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RAW August 2021

Culture fills a role once played by faith. Adam Gopnik



Durre Waseem’s painting Meet Me at the Pepper Tree was awarded best in show at the first annual Oceanside Museum of Art Plein Aire Festival juried by Scott W. Prior  and  Jean Stern  with OMA executive director Maria Mingalone.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

A Red Letter Day with the passage of a proposal for a County Commission for Arts and Culture A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer and this is of course, the big news of August!
The Arts & San Diego: An ESPRESSO Point of View Picked RAW Peeled by John Rippo
Calorie Reduced Brain Candy Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
A New Art + Play Space for Children in Downtown Del Mar Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt.Photos by Maurice Hewitt.

El Más Allá Mural by Panca at New Children's Museum
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer. El Más Allá by Panca is now completed and on view at The New Children's Museum (200 W. Island Avenue at Front Street). Panca is one of the four SD Art Prize recipients this year.
5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In August  KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans, August 2021
Panca’s ‘El Más Allá’ Opens At The New Children’s Museum  KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans, August 2021

Our banner this month is in support of San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt Oct. 9th - Dec. 31 st with Beliz Iristay Perry Vasquez, PANCA Hugo Crosthwaite.  (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113) Dedicated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza

It is going to be hard to keep up with all the events in September/October this year so we are starting early with a head’s up for the following:

Fri.Sept 3: The new Mingei International Museum opens the entire Labor Day weekend, Fri, Sept 3 to Mon, Sept 6. They'll be celebrating the Museum's grand reopening with free admission, art-making activities, live performances and more.  

Fri. Sept 10: Celebrate the San Diego Art Institute and Lux Art Institute becoming one as the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego . Live Auction, Dinner, Dancing at 6 pm VIP cocktail reception at 5 pm After party from 10 pm to 1 am. Tickets range from $50 to $1000.  

Sat. Sept 11: Sugar Museum Plate Project, First Supper: Post Pandemic is part of the Eat, Nevertheless exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Center (inside Bread &Salt, 1955 Julian, 92113) showing until Nov. 6 th Opening reception, Sept. 11th 5-8 and second reception, Oct. 9th, 5-8

Sat/Sat Oct 2 -3: MDFerrera at the Mission Fed ArtWalk 2021 , from 11am to 6pm in Little Italy (corner of India and Fir Street). She is the recipient of the Business Art Scholarship produced and with mentorship by Patric Stillman and sponsorship from The Studio Door and San Diego Visual arts Network . (And please note, you can already apply for Art Walks in 2022!)

Sat. Oct. 9th - Dec. 31 st: San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113) with Beliz Iristay Hugo Crosthwaite PANCA Perry Vasquez . Dediciated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza
Postponed until 2020! SD Art Prize   at  Art San Diego 

Sat, Oct 30th: Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)   12 to 4 pm. This free family friendly annual celebration brings together local and regional talents celebrating the visual and performing arts related to a major Mexican cultural event. (Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas)

Month of Oct: Open Your Hearts to North County Arts presented by the North County Arts Network 

Ludicrous Tales: A Topsy Turvy Quartet is a second chance to see a collaborative ceramic banquet installation by Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville with sculptures by Aida Valencia and paintingsby Gloria Muriel at San Diego Mesa College, Fine Arts Building first floor opening Thurs, August 26, 11 am – 7 pm. Exhibition on view August 23 to Sept 23. Please register for this event here. More info: jarmer@sdccd.edu   619-388-2829

The New Children's Museum has announced the launch of its first stand-alone satellite location in San Diego County. The 2,000-square-foot Art + Play Space will be a smaller version of the Museum’s 50,000-square-foot downtown location, featuring a commissioned art installation, a hands-on makerspace and museum store. Located on the upper level of the Del Mar Plaza shopping center along the coast in North County, the new space is slated to open August 20.

Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD)  is moving to a new location in Oct ! UC San Diego @ Park & Market, the University’s new building located in the heart of downtown San Diego. Educational initiatives such as the Teen Producers Project and Youth Media and Tech Camps, will be produced, in-person, at the new venue. The new  Digital Gym Cinema  will be located on the second floor of the building, adjacent to a gallery space. MACSD’s office will be on the third floor. More info: Javier Tirado 619.915.5236

Hurrah! By 2022 La Mesa should have its own arts council. Mayor Mark Arapostathis and his fellow council persons are in favor of this and they all seem to agree that it will bring vibrancy to the city. We would like to see every city in the county have an arts council and will be thrilled to find out who will head it to begin.

The Commission of Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego is trying to move mountains of policy to bring in a new era of equality. Led by Jonathon Glus , the executive director, the proposal which still has to be passed the city council, aims to make the grant process easier for small organization with less stringent auditing and more importantly access to money before the project instead of after the fact. Individual artist or even one-off campaigns, as long as they use non-profit fiscal agents, will now be eligible. Although inclusion will be emphasized, project that serve the city but are located elsewhere will no longer be permitted. This makes it even more important for communities like Chula Vista, Lemon Grove and Poway to have new funds by bringing back a county wide office of arts and culture. BTW, the City has made a call for fiscal agents to step forward and be pre-approved to offer a choice for these underserved groups.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities by combining a culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment, and dignity for a lifetime. The Haute with a Heart fashion show in mid August is always sold out, but we especially liked the way they featured several of their students , many of whom are artists . Look out for Anthony Wardlow on day 7, Mark Rimland on day 8, Dulce Moreno on day 10.

The summer meeting of the South and East County Arts Network (SECAN) occurred at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center. In advance (or instead) of the meeting, the group is asking creatives in the south and east county areas and Baja to fill out a Google form to gauge the arts community and how best to serve it.

We are sorry to hear that William Glen Crooks, San Diego's Imperial Beach artist was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago. He has decided to stop making his art and the final body of work will be presented by Scott White Contemporary Art. Glen has announced this group of work will be the last made available for sale - over 40 paintings that span over 30 years, some of which are from his own personal collection. To receive the complete list of visuals, or to share your personal experiences with Glen's work, please call or send us an email . 

Arts for Learning San Diego has separated from their national affiliation with Young Audiences and will be known as  Arts Education Connection San Diego (AECsd). They will concentrate their work of providing quality arts education programs to the San Diego community. More info: Adrienne Valencia , Executive Director 619.550.3068

The SD Architectural Foundation announces the 2021 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony  Thurs, Oct 21. This year's event will be IN PERSON and will take place in an open air environment. New School of Architecture & Design is returning as theTitle Sponsor!

Go on a free virtual trip to the J. Paul Getty with the Timken Museum . The collection spans over 1000 years and you will be introduced to the Getty’s architecture and gardens and then move into the galleries, to see some of the highlights including manuscripts, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography.  

Did you get your copy of DREAM ? A beautifully produced magazine from the California Arts Council with a lovely tribute to Larry Baza. The notice of grant recipients was issued by the California Arts Council . Of course, LA had 11 pages of grants. SF had only 5 pages and I was impressed that San Diego also had 5 pages until I doubled checked and the list was repeated twice for some reason, so only 2 ½ pages for our county Most of the grants went to the performing arts here with a few exceptions like The AJA project, The SD Puppet Guild, The Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, and the San Diego Museum Council.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

Call for Artists - Sugar Museum Plate Project, First Supper: Post Pandemic is part of the Eat, Nevertheless exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Center (inside Bread &Salt, 1955 Julian, 92113) showing Sat. Sept 11 until Nov. 6 th Opening reception, Sept. 11th 5-8 and second reception, Oct. 9th, 5-8. Artwork is due by Sept 1 . More info: Terri  

Media Arts Center San Diego's 29th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10-20, 2022) Poster Competition is now open for submissions until Nov 1, 2021. Submit an iconic design that captures the essence of our annual celebration of Latinx film, music, and art and a return to live viewing. Top Prize is $1,000 + plus promotional exposure in ALL festival related marketing materials.

Sparks Gallery is looking for a Gallery Registrar and Photographer at $16 per hour for approximately 15-20 hours per week. Email resume and cover letter to sonya@sparksgallery.com

The Black Artists Scholarships for 2022 are being offered by Medium Festival of Photography held next year Feb 10-11 at the Lafayette Hotel and Swim Club. More info: Liliana Hueso 619.555.1212

Taste of the Philippines has vendor booths and festival Volunteer opportunities (including planning committee positions) on Sat, Oct16, 2021 from 10 AM – 8 PM at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego. Presented by the House of the Philippines located in Balboa Park. The festival will feature two stages, a blending of local and international cultural and contemporary performers, culinary delights, art displays, an all-ages entertainment zone, and a historical tribute to 1971 that helped define the Filipino community in San Diego. More info Joe Mazares 805.340.2977

In person and inside in November. The Talmadge Art Show for 2021 is Sun, November 21, 2021 at Liberty Station Conference Center (2600 Laning Rd.SD, 92106) The booth fee is still $125 plus a 20% Sales Commission at central cashiering. Application due August 1st. More info: talmadgeartshow@me.com 619-559-9082

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is making a call for lots of new staff: Director, Philanthropy , Institutional Giving Manager , Accounting Clerk , Manager, Digital Communications , Chief Operating Officer , Director, Education & Engagement , Human Resources Assistant .

California Arts Council Round 8, the Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Program, will open on August 27, 2021. If you have already received a CA Relief Grant, you are not eligible to receive another one. ONLY one award per organization/individual/business. For more information, sign up for the FREE webinars to learn more.

Have you got tidbits or other bits of gossip that you want to broadcast. Contact info@sdvisualarts.net

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It is very hard to say good bye to a dear friend and great supporter of the arts. RIP Patti K. Cooprider 1940 to 2021.  “Patti achieved something every artist desires, to be remembered; so kind, generous and charismatic. Patti was the whole package. Her many Patti-art filled cards will continue to sparkle like stars in the sky.” Patricia Frischer. Our condolences to her many friends and family.

