Jurors pick 43 San Diego artists for new Athenaeum Music & Arts Library show in La Jolla

From Athenaeum Reports

43 artists were selected for the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s 23rd annual Juried Exhibition on view in the Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries, Aug. 2-30 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla.

The free, public opening for the show is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

At the reception, jurors Sally Yard (Professor of Art History, University of San Diego) and Derrick Cartwright (Director of University Galleries and Professor of Art History, University of San Diego) will award the first, second and third place honors.

The jurors selected the show’s 43 participants from some 1,100 images submitted by 220 artists.

“The challenge of picking the works for the Athenaeum’s juried exhibition was especially great this year,” said Cartwright. “Sally and I opted to select images that struck us as coherent approaches to contemporary problems in representation through a wide variety of media. Technical accomplishment was important, but so was a willingness to take risks and find new excitement in common things.

“I was especially drawn to works that demonstrated an appreciation of art history without resorting to imitation.

“In the end, I hope the works on display both carry a conviction about the importance of contemporary practices in our common culture and offer the Athenaeum’s public a broad array of challenging choices.”

The show — open only to artists who live, work or have exhibited in San Diego — provides a platform for them to receive exposure and draw inspiration from peers. Acceptable submissions included 2-D and 3-D media, with the exception of functional or craft art. All submissions were completed within the past five years.

Participating artists:

Nina Preisendorfer Baker, Warren Bakley, Stephanie Bedwell, Gregory M. Brown, Paul Craig, Annette Cyr, Kathi George with Bill Kelly (Doug Regel Rome Editions), Douglas Dow, Peter Fay, Kaori Fukuyama, Peter Geise, Jim Graham, Renetta Happé, Therese Cipiti Herron, Sean Hnedak, Donna Knierim, Portia Krichman, Carolyn LaFrance, James Lasry, Nancy Lee, Richard T. Lonsdale, John Makinster, Chris Martino, Brad Maxey, Kathy McChesney, Laurie Mitchell, Michelle Montjoy, Marie Najera, Cathy Nguyen, Margaret Noble, Cliff Oliver, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Jonathan Osio, Karl Pilato, Kim Reasor, Josie Rodriguez, Amanda Rouse, Michael Rybicki, Neil Shigley, James Soe Nyun, Lynn Susholtz, Scott Thornycroft and Adriana Zagorsky.


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