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SD ART PRIZE: Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Arts
presented by San Diego Visual Arts Network

SD Art Prize Catalogs

Award Recipients for 2024
Gabriel Boils, Francisco Eme, Marisol Rendón

Award Recipients for 2023
Anya Gallaccio, Janelle Iglesias, Joe Yorty, Mely Barragan

Award Recipients for 2022
Alida Cervantes, Angélica Escoto, Carlos Castro Arias, Cog • nate
SD Art Prize Catalog 2023

Award Recipients for 2021
Beliz Iristay, Hugo Crosthwaite, PANCA, Perry Vasquez
Dediciated to the memory of SD Art Prize Committee member Larry Baza
SD Art Prize Catalog 2022

Award Recipients for 2019/2020
Alanna Airitam, Kaori Fukuyama, Griselda Rosas,
and Melissa Walter
SD Art Prize Catalog 2020

Award Recipients for 2018
Anne Mudge with Erin Dace Behling
Robert Matheny with Max Robert Daily
SD Art Prize Catalog 2018

Award Recipients for 2017
Cy Kuchenbaker with Rizzhel Mae Javier
Fu/Rich with Alexander Kohnke
SD Art Prize Catalog 2017

2017 New Contemporaries
SD Art Prize Nominated Emerging Artists
Miriam Gabriela Garcia Aguirre, Cathy Breslaw, Ashley Fenderson, Carrie Anne Hudson, Rizzhel Mae Javier, Adrienne Joy, Alexander Kohnke, Pablo Llana, Michelle Montjoy, Julio M. Romero, Brittany Segal, Rebecca Louise Webb, and Oslyn Whizar
Catalog 2017

Award Recipients for 2016
Irma Sofia Poeter
with emerging artist Shinpei Takeda
Richard Keely
with emerging artist William Feeney
SD Art Prize Catalog 2016

2016 New Contemporaries
SD Art Prize Nominated Emerging Artists
Robert Andrade, William Feeney , Kim Garcia, Robert Michael Jones, Erin Dace Behling, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Aren Skalman, Graham Smith, Shinpei Takeda, Paola Villasenor (PANCA), Nicole Waszak
Catalog 2016

Award Recipients for 2015
Wendy Maruyama
with emerging artist Peter Scheidt
Roy McMakin
with emerging artist Kevin Inman
SD Art Prize Catalog 2015

Nominated emerging artists for 2015: New Contemporaries VIII
Atara Baker, Claudia Cano, Larry Edwin Caveney, Andrea Chung, Collective Magpie, scott b. davis,
Tom Demello
, Prudence Horne, Jim Hornung, Beliz Iristay, Jessica McCambly, Marco Miranda,
Tim Murdoch

Catalog VII

Award Recipients for 2014
Marianela de la Hoz
with emerging artist Bhavna Mehta
Philipp Scholz Rittermann
with emerging artist Joseph Huppert
SD Art Prize Catalog 2014

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2014 New Contemporaries VII
Shane Anderson, Leonardo Francisco, Dave Ghilarducci, Garrett P. Goodwin, Emily Grenader,
Bhavna Mehta
, Margaret Noble, Kim Reasor , Gail Schneider, Lauren Siry, Cheryl Tall, Vicki Walsh,
Joe Yorty

Catalog VII

Award Recipients for 2013
James Hubbell with emerging artist Brennan Hubbell
Debby and Larry Kline with emerging artist James Enos
SD Art Prize Catalog 2013

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2013 New Contemporaries V
Jennifer Anderson, Irene de Watteville, Michelle Kurtis Cole, Franco Mendez Calvillo, James Enos,
Brennan Hubbell, Sonia López-Chávez, Marie Najera, Timothy Earl Neill, Griselda Rosas, Ilanit Shalev ,
Anna Stump

Catalog VI

Award Recipients for 2012

Arline Fisch with emerging artist Vincent Robles
Jeffery Laudenslager with emerging artist Deanne Sabeck
SD Art Prize Catalog 2012

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2012
New Contemporaries V
Shawnee Barton, Lauren Carerra, Noah Doely, Rob Duarte, Alexander Jarman, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Lee M. Lavy, Ingram Ober, Vincent Robles, Deanne Sabeck, David Leon Smith, Brian Zimmerman
Catalog V  

Award Recipients for 2011
Rubén Ortiz-Torres with emerging artist Tristan Shone
Jay Johnson with emerging artist Adam Belt

Special videos by Melissa Au with Interview by Jon Au
SD Art Prize Catalog 2011

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2011:
New Contemporaries IV
Mely Barragan, Adam Belt, Susannah Bielak, Fred Briscoe, Isaias Crow, Shay Davis, Damian Gastellum, Gretchen Mercedes, Han Nguyen, Jaime Ruiz Otis, Lee Puffer, Christopher Puzio, Cheryl Sorg
Catalog IV

Award Recipients for 2010
Gail Roberts
with emerging artist David Adey
Einar and Jamex de la Torre with emerging artist Julio Orozco
SD Art Prize Catalog 2010

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2010: New Contemporaries III:
Greg Boudreau , Kelsey Brookes, Stephen Curry, Steve Gibson, Brian Goeltzenleuchter, Wendell M. Kling, Heather Gwen Martin, Robert Nelson, Julio Orozco, Allison Renshaw, Lesha Maria Rodriguez, James Soe Nyun, Stephen Tompkins
Catalog III

Award Recipients for 2009
Kim MacConnel with emerging artist Brian Dick
Richard Allen Morris with emerging artist Tom Driscoll

SD Art Prize Catalog 2009

Nominated Emerging Artists for 2009: New Contemporaries II:
David Adey, Tania Alcala, Michele Guieu, Keikichi Honna, Omar Pimienta, Daniel Ruanova, Marisol Rendon, Tara Smith, Matt Stallings, K.V. Tomney, Jen Trute, Gustabo Velasquez, Yuransky
Catalog II

Award Recipients for 2007/2008
Marcos Ramirez ERRE with emerging artist Allison Wiese
Roman De Salvo with emerging artist Lael Corbin
Eleanor Antin with emerging artist Pamela Jaeger
SD Art Prize Catalog 2008

Nominated Emerging Artists 2007/2008: New Contemporaries I :
Alida Cervantes, Allison Wiese,  Andy Howell, Ben Lavender, Brad Streeper, Brian Dick,
Camilo Ontiveros, Lael Corbin, Christopher N. Ferreria, Jason Sherry, Matt Devine,  
Pamela Jaeger,   Nina Karavasiles, Tania CandianiNina Waisman,  Shannon Spanhake,
Tristan Shone
Catalog I

Award Recipients for 2006/2007
Raul Guerrero with emerging artist Yvonne Venegas
Jean Lowe with emerging artist Iana Quesnell
Ernest Silva with emerging artist May-ling Martinez
SD Art Prize Catalog 2006/07

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

Over the course of the year, a series of exhibits featurs the recipients including Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library  The prize is fully documented on  (SDVAN)

SD Art Prize Goals

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A data base of information produced to improve the clarity, accuracy and sophistication of discourse about San Diego's artistic and cultural life and which is dedicated to re-enforce the idea that the Visual Arts are a necessary and vital part of the health of our city. The goal of the ART PRIZE has been the goal of SDVAN since its founding by a committee of major art leaders in the San Diego region. With over 800 art resources on the site, SDVAN has become one of the main sources for disseminating information, encouraging collaborations and aiding in cross pollination between all the arts. With is expanding infrastructure of spokespersons, SDVAN is able to promote the vision of the future role that the visual arts will play in the San Diego community as lively, thriving, positive and empowered.

.Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair and San Diego Art Prize at Art San Diego
ART SAN DIEGO takes place every year in September now at the Activity Center in Balboa Park with an exhibition of more than 50 galleries showing and selling paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs,video, and cutting edge multimedia artwork. The 4-day scheduleincludes lectures and conferences with renowned guest speakers; luxury brand displays; city-wide concurrent programs; and a range of exclusive wine and food events.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has earned a reputation as one of the outstanding art galleries and art collectors in San Diego. The Athenaeum’s art exhibition program, begun in the 1920s, has grown tremendously inExhibitions in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery focus on nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Rotunda Gallery emphasizes community partnerships or emerging regional artists. The North Reading Room, opened during the library’s expansion in 2007, is devoted to showcasing the Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri Arists’ Books Collection.

Bread & Salt Bread & Salt is a 45,000 square-foot gallery and arts hub located 15 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood. Bread & Salt hosts original works by international artists, eclectic events, and a curated assemblage of artisans, educational entities, and non-profit  tenants along with a robust  residency program, newly-launched  publishing house, and live virtual  artist and arts-related interviews initiated in response to the COVID-19 quarantine. It is comprised of multiple gallery, studio, and event spaces, and serves as a cultural center and gathering space for the region’s creative community.

Central Library Art Gallery has an exhibition program allowing free access to visual art and cultural exhibitions, while promoting San Diego artists and creative community groups.

The SD ART PRIZE is produced by The SD Art Prize Committee who volunteer their time and effort.


San Diego Visual Arts Network
Patricia Frischer, coordinator 760. 943.0148

SD Art Prize Mission: Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration

THE Goals of the SD ART PRIZE, as presented by the San Diego Visual Arts Network, are to:

  • Recognize and celebrate existing visual art accomplishments by spotlighting local artists and to motivate, inspire and guide others. .
  • Create an exciting event that facilitates cross-pollination between cultural organizations and strengthens and invigorates the San Diego Visual Art Scene.
  • Broaden the audience of the visual arts in San Diego by gaining national attention to the competition through a dedicated media campaign.
  • Promote the vision of the future role that the visual arts will play in the San Diego community as lively, thriving, positive and empowering.
  • Expand the infrastructure of spokespeople/art celebrities who can bring awareness to San Diego and perform as role models for our student artists
  • Stimulates private sector investment in the visual arts that is many times greater than the cash value of the prize
  • Encourage informed discussion about the visual arts and encourage expanded coverage of the arts.

If you believe in our mission, we are happy to accept your donations to support the San Diego ART PRIZE Send any amount with checks made out to SDVAN to 2487 Montgomery Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007. Please mark them for SD ART PRIZE. Visit the Support page of SDVAN to donate online.

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