I really believe that art is capable of the total transformation of the world, and of life itself. And nothing less is really acceptable. So, if art is going to have any excuse ... beyond being a leisure-class plaything, it has to transform life itself. Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Art Reports by or about SDVAN
Compassionate Youth Concerned with Mental Health Day 1 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Compassionate Youth Concerned with Mental Health Day 2 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Iana Quesnell Regional Artist Talk at Lux Art Institute Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Waves of Feminism mural by Katie Ruiz at Women's Museum of California Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Qing Dynasty Ceramics SDSU Chinese Cultural Center and SD Chinese Historical Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Beatriz Cortez: UCSD Longenecker-Roth Artist In Residence Guest Lecture Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
2020 year in review: From Oceanside to San Ysidro, art could still be found in a county in lockdown, SD Art Prize, Seth Combs, Union Tribune
Finger on the Pulse A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
 

Virtual Events

 Once more we want to direct you to your favorite museum or art organization to check out their virtual offerings . Here is a link to just a few of the museums.

Medium (Virtual) Review and Festival is a ten-day photography event in San Diego celebrating boundary-pushing artists of our time. From March 3-13 they present workshops for photographers, a renowned two-day portfolio review with leading curators, gallerists, and publishers. .The annual Festival. Registration for the 2021 review is on a first-come, first-served basis. The annual portfolio review is coveted by photographers and curators for being a welcoming, personal and relaxed experience. Due to Covid-19, the 2021 review will be held virtually on Zoom. The list of 2021 reviewers is posted now and will be updated as additional reviewers are confirmed. More info: scott b. davis

Huge congratulations to Larry Baza. The  California Arts Council  elected him as Chair of the Council, at a public meeting held virtually on Wednesday, December 2. A San Diego-based arts administrator, Baza was appointed to the California Arts Council by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in February of 2016 and reappointed by Atkins as Senate Pro Tem in January of 2020. From January 25, 2018 to December 31, 2019, Baza served as Vice Chair of the Council. His current term expires January 1, 2024.

Good news for the creative industries and artists from the CA’s $227 billion budget. CA is in good shape financially with a $15 billion projected surplus. Preliminary proposal for creative industries state arts agency includes a one-time $15 million CA Creative Corps pilot program and no decrease overall in ongoing funding for the CA Art Council plus $25 million for Cultural Institutions in grants in the next round of $575 million for small businesses recognizing the disproportionate impact of the shutdown to our sector. It is a great start now its need to get it through the legislature. Arts advocates, be ready, you’ve got more work to do.

Coming up March 5 to 12: Open House San Diego 2021 . With a focus on diversity and inclusion, and the theme Design + Community this event is FREE and will feature self-guided tours, socially distanced outdoor experiences and activations, virtual tours, and panel discussions.  Download the  OH! San Diego Backgrounder  . This is produced by the SD Architecture Foundation.

Create a beautiful, old-world Valentine's sentiment in a workshop led by the celebrated paper cutting artist, Bhavna Mehta. Presented by the Timken Museum of Art on Feb 11 from 4 to 6 pm. Fee is $65 to $95.

Lux Art Institute presents [Glyph] which is a shared residency between Beatriz Cortez, rafa esparza, Kang Seung Lee, Candice Lin, Pavithra Prasad, and Christian Tedeschi Jan 30 - March 27 as the 3 rd residency in the 14 th season.

Congratulations to the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellows and Host Organizations which include Luisa Martínez  from the Museum of Us who is a transfronteriza cultural organizer, artist, and educator. Her practice develops from the trans-border context of Tijuana-San Diego, but looks to understand borders, and their imminent destruction, beyond geographical parameters.

Kim MacConnel, San Diego Art Prize recipient, is being showcased by ONE by Quint in La Jolla for his image The Earl of Grey from Jan 30 to Feb 27. To make an appointment email glad@quintgallery.com or text 858.454.3409.

SD Art Institutes Regional Artists Market (RAM) , is offering new exclusive art prints by Angel Divina , River Garza , Claudia Cano , Hector Silva , and   Hugo Crosthwaite .  

Congratulations to HereIn for the Nick Riggle article on Eva Struble . We need more in-depth writing about the artist of San Diego so please support them and sign up on their mailing list.

Studio ACE is hosting a Valentine's Day Pop-Up Shop on Fri, Feb 5: 12pm-6pm and Sat, Feb 6: 10am-3pm.You could buy your loved ones something special for Valentine’s Day. Maybe you would like to show a teacher, healthcare worker, or another special person in your life just how much you appreciate them and all they do. All artists are lovingly donating 25% of their proceeds to Studio ACE, and 100% of profits from sales of ACE goodies will go towards ACE’s Arts Programming.

Meyer Fine Art has just posted some of its new acquisitions. We love their guide to print making techniques which is a real education from this gallery which specialized in original fine art prints by modern masters.  

Art News gives us a slide show of Art World Luminaries Who Died in 2020 . Rest in Peace.

 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

UC San Diego Visual Arts is looking for a Craft Center Studio Coordinator. The incumbent will assist with the implementation of existing courses and programs; participate in the development of new programs, communicate with instructors; advise students on general program information. For more info Nick Lesley 8588227755  

There is an open call for artist from Casa Familiar for their 14th Annual Dia de la Mujer Exhibition at The FRONT. The deadline is Feb 1.

The wonderful people at Art Walk have announced their dates for 2021: Mission Federal ArtWalk, April 24 & 25, ArtWalk @ Liberty Station August 7 & 8, and ArtWalk Carlsbad, September 25 & 26. Fine art artists are encouraged to apply on Zapplication.org.  

Kites Over Vista Guidelines and application info here are now available. Selected artists get a $2,500 stipend for a one-year loan.

The California Arts Council has announced the opening of a new program, CACIndividual Artist Fellowships , to support artists from a broad spectrum of artistic practices, backgrounds, geographies and communities, whose work addresses themes such as race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This is a return to a category absent for the last 18 years. There are 3 categories: CAC Emerging Artist Fellows – $5,000 per award (for approximately 70 artists) for artists with between two and four years of artistic practice; CAC Established Artist Fellows – $10,000 per award (for approximately 50 artists) for artists with between four and 10 years of artistic practice; and CAC Legacy Artist Fellows – $50,000 per award (for approximately 10 artists) for well-established artists with 10 or more years of artistic practice.

“This is a particularly proud moment for our Council, with a dream realized through this fellowship program. Direct and unrestricted funding straight to the source—the artists of our state—is a goal that has been near and dear to the hearts of those on the Council and the staff alike for some time,” said Larry Baza, Chair of the California Arts Council.

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego is making a call for creative works themed Healing: What Did You Create In The Time Of Coronavirus . Many of us have had time to reflect and discuss amongst ourselves and may have found that creating things can be a healing experience for ourselves. More info: Emiko Scudder 6192322721

The Studio Door is making a call for Artists to celebrate the region’s landmarks with a two-part exhibition Art and Architecture: San Diego . From Bertram Goodhue’s California Tower in Balboa Park to Rob Quigley’s San Diego Public Library in the East Village, architecture has played an important role in San Diego’s man-made landscape. RD Riccoboni will feature his collection of his beloved paintings of historic homes and buildings alongside of a curated exhibition of local visual artists. The deadline for submission is Feb 20 for a showing running Mar 6 to 27. More info: Patric Stillman 619-255-2867

Everyone has a story to tell and this is our time. Want to be considered in New American Museum's virtual programming ? Send your videos, ideas, or proposals to namvoices@namuseum.org

Quick reminder of the 2021 California Arts Council Grants deadlines:
Impact Projects - Deadline: February 2
JUMP StArts - Deadline: February 11
Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief - Deadline: February 17
Statewide and Regional Networks - Deadline: February 24
Administering Organization - Relief for Individual Artists and Cultural Practitioners - Deadline: February 25
Individual Artist Fellowships - Deadline: April 1

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February, 2021


We are crushed from the news of the passing of Larry Baza. Earlier this month he was said to be in “tenuous but stable” condition in hospital fighting COVID-19. We urged everyone to send positive energy his way but this was just not enough. Larry was the most tremendous art supporter in all of San Diego and he rose to the highest position in the state as Chair of the California Arts Council. Closer to home he made sure that the Pride Parade had pride of place, ran a sales gallery with his long time companion Tom Noel and had just joined our SD Art Prize committee. Saying he will be missed does not touch the hole this leaves in our hearts and our homes and our organizations.. Untion Tribune Obituary by Michael Rocha or pdf

 SD Art Prize 2021 is now a memorial to our committee member and dear friend Larry Baza. Larry was a beacon of hope at a time when we in Southern California seemed poised to step up and be recognized for the excellence of our programming and the quality of the art in our region. We think memorializing him in this small way will be one of the many honors bestowed on Larry and carried on in his name. 

Anyone who dares to date an artist or a writer shouldn’t be surprised if they end up in their art in some form. Angela Olsen

Art Reports by or about SDVAN
SD Art Prize 2021 press release, RAVE: Focus San Diego
MDFerrera: Just Breath at The Studio Door Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Reimagining Ancient Objects and Future Possibilities on the Trails at Lux Art Institute Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
SDSU Upon Closer Inspection with Adama Delphine Fawundu, Phung Huynh, and Claire A. Warden Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Why Arts Organizations Matter The Clark Huings Fund edited by Carolyn Edlund featuring SDVAN
Carlsbad Family Open Studios with Anne Mudge
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art of Elan Brings Virtual Wonderland to San Diego Museum of Art Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Hewitt Burstein
A Tale of Two Learnings A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

 VIRTUAL EVENTS

The four 2021 SD Art Prize recipients Beliz IristayHugo CrosthwaitePANCAPerry Vasquez will be featured at RAVE | Focus San Diego . Thisis virtual art experience put on by the same people who bring you Art San Diego, The Redwood Art Group. RAVE is not a viewing room, but a real experiential platform where you can meet and talk to artists and gallerists, attend unique events, and have an art buying experience from wherever you are virtually! The 2021 SD Art Prize artists’ interviews will be broadcast on Friday, March 5 at about 4 pm. RAVE | Focus San Diego . March 4 to 7 from 4 pm to 5 pm each day. More info Linda Mariano 408 718 3730

Twenty Women Artists: NOW at the Oceanside Museum of Art starts on  March 13th to August 1st and is a collective reflection on the challenging conditions women face today. You can see 61 images of the artworks even now.

