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Check out these featured artists at Bread & Salt for the SD Practice Exhibition, on display at SDAI through September 5 ...
08/12/2021

Check out these featured artists at Bread & Salt for the SD Practice Exhibition, on display at SDAI through September 5 and Bread & Salt through September 12. SD Practice is a collection of artworks by local artists, purchased by City of San Diego in support of local artists during the pandemic.

Featured artist at Bread & Salt Include:

Matthew Hebert, Coronado Bowl, 2018. Wood, metal, acrylic paint, lacquer, glass beads. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Matthew Hebert

Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Wood (high-end construction waste), branches, 2019, City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Terri Hughes-Oelrich

Lisa Hutton, Greenfield, 2015, Graphite on paper. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Lisa Hutton

Janelle Iglesias, Snake Plant, Faux plastic plant, 2019, bar code stickers and price tags, adhesive. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Janelle Iglesias

Beliz Iristay, Where is He? 2019, Porcelain, wood paneling, silicone, gold leaf. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Beliz Iristay

Yasmine Kasem, The Mosque of First Friends Church - Prayer, 2019, Fabric paper, dye, cotton remnants. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Yasmine Kasem

Alexander Kohnke, Das Gemachte Nest, 2020, Archival prints and spray paint. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Alexander Kohnke

Aleya Lanteigne, From: Chair #4, 2018, Wood, wire, upholstery fabric, horse hair. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Aleya Lanteigne

Wendy Maruyama, Cenotaph, 2016, Steel, wood, glass, video components, monitors. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Wendy Maruyama

Jessica McCambly, Self Soother 4m, 2019, Acrylic, oil, ink, mica on canvas. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Jessica McCambly

The SD Practice exhibition is currently at SDAI and Bread & Salt through September 5 (SDAI) and September 12 (Bread & Sa...
08/02/2021

The SD Practice exhibition is currently at SDAI and Bread & Salt through September 5 (SDAI) and September 12 (Bread & Salt). The exhibition is a collection of artwork by local artists, purchased by the City of San Diego for the Civic Art Collection in support of the local arts community during the pandemic. To RSVP and visit the exhibition at SDAI, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145

This weekend, stop by and experience SD Practice, a collection of artworks by local artists, purchased by the City of Sa...
07/24/2021

This weekend, stop by and experience SD Practice, a collection of artworks by local artists, purchased by the City of San Diego in support of local artists during the pandemic. You can visit the exhibition at SDAI and Bread & Salt. To RSVP and visit the exhibition at SDAI, curated by Lux Art Institute’s Andrew Utt and Guusje Sanders, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145

Featured artists at SDAI include:

Chitra Gopalakrishnan (@chitragopala), La Grande Odalisque, 2020, Oil and acrylic on canvas Artwork Date. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Marianela de la Hoz (@marianeladelaho), La presencia ausente de siempre, 2020, Egg tempera on board. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Marianela de la Hoz

Scott B. Davis (@Scott B. Davis), Ironwood Tree Along Fault Line, Borrego mountain, 2018, Platinum palladium print, palladium paper. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Scott B. Davis

Victoria Fu (@vvvfffuuu), Télévoix 2, 2019, Single-channel video, color, sound. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Victoria Fu

Sofia V. Gonzalez (@sofiavgonzalez_), Taking Root (Central Arkansas, Quilt 1), 2015, Sumac, golden rod and eucalyptus natural dye. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Sofia V. Gonzales

Check out SD Practice at Bread & Salt and SDAI, now through September 12. The public art exhibition features a collectio...
07/22/2021

Check out SD Practice at Bread & Salt and SDAI, now through September 12. The public art exhibition features a collection of artworks acquired by the City of San Diego, purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic. Visit the exhibition at Bread and Salt from 11am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, no RSVP needed. To RSVP and visit the exhibition at SDAI, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145.

Featured artists at Bread & Salt include:

Bill Feeney, Exposing the Questions Which Have Been Hidden, 2020, Foam, paper, wood, twine, paint. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Bill Feeney

Thomas Driscoll, Artwork Title: Peanut, 2017, Mixed media on foam. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Thomas Driscoll

Kaori Fukuyama, Gibbous, 2020, Oil on panel. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Kaori Fukuyama

Christian Garcia-Olivo, Verde, Blanco, y Colorado, 2020, Acrylic on wood panel. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Christian Garcia-Olivo

Lorena Gómez Mostajo, Flor de papel #2, 2020, Digital photographic print. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Lorena Gómez Mostajo

Lux Art Institute

SD Practice is now open at SDAI and Bread & Salt! The public art exhibition features a collection of artworks acquired b...
07/15/2021

SD Practice is now open at SDAI and Bread & Salt! The public art exhibition features a collection of artworks acquired by the City of San Diego , purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic. You can visit the exhibition at Bread & Salt from 11am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, no RSVP needed. To RSVP and visit the exhibition at SDAI, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145.

Featured artists at Bread & Salt include:

Andrew Alcasid, 7:17 Pink and Grey, 2020, Acrylic on unprimed canvas. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Andrew Alcasid

Kelsey Brookes, Primary Waveform (half circle) 2018, Acrylic on wood. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Kelsey Brookes

Juan Miguel Cabrera, Exploration (5), 2020, Watercolor and acrylic on paper. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Juan Miguel Cabrera

John Chang, Language, 2017-2019, Spray paint and carving letters. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © John Chang

Danielle Dean, She, 2017, Single-channel video, color, sound. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Danielle Dean

Lux Art Institute

The SD Practice public art exhibition is now open at SDAI and Bread & Salt through September 5th. SD Practice features 1...
07/12/2021

The SD Practice public art exhibition is now open at SDAI and Bread & Salt through September 5th. SD Practice features 100 artworks acquired by the City of San Diego, purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic. RSVP to visit the exhibition at SDAI: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145

Featured artists at SDAI include:

Carlos Castro, Public Trial - Testimonium, 2018, Oil on canvas. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Carlos Castro

Alida Cervantes, Salta pa' lante (Jump Forward), 2020, Acrylic spray paint and oil on aluminum. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Alida Cervantes

Andrea Chung, Endosymbiotic Theory, 2019, Brass, glass, sugar. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Andrea Chung

Cognate Collective, Transborder Trajectories, 2015, Archival giclee print. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Cognate Collective

Hugo Crosthwaite, Vestido Blanco (