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RAW March 2021


Coming up are the calls for two juried shows. One at Front Porch Gallery (above) and the other at 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.

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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.

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