For the first time —after hundreds of exhibitions in museums and galleries — James Hubbell's work is exhibited in the Ilan-Lael Foundation's new online Hubbell Gallery available for purchase. The first exhibition is Seeking Beauty, reflects the Hubbell philosophy: "Beauty, like love, has the power to change things."

Congratulations to Space4Art for their Parker Foundation grant for capacity building. The funds will help them to grow and, ultimately, to build a multidisciplinary Arts Center

On the eve of Quint Gallery’s 40th anniversary of exhibiting contemporary art in San Diego, the gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an additional location in the village of La Jolla at 7655 Girard Avenue. This will become Quint’s main gallery space and is 3000 square feet ready to serve the public when the Museum of Contemporary Art SD re-opens.

Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in North Park is 13 years old but has been closed during the pandemic. Alma Rodriguez, founder of Queen Bee’s has organized a series of livestream benefit shows to help raise the $40,000 to stay in business.

Expedition Maker is a four week series from Feb 21 to March 14 which is a reality TV show for 10 young Jewish designers. It is produced by Moishe House, a part of the Leichtag Foundation campus in Encinitas. The prize is $5000 and will be announced on March 21 from a public vote.

False Cast a new gallery in SD has an inaugural show RISE until March 19 The show features painting from emerging and mid-career artists from around the nation including former residents of San Diego such as Chantal Wnuk, Patrick Dunford, and Ellie Vanden Busch.

We welcome a new installation by Math Bass called NewZ! for the Mural of La Jolla project. The Athenaeum supports this wonderful project and you can see this new one at 7766 Fay Avenue.

Congratulation to Seth Combs who has a new monthly column in the SD Union Tribune. The first is on the visual artist Katie Ruiz . We just featured Ms. Ruiz in our recent article Waves of Feminism mural by Katie Ruiz at Women's Museum of California in our Picked RAW Peeled column.

The Mission Federal Artwalk in Little Italy usually in April is now postponed until Oct 23 and 24. Better safe than sorry!

A selection of rare artist inviations is available at the Meyer Fine Art Gallery . This would make a special gift for someone anytime of the year. Chagall and Miro invites are included for show openings .

We are ever grateful to John Rippo at ESPRESSO Cafe Newspaper SD who supported SDVAN and the SD Art Prize early on. They publish daily updates of local roasters freshest coffees ready to drink so check them out and support small local business during the pandemic.

Building on the longstanding partnership between the California Alliance for Arts Education (the Alliance) and Create CA and their shared mission to make sure that a quality arts education is part of every student’s life, they are merging into a new, united organization using the Create CA name. By coming together, they will join the power of Create CA’s dynamic communications and innovative data project with the Alliance’s proven policy and advocacy track record and statewide network supporting districts and counties to provide a full arts education to all students.

If you are a true pessimist then you are only expecting to go back to see art live in 2022. The MCASD has you covered with something to look forward to see in the Spring of 2022 back in the newly opened La Jolla campus. Thef irst major U.S. exhibition to focus on the radical work of Niki de Saint Phalle during the 1960s will debut at Houston’s Menil Collection in September and then come to San Diego.

And if you are really forward looking: The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2024 grant recipients, including five San Diego organizations. These Southern California programs, which explore the merger of art and science, include fascinating proposals from UC San Diego, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the La Jolla Historical Society. The Mingei just got a $100,000 Getty Foundation grant for the research and planning of a new exhibition, BLUE GOLD: The Art and Science of Indigo, scheduled to open in the fall of 2024 as part of pacific Standard Time.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

ArtReach is seeking artists to transform guitars into playable pieces of art for our online auction. Submit your applications and designs by March 1st to be considered for this project. 75% of proceeds will benefit ArtReach's free visual arts education programs for schools and community centers throughout San Diego County. Each artist will receive 25% of the sales price. Apply online at www.artreachsandiego.org/guitar-application More info: Anna Laroque 913-530-1906

The Studio Door has announced its 5 calls for artists in 2021: The Crow Show : April 3 - 24, Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021 , Juror: Andrew Ütt - Lux Art Institute; Traditional Art Practices : May 1 – 28 Submission Deadline: April 10, 2021 Collaboration with Christensen and Kinley; .Inspired by the Streets: June 5 - 26, Submission Deadline: May 15, 2021 Collaboration with Manor and Hunter; Proud+ : July 3 – 30, Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 Juror: Alexis Bard Johnson - ONE Archives, USC Libraries; Drag Queens, Drag Kings & The Royal Court : Aug 7 -27, Submission Deadline: July 17, 2021

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RAW March 2021

 


Coming up are the calls for two juried shows. One at Front Porch Gallery (above) and the othe atr the Cannon Art Gallery. Check them out and others in our OPPORTUNITIES below.

Art is the signature of civilizations. Beverly Sills

Art Reports by or about SDVAN
San Diego Art Prize 2021 Recipients Preview | RAVE San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
RAVE SD Art Prize 2021 promotion

RAVE SD Art Prize 2021 Interviews

RAVE SD Art Prize 2021 Patricia Frischer introduction
Lucky Number: 13 Sculptures Find Perfect Settings at San Diego Botanic Garden
Picked Ripe Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Medium Photo Festival’s Han Nguyen. and Museum of Contemporary Art’s Glendalys Medina
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
In Conversation: Manuelita Brown and Dr. Denise Rogers. at Oceanside Museum of Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Catherine Opie at San Diego Medium Photo Festival
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
San Diego County Winter Regional Conversation and California Arts Council Creative Corp Report Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
By the Numbers San Diego State of the Nonprofits Report by USD Research Team Picked Ripe Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Oceanside Museum of Art Celebrates 4 new exhibitions
Picked Ripe Peeled by Patricia Frischer
 
Simply the Best: A Step Too Far and actually quite dangerous! A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Virtual Events

Our banner this month is in support of the 7th Annual The Crow Show April 3 to 24at Studio Door . This is their most popular bringing artists from across the nation to celebrate the crow this year juried by Andrew Utt, ED of Lux Art Institute and now the ICA San Diego. More info: Patric Stillman 619-255-2867

The big news is the merger between the San Diego Art Institute and Lux Arts now known as the new Institute for Contemporary Art San Diego. Andrew Ütt the director the Lux will be the executive director and Karen Gilbert from the SDAI will be the chairperson of the board. North County meets Balboa Park…so exciting! The first exhibition of Gabriel Rico will open Sept. 24 in Balboa Park now known as ICA Central with a special installation at ICA North. Watch for the new ICA San Diego new website this summer. We are happy to announce no staff will be laid off and all the commitments for shows will, of course, be honored.

San Diego Zoo Global announced it had rebranded itself as San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance .. SD RACC is pushing to go county wide instead of only advocacy for the city of SD with the help of Felicia Shaw. Women’s Museum of California is moving from the NTC to offices only in Balboa Park. With luck the old SD County Arts Council will become the new SD County Office of Arts and Culture in the near future. Museum of Man is now the Museum of US . Quint Gallery is back in a large space in downtown La Jolla. The Mingei is due to reopen this summer after it $55 million renovation. We love all this pivoting, re-purposing and enlarging in the San Diego art world.

Felicia Shaw the new director the Women’s Museum of California has announced a new era for the museum. They will be re-locating to the SD History Museum in Balboa Park with their collections and business offices. They will continue with lots of their programs but become a museum without walls using collaborations with other venues to exhibit. Their lovely shop will still be online. It is hoped that this pivot due to the pandemic will help to determine what the best way forward is for the museum in the next few years while keeping their finances stable.

Border artist Irma Sofia Poeter celebrates 25 years of her artistic trajectory with this retrospective show presented in CEART Tecate, (Federico Benitez s/n, Downey) Baja Norte. Una y lo otro: Conexion Tecate will run until July 25.With a selection of more than 50 pieces this exhibition shows the different technics, formats and themes that this Mexican-American artist has explored. More info: 011 52 (665) 65 ispoeter@yahoo.com

Check out what’s new at Oceanside Museum of Art at a Virtual Exhibition Celebration produced in partnership with Oceanside Community Television (KOCT) and explore fresh artwork recently installed at the museum. Hear directly from artists and curators behind the exhibitions to help prepare for visiting once the galleries reopen or to connect with us from afar. The program will highlight four newly installed exhibitions at OMA— Inspired: Selections From OMA Staff , Kevin Vincent : Material Memory , Amanda Kachadoorian: Botanical Hybridity of San Diego's Multicultural History , and Twenty Women Artists: NOW . This last exhibition curated by Alessandra Moctezuma features artwork by  Maite Benito Agahnia Manuelita Brown Diana Carey Rin Colabucci Bronle Crosby Susan Darnall Ellen Dieter Theresa Vandenberg Donche Kaori Fukuyama Julia C R Gray Diane Hall Kathleen Kane-Murrell Kathy McChesney Lori Mitchell Gillian Moss Alison Haley Paul Julia San Román-Naughton Christine Schwimmer Gail Titus , and  Brenda York . PLUS, at the western corner of the OMA campus, see the recent artwork installation. On long-term loan from artist Matt Devine, this new sculpture provides a burst of color and joy.

