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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 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  

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

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


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 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

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: 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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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 .

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  

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

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 

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:

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:  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 .

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: 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

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: 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:

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

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:

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

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

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:   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

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: 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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RAW September 2021

MDFerrera at the Mission Fed ArtWalk 2021 , on Sat/Sat Oct 2 -3 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 .

In a way, I’ve been making the same painting ever since I was fourteen. David Salle

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Seeing the Invisible at San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas - Be Brave! Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Introducing The Re-Visioned Mingei Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
County Supervisors Vote To Reinstate Long-Lost Arts Entity KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans
California Creative Corps Pilot Program Development Update A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

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 .

The annual Open Your Hearts to North County Arts presented by the North County Arts Network for the whole month of Oct promotes visual and performing artists that are hosting virtual events and broadcasting them using online platforms that bring the art to you, thus Home Is Where the Art Is… The goal is to build greater public awareness and community support for the arts created within and provided to North County San Diego. If you promote on social media, use their hashtags #OYH2NCA #Openyourheartstoarts #Northcountyarts

We are thrilled to see the opening of Trifecta: Art, Science, Patron at the La Jolla History Historical Society (780 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037) curated by Chi Essary. This show is on until Jan 16, 2022 and it is another great combination of Salk Institute scientists and local artist creating on topic of our times. The Joan Klein and Irwin Mark Jacobs Senior Scientist Endowed Chair Challenge was created to establish endowed chairs in support of Salk scientists for their outstanding contributions to biological research. It is some of the scientists from these chairs that are participating in this exhibition.

Now on view at the San Diego Botanic Garden  in Encinitas is 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). Seeing the Invisible at San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas - Be Brave! Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Digital Me   opens to the public on Saturday, October 9 at the  Fleet Science Center  through January 9, 2022 and was created by Amir Schorr, produced by Madatech: The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space. It lets you track your digital footprint in the world with over a dozen larger-than-life exhibits covering geolocation, facial recognition, Artificial Intelligence, computer vision, data privacy including some wacky Insta-filters.   

The Mingei Museum’s reopening arrives with two new exhibitions:  GLOBAL SPIRIT  – Folk Art from the Ted Cohen Collection   and  HUMBLE SPIRIT / PRICELESS ART . Plus, the Museum commissioned eight new pieces by six visionary women artists. Each contributes a key element of Mingei’s  transformation .  

There are 32 guitars on the Guitar Art Auction website to support Art Reach on view at the Mission Federal Art Walk and online until Oct 3. Each one is designed by an artist so check them out….future antiques!

Create CA is launching the first of its kind tool  to let California school boards know that #CreativityIsNotOptional!  Learn how to contact your school board members and with a simple click ask them about their plan for arts education. Launched on September 13th, use the tool to let your school leaders know that investing in arts education means investing in students’ mental well-being, school engagement and community growth.

Phaee two of the Esco Alley Art project in Escondido was recently unveiled with 11 more murals by different local artists in addition to the 12 murals that debuted back in June. The mural project, located off Grand Avenue on a historic 300-foot brick wall in downtown Escondido, is presented by the Escondido Arts Association and the Escondido Downtown Business Association. Each painting is set up with a QR code with access to the story behind each painting and information about the artist. The third phase of the project will be unveiled on Oct. 9 and will include work by even more artists from the community.

Mosaic Mandalas with Marsha Rafter is one of the most popular workshops at the Center for Creative Renewal onSat/Sun, Nov 6/7  from 9am to 5pm. More info:    

SAve the date for this virtual presentation on How to Build Your Art Collection : A conversation on collecting art of the African diaspora with artist Manuelita Brown , Dr. Denise Rogers , CEO & founder of Black Art in America Najee Dorsey , and E&S Gallery Owner Walter Shannon on Oct 27 at 4 pm. Link will be sent to people that register by October 10th. Sponsored by Bank of America. More info: Manuelita Brown .

The De La Torre Brothers: Vodyanoy is on view from Sept 25 to Oct 23 at Quint Gallery’s ONE in La Jolla. This is an installation of lenticulars and glass-blown mixed media sculptures.

A node to the City of Encinitas for its robust exhibition program for September: Cardiff Library : 'Pawsitive' Vibes by Wendy Gauntlett-Shaw. Encinitas City Hall: GLIMMER by Julia San Roman, and Cheryl Tall Studio, Contemporary Clay Ceramic. Students. Encinitas Library: The Games People Play by Steven Dern and Burned and Dyed. Gourd art by Grace Swanson. Encinitas Community Center: North County Photograph Society and Immigrate: Assimilate by Denise Bonaimo Sarram. And Mad About Murrine by Bill Matulich. 

At the Oceanside Museum of Art you can see four exhibitions including  Dean Ramos: Divisions Melissa Walter: Smallest of Places Contemporary Portraits of The Simay Collection , and  Charlotte Bird: Migration. 

The Escondido Municipal Gallery presents Fiber and Book Arts juried by Kathryn Harris plus in the Expressions Galleries a group show San Diego Creative Weavers Guild Diamond Jubilee and the PhotoArts Group shows People .

