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2016 New Contemporaries
SD Art Prize Nominated Emerging Artists

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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.

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2016 SD Art Prize Nominated Emerging Artists at City College Gallery
Sat. June 18 - Thurs. July 14, 2016
Opening Reception: Sat. June 18, 6 - 8 pm
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

City College Gallery
1508 C Street, San Diego 92101
Exhibition hours:   regular gallery hours
Tue – Thurs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Plus by Appointment and for opening reception
More info: Terri Hughes-Oelrich 619-277-0132

Robert Andrade nominated by Ginger Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute
William Feeney nominated by Patricia Frischer, coordinator, San Diego Visual Arts Network
Kim Garcia  nominated by Ann Berchtold, founder, Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair
Robert Michael Jones nominated by Peter Scheidt, artist
Erin Dace Behling nominated by Wendy Maruyama, artist
Sasha Koozel Reibstein nominated by Tara Centybear , Curator at San Diego History Center, freelance Curator for the La Jolla Historical Society, Artist, and Teacher at MiraCosta College
Aren Skalman nominated by Erika Torri, Executive Director, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Graham Smith
nominated by Kevin Inman, artist
Shinpei Takeda nominated by Terri Hughes-Oelrich, City College Gallery
Paola Villasenor (PANCA) nominated by Alex Zaragoza , freelance art and culture writer
Nicole Waszak nominated by Debra Poteet, collector


City College Gallery is a forum for exploring contemporary art in a variety of media. Through innovative exhibitions, the City Gallery engages and inspires the academic population and surrounding San Diego community.

The 2016 emerging SD Art Prize artists will be announced at the end of the City College exhibition. Those two artist from this exhibition will be chosen to receive this the 2016 SD Art Prize and they will in turn choose two established artists to mentor them and to be co-exhibitor at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the spring of 2017. Additionally there will be an extra cash prize for the people’s choice from this exhibition.

  • 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.

Press Release New Contemporaries, April 2016
Spring Arts Preview: Visual Arts 2016 San Diego Art Prize Nominated Artists Union Tribune by Susan Myrland , April 2016
Press Release New Contemporaries at City College, May 2016
Summer art show preview including New Contemporaries City Beat by Seth Combs
New Contemporaries, Oysterfest and Point Break LIVE! City Beat Staff
New Contemporaries at City College: Emerging Artist nominated for SD Art Prize Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

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

If you believe in our mission, we are happy to accept your donations to support the San Diego ART PRIZE online or 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.

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