Arts Empower San Diego is a collective-impact initiative working to improve and support arts education in San Diego County. The mission of Arts Empower San Diego is to ensure high-quality arts education for every student, supported through the collective impact of a motivated community of arts advocates. Visit the Arts Empower website to find information about events, professional learning opportunities, and resources.     

Congratulation to Isik Kaya for winning the David Antin prize for 3 rd year students at UCSD. You can see all the grad student’s studios, a panel discussion, the exhibition and screening room on the Graduate Open Studio page.

The New Children’s Museum workers and management made history by reaching agreement on their first union contract. The ratification of this collective bargaining agreement makes the Museum the first of San Diego’s 45 museums to unionize.

The New Children’s Museum will launch its new monthly series Artist Talks: Reimagining the Power of Art + Play exploring play, art, healing, community, identity and the Museum’s role in a post-COVID-19 world. The virtual series includes conversations with commissioned artists about their work, their process and installation plans for the Museum. The first five artists to be featured are Katie Ruiz, David Israel Reynoso, Wes Bruce, Risa Puno and Andrea Chung.

SD Airport Terminal 1 opened in 1967 for 2.5 million and was serving 12 million passengers in 2018 and that is expected to continue to grow. Plans have now been approved for renovations including a new James Carpenter façade. The art at the airport continues to be a huge part of our welcoming image.

Coming to the Athenaeum new exhibitions! Paula McColl: Celebrating La Jolla, April 1–May 8, 2021; and Marking Time: What Athenaeum Artists Create in Quarantine, May 14 – July 9, 2021. Just a few of these associated with the SD Art Prize and New Contemporaries are David Adey, Adam Belt, Lael Corbin, Irene de Watteville, David Fobes, Prudence Horne, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Beliz Iristay, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Aren Skalman, Perry Vasquez, and Allison Wiese. No opening receptions are scheduled at this time.

Bravo to Salvador Torres for suing San Diego Unified School District and a construction company for the destruction of one of his murals .It could have been removed or even repainted. Instead, photos were taken and Torres and the other artists with destroyed murals did not feel they were included in these decisions.

Jonathan Segal FAIA (59) is now the youngest architect ever to be awarded the "Distinguishment of Master Architect" for the City of San Diego. In the history of San Diego only sixty architects have been distinguished as a Master Architect.  Of these sixty architects only nine remain alive and have an average age of 91 years old.  Congratulation Jonathan!

The City of Encinitas created a new public art website that includes an online walking tour of the public art project of 53 mosaic panels for permanent installation at the redesigned Santa Fe Drive undercrossing as part of the Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC project. The mosaics were created by Encinitas high school and college students and adult artists.

We all know how bad it is out there for the arts, but here are four links put out by USD research team: 2020 Annual Report: State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy in San Diego , Nonprofit Sector Response for COVID-19 March 2020  , Unprecedented Disruption: COVID-19 Impact on San Diego Nonprofits May 2020 , 2020 Culture Shift: Measuring COVID-19 Impact on San Diego Arts and Culture Nonprofits . Nope, we are not going to summarize these for you , but we asked and they did it for us.

Arts Advocacy Week is April 19-23 . Hundreds of advocates will meet (virtually) in Sacramento to illustrate the creative industries and artists impact on our economy and wellbeing, and to meet directly with elected officials to encourage them to support increased public funding for the arts and legislation and policies that are pro-arts, arts education, culture and the creative sector.  We hope you will engage in advocacy and for you to be inspired to participate but you must sign up with Californians for the Arts. Raise your voice for the arts and join us for advocacy week April 19-23 by becoming a delegate. Attend ACCM Virtual Convening – April 27.  The keynote speaker is our own Todd Gloria!

Of the $78 million awarded in the first winter 2021 cycle of the Conrad Prebys Foundation , $8,517,500 was granted to Visual and Performing Arts organizations. These grants requested $28,767,500.00, but at least 41 different grants were given out.

California Arts Council is changing the name of its Arts in Corrections to Transformative Arts . This is its prison arts program and the change is in honor of its participants & the possibilities creative expression provides.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Beyer Park Public Art Project . This is a site-specific artwork with a budget of $170,000. The deadline is March 25.

Cannon Art Gallery is making a call to artists for the 2021 Juried Biennial. This year’s jurors for the Biennial are Sonya Sparks and Andrew Ütt. In addition to selecting the artists in the Biennial, the jurors will give a total of $2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded. Deadline for applications is April 23, 2021. For more information Karen McGuire 760-602-2090

Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad announces its 2021 Juried Exhibition from July 18 to Sept 11. Sergio Gomez is the juror and the entry fee is $35 for three pieces. Submission date May 25. . More info: Julie Weaverling 760-795-6120

PROUD+ 2021 is the fourth national edition of visual arts exhibition running from July 3 - 30, 2021 at The Studio Door. LGBTQIA+ artists are encouraged to present contemporary works that celebrate the unique sense of pride that this diverse community has. This is a call for artwork that expresses authentic, diverse viewpoints from the LGBTQIA+ experience. Juror: Alexis Bard Johnson, PhD, Curator, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Prospectus : Artists can enter up to three pieces for consideration. [1 work of art = $35; 2 works = $40; or 3 works = $45]. Artists who have participated in previous Proud+ exhibitions at The Studio Door should contact them before applying to receive a courtesy discount. Submission Deadline: May 31, Awards: 3 works will receive a Juror's Award certificate and a check for $100. More info: forallweknow@thestudiodoor.com 619-255-2867

Remember due April 1, Grants for Individual Artists by the California Arts Council . This is the first time in 18 years that they have offered this category.

Have you got tidbits or other bits of gossip that you want to broadcast. Contact info@sdvisualarts.net

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April 2021

 

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. Robert Wilson


Banging the drum again. Advocacy and Economic Summit Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Springtime in Lux-land: Art and Nature in Bloom Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Trustees Connected - Virtual! Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Augmented Realities and the Five Dimensions of Chitra Gopalakrishnan Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Quintessentials Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Steamroller Printmaking: At Mesa College, It’s Fine Art Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Virtual Events: our BIG news is that now all VIRTUAL events, even if they end, are all on our new ARCHIVED VIRTUAL EVENTS page so you can find them by month and year. Hopefully this will be useful archive in the future as it will be ongoing. Only virtual events listed on our calendar will be featured on this page, so please continue to list all your events and make sure and check the box for virtual to be included in this new archive. All events are listed on the calendar and as upcoming events before they start and as ongoing events until they end.

Remember, Arts Advocacy Day is April 27th  . Raise your voice for the arts. Attend  ACCM Virtual Convening – April 27 .  The keynote speaker is our own Todd Gloria!  

ArtReach San Diego participated in the Target Circle Giving program for non-profits and made $4209.23 after getting 108402 votes. Congratulations to this wonderful education program for our local youth. We especially like the torn paper collages from Pacific View Leadership Elementary lead by Cindy Trunzo inspired by Alonso Delgadilli . These were supported by the L3Harris Foundation Social Impact grant.

On the occasion of Quint Gallery's exhibition of Walking on Water , here is a virtual discussion between Alfredo Jaar and Hugh M. Davies exploring this artwork and Jaar's practice as an artist and architect documenting socio-political crises and acts of resistance around the world. We highly recommend a visit to Quint and to Alfredo Jaar’s website with interventions and installations. This man will make everyone feel like an underachiever and challenge us all to do more.

Mission Fed ArtWalk, 2021 Little Italy has been re-scheduled to October 2 and 3. All artists that have registered in Zapp for the April 2021 show are automatically registered for October 2 and 3. With the postponement of Mission Fed ArtWalk to October and the planned ArtWalk @ Liberty Station show in August, they have also made the decision to cancel ArtWalk Carlsbad this year but it will be back in 2022. Fine art artists are encouraged to apply for our  Mission Fed ArtWalk  and  ArtWalk @ Liberty Station shows on Zapplication.org .

The Museum Council has posted a list of their members and the spring re-opening dates, now, soon, and to be announced in the future.

Mingei International Museum will reopen to the public on September 3, 2021, exactly three years after closing for a transformative construction project. Entry into the Museum Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6, will be free for all as a gift to San Diego.

The newHealing the Healersretreats, are a partnership of the Ilan-Lael Foundation and the  San Diego County Medical Society will help answer the question, “how we can thank those who have given so much?” The Ilan-Lael Foundation is the custodian of a special place of unusual beauty and serenity and they hope to give back to our community and begin the healing process for our frontline medical staff. This is a day-long retreat, to relax, restore and heal amidst the art and nature that is unique to Ilan-Lael. They hope to provide one group retreat each month for the remainder of 2021—and longer if needed.

May-ling Martinez is the Gallery Artist in Residence at Art Produce through May 15 2021. It is viewable from the sidewalk. And she says, "I want to explore the gallery as a literal extension of my art studio practice - the perfect opportunity to share work in progress and my art making process."

In the new building for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego there will be a learning center named for and funded by the Conrad Prebys Foundation. No news on their website, but it was announced on Instagram.

May is Asian Heritage Month and what could be more fun than sugar painting . Check it out on May 9 th brought to you by the Chinese Cultural Center at SDSU .

BEST PRACTICE is moving from Kearney Avenue to Bread & Salt ! They will start this May with an exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-based 3B Collective.  

We love the new mural at Bread & Salt by Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio . She also did a large installation there during her residency in 2018.

We are looking forward to seeing the results of the San Diego Books Arts postcard exchange project: Wish You Were Here . So far, they have 110 participants from 7 different organizations! Group of 16 which create 16 postcard each and then each person has to make a book out of the 16 cards.

The Encinitas Friends of the Arts are always doing great work. They have raised enough month to donate the sculpture by Jeffery Laudenslager’s Orpheus to the City of Encinitas. They have continued to support Dia de los Muertos for the Latino population, plus buy special flooring for the Ballet Folklorico dance group besides funding shoes and practice skirts. They are vocal in their advocacy for have the Pacific View site stay an art center as originally promised. We are really excited to see the extension of the Thank You Banner to first responders and frontline workers program to include images by local children.