Deanne Sabeck has a beautiful kinetic sculpture activated by wind and light. Heliotrope III, now featured in the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden . Visit this exhibit located behind the Georgina Cole Library to enjoy this work of art, along with the eight others on display.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will celebrate the reopening of the Jacobs Building downtown with Yolanda López: Portrait of the Artist from Oct 16, 2021 to April 24, 2022. This exhibition is part of the  Feminist Art Coalition , curated by Jill Dawsey , PhD and celebrates this recently departed artist with a long overdue exhibition.

The Carlsbad Arts Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Community Arts Grants Funding Plan on Aug. 5, 2021 including 29 arts projects and capacity building projects for local schools and arts organizations taking place in Carlsbad through Aug. 31, 2022. This includes $8461 for North County Arts Network

Meyer Fine Art is offering a rare M.C. Escher metal tin with 20 sides designed for N.V. De Vereenigde Blikfabrieken in 1963. It was originally filled with chocolate Droste pastilles. Contact Perry 619.358.9512 for more info about this iconic image of starfish interwoven with seashells. They also have new limited-edition acquisitions by Picasso, Dali and, Chagall and de Chirico. Definitely worth a visit.

Sign the petition to help James Brown Build That Park . He needs a few hundred more signature to make it to the 2500 mark and try to generate more press and support for this cross-border project.

Frida Kahlo’s Garden is showing at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad until Oct 20 and is only one of three places in the US for this traveling show. If you are interested in scheduling a free guided tour, please register at:    For larger groups and tours in Spanish, please contact:  Laurette Garner , Community Arts Coordinator 442.245.0953 

The San Diego Museum of Art   reopened its Art of the Americas galleries . The new installation will be organized thematically, rather than the chronologically. There are several works included with local ties including: Hugo Crosthwaite,  A Tail for Two Cities, 2010, Marianela de la Hoz,  Heaven and Earth, the Determined Freedom of an Undetermined Life, 2012 and Faith Ringgold,  Seven Passages to a Flight, 1996. Both Crosthwaite and de La Hoz are SD Art Prize recipients . Remember that the Museum’s two summer exhibitions -  Cranach to Canaletto: Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation  and  Everything You See Could Be a Lie: Photorealistic Drawings by Ana de Alvear  will be closing on September 27.

Our friends at Synergy Arts Foundation have a campaign to help homeless Haitian families as well as some medical facilities in the area after the devastating by the earthquake and then tropical storm Grace. Please help them by spreading the word to other generous donors and by offering your solidarity.

Rising Arts Leaders welcomes four distinguished artists and culture makers to the free Creative Conversations stage for Conversations - Voices of Tomorrow : Roger Guenveur Smith, Charles McPherson, Gill Sotu and Gaidi Finnie , on Oct 14 at 6 pm to highlight their groundbreaking careers in film, music, theatre and visual art with a special focus on uplifting the Black voices of tomorrow in all aspects of the arts and culture sector. At Quartyard (1301 Market St, San Diego 92101) More info Elizabeth Tobias 858-771-6789. Reservations Required

Rule 42: Stretched Language an Explorations into Visual, Concrete and Mathematical Poetry with Kazmier Maslanka and Friends runs from November 6 – December 3, 2021 at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center . This exhibition of evocative, visual symbolscurated by Vallo Riberto explores our human language as a method for examining the world. Yes, it stretches language and challenges the viewer.

This November, a pop-up caravan theatre is scheduled to arrive at The New Children's Museum . Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata, the Museum's upcoming art installation by artist-in-residence David Israel Reynoso in collaboration with his theatre company,  OPTIKA MODERNA !

Five artists have merged individual and collaborative efforts onto one creative path to form the new F1veArt Gallery space at Liberty Station. Check out their Five Paint Throw Down on their website and learn more about them on YouTube .

Terry Williams has made viewing of his new photography book on Hummingbirds: Close Up available for free. He has 20 birds visiting his home in North County from two species Allen and Anna and there are about 70 full color plates in this book. So, take a little break and enjoy a feathered friend.

In August, the  Creative Economy Revitalization Act   (CERA) bill was introduced. CERA is a $300 million dollar program that will mitigate creative worker displacement, stimulate local creative workforce growth, strengthen connections for local creative small businesses and networks, create a pipeline for new creative jobs, enrich communities, increase access to culture, and invest in creative workers and local economies harmed by COVID-19.  Ask your member of Congress to sign on to H.R. 5019 as a cosponsor to support the creative economy in your community. This is the 21 th century version of the WPA.

Lonnie Burstein Hewitt passed on this tidbit of info: Art Investments outperformed S&P returns by nearly 200% from 1995–2020. You should still buy what you love, but nice to know.

A small recommendation for Netflix’s new documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed. There is something mesmerizing and soothing about watching the reruns and this is the story you haven’t seen.

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

Hurry, hurry, hurry, the deadline has been extended until Sept 30 at 5 pm for the $12,000 Hillcrest AT&T Mural Project request for proposals for a very long series of images to be digitally printed and mounted on a large space at 6th Ave. and University Ave. It is intended that the artwork is not permanent but will remain on the facade of the building for several years. For more info and the Jonathan Lopez , Placemaking Program Manager, Hillcrest Business Association.

