San Diego Art Institute Journal Nov/Dec 2014

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  SAN DIEGOART INSTITUTEJOURNAL NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2014 The San Diego Art Institute was initially found-ed in 1941 and has since remained the premier organization showcasing artists from the South-ern California/Baja Norte region. Our mission is to broaden and continue the support of the visual arts through exhibition, education, and outreach. Our ongoing dedication is carried out through a range of innovative programs that respond to the needs of our communities, and by forging partnerships with our local and global community. San Diego Art Institute cur-rently operates out of two locations: our main exhibition space in Balboa Park and our edu-cational programs in North Park. SDAI ã BALBOA PARK 1439 EL PRADOSAN DIEGO CA 92101619 236 0011ADMIN@SANDIEGO-ART.ORGTUESDAY - SATURDAY 10am - 4pmSUNDAY 12pm - 4pmSDAI ã NORTH PARK 3530 RAY STREETSAN DIEGO CA 92104619 299 4278MONDAY - THURSDAY 12pm - 10pmFRIDAY 12pm - 5pmSATURDAY - SUNDAY 10am - 5pmBOARD OF DIRECTORSBruce TallInterim ChairLarry Poteet Vice ChairKathryn KramerSecretaryKaren GilbertTreasurerCarlos CristianiElaine EllisJoe NalvenPatti CoopriderPatricia FrischerRandy Beth SavareseRic ToddGeeta ShreedarADVISORY BOARD Vincent AndrunasElizabeth BasinetPamela HartwellEmalyn LeppardAlessandra MoctezumaDebra PoteetClaire Slattery Vaughn WoodsSDAI STAFFGinger Shulick Porcella - Executive DirectorKerstin Robers - Deputy DirectorLesley Anderson - Director of EducationSheena Dowling - Youth Programs DirectorMarina Grize - PR & Media DirectorCathy Bennett - Gift Shop ManagerPaul Stolte - BookkeeperTim Schultheis & Wes HardestyStudio CoordinatorsGenerous support provided by City of San DiegoCommission for Arts and Culture and Szekely Family Foundation  It’s been over eight months since I’ve been in San Diego, and in my short time here I’ve been exposed to some of the most amazing artists. I’m constantly in awe of the caliber of work being created locally. I’ve also been exposed to some very disappointing behavior; as the Executive Director per-haps one of my most important roles is to maintain a safe space for my staff and all the artists we show here. I want to emphasize that mistreatment of staff, volunteers, and artists will not be tolerated under any circumstance. I know that change is difcult, and that the implementation of any new initiative may look shocking. I want to assure you that our mission remains the same, and that we will ALWAYS be dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of local artists. In fact, I would be hesitant to say that we’re “changing” anything; rather, we are making improvements to our organization at all levels and augmenting the experi-ence of artist members. As you’ll see in this issue, there are a number of ways that artists can participate in upcoming exhibitions, as well as a number of professional develop-ment opportunities in the coming months that I urge you to take advantage of. Upcoming programs include the mem-bers-only “C-Note” exhibition on November 22, an inter- active, multicultural and multidisciplinary benet for SDAI on December 12th, and a year-end regional show opening on December 19th. Submissions for the regional show will be accepted online from November 1 through November 30th! There are also a variety of ways that artists can participate through several of our current open calls. We are still solicit-ing submissions to our “Balboa Park at 100” show opening at the end of January, and we are also looking for artists to participate in December Nights and FLEX IT! at the Jacobs Center in March, 2015. Additionally, I’m looking for nontra-ditional portraiture to highlight in our space in December, so if you have ideas for any works you’d like to enter, please contact me directly at or visit our website for more information on these programs. Perhaps most importantly, I am happy to announce that we received a grant from The Parker Foundation to renovate our gallery this December! These much-needed funds will ensure that we full our mission of providing “a world-class exhibition space”. For those members that have taken the time to get to know me, you’ll know that my mission in life is to support artists, and make sure they have the physical, nancial, and emo -tional support to create new work. I would just like to reiter-ate that I have an open door policy; please just be sure to set up an appointment in advance and I would be happy to chat with you. I also love doing studio visits with artists. If you would like to have me over to see what you’re currently working on and get feedback, I would be more than happy to do so. Or if you’d like feedback in a larger setting, please consider joining our bi-monthly crit group. Seats ll up quickly, and are offered on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Lastly, if you like our programming and core mission of sup-porting local artists, please consider making a donation to our year-end campaign. Donations of any size are welcome.  You can simply cut out the section of the newsletter with donation information and send with a check to SDAI, or you can make a donation directly online by visiting Each donation will be matched by the Ginger E. and Robert D. Wallace Foundation to ensure that we can continue offering quality programming to artists and audi-ences of San Diego and beyond.I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!Ginger Shulick PorcellaExecutive DirectorSan Diego Art Institute  ARTIST TALK  with SDAI Artist-in-Residence Andrea Chung Wednesday, December 3, 6pm-7:30pm Please join SDAI’s Artist-in-Residence Andrea Chung on Wednesday, December 3rd as she discussed her current project, Catchin’ Babies, Colonizing Black Bodies. This project notes the historical persecution of Diasporic traditional birthing practices and bodies by providing a historical narrative and illustrative examples of how colonialism and the medicalization of birth impacted southern Black grandmother midwifery and Caribbean midwifery in the early 20th century. Andrea Chung holds an MFA from MICA and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She lives and works in San Diego and has ex-hibited her work at such venues as the McColl Center for Visual Arts, The Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture,Contemporary Art Center new Orleans, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, as well as a recent solo exhibition at Helmuth Projects in San Diego. AN ARTISTS’S LEGACY    What happens to my work in the future? This introductory workshop will help artists learn the importance of documenting and archiving their work as well as practical applications. Discussion will include proper storage techniques, basic digital record keeping, and archive components. Led by Erika Katayama, Registrar at Mingei International Museum. her extensive resume includes work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Louisiana State Mu-seum, Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and Dallas Museum of Art. Limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP in advance by November 10th to $5 for nonmembers, free for members
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