The New Children’s Museum and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E ) have partnered to create STEAM-based learning kits and workshops for 9 social service organizations in San Diego through their pARTners in Creativity access program. SDG&E has helped the creation of 1,800 STEAM Kits and virtual workshops in celebration of Earth Month this April and May. The Museum’s arts education team has created four different STEAM Kits centered around the theme Celebrating Our Planet, emphasizing the use of recycled materials using concepts from science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). They also have been awarded $58,425 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Earth(s)eed Archive: Science Fiction Creates the Future , an exhibition planned for 2023. Out of the 225 NEH-funded humanities projects announced, the arts-based children’s museum is one of only two organizations in San Diego to receive an award, and one of only 22 nationwide to receive funding for an exhibition.

We love the weekly TAS Marketplace (Talmadge Art Show) which is a special curated online show on different themes. For example, in honor of Earth Day, they highlighting four artists who create items for the home from natural materials.

We are delighted to see that the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park (soon to be the Institute of Contemporary Art) is hosting Measurements of Progress , 2021 UCSD Graduating MFA Exhibition. Open for in-person visits until may 30 th by  appointment !

Congratulations to the artists in the Fallbrook Art Center’sWorld of Watercolor and Beyond exhibition for the 13 artworks that sold for a total of $29,905! Their next show 23 rd Annual Reflections of Nature & Beyond extends a weekend show into one-month long and starts May 1 st.

As more and more venues open up here is a little summary of the San Diego Museum of Art’s offerings. Paintings from the Confinement   (May 1, 2021 - May 1, 2022) is anew installation of egg tempera paintings by San Diego-based artist Marianela de la Hoz. Also installed are two self-portraits by local artist Carlo Miranda, who worked as a nurse during the pandemic. Cranach to Canaletto: Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation  (June 18 - Sept 27, 2021): features over 80 works produced between 1500 and 1800. Some of the biggest name with all works never shown in the US before are included.  Everything You See Could Be A Lie: Photorealistic Drawings by Ana de Alvear  (June 18 – Sept 27, 2021) exhibits more than 20 works all executed in colored pencil, including two extraordinary, large-scale murals. Remember SDMA will host its 40 th annual fundraiser of the year,  Art Alive ,   taking place June 18-20.

A big pat on the back to the Commission for Arts and Culture for their newsletter that is lively and informative about happenings at the commission. They also have a data-driven, interactive map that shows the impact of 160+ partner organizations.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

Artist Alliance Pop-Up Art Mart at Oceanside Museum of Art on June 5 and June 6, 2021. This is a call to artists who are members of OMA Artist Alliance to submit for a pop-up art market to take place on the front terrace of OMA. 10 artists will be selected to participate on each of the two days of the market. More info: Katie Dolgov 818.736.7721

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild 2021 Online International Summer Exhibition is June 1– July 31. The deadline for the call for artists is Sat, May 15, 2021 with juror Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education, The San Diego Museum of Art Open to all artists. To view the prospectus . More info: Angelika Villagrana 619 222-1034

Walk in A.R.T (Allyship. Resilience & Truth) is a new every first Thursday monthly art walk in Hillcrest. Attendees can expect a night filled with lively entertainment in Mural Alley all directed by an interactive digital map that patrons can access from their mobile device.

In preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Directing Change Program is looking for students to create art pieces exploring mental health, hope, resilience, change, and creatively incorporate the lime green ribbon as a symbol for mental health. For this Art Competition for Students , you can submit a short film, visual art, original music, a blog, even a Tik Tok. They have partnered with the Trauma Research Education Foundation (TREF) who is sponsoring prizes for San Diego County youth winners ranging from $25 to $300. Submissions are due on April 30. More info: Eddie Santacruz 6196218075

Thanks to recent generous donations to The Athenaeum in honor of Patti Cooprider, they have a new scholarship fund to help those in need to experience the joy and creative growth of their art classes. To be considered for a scholarship, please fill out this online form.

Quint Gallery is looking for a Content Creator Marketing Associate. No experience needed but you need to be social media savvy. Contact glad@quintgallery.com  

The San Diego Museum Council is looking for an executive director . Apply by email with a letter of interest and resume no later than April 30, 2021 in Adobe PDF format to team@sandiegomuseumcouncil.org

Front Porch Gallery has a whole bucket load of opportunities for artist including the Annual Juried Exhibition (National deadline May 25th), teach a practical class/workshop, present in the Artist Speaker Series, a chance to demonstration or present an art technique or topic, and two future exhibitions: Molten: Art under Fire Sept 19 to Nov 13 and Creating Meaning scheduled for Nov with Women’s Woven Voices where Porch Gallery is offering free kits to create a simple woven story cloth which will become part of a large tapestry. More info: Julie Weaverling

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RAW May 2021

Fan: I have never seen a sunset like that before Mr. Turner. Turner: I bet you wish you could.

This last year has been hard on all of us and has hit the Arts in its own particular way. In an effort to make art more accessible we would like to offer the San Diego Art Prize 2021 catalog FREE to all who visit the SD Art Prize exhibition opening Oct. 9th at Bread and Salt. Paying for design, writers, printing and paper adds up quickly. Help us fund the design and printing of a beautiful catalog so the community can take home a celebration of local artists FREE of charge! Visit our GoFundMe to donate whatever you can for the 2021 SD Art Prize catalog. This year's SD Art Prize recipients reflect a variation of the binational, trans-national, trans-border and/or cross-border experience that enriches our region! We're excited to celebrate this year's recipientsBeliz IristayHugo CrosthwaitePANCAPerry Vasquez’s singular visions and want to share that with the community! 


Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Wes Bruce: Wondersound Part 2 at New Children’s Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Angela Washko - Provocative Art: Poking the Bear Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Irma Sofia Poeter: Herself and the other Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Beyond Bedding: Local Quilt Shows Display High Textile Art Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Baseera Khan Studio Series Talk at Lux Art Institute (ICA) Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
VAPA Asks: What is your arts superpower? A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
 

Our banner this month is in support of VIRTUAL events, even though actual events are coming back, All events on our new ARCHIVED VIRTUAL EVENTS page are archived by month and year. Virtual events for June include (left to right): Art Alive Floral Exhibition and Open Air Floral Affair presented by The San Diego Museum of Art June 18, Highlights of the Timken Museum: A Virtual Tour on June 3, 10, 17, The History of Joy: Generations and Sacred Rituals presented by Vanguard Culture on June 24 and Violent Hues, a Virtual Art Exhibition , presented by San Diego Watercolor Society on June 4.

It’s official! No longer on loan from the Encinitas artist Jeffery Laudenslager , Orpheus , a kinetic sculpture is the first piece of permanent public art in the City of Encinitas’ Sculpture Installation Program. This work was donated by Encinitas Friends of the Arts and many of the donations were in memory of Tom and Ann Sergott. Propelled by air and wind currents, the sculpture creates unlimited shapes and forms.

HE's back!  Doug Simay Picks from LA  for May, 2021. As always, he encourages us to “Get out, look at art; have fun.”

The New Children’s Museum has announced artist commissions for 2021, each developed during the pandemic and scheduled to launch throughout the year. Wes Bruce, PANCA, Risa Puno, Tanya Aguiñiga, David Israel Reynoso, Andrea Chung , See more at Reimagining Brave, 2021 Artwork at The New Children’s Museum.

We finally have a save the date after three years for the re-opening of the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park. Entry into the Museum Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 3, through Monday, September 6, will be free for all as a gift to San Diego.

What an amazing life Hyacinthe Baron and how wonderful that Holly Jane Sutor/ Mind Crush Productions has made a lovely and loving film The House of Hyacinthe about her which premiered at Hillcrest's Walk in A.R.T. on May 6 th. Hyacinthe still teaches classes from her booth Marking the Mark at The Studio Door. For details, contact Patric Stillman 619-994-2263

The NTC Foundation has 5 new arts tenants: Arch5 Design – Building 202, Artist Judy Mandel – Barracks 19, Coastal Dwelling Design – Building 202, The Treehouse Academy – Dorothea Laub Music & Arts Center, Vere Designs Glass Art – Barracks 14.

The San Diego International Airport Arts Program just announced the 6 artists chosen for the future remodeled Terminal One. Walter Hood will work on a piece to welcome cars. Nova Jiang piece will be suspended in the ticketing hall. Matthew Mazzotta will work to enhance the curbside with a place, to rest, wait or host outdoor performances. Amy Ellingson will make abstract work in the area just beyond the security before you get to the gates. Erwin Redl will delivery art to the food courts and concession area including the performing arts stages. Donald Lipski’s art will enliven the family play area. Unfortunately, none of the artists are San Diego based which is a great pity. But at least two are women and one is black. Happening soon is the exhibition originally planned for 2020, Make Yourself at Home, features 16 exhibitors who will begin to install in May and finish in July. We are so glad to see the arts at the airport is once more on the move.

The annual Axline Lecture put on jointly by Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The San Diego Museum of Art featuring the architect Annabelle Selldorf who is responsible for the additions of MCASD. The new buildings not make the museum a destination architectural wonder, but they will showcase the art and take advantage of their location in the village of La Jolla and next to the Pacific Ocean. Understated and in harmony with the previous architects of the museum was the remit which fits Ms. Selldorf's style.

Of the 11 San Diego County arts organizations who received a combined $203,000 in grants from the National Endowment for Arts in San Diego only two were for visual arts: Outside the Lens in San Diego, $10,000 and the San Diego State University Foundation’s Prison Arts Collective program , $35,000.

We loved this video from 2020 of Terry Allen with Stuart Collection at UC San Diego ’s Mary Beebe and Mathieu Gregoire for a wide-ranging exploration of the history and methods of creating "Trees," his installation for the Collection. This is from the UCTV and is available now for free.