Media Arts Center San Diego's 29th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10-20, 2022) Poster Competition is now open for submissions. Submit an iconic design 'face' of the festival, appearing in print, web, and on-screen materials. Top Prize $1,000 + Deadline Nov1.

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery has a call for artist for Sowing Seeds of Universal Language. They seek art that speaks to the power of What Can Be: Plant the seeds for a future that is more sustainable and harmonious. Open to all emerging and established artists residing in the region in all media. Exhibition Dates: Nov 11 – Dec 9, 2021 Reception: Thurs, Nov 11, Submission application deadline Wed, Sept 22. No fees. More info: Alessandra Moctezuma 619.388.2829

Enter to win prizes for the Encinitas Friends of the Arts Día de los Muertos Face Painting contest. Celebrate one of the most festive traditions of by painting your face like a true calavera. Calaveras, or skulls, are a popular symbol of the holiday and often appear in stunningly beautiful designs. They remind us that death should not be feared, but celebrated as part of the cycle of life. Arrive by 2 pm to be eligible on October 30. Event is12-4 PM at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024)

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RAW October 2021

Urgent Notice: Forum on Arts and Culture by the SD County Supervisors on Wed, Oct 27 from 4 to 5 pm. Unable to attend the zoom then here are links to the survey in English and Spanish to fill out instead . The zoom link is: ID:874 6260 8624 Passcode: 073722 or use 1-669-900-6833

Art Reports by or about

SD Art Prize:
The California Myth of Artist Perry Vasquez, KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans
2021 San Diego Art Prize winners embody the binational experience SD Union Tribune by Seth Combs
SD Art Prize 2021 at Bread & Salt, plus Sugar Museum and Best Practice Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
2021 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition , KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans
Artist Beliz Iristay’s ‘Movable’ Sense of Home, SD Art Prize at Bread & Salt, KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans
Catch the 2021 San Diego Art Prize Finalists at Bread & Salt Gallery Just Lux by Keri Bridgwater

Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the (Late) Artist at MCASD Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
A Grand Opening in Balboa Park: Unity and Variety at the New ICA Central Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt.  Photos by Maurice Hewitt
New Sculptures Enliven the Streets of Del Mar Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
Coming Home: Unearthing Indigenous History at ICA NorthPicked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
Seeking Truth & Other Science-Inspired Installations at La Jolla Historical Society Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.

Full Circle but with No Center: Doris Bittar lecture Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Kumeyaay Pictographs, Petroglyphs & More, by Don Liponi, Ph.D., Imperial Valley Historical Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Ocean Prototype Nights: Reclaiming Native Waterways, from the Kumeyaay Coast to Lake Cahuilla ICA North, Birch Aquarium & Old Town Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Selling the Soul
A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Encinitas Friends of the Arts Día de los Muertos Face Painting contest. Celebrate one of the most festive traditions of by painting your face like a true calavera which are skulls and a popular symbol of the holiday. These stunning designs remind us that death should not be feared, but celebrated as part of the cycle of life. On Oct 30, arrive by 2 pm to be eligible. Full event is12-4 PM at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024) More info:

Remember: Black Friday  Nov 26 and  Cyber Monday  Nov 29  where you can shop  to make a donation to SDVAN with no cost to you,  Artist Sunday,  Nov 28th  and  Giving Tuesday  Nov 30,  our once a year  donation campaign.  Your donation made possible our brand new  Virtual Events page  to make sure you still have art even in lockdown plus the bi-monthly events digest emails, our  ongoing events feature page  and the  rolling upcoming events  on our home page as well as the SD Art Prize. 

Remember: San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt until Dec. 31 st with Beliz Iristay Perry Vasquez , PANCA Hugo Crosthwaite (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113). Beautiful full color catalog free while stocks last. Dedicated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza .

Home Is Where the Art Is… The annual Open Your Hearts to North County Arts presented by the North County Arts Network for the whole month of Oct.

Rule 42: Stretched Language exploration in Visual Poetry, curated by Vallo Riberto is the first ever group exhibition in the San Diego community that features 17 local and international artists and celebrates the Visual Poetry genre including Concrete and Mathematical and Visual Poetry. Showing from Nov 6 (reception 4:30 to 7:30) to Dec 5 at Bonita Museum and Cultural Center . Special performance by Alex Caldiero, Transperformance: a convulsive, hilarious, verbal combustion. More info: Wendy Wilson-Gibson 619.603.2214

Eat, Nevertheless presented by the Sugar Museum at the Athenaeum Art Center: Bread and Salt in Logan includes First Supper: Post Pandemic. There is a closing reception for this fundraiser includes an artist talk on Nov 4 from 6 to 7:30pm. More info: Terri Hughes-Oelrich 619-277-0132  

Julia Dixon Evans 'Always in her youthfulness and in her hunger': Yolanda López at MCASD is the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego first show since the pandemic. This a major retrospective of work from Chicana artist and activist Yolanda López, who died Sept. 3 at the age of 79 curated by Jill Dawsey . Showing until April 22, 2022.

