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SD ART PRIZE: Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Arts
SD Art Prize Mission:
Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration
The SD Art Prize uses San Diego Visual Arts Network as it's non-profit funding source. Thus, those who support SDVAN are also supporting the prize by their donations. Please take a look at the full list of financial support on our SPONSOR page
$201 to $2000
The 2006/2007/2008/2009 San Diego ART PRIZE is a collaborative effort of SDVAN, SDArtist.com and the L Street Gallery of the Omni Hotel.
The San Diego Art Prize is a wondrous year-long event used to affirm and highlight the excellence of San Diego artists. It is also a tangible expression of appreciation by those of us who recognize that art plays an essential role in our local cultural capital. By promoting important artistic practices to the public we help reveal, shape and support the cultural infrastructure of our city. We need your support for the SD Art Prize
A very special thanks goes to Melissa Au of Dandelions Dreams Photography for documenting the artists in their studios. These photos and slide shows are shown at the Art San Diego Fair each year in 2012 and 2013.
Take superb exhibitions at the glamorous L-Street Gallery or the Athenaeum or Art San Diego; add fabulous VIP parties hosted by leading collectors and architects, and the atmosphere becomes electric! It is talk that makes the buzz - and the talk at these events is all about the artists.
Bhavna Meta: "I am so thrilled the way the Art Prize is going for this year and so excited about the new established and emerging artists.... Meeting and working with and getting to know Marianela (de la Hoz) is very gratifying for me and the prize was a great impetus for that to happen."
Debby and Larry Kline: "....our highlight event associated with the prize, we both agree it was when David
Antin, who was in the midst of several projects himself, said yes, that he
wanted to write about our work."
Deanne Sabeck: "Receiving this has inspired me to create with new vision and to help elevate the art scene in San Diego. You are never too old or experienced to be emerging."
David Adey: "The prize money came at a time when it's greatly appreciated. I have a great deal of respect for Gail Roberts and ...she has become a close friend."
James Enos: "The honor not only extended a huge network of support and opportunity to me, it also fueled many pressing conversations surrounding collaborate needs locally."
James Hubbell: "I think what SDVAN is trying to do for San Diego is to try to get people and the art world here to realize the talent we have. Personally, it is a honor to be included."
Jay Johnson: "( I am gratified to realize).... that there are still people out there who care enough about the contemporary art to work hard for it's exposure."
Arline Fisch: " It (SD Art Prize) enables me to complete a long-term project with a self published small catalog."
Kim MacConnel: "Nice to see that artists put together with interest , actually works."
Tom Driscoll: "A good exhibition can be achieved through cooperation and working professionally towards a common goal. A good show!"
Brian Dick: "I appreciated some nice exposure that has lead to some additional attention form local visual arts institutions."
Marcos Ramirez Erre: " In many good ways it feels to be recognized in your own community."
Allison Wiese; ",,,afforded me the opportunity to exhibit with an established artist of international reputation AND pay off a credit card bill!"
Roman de Salvo: "It has been an unusual honor to receive the SD Art Prize. In particular, I enjoyed the opportunity to champion an emerging artist (Lael Corbin) whose work is now noticed more widely as a result. The prize money is appreciated. It's nice when some of the artist's income is not tied directly to sales."
May-ling Martinez:"It is encouraging to know that we are part of an arts community willing and able to support its members in an admirable and proactive way."
Jean Lowe:".....the program has really great positive energy."
Iana Quesnell:"The SD Art Prize has had a tremendous impact on the exposure I have received in the last year..."
Ernest Silva: "I have received excellent commentary on my work in the San Diego Union Tribune. Increased interest in my work, evidenced by comments from viewers of the shows, offers of several future exhibitions, inquiries from arts professionals who are interested in writing about my work, the potential addition to several museum collections and greater exsposure about my work on the web. The increased awareness of the artists of this region, particularly of emerging artists who will undoubtedly show their work in the future regionally and nationally has been exciting. I really value the conversations with the artists and sponsors of this project, and it has been energizing and inspiring to work with all of them....From my perspective, I believe the San Diego Art Prize is recognizing and promoting nationally and internationally an increasing awareness of the quality of the visual artists of this region"
We have lofty goals to further the mission and spread the word of the Art Prize; a published catalog, to encourage writing about the visual arts, and Educational Outreach materials for the SD Art Prize. .
The SD Art Prize is a 100% volunteer effort and all funds go to the support the prize. San Diego Visual Arts Network is the non-profit which enables your donations to be tax deductible.
If you would be interested in the fostering of growth of the Art Prize and becoming part of the family (which includes invites to all parties !!), please contact us (760) 943-0148 with questions or suggestions of ways to get involved.
Patricia Frischer, Program Director
THE Goals of the SD ART PRIZE, as presented by the San Diego Visual Arts Network, are to:
Join us 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. Visit the Support page of SDVAN to donate online. Please mark donations for SD ART PRIZE. We are glad to send you a special Art Prize sponsorship opportunity document by request for corporate donations. firstname.lastname@example.org
August 3, 2006
Dear Patricia Frischer;
Congratulations on the formation and launching of your San Diego Art Prize Program. I am so glad to see the “Art Girls” are the creative force organizing this. The durability of any institution is based on the strength of the foundation it is built upon. The three of you bring the integrity, experience, respect and knowledge to create an institution that will serve our city for many generations. The entire community of San Diego should be excited about your wonderful program. It promises to bring long overdue recognition to the artists and the arts in our community. Your efforts will finally showcase San Diego talent to not only to all of San Diego but the rest of the world as well. I commend you and all that have worked with you to make it possible. You have my complete support and whole hearted endorsement.
Paul Vauchelet, Owner/Artist
The SD ART PRIZE is produced by The Art Girls: Debra Poteet, Ann Berchtold and Patricia Frischer who volunteer their time and effort.