Want a chance to win a free James Hubbell watercolor ? One ticket for $10, 5 for $45 for the drawing on June 28 th. No limit and all proceeds benefit the Ilan-Lael Foundation.

You can now get a year of membership at the Museum of Us with the purchase of just one admission ticket ($16.95-$19.95).

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

ArtReach has an In-Class Teaching Artists position , working directly with the SD schools with a focus on social emotional learning, integrative learning, and exposing students to historical, modern, and contemporary artists whose art celebrates and reflects the experiences our youth are navigating today. Contact: info@artreachsandiego.org

Remember also The ArtReach Mural Program is seeking to contract with mural artists with experience teaching and working with youth and communities. This is a special role in which Mural Teaching Artists have the chance to work with small groups of youth and/or families to dream up and execute site-specific murals from start to finish. All murals are compensated per project through an Artist Stipend, based on the size and duration of the mural. More info: Izzy Halpern 619-940-7278.

The Spirit of our Resilient Community is the theme for the Art of Pride 2021 Pride Exhibition and this is a call for artists. No entry fees. Virtual submission with Cash prizes. Deadline June 8, 2021. For info: John Keasler 6192781267

Don’t forget about the 2021 ArtWalks: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station( August 7 & 8) and Mission Fed ArtWalk (Oct 2 & 3) ArtWalk Carlsbad will be back Sept 2022.

To meet their growth in demand and offerings, ArtBusXpress is hiring a part-time executive director and program administrator. They are currently entertaining applications for these two positions. If you know of anyone that you feel would be a good fit, please call me at 760-715-1818.

The City of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division has a part time (30 hours) Arts Program Assistant position open. Arts Assistant . The deadline to apply is May 20, 2021. More info: jgilliam@encinitasca.gov  760.633.2746 

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido is looking for a Director of Philanthropy . For more info: 760. 233.7755 and Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa park is looking for a new Director Of Development . For more info: 619.238.7559. You can apply for both through LinkedIn.

We are so pleased to announce that the SD Art Prize will have a booth at Art San Diego LIVE this year from October 1-3, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center. They will feature 60+ international galleries and studio artists. If you want to be there with your own booth then sign up now.

CoTA 2021 Literary Institute is offering a three day workshop to engage in hands-on creative strategies to help challenge students to perform in-depth analysis, form meaningful assessments, collect textual evidence, and develop confidence in reading and writing from June 28 to July 1. Their Literary Institute offers artistic strategies and lessons using the visual arts, theater, and creative movement - all in a collaborative learning environment. More info: Judith Eisenberg 6198770751

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June 2021

 

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton

On the weekend of July 10th and 11th 2021 Twisted Heart Puppetworks will be hosting San Diego’s first ever online international shadow puppetry festival, lovingly titled Shadows Across the Globe . Free, live streaming and also ticketed ZOOM classes for folks of all ages and skill levels and talks from industry leaders. Thank you, San Diego Guild of Puppetry and Backfence Society of Vista. More info: Tania Yager 760-291-7061


Art Reports by or about SDVAN

San Diego Visual Arts Network: Your Armchair Gateway to the Arts in SD Video of Patricia Frischer for the Life program of Mira Costa College
Art in Private Places: Oceanside Museum of Art curates Hotel Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Lux Art Institute Artist Talk by Omar Pimienta Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Desperate Times A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our banner this month is in support of Say Their Names Memorial Exhibit presented by the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art outside at the M.L. King Promenade, New Children’s Museum (200 W. Island Avenue, SD 92101). A ribbon cutting on Sat July 10 at 11 am and viewing until July 25 features 200 photos of Black victims. This is a nationwide, grassroots initiative to honor Black lives lost in the struggle against systemic racism. The memorial began in Portland, Oregon and is an outgrowth of the protests that began nationwide in 2020. More info: Gaidi Finnie 619-253-8499  

Art Walk San Diego has come up with a wonderful way to support local artists. A mini-show series called Summer Series will start June 27 and take place alternate Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm in Little Italy at the  Piazza della Famiglia   Artists will be provided with ample corner spaces to display their work in this open air venue. The fee to show is $200 plus tent rental if you don’t have your own. If you are interested, please complete this fillable PDF form and email to sean@artwalksandiego.org .

The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) and Bread & Salt will co-present SD Practice, a public art exhibition of the acquired artworks by the City of San Diego. Co-organized with the City of SD’s Commission for Arts and Culture, the exhibition will showcase the nearly 100 artworks by 89 local artists purchased in support of the local arts ecosystem during the COVID-19 pandemic. July 10 - September 5, 2021.

We are so pleased to welcome a brand new Gallery in Carlsbad! Phes Gallery (2633 State Street, Carlsbad Village, 92008) is the love child of Ellen SpeertandPaul Henry. The first show features Doris Bittar, Becky Cohen, William Gullette, Paul Henry, William Leslie and Alessandra Colfi, Ann Mudge, Bruce Munter, Lynn Schuette, Ellen Speert, and Cheryl Tall.

California Center for Creative Renew has you covered for a bunch of Saturdays between now the end of the year. Day of Creative Renewal on July 10, Spirit Boats , August 14, Psychodrama, Art and Poetry Sept 25, Mosaic Mandalas on Sat & Sun, Nov 6 & 7, The Art of the Dream Dec 4. More info: click the links or contact Ellen Speert for a North County garden treat.

Erick Touissant , San Diego's "Sidewalk Chalk Dad", will recreate masterpieces from the collection in the Timken plaza this summer in July and August as part of the Creation Station series.

Two newly-opened exhibitions, Taylor Chapin: Consumption Capital and Mark Bryce: Love & Wa r are now on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Celebrate San Diego’s newest public art project, Use Your Voice , organized by Sounding Boards and Nomad Donuts (University Avenue). The outdoor gallery will debut with work by Josue Baltezar, Kenda Francis, Mary Jhun, Jon Pucci, and rotate regularly to display a diverse group of California artists.

The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC), welcomes new staff member Andrea “Angie” Chandler as Cultural Strategist, to support the organization's recent shift into Inclusion as its Audience and Engagement Specialist. Chandler has already made an impact in the Southern California region with her project, Culture Mapping: San Diego, a community informed initiative to identify the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color cultural sector and ultimately connect them with much needed resources such as funding and space. Chandler from Brooklyn, New York, most recently served as the Education Manager at the San Diego Museum of Art where she oversaw a department that included a museum art school, adult and youth programming, the museum’s library and more . For more info: Leticia Gomez Franco 619.236.9702.

XENO-City is Ricardo Dominguez Speculative Design Thesis Studio final presentation in the Kamil Gallery of UCSD and this utube takes you through the process and includes Teddy Cruz Studioon Speculative Solidarity as well. Speculative design is about navigating the interfaces between practices…like the borders or boundaries between TJ and SD. Ultimately it is to design new practices and demands flexibility and passion and great innovation.

You can now see the 2021 Online International San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Summer Exhibition juried by Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs & Education, SDMA until August 8.

A new mural project in Escondido is called Esco Alley Art, in the alley between W. Grand Avenue, W. Second Avenue, S. Broadway and S. Maple Street. This joint effort of the Escondido Arts Association and the Downtown Business Association, will eventually include more than 30 murals, each up to 8 feet square. The unveiling of each batch of murals is timed to coincide with 2nd Sat, an arts event held monthly in downtown /Escondido.

Ways of Seeing group art exhibition at Thumbprint Gallery is available to view online or in person until July 3.

Fallbrook Art Center’s 10th Annual Artist Guild Show is now on view until July 10th

You can see a selection of virtual Arts Alive flower arrangements from the San Diego Museum of Art in their Out of the Vault selection.

There is a new Visual Art Critique Group forming in Barrio Logan. They are meeting on the first Wed of each month in 5:30-7pm. and hoping for a six-month minimum commitment from each member. Monthly meetings will include rotating critique slots, along with time to share the latest opportunities, resources, and burning art questions. The gatherings are free but will take place in local establishments. so please be willing to make a purchase. For more info: Aurora Bewicke by June 30 for the first meeting.

CoTA (Collaborations: Teachers and Artists) welcomes an exciting new executive director, Marisa Cooper. This is an amazing and uniquely San Diegian program certifying teaching artists with an extensive 18-month course solely to teach pre-K to 12 grade teachers how to integrate art in all their subjects. A three-year school program with artist residents in 90% of the classrooms has a proven track record of success in, amongst others, innovation and communication skills in their 23-year history, they have helped over a hundred schools in five school districts. More info: info@cotaprogram.org 619.677.0751

Jeweler Julie Harris is the new owner of Taboo Studio as owners and managers and jewelers Jane Groover and Joanna Rhoades who started the jewelry gallery in 1988, step aside. The summer sale starts Fri., June 25 from 6 to 8 pm.

We are so sad to report the passing of the wonderful Renata Spiazzi. She lightened all of our lives with her gracious hospitality and her enthusiasm for digital art.

Save the dates in September:
The Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego launches on Sept. 10, 2021! This is the merging of Lux Art Institute and San Diego Art Institute. Hurrah when north meets south.

Mingei International Museum reopens Sept 3, 2021 with renovations by LUCE et studio. New exhibitions include Global Spirit: Folk Art from the Ted Cohen Collection and Humble Spirit / Priceless Art. A video overview of the transformation is available here .  