The New Children’s Museum launched its 9th Annual Mass Creativity Program delivering 450 art kits to seven community centers throughout San Diego. Mass Creativity is the Museum’s signature outreach program that brings an artist in residence and the community together, with the collaborative workshops providing inspiration for an art installation at the Museum. This year’s Mass Creativity is taking place virtually with artist-in-residence David Israel Reynoso and his OPTIKA MODERNA theatre company.

Forever Balboa Park, the nonprofit organization created from the July merger of Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy, announces the launch of its national search for a new President and CEO . Forever Balboa Park’s new leader is expected to shepherd the organization into its next stage of development. Joyce Gattas is the Board Member assigned as the Chair of the search committee. Forever Balboa Park hopes to finalize its selection in early 2022. More info:

It is time to apply for your City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture funding. Organizational Support Program (OSP) : Provides general operating support to arts and culture nonprofits and Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) : Provides support for projects in a variety of artistic and cultural forms, from film and video screenings, art exhibitions and performances to festivals and parades (projects produced by organizations that do not hold tax-exempt nonprofit status may be eligible for funding using a fiscal sponsor) RFQ Application Timeline: September 27, 2021 – October 31, 2021. Access all application materials HERE .  

San Diego-Tijuana is one of two finalists for the World Design Capital 2024 designation . Moscow is our competition

An official delegate from the Montreal-based World Design Organization (WDO) visited our region as part of the final stage of the selection process. The nearly 300-page bid was submitted March 2021 with widespread support from elected, civic, industry, and community leadership from across the region.  It was created as a collaborative effort by the Design Forward Alliance , UC San Diego Design Lab , Burnham Center for Community Advancement , and an amazing binational #HOME2024 team of designers and innovators from across the region. 

Lynn Endicott is retiring from Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery & Custom Framing after 45 years, and Carlos Castrejon , who has worked there since the early 1990’s is the new owner. 619.540.5575

Congratulations to ArtReach ! Their 2021 Guitar Art Auction sold all 32 guitars and they surpassed their fundraising goal.

The ArtsBusXpress Board is proud to announce that co-founder Patty Smith has been nominated for a Nonprofit Visionary Award. The winners will be announced at the Visionary Awards Conference on Friday, November 26, 2021. Congratulations, Patty!

Make Yourself At Home is the year long exhibition at Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport . Marisol Rendon, Cheryl Tall, Belize Iristay are just three of the 16 artists exhibiting. Of course, you have to be on your way to see most of these shows but they are on display until May of 2022.

Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art (on view Nov 20, 2021 through February 21, 2022) features more than 100 works spanning major photographic movements that are diverse in subject, style and technique with all sorts of big names in the photographic art world included. Remember Disestablishment by John Raymond Mireles is on until Jan 30,2022 where large scale photographs of a soon to be lost landscape in South Utah are deliberately beaten up by viewer in an attempt to create empathy was this sad loss due to oil and coal production.

The Cardiff Kook and His Magic Carpet Ride will be launched in Dec . This is not only a look back at the history of the Magic Carpet Ride sculpture by Matthew Antichevich, but also the variety of costumes the Kook has worn. The book will be available for pre-order for $39.95 at  and can be found at local retail stores in the greater Encinitas, CA area. The estimated 1,000 copies will have proceeds going to support Cardiff 101 and its small business members.

You can see a series of in-depth remote guest interviews with artists from the  UCSD 2021/2022 series . The first was  Every Ocean Hughes  , a  transdisciplinary artist and writer.

We are delighted to see Mark Quint’s ONE moving to Bread and Salt into a nice little space across from Best Practice. You can now see 7 shows in the Bread and Salt space on a good day. The first show is Daniel Buren , Three Light Boxes for One Wall, 1989.

Studio ACE presents free TheValley Arts Festival (VAF): Creative Culture - A Celebration of a Luiseño Tribe, The San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians on Nov 6 from noon to 3 pm ( Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Dr., Oceanside, CA 92058. This is a celebration of Oceanside and its first peoples: the Payómkawichum (People of the West). Today these seven tribes are known as the Luiseño nation. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation for enrichment programs. VAF will include Native American flute music (Spiritual Storm), blues music (Tracy Lee Nelson), Indian Fry Bread, an interactive community mural and basket weaving, story time and crafts, native animal sand & rock painting. For more info: l or call 760-730-5203.

Remember: Non-profit Neighborhood Reinvestment $5000 to $25,000 ($2 million per supervisor) and Community Enhancement ($1 million per supervisor) County Grants $5000 to $40,000 are available from your own district. District 3 is concentrating on green issues, those with disabilities, equity issues, emigrants help, youth resources, but there are still county stimulus grants for small businesses including non-profits who have suffered from the effects of the pandemic. These are all available every month until the money runs out.

