Oct 2011
London Part One, Sept 2011
Drink, Mate, Art, Aug 2011
Too Brave to Fail, July 2011
Out and About In June, 2011
Putting our Tax dollars to Work
The Birthing of Art Meets Fashion
DNA of Creativity
Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair 2011 in under 2 minutes!
2010 Past A+Art Blog including
Best Tidbits for the Twelve MOnths of 2010
Katherine Sweetman has a home at SDVAN
Filling a Need
Collectors Take Note
...And Three to Go
Willing to Fail
Life, Luck and Survival
Arting: are we consuming the right art?
Cliffnotes: One Month Condensed into One Week
Allison Renshaw Discovered
Dreams and Visions: MOvers and Shakers 2
State of the Arts 2010 - the Future of Art Publications
2009 Past A+ Art Blogs including
London and the Venice Biennial, 2009
Meet the Press
Beyond the Borders International Art (BTBIAF)
Interpersonal Theory of Art: Little & Large community phenomenon and the museum exhibition, Calder Jewelry at SDMA
Little and Large Launch
Little & Large Introduciton
The Recycling Buzz
Economic Realities for the arts in May 2009
Seven volunteer Inspried Visual Arts Projects
Snapshot – One women’s personal views on Changing Perspectives in the San Diego Art Scene: Notes from the panel discussion
The Economy and Affordable Live/Work Spaces
State of the Arts 2009
2008 Past A+ Art Blogs including
State of the Arts 2008
Hungry for Chinese Art?
Eat Your Art Out plus John Baldessari conversation with Hugh Davies
London Burning: A Damien Hirst Update
SD Flash Forward; Movers and Shakers Speak Out
Museum Trends: NY Times Cliff Notes
London Newsletter 2008
Art Collecting Clubs Part II
Poopielickles for All: attending Art Fairs in LA
Reading the Zines for Good Ideas, Feb 2008
Changing Power Base: State of the Arts 2008
2007 Past A+ Art Blogs including
Burnished by Fire: Stories of Firestorm, November 2007
The What and the How and the Wow, October, 2007
Careerist Artist, September, 2007
Non-Profit is not a Free Ride, July 2007
Crowd Control at Museums, June, 2007
May and It'sDarling Buds - May, 2007
Cruelty Free Art Zone - April, 2007
Critical Issues Facing the Arts, March, 2007 – The James Irvine Foundation, September 2006 summary
Letter from London Dec 2006 - Feb 2007
State of the Arts Jan 2007
2006 Past A+ Art Blogs
Crossover: How Artists Build Careers
Art and Wine Tour of Northern CA- October, 2006
Web Heaven- August, 2006 Advice on Websites for Artists
Vacation Art-July, 2006
Art Critic Revealed: Robert Pincus - June, 2006
Artistic Freedoms- May 2006
Art and Science, Progress and Mystery - April, 2006
Building Market Share - March, 2006
Glass to Go - February, 2006
Collectors on Show - January, 2006
PATRICIA FRISCHER, author of "The Artist and the Art of Marketing" has lectured extensively on marketing for artists. She is a trainer of artists’ agents, art dealers, consultant and collectors. Frischer has taken on the roles of gallerist, curator, writer, teacher, website coordinator and artist. Her many metamorphoses make her difficult to fit into any of the usual art world categories. She is a founding member and coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network, (www.SDVAN.net ) which funds the SD Art Prize, directory and events calendar and SmART Collector features. Her own artwork (www.DrawsCrowd.com ) has been shown internationally and her most recent one person show was at Oxford University.
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