Save the date for the 2021 Arts Empower San Diego Mega Conference on Sat, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the premier arts education professional learning event for teachers and administrators in San Diego County. With breakout sessions for all arts disciplines, it will be a day of professional learning and conversations focused on arts education you won’t want to miss! Arts Empower is accepting session presentation proposals now through June 30. Contact Pauline Crooks , VAPA Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) 858-295-8881

Treat yourself with this 1/2 hour view of the R oyal Academy of Art show of David Hockney’s Arrival of Spring Normandy 2020 . Do take a bit of time to watch this relaxing turn from barren trees to full leaf glory. With some wonderful night scenes as well. Here Hockney speak about the work if you want a few more minutes of insight.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

Art Walk San Diego has come up with a wonderful way to support local artists. A group of mini-shows called Summer Series will start June 27 and take place alternation Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm in Little Italy at the  Piazza della Famiglia   Artists will be provided with ample corner spaces to display their work in this open air venue. The fee to show is $200 plus tent rental if you don’t have your own. If you are interested, please complete this fillable PDF form and email to sean@artwalksandiego.org

The City of Encinitas is seeking part-time help for their arts program. They are accepting applications for Arts and Culture Recreation Services Assistant.

In person and inside in November. The Talmadge Art Show for 2021 is Sun, November 21, 2021 at Liberty Station Conference Center (2600 Laning Rd.SD, 92106) The booth fee is still $125 plus a 20% Sales Commission at central cashiering. Application due August 1st. More info: talmadgeartshow@me.com 619-559-9082

Artist Mentor Project (AMP) of San Diego announces its first juried exhibition, SoCal's Best- Upstarts and Innovators. Open to 2-D artists living in Southern and Baja California. Juror Dr. Deborah Williams, owner & curator of Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla on display (not virtual) August 13 - Sept 2, 2021 in the Expressions Gallery at the Escondido Municipal Gallery . Application deadline July 14. This show has been generously sponsored by a grant from the Negri Foundation. For more Info: lisabebi@gmail.com

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is making a call for artist for the Save the Ocean Art Show , 2021 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery The show is juried by Cathy Carey and Danny Saltzhandler. Application deadline is Sept 1, for the show from Oct 8 to Nov 5. You need to be a CA resident with work no older than 2 years. Fee: 3 pieces for $30. Cash awards include 1 st. place $300, 2 nd place $200, 3 rd place $100, More info: Cathy 760-877-0869

The San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Visiting Teacher program, the  Arts Education Project   (AEP), is hiring for the fall of 2021 and the online Arts Education Project Application is open now. The minimum credential required to apply for this position is a California 30 Day Substitute Teaching Permit.

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RAW July 2021

Fear regrets more than failure. Taryn Rose


Brain Candy: The Art Collectors - A Virtual "Salon Series" presented by Vanguard Culture is on August 16 from noon to 2 pm.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

An Artful Night Out: SD Practice at SDAI and Bread & Salt Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
California Arts Council Funding Update: July 2021 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Making Visual Music at Lux Art Institute Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
Hugo Crosthwaite: A Life In (Stop) Motion KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans
Guillermo Galindo at Lux Art Institute soon to be ICA North Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
It’s Sum-Sum-Summertime! Time to Experience Real Live Art Again Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt 
A PHES-tival of Art: New Carlsbad Gallery Opens July 16Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt 
PHES Gallery: A North County Gift to the Community Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Author and Audience: Oceanside Museum of Art curates Hotel Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia
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The Blue Economy A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our banner this month is in support of Denise Bonaim0 Sarram Immigrate: Assimilate - Stories of Resilience at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, 92024) is the visual story told through the art of assemblage and collage about the immigrant experiences of the artist’s Sicilian ancestors in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the 20th century. Opening Aug 17 to Sept 23. Opening reception Sept 11th. More info: Denise Bonaimo Sarram 858.751.4560

Brain Candy: The Art Collectors - A Virtual "Salon Series" presented by Vanguard Culture is on August 16 from noon to 2 pm. Join a lineup of collectors, gallerists, appraisers for this discussion about the 'ins and outs' of art collecting in an ever-changing world. This event is geared toward aspiring art collectors and artists with work available for purchase. Pay what you can. $10 suggested donation. With Sonya Sparks - Sparks Gallery, Elsie Arredondo - Arredon Art Gallery, Johnny Tran -Thumbprint Gallery, Alexander Salazar - Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Jon Stock - NFT / Gallery Professional and Patricia Frischer, San Diego Visual Arts Network. More info: Bailey Gillis

Kudos to Sparks Gallery which transformed into a collaborative space to showcase several other San Diego galleries under their roof. You can visit until July 31. July 10-31. Participating galleries include : Sparks Gallery, Arredon Art, Fresh Paint Gallery, Thumbprint Gallery, VISUAL gallery+design, and Salazar Fine Art.

Save the date of Sept 10 for the official change of Lux to Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego/North for an Inaugural Gala .

Bravo to Kaori Fukuyama one of the SD Art Prize recipients from last year. The Arts Program at San Diego International Airport selected her to guide Nova Jiang in the “Under the Wing” mentorship program. Jiang will make an artwork on permanent display as part of planned New Terminal 1 program. Chris Chalupsky is the arts program senior manager at SAN.

Congrats to ArtBusXpress on their $25,000 grant from the Parker Foundation. They will now be able to hire a part time administer. They say this is owed to their new slogan: To enrich student learning one field trip at a time, with or without the bus, to the arts and sciences . ABX pivoted to bring virtual arts and science venues to the classroom with teachers rated their program involving 6500 students with a 4.8 out of 5 for excellence.  

One million visitors in 2015 and now the new benchmark of 2 million visitors in 2021. Congratulation to the New Children’s Museum. 

Elena Karavodin is one lucky woman because she just got a load of free publicity when her pictures were censored from a show at the Encinitas Community Center . Shame on them and hurrah for Art Hatch for showing the censored works in their gallery. NEVER An Uncensored Solo Show from June 15 – August 5 (317 E Grand Ave, Escondido, 92025)

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture recently announced 174 funding awards for the fiscal year 2022. More than $7.7 million will be distributed to nonprofits that make meaningful impacts in communities and expand access to arts and culture throughout the city. See the award at these two links: Organizational Support Program (OSP) and Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) . P.S. We love seeing the Commissioner Spotlights in the newsletter as this gives us a chance to know more about this select group of citizens supporting the arts in San Diego. Contact them for more info: arts@sandiego.gov

In September the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will host an augmented reality exhibition of 13 contemporary art installations viewable on cellphones or tablets. Seeing the Invisible will take place all at the same time in 12 different botanical gardens in 6 countries. These digital artists include the amazing Ai Weiwei (China activist) and El Anatsui (Ghanaian).

The Museum of Us has come up with a clever idea to bring the visually rich and thought-provoking content of the museum right to your home. For $50 you can buy a Boxhibit.  This is an interactive swag box that includes year-long membership to the museum. The first one called Identity , featured work by Mary Juhn of Barrio Logan.

Thanks to Doug Simay Picks from LA . He started again in May and there is now a July report.

Trouble at the SD Museum of Art? A former employee Zelina Gaytan said the museum did not listen to her complaints until she organized a petition that got 1000 signature. She has filed a lawsuit according to KPBS alleging “pervasive sexual harassment towards female employees and racial discrimination against employees of color.” No comment from the museum, which is pretty normal during litigations.  

The San Diego Museum of Art.  Disestablishment: John Raymond Mireles, opening Sat., August 7 with a show of photographs that overturns the traditional and expected museum experience. These beautiful images are of sites that have recently had their US National Monument status revoked, opening the sites for mining and drilling, and the public is invited to take part in destroying images of these landscapes. The destruction is an integral part of the exhibition, with public responses filmed and included in the re-installation of the altered works. These destruction events are currently scheduled for September 16 and 17. Here’s a link to a clip that offers more insight on the artist and his work. 

Did you know that the previous federal government promised the arts and culture industry $16 billion in emergency funding? They have received 14,000 applications for a total of $11 billion and as of June 22 have only given out $834 million to 1400 applications. Not only that but each application was 30 to 100 pages long. Does anyone else see a flaw here? Read more from the New York Times. There is emergency federal , state and county funding for the arts.

State funding included in the main budget bill has now been signed by the state governor and include an historic investment of over $600 million dollars to arts, culture and live events in California with $128 million to California Arts Council of which $40 million is for Creative Youth Development, $60 million for CA Creative Corps Pilot program and remaining for local assistance programs and staffing. Read more in our summary: California Arts Council Funding Update: July 2021 by Patricia Frischer

The California Arts Council is officially launching DREAM , the state arts agency’s new arts and culture magazine. The annual publication features voices and stories from across the state, sharing a glimpse into the depth of impact of creativity and cultural expression in a region as large and diverse as California. The premier issue explores what it means to dream, introducing artists and culture bearers from communities throughout the state.  Subscribe to DREAM magazine and receive your free copy in the mail, followed by subsequent yearly issues. A digital edition of the magazine, with both English and Spanish versions, is available also for free on the California Arts Council website at www.arts.ca.gov/dream

Lonnie and Maurice Hewitt recommended Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang and so do I. You can watch this artist who experienced the cultural revolution in China and now makes incredible air images on Netflick.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

The City of Carlsbad Cultural Art Department has two calls all for Artist or Artist Team with a Request for Proposals (RFP) for A. Public Art at Fire Station 2 located at the intersection of El Camino Real and Arenal Road. They are looking for an illumination/lighting installation or glass feature. For Application info and then to apply go to RFP specifications click on “Open goods & services RFPs, bids, or RFQs” link. Then a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) B. Temporary Public Art. Two Mural Projects in Two Distinctive Neighborhoods from the City ofCarlsbad\'s Library & Cultural Arts Department. There are two locations 1) An exterior west wall of the city-owned historic Bauer Lumber Building is adjacent to the North County Transit District’s Carlsbad Village Coaster Station, just north of Christensen Way. 2) An exterior west wall of the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, located at 3368 Eureka Place. Both are in Carlsbad and they will not go to the same artist or artist team. For RFQ specification . More info: Tonya Rodzach 760-602-2090  

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is looking for a qualified candidate to teach K-6 art class. The school is looking to hire someone for approximately 19 hours a week but it could be full time if they also speak Spanish. More info: Rachel Sato, Vice President & Curriculum Director at rsato@olg.org

Studio ACE is seeking art teachers for an array of classes and programs. If you are interested in teaching or if you are a working artist who would like to share your expertise, please contact them for more information!  