We are thrilled to announce California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB-628 The Creative Development Workforce Bill introduced by Senator Ben Allen and co-authored by Assembly members Sharon Quirk-Silva and Laura Friedman and Senators Susan Rubio, Josh Newman and sponsored by California Arts Advocates, the lobbying arm of Californians for the Arts and, Arts for LA. Here is a link to the article I wrote on California Creative Corps Pilot Program Development Update A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer. I waded through the 217 page document for the Sept 22 California Arts Council meeting to summarize this and it contains a time line for the new program.


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

The New Normal Cookbook: Recipes from the Pandemic - Will you join in? San Diego Visual Arts Network is now encouraging artists to submit a special recipe by Friday, Nov 12 , created or embellished during the COVID-19 lock down period. There is no formal layout, but all recipes should be sent as an 8 ½” by 11” pdf or jpg documents at 300 dpi. This is an extension of our very successful Eat Your Art Out promotion. For more information and to participate: 760.943.0148

  COTA’s free professional development for teachers and teaching artists, the Fall Literary Institute gives hands-on, creative strategies for integrating the arts to promote deep reading and analysis of literature and text. Come and be inspired with easy-to-implement ideas that you can apply in hybrid, remote, and in-person settings. From 9 am to 1:15 pm on Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13 and Nov 20. Register by Oct 18 . More info:

Encinitas Vintage & Art Marketplace at Pacific View is presented by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts on Dec 11 from 10 am to 3 pm. Entry Donation suggested $5. They are seeking Vendors offering vintage items, and local artisan products. A vendors Sellers Permit is required to sell. Apply NOW : deadline Nov 11 th. Vendor Fees $100. More info Cheryl Ehlers 7 60-519-1551. We are delighted to see this space activated!

Help the Oceanside Museum of Art with their fundraiser and get a bit more exposure for yourself in their Teeny Tiny Art Mart 2021 . Works can only be 5” by5” and will all be anonymous and sold for $25 as a full donation to OMA . Submissions due by: Thurs, Nov 18, at 5:00pm.

REMEMBER: City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture funding due Oct 31 st Access application materials HERE . And panelist to make the decision on who gets what: HERE . And if you are a student looking for real world experience there are 2 unpaid positions for program internships . You can help them list all their events on SDVAN!!!

California Venues Grant Program grant application period begins on October 29, 2021 and runs through November 19, 2021. It will support eligible independent live events venues that have been affected by COVID-19 with their continued operations. To review the eligibility requirements visit the grant website   here .  As a partner, Californians for the Arts can assist with questions and with submitting your application.: .

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RAW November 2021

SDVAN New Normal Cookbook: Eating Your Art In A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Thank you so much for your tax-deductible donation to our  2021 donors . It is only with your help that SDVAN has thrived over the last 20 years. To celebrate your kind generosity, we have put together a gift cookbook for you to download, share and enjoy. THE NEW NORMAL COOKBOOK   is a compilation of recipes contributed by artists in support of San Diego Visual Arts Network. Don't see your name on our  2021 donors list? Please donate now or donate again. 

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Prizewinning Artists Bring Tasty Art to Bread and Salt Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
Five Works of Art to See in San Diego in November, KPBS Julia Dixon Evans
Stretched Language: Bonita Museum obeys Rule 42 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
8th Annual Encinitas Friends of the Arts Día de los Muertos Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Dance Time at the Mingei Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt
Pretend I Am Dead and Bring Your Wallet Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Good news! The Reimagine Vibrant Communities Through Arts & Culture Report Back November 2021 has now been made public and is in the hands of the SD County Supervisors. It advises that criteria be set for Commissioners to be chosen and so we are heading in the right direction to bring back an art commission or art council for the county of San Diego.

The History of Joy: Our Earth is presented by Vanguard Culture on Dec 9 at 7 pm. The History of Joy is a 4-part series of cinematic performances inspired by real-life stories of struggle, beauty, and triumph inspired by the 8 pillars of joy outlined in The Book of Joy - written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Doug Abrams in partnership with poet laureate nominee Gill Sotu. A combination of dance, theatre, opera, puppetry, visual arts, & more this is $15 per event or pay what you can. More info: Bailey Gillis 6175717120

We highly recommend the utube video of the artist June Edmonds of her Russell Lecture with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego . She took us from figurative to geometric abstract in both public art and paintings.It was so interesting to hear about her research of black residents from history many of whom have been honored in the titles of her works.

Immerse yourself in artwork at Oceanside Museum of Art for the five new exhibitions including  Neil Kendricks: Temple of Story Beata Mierzwa: The Beauty of Science Saki: Birds of a Different Feather MartyO: Social Security , and  Duke Windsor: Nothing's Impossible . Discover what’s new at OMA this season by the many artists that fill the museum with creativity and outstanding vision. 

The San Diego Watercolor Society presents Frozen in Time, an Art Exhibition , juried by award-winning artist, Scott Prior from Dec 2-26, 2021 in The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. On Dec 3 from 5-8, 95 ready-to-buy original paintings are available at their reception. More info: Susan Wormsely 619/876-4550

Back by popular demand, the Timken is once again offering a Virtual Jewels of the Season Ornament-Making holiday art workshop inspired by our Jewels of the Season installation. Dec 1 and/or Dec 8 from 4 to 6 pm. $95 for non-members $75 for members. Click the link to see Zoom and Kit details. More info: Alexandra 619-239-5548

Hurrah for Max Daily ( SD Art Prize 2018 ) who brings sardines and silly to our lives. You can read about his latest puppet venture Henri Steals an Elephant from KPBS’s Julie Dixon Evans

Anne Hoiberg tells us that the Women’s Museum of California collection is now safely ensconced at the SD History Museum in Balboa Park. They will soon open a showing space at the Jacobs Center near the Malcolm X Library with a new program to help teens learn about museum management.

