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SD Art PRIZE: Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Art
Edward Decker takes home the 2008 prize.
The Performance Slam is a multi-genre Invitational in support of California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum’s exhibition, Innocence is Questionable, featuring the six recipients of the 06/07 San Diego Art Prize. It is hosted by San Diego Visual Arts Network and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum on Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 5 to 7 pm.
Performing artist/groups have been invited to comment, critique, glorify and shed light on the visual art works of the six SD Art Prize recipients featured in Innocence is Questionable (March 1 – May 31, 2008). The audience will then be invited to choose a winner who will receive a $100 cash prize. The visual artists featured are Raul Guerrero, Yvonne Venegas, Jean Lowe, Iana Quesnell,
We hope to build an audience for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum and the SD Art Prize by creating an exciting atmosphere where visitors have the opportunity to take a closer look at the works of art aided by the stimulation of the performing arts.
The Vision to Page Art Writing Competition encourages words on art in support of this exhibition. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a technical “glitch,” we may not have received your entry for the Vision to Page writing competition. If you did submit an entry, please call Laurie Brindle at 760.740.5479 or re-submit online. Because of this situation, the deadline of the contest has been extended to FRIDAY, MAY 9TH. We apologize for any inconvenience
The Performance Slam at California Center for the Arts in support of the Innocence was Questionable exhibition of the 6 recipients of the 2006/2007 SD Art Prize was a stunning evening of stellar talent. We are so pleased with the result and proud of this collaborative and united effort. Art criticism - Kevin Freitas, Art as Authority got the audience in the mood with his warm up like a pro on David Letterman and there was a subtext which was positive and empowering. I plan to always do what “Kevin Says” from now on. Poetry - Jaysen Waller's poem was so touching and so beautifully presented. Instrumental - Zuriel Waters made that saxophone talk and I heard joy and anguish and every tone in between. Dance - Sara Plaisted, Urban Tribal intrigued us with her combination of old belly dancing moves and new sounds and I saw my husband panting. Theater - Marilyn Klisser and Aura Thielen, Emerge Art Center spoke to their own generation in their own language and that was fresh and contemporary. I can not imagine Satire - Ed Decker ever being funnier at a comedy club and the crowd was on his side the whole way. Performance art - Ted Washington, Pruitt Igoe was such an unstoppable force and he carried us all along in his wake. Mercedes Casey thought of every need before it became a problem and is highly recommended as a stage manager. Meg Eppel was a brilliant interpreter for the Museum needs. Laura Lee Juliana’s graphics talent is awesome and we appreciated her professionalism at every stage of the project's development. Of course, Joan Seifried was so inspiring about this event from the very beginning and brought the committee together. EDWARD DECKER was the winner of the popular vote and took home a $100 cash award.
From 5-7 pm, the museum was open to the public at a charge of $5 per person. Each guest received three voting coupons (tickets). After the guests had a chance to look at the exhibition there was an introduction to the evening by the MC’s Ted Washington. Art Critic Kevin Freitas, our sacrificial performer, warmed up the crowd. Mercedes Casey was the stage manage the evening.
Each 3-minute performance was featured in a central area of the galleries from 5:30 to 6:30. After all the performances , the guests were asked to deposit their votes or give them to Kevin Freitas, the designated vote collector. The winner, Ed Decker, was announced, receive a $100 prize, and performed an encore of reading from his poetry book also available for sale at the CCAE book store. The evening ended at 7 pm .
Art Critic (Gold) Art As Authority
Dancers (Orange) Urban Tribal Dance Company
Performance Artist (Fucshia) Pruitt Igoe and Puna Press
Aura Thielen was born in Alicante Spain. She grew up here in Pacific Beach, San Diego. During her school years Aura was involved in the drama club, debate team, singing ensembles, and choir. But, she discovered her biggest love was play acting. While in college her focus diverged and leaned more toward film, method acting, improve as well as a variety of different types of art. Recently she has found the joy in raising another generation to appreciate acting and the arts. She has been involved in San Diego’s Christian Youth Theater working behind the scenes along side her son.
Performance Slam committee: Joan Seifried (Angel Appraisers),Kevin Freitas (Art as Authority), Laura Lee Juliano (lollylava ink!), Meg Eppel (California Center for the Arts, Escondido), Ted Washington (Pruitt Igoe), Patricia Frischer (San Diego Visual Arts Network)
Our thanks to Laura Lee Juliano (lollylava ink!) for design of the Performance Slam logo and Mercedes Casey for stagemanaging the event on the night.
The SD ART PRIZE is produced by The Art Girls: Joan Seifried, Ann Berchtold and Patricia Frischer
SD Art Prize Mission: Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration
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