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego downtown is looking for a full time Director of Education & Engagement.

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RAW August 2021

Culture fills a role once played by faith. Adam Gopnik



Durre Waseem’s painting Meet Me at the Pepper Tree was awarded best in show at the first annual Oceanside Museum of Art Plein Aire Festival juried by Scott W. Prior  and  Jean Stern  with OMA executive director Maria Mingalone.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

A Red Letter Day with the passage of a proposal for a County Commission for Arts and Culture A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer and this is of course, the big news of August!
The Arts & San Diego: An ESPRESSO Point of View Picked RAW Peeled by John Rippo
Calorie Reduced Brain Candy Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
A New Art + Play Space for Children in Downtown Del Mar Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt.Photos by Maurice Hewitt.

El Más Allá Mural by Panca at New Children's Museum
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer. El Más Allá by Panca is now completed and on view at The New Children's Museum (200 W. Island Avenue at Front Street). Panca is one of the four SD Art Prize recipients this year.
5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In August  KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans, August 2021
Panca’s ‘El Más Allá’ Opens At The New Children’s Museum  KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans, August 2021

Our banner this month is in support of San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt Oct. 9th - Dec. 31 st with Beliz Iristay Perry Vasquez, PANC Hugo Crosthwaite. (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113) Dedicated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza

It is going to be hard to keep up with all the events in September/October this year so we are starting early with a head’s up for the following:

Fri.Sept 3: The new Mingei International Museum opens the entire Labor Day weekend, Fri, Sept 3 to Mon, Sept 6. They'll be celebrating the Museum's grand reopening with free admission, art-making activities, live performances and more.  

Fri. Sept 10: Celebrate the San Diego Art Institute and Lux Art Institute becoming one as the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego . Live Auction, Dinner, Dancing at 6 pm VIP cocktail reception at 5 pm After party from 10 pm to 1 am. Tickets range from $50 to $1000.  

Sat. Sept 11: Sugar Museum Plate Project, First Supper: Post Pandemic is part of the Eat, Nevertheless exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Center (inside Bread &Salt, 1955 Julian, 92113) showing until Nov. 6 th Opening reception, Sept. 11th 5-8 and second reception, Oct. 9th, 5-8

Sat/Sat Oct 2 -3: MDFerrera at the Mission Fed ArtWalk 2021 , from 11am to 6pm in Little Italy (corner of India and Fir Street). She is the recipient of the Business Art Scholarship produced and with mentorship by Patric Stillman and sponsorship from The Studio Door and San Diego Visual arts Network . (And please note, you can already apply for Art Walks in 2022!)

Sat. Oct. 9th - Dec. 31 st: San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113) with Beliz Iristay,  Hugo Crosthwaite PANCA Perry Vasquez. Dediciated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza
Postponed until 2020! SD Art Prize   at  Art San Diego 

Sat, Oct 30th: Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)   12 to 4 pm. This free family friendly annual celebration brings together local and regional talents celebrating the visual and performing arts related to a major Mexican cultural event. (Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas)

Month of Oct: Open Your Hearts to North County Arts presented by the North County Arts Network 

Ludicrous Tales: A Topsy Turvy Quartet is a second chance to see a collaborative ceramic banquet installation by Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville with sculptures by Aida Valencia and paintingsby Gloria Muriel at San Diego Mesa College, Fine Arts Building first floor opening Thurs, August 26, 11 am – 7 pm. Exhibition on view August 23 to Sept 23. Please register for this event here. More info: jarmer@sdccd.edu   619-388-2829

The New Children's Museum has announced the launch of its first stand-alone satellite location in San Diego County. The 2,000-square-foot Art + Play Space will be a smaller version of the Museum’s 50,000-square-foot downtown location, featuring a commissioned art installation, a hands-on makerspace and museum store. Located on the upper level of the Del Mar Plaza shopping center along the coast in North County, the new space is slated to open August 20.

Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD)  is moving to a new location in Oct ! UC San Diego @ Park & Market, the University’s new building located in the heart of downtown San Diego. Educational initiatives such as the Teen Producers Project and Youth Media and Tech Camps, will be produced, in-person, at the new venue. The new  Digital Gym Cinema  will be located on the second floor of the building, adjacent to a gallery space. MACSD’s office will be on the third floor. More info: Javier Tirado 619.915.5236

Hurrah! By 2022 La Mesa should have its own arts council. Mayor Mark Arapostathis and his fellow council persons are in favor of this and they all seem to agree that it will bring vibrancy to the city. We would like to see every city in the county have an arts council and will be thrilled to find out who will head it to begin.

The Commission of Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego is trying to move mountains of policy to bring in a new era of equality. Led by Jonathon Glus , the executive director, the proposal which still has to be passed the city council, aims to make the grant process easier for small organization with less stringent auditing and more importantly access to money before the project instead of after the fact. Individual artist or even one-off campaigns, as long as they use non-profit fiscal agents, will now be eligible. Although inclusion will be emphasized, project that serve the city but are located elsewhere will no longer be permitted. This makes it even more important for communities like Chula Vista, Lemon Grove and Poway to have new funds by bringing back a county wide office of arts and culture. BTW, the City has made a call for fiscal agents to step forward and be pre-approved to offer a choice for these underserved groups.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities by combining a culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment, and dignity for a lifetime. The Haute with a Heart fashion show in mid August is always sold out, but we especially liked the way they featured several of their students , many of whom are artists . Look out for Anthony Wardlow on day 7, Mark Rimland on day 8, Dulce Moreno on day 10.

The summer meeting of the South and East County Arts Network (SECAN) occurred at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center. In advance (or instead) of the meeting, the group is asking creatives in the south and east county areas and Baja to fill out a Google form to gauge the arts community and how best to serve it.

We are sorry to hear that William Glen Crooks, San Diego's Imperial Beach artist was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago. He has decided to stop making his art and the final body of work will be presented by Scott White Contemporary Art. Glen has announced this group of work will be the last made available for sale - over 40 paintings that span over 30 years, some of which are from his own personal collection. To receive the complete list of visuals, or to share your personal experiences with Glen's work, please call or send us an email . 

Arts for Learning San Diego has separated from their national affiliation with Young Audiences and will be known as  Arts Education Connection San Diego (AECsd). They will concentrate their work of providing quality arts education programs to the San Diego community. More info: Adrienne Valencia , Executive Director 619.550.3068

The SD Architectural Foundation announces the 2021 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony  Thurs, Oct 21. This year's event will be IN PERSON and will take place in an open air environment. New School of Architecture & Design is returning as theTitle Sponsor!

Go on a free virtual trip to the J. Paul Getty with the Timken Museum . The collection spans over 1000 years and you will be introduced to the Getty’s architecture and gardens and then move into the galleries, to see some of the highlights including manuscripts, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography.  

Did you get your copy of DREAM ? A beautifully produced magazine from the California Arts Council with a lovely tribute to Larry Baza. The notice of grant recipients was issued by the California Arts Council . Of course, LA had 11 pages of grants. SF had only 5 pages and I was impressed that San Diego also had 5 pages until I doubled checked and the list was repeated twice for some reason, so only 2 ½ pages for our county Most of the grants went to the performing arts here with a few exceptions like The AJA project, The SD Puppet Guild, The Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, and the San Diego Museum Council.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

Call for Artists - Sugar Museum Plate Project, First Supper: Post Pandemic is part of the Eat, Nevertheless exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Center (inside Bread &Salt, 1955 Julian, 92113) showing Sat. Sept 11 until Nov. 6 th Opening reception, Sept. 11th 5-8 and second reception, Oct. 9th, 5-8. Artwork is due by Sept 1 . More info: Terri  

Media Arts Center San Diego's 29th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10-20, 2022) Poster Competition is now open for submissions until Nov 1, 2021. Submit an iconic design that captures the essence of our annual celebration of Latinx film, music, and art and a return to live viewing. Top Prize is $1,000 + plus promotional exposure in ALL festival related marketing materials.

Sparks Gallery is looking for a Gallery Registrar and Photographer at $16 per hour for approximately 15-20 hours per week. Email resume and cover letter to sonya@sparksgallery.com

The Black Artists Scholarships for 2022 are being offered by Medium Festival of Photography held next year Feb 10-11 at the Lafayette Hotel and Swim Club. More info: Liliana Hueso 619.555.1212

Taste of the Philippines has vendor booths and festival Volunteer opportunities (including planning committee positions) on Sat, Oct16, 2021 from 10 AM – 8 PM at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego. Presented by the House of the Philippines located in Balboa Park. The festival will feature two stages, a blending of local and international cultural and contemporary performers, culinary delights, art displays, an all-ages entertainment zone, and a historical tribute to 1971 that helped define the Filipino community in San Diego. More info Joe Mazares 805.340.2977

In person and inside in November. The Talmadge Art Show for 2021 is Sun, November 21, 2021 at Liberty Station Conference Center (2600 Laning Rd.SD, 92106) The booth fee is still $125 plus a 20% Sales Commission at central cashiering. Application due August 1st. More info: talmadgeartshow@me.com 619-559-9082

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is making a call for lots of new staff: Director, Philanthropy , Institutional Giving Manager , Accounting Clerk , Manager, Digital Communications , Chief Operating Officer , Director, Education & Engagement , Human Resources Assistant .

California Arts Council Round 8, the Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Program, will open on August 27, 2021. If you have already received a CA Relief Grant, you are not eligible to receive another one. ONLY one award per organization/individual/business. For more information, sign up for the FREE webinars to learn more.

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