World Design Organization has announced that the cities of San Diego-Tijuana (USA/Mexico) have been jointly named World Design Capital® 2024 as a result of their commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration. The theme is HOME, and the US-Mexico border cities win historic designation to become first binational World Design Capital

We are delighted when a local gallery branches out to an international audience. Madison Gallery announced their participation in ZONA MACO, Mexico City’s largest Latin American Art Fair. This year, they will be featuring works from Jaehyo Lee and Robert Montgomery , two artists who are inspired by a desire to glorify and protect Nature in all her forms.

A relatively new exhibition space is open - The House of Borrego Springs West Gallery (El Patio Courtyard, 624 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs 92004, not too far from the Borrego Springs Art Institute ) and they are having an artist talk by Wick Alexander on Nov 27 and Robin Brailsford on Dec 4. Their show there with Fritz Liebhardt continues until Dec 31. More info: Elizabeth Rodriguez 760.443.3300

It is always good to read Julia Dixon Evans picks for KBPS of recently opened shows: Cognate Collective opens at Best Practice; " I'm Not Here, I'm Not There" opens at Art Produce; Mara De Luca opens at Quint Gallery and Visual art spotlight: Ellis Duc Luu at Thumbprint.

Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell is the new CEO and Executive Director of The New Children’s Museum. She will start Jan 3 and although a nationwide search was held, Yang-Hellewell was previously at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego as Chief Advancement Officer and member of the three-person executive leadership team.

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved a Regional Film Office presented by Nathan Fletcher . Right now, only the city of San Diego has a Film Office as the SD Commission for Film was abandoned in 2013. The proposal is to negotiate the creation of a Regional Film Office with the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego, among others in the county.

The San Diego Foundation gave a total of $11,094,777 to Arts and Culture this year. Of that over $2 million went to our museums. Orchestras and Symphonies got over $4 million but arts education only $193,606. Can anyone else see a lack of balance here?  

The California Arts Council (CAC) announced that it has awarded a total of $2.185 million in support of 182 recipients who applied for an inaugural 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship . These are the 13 who were awarded from San Diego County and mix of performing and visual artists: Victor Orozco Ochoa (muralist ), Alyce Smith Cooper (story teller, actor) (Legacy $50,000) Bhavna Mehta, Cat Phillips, Angelica Tolentino, Macedonio Arteaga, Karla Cordero, B. Deaton, Josemar Gonzalez, Anishka Lee-Skorepa (Established $10,000) Dia Bassett, Yasmine Kasem, Maxwell Lofano , (Emerging $5,000). About 75 went to Los Angeles applicants and only 18 and no legacy award for those in San Francisco. We think perhaps that is partly due to “…themes such as race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility…” in the requirements of those applying. San Diego simply does not support enough BIPOC artists so they don’t exist or didn’t know about this award. Remember only 182 out of probably a huge number of applicants even got a cash award.


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

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is looking for an Exhibitions Coordinator for OMA West at The Seabird, their newest annex gallery. The position will be contracted on a yearly basis to produce three exhibitions annually in the 70 linear foot gallery space located at The Seabird Resort in downtown Oceanside. Apply by Dec 5. Fee $1000 per exhibition. They are also looking with for a Curator for the Veterans Art Exhibition. This is a position in connection with the Veterans Art Project with support from Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission. The exhibition is of artwork by San Diego and Southern California based armed forces veterans and active-duty service members. This exhibition will explore art making and artistic expression as the bridge between practice and wellness in veterans’ lives. The exhibition will take place at OMA Aug.13, 2022 to Jan 15, 2023. Deadline Dec 27, 2021. Fee $2500. More info: Katie Dolgov 760-435-3731

Front Porch Gallery has issued a call for artist for Second Act Exhibit Jan 23 – March 5. 2022 making art as part of their own Second Act from a similar show in 2018. They are looking for person who has later in life, after retiring or quitting his original occupation started making art. Submit 3 original 2D/3D artworks for no fee. Send your images w/titles and overall size to Julie Weaverling Dec.10 (for postcard consideration) but later than Dec. 31, 2021. More info:760-795-6120

Aesthetics is making a call for numerous artists for a large Scripps Hospitals expansion in San Diego. This includes: indoor and outdoor sculptures, mobiles, original works in all media including giclee prints/photographs, image licensing for artwork for a variety of media, and digital artists to design large scale environmental graphics based on a theme. The first group of artists will be selected by Jan. 2022. More info: Pam Nickell .

