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New Contemporaries VIII

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SD Art PRIZE: Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Art

Every year the SD Art Prize Art Notes writers and previous SD Art Prize recipients along with the SD Art Prize committee nominates emerging artists as possible suggestions for the SD Art Prize established artists to mentor. These artists are all featured in the New Contemporaries exhibitions held at local sales galleries.

2015 New Contemporaries VIII
Catalog VIII

New Contemporaries VIII at Valencia Gallery
Fri. May 1 to Fri. May 29
Opening Reception: Fri. May 1, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Fri. May 29, 5 - 7 pm
Special performances and artist presentations from Marco Miranda and Prudence Horne
Final selection of art work by Alexandra Moctezuma, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
Artists: 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

Valencia Gallery
Barracks 16 Suite 101 2730 Historic Decatur Rd SD 92106
Wed. to Sun., 11 am. to 5 pm. and by appointment
More info: Aida Valencia 619.752.6118

Atara Baker nominated by Roxana Velásquez, Maruja, Baldwin Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art
Claudia Cano
nominated by Bhavna Mehta, artist
Larry Edwin Caveney
nominated by Patricia Frischer, coordinator, San Diego Visual Arts Network
Andrea Chung
nominated by Kathryn Kanjo,
Chief Curator and Head of Curatorial, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Collective Magpie
nominated by Ann Berchtold,
founder Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair
scott b. davis
nominated by Philipp Scholz Rittermann,
Tom Demello
nominated by Joseph Huppert,
Prudence Horne nominated by Erika Torri,
Executive Director, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Jim Hornung
nominated by Marianela de la Hoz,
Beliz Iristay
nominated by Debra Poteet,
Jessica McCambly nominated by Ben Strauss-Malcolm
Director, Quint Gallery
Marco Miranda
nominated by Aida Valencia,
founder, Valencia Gallery
Tim Murdoch
nominated by Constance Y. White,
former Art Program Manager, San Diego International Airport


Valencia Gallery began with the project Un paso al norte (A step to the north) with the main objective of exposing the artists of Baja California, Mexico in the United States. The gallery provides a space and thus becomes a bridge between commercial mediation and cultural contribution. They intend to build public relations in San Diego County and encouraging the dissemination of an artistic language. The result should be a strengthening of their artistic presence on both sides of the border resulting in a better projection of culture to an ever widening audience.
  • All Nominators will be writing about their nominee who is a local Avant Guarde artist i.e. one who is current and important in our day. We see these nominators as Champions of the artists they nominate.
  • Nominators have never nominated an artist before for the SD Art Prize or New Contemporaries show
  • All nominated artists will be included if they accept our invitation

Emerging artist definition: artist who are emerging with new, fresh ideas. This is not about the age of the artists or the exposure they have had, but what art they are creating now and in the past three to five years. We think of these artists as emerging from the darkness into the light of the public view.

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

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To find out how these artist were chosen and lots of other information about the SD Art Prize read SD Art Prize Frequently Asked Questions