Reminder: The Mission Fed ArtWalk Featured Artist Deadline is December 1st, 2021. Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy will take place April 30th & May 1st, 2022. The Featured Artist designation is a sought-after status that brings elevated publicity and feature stories in the media.

ArtReach is looking for a Teaching Artist. TAs work closely with the Residency Program Manager and school liaison to develop a curriculum based on the pulse of each school’s community and values. 1+ year experience teaching visual arts/working with young people. To apply, send a cover letter, one sample lesson plan (with images), and a current resume via combined pdf document More info: Brooke Benedix 619-940-7278

Talmadge Pop-Up Art Show is Sun, Dec. 19 from 10 am to 4 pm.(4514 Norma Drive, SD, 92115). Room for 17 artists, all outside, bring your own setup, no tents for 8X6 foot space. $125.00 booth fee. You collect all monies. No sales commission. There will be holiday treats! More info: Sharon & Alan 619-559-9082

The deadline to submit for a show in one of the three City of Encinitas Galleries has been extended to November 14. Local amateur and professional artists age 18 years should apply to be juried by the Visual Art Selection Committee. Applicants will be notified in December. All exhibitions are for two months. Galleries include City Hall , Encinitas Library  and Encinitas Community Center  . Sorry, jewelry will not be considered and 3-d works must fit in exhibit. Click here  for the 2022 application.

Arts District at Liberty Station now offers Barracks 2 leasing spaces beginning June 1st. Entire building is 9,172 RSF, or one of the two floors. They also have dance, music and instructional studios available for lease. For more info: Alan Ziter 619.573.9315

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RAW December 2021

Congratulations to the Oceanside Museum of Art for raising $17,000 from its Teeny Tiny Art Mart. SDVAN founder and coordinator Patricia Frischer was among 384 artists who collectively donated 974 artworks for this cause to support arts education. Two of her paintings (Not Endangered Butterfly and Not Endangered Fish) were part of the 609 works that sold for $25 each.

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

PHES Gallery Impermanence; Sparkling like a Star in our hand and Melting like a Snowflake Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
2021 Cannon Gallery Invitational Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
For art-lovers this holiday season, there’s no place like OMA Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt 
Another Covid-time Christmas Brightened by Lighthearted Neighborhood Art Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt 
Buddhist Monks and Mixed Media Artists Reflect on Impermanence at PHES Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt
Dark Side of Fashion Sustainability with Tara King-Haagen Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Many Fingers Touch Your Heart: Women’s Woven Voices at Front Porch Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
The Story of the Chinese Cultural Revolution Told Through Ceramics Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

State of the Arts 2022 Hurry up and Slow DownA+Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

 Our banner this month is in support of PHES Gallery Impermanence (2633 State Street, Carlsbad, 92008) which is on view until Feb 13 and features Michelle Kurtis Cole; glass sculptor, Andres Amador; a Northern California landscape artist, Wendy Maruyama ; woodworker, educator, furniture maker, and designer, and Kathi McCord ; printmaker, illustrator, and a professor of art and film. More info: Ellen 760-696-3022. Read our report: PHES Gallery Impermanence; Sparkling like a Star in our hand and Melting like a Snowflake Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

THE NEW NORMAL COOKBOOK with Illustrated recipes by artists supporting SDVAN, is our holiday gift to you with thanks for supporting the SDVAN. Thank you so much to our  2021 donors  for your tax-deductible donations. Don't forget once a year   donation campaign.   The New Normal Cookbook: Eat Your Art In is part of the Eat Your Art Out  program.

Only a few more weeks to see the San Diego Art Prize 2021   presented by  San Diego Visual Arts Network and curated by Chi Essary at  Bread and Salt extended to Sat Jan 8th! with Beliz Iristay Perry Vasquez , PANCA Hugo Crosthwaite (1955 Julian Avenue, 92113). Beautiful full color catalog free while stocks last. Dedicated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member  Larry Baza .

We are so impressed with Sparks Gallery . They are not only offering free shipping this season, but have an appraisal experts recommendation now and best are offering a guide to restaurants near the gallery. I call that a full service.

A nice holiday gift for visitors and residence of La Jolla is the new mural by Gabriella Sanchez TIME at 7611 Fay Avenue (next to The Lot). This is a vibrant composition of collaged images from photographs the artist took in La Jolla during the summer of 2021 that brings forth ideas about nature’s rhythm of the moon and the tides. It is part of the Murals Of La Jolla project.

We are in love with the display at the Women’s Woven Voices exhibition at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad. Read about it Many Fingers Touch Your Heart: Women’s Woven Voices at Front Porch Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

There is a new 74,000 square foot Design and Innovation Building on Lyman Lane at UCSD which includes four distinct spaces to incubate and accelerate groundbreaking ideas: The Basement, Maker Space, The Design Lab and the Entrepreneurship Center. All four provide opportunities for students to guide products through the full lifecycle—design, prototype creation, testing, fabrication and commercialization—bringing products to market and ideas to impact. This is not to be confused with the 11,000 sq foot UCSD Craft Center ( 9605 Scholars Dr N, La Jolla, CA 92093) that is now back.

Normal Heights Urban Arts is fundraising for a new mosaic mural in Normal Heights called Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. The campaign is being sponsored by the Normal Heights Community Development Corporation, Adams Avenue Business Association and Normal Heights Urban Arts Group. This is to install a permanent artwork in Adams Avenue Park at 35th Street. More info: Adam Gottsch 402.630.1846

Congratulation to Felicia Shaw for opening the new The Women's Museum's Education Center at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation ( 404 Euclid Ave, 92114.)  This will be a space for students and community groups to participate in interactive workshops centered on the history of the women's movement and the power of grassroots activism. They have a series of PomPom parties in January with artist Katie Ruiz. Their Archives and Admin office are C/O San Diego History Center in Balboa Park but they do have digital exhibition online, and did you know that their traveling exhibitions are available for rent?

Good news! The Reimagine Vibrant Communities Through Arts & Culture report has now been made public and is in the hands of the SD County Supervisors. It advises that criteria be set for Commissioners to be chosen and so we are heading in the right direction to bring back an art commission or art council for the county of San Diego.

The soft opening for the Comic-Con Museum was held on November 26, 2021. Now open to the public with Current exhibitions including: Gene Roddenberry: Sci-Fi Visionary, Chas Addams... Family and Friends, Eight Decades of Archie, PAC-MAN Arcade, Cardboard Superheroes, Out of the Darkness: Comic Art in the Times of COVID, Presented by A Reason to Survive (ARTS).

A very nice summary of this year’s accomplishments for the arts comes from the Californians for the Arts : Historic investment of the Arts of $600 million nationally, first state creative workforce act (SB 628), senate resolution of artists as second responders, double amount of CAC California Arts Council funding for 2021 to $12 million, federal venue grants for CA of $1.3 million, guidelines for re-opening.

It is wonderful to hear of a new mural in National City. This one commemorates the city’s photographer Manuel Cavada who passed in 2020 and is painted by two of his friends Salvador Barajas and Guillermo Aranda on the Chamber of Commerce building.Barajas is one of the founding Chicano Park artists.

Spilled Milk is a solo exhibition at Thumbprint Gallery (920 Kline Street, #104, La Jolla, 922037) by local artist Micah Mariah, tying together themes of meme culture, escapism, self-representation, comfort, and empathy. The free reception especially for cat lovers is Jan 8 from 5 -10 pm. Showing until Feb 5. More info: Johnny Tran 858.354.6294

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

The San Diego Visual Arts Network and Mission Federal ArtWalk  are pleased to offer The Business of Art Scholarship for the annual Mission Fed ArtWalk event in Little Italy on April 30 and May 1, 2022. The scholarship will be awarded to one emerging visual artist who has a body of work to be shown and sold at Mission Fed ArtWalk. This year the award will be arranged by Art Unites and supported with a reception on March 23, 6-7:30 pm at Sparks Gallery . To apply for The Business of Art Scholarship, kindly fill out this two-page application and submit it along with five photographs of five artworks created by you to by 5:00 pm, Jan. 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by The Business of Art Scholarship partners and one scholarship recipient will be announced early in 2022. For more info: Blanca Lucia Bergman .

In the continued fight against racism, the Women Soaring Project (WSP) has chosen to focus on the theme of Women Antiracists for its upcoming Spring 2022 art exhibit. Deadline Dec 31, 2021. All art submissions will be displayed in WSP\'s virtual gallery. The three top artworks will be awarded a $500 honorarium to speak at an online artist talk made possible by the MiraCosta College Foundation. More info: Jackie Lo 6266175483

8th Annual The Crow Show (March 3 - 31, 2022) produced by The Studio Door continues to be the most popular visual arts exhibit bringing artists from across the nation to celebrate the Crow. The reality is the crow is a highly intelligent bird capable of social interactions. Entry Deadline: 2/1/22More info: Patric Stillman 619-255-2867

Also at The Studio Door PROUD+ is the fifth national exhibition of LGBTQIA+ visual arts running from June 4 - July 30, 2022 Submission Deadline: May 1, 2022

Art Produce is making their annual call for 2022 Artist in Residence . Applications are now being accepted with a submission deadline of Sunday, January 16th.  

Bread and Salt
also have an Artist in Residence program. Applications are due by Dec 31 st.

You have until the end of the year to apply for a William Male Foundation grant ($1000- $5000) for individual artists. They do applications twice a year.

Updates and Reminders for using the San Diego Visual Arts Event Calendar

We have made some changes to our forms for listing events on the SDVAN calendar. Please note these and remember that these notes are added on the form for your convenience.

  • Event Title : Please use no symbols or quotes in Event Title. We suggest that the title also mentions the venue or resource name as this title is the one used in featured event and ongoing event pages
  • We have now eliminated the problematic Open Time slot on the form. Please list the opening time of your event under Opening Hours. You can also add regular opening times of your venue in Opening Hours. We advise you to list the reception time, date and day, as well as your regular opening hours if pertinent.
  • Web Link : Please use http and not https. The URL will automatically take the visitor to the https site. Use of https will halt you making any further entries or changes to the form.
  • Area Of Town: Make sure one area is selected to ensure search by location in our SD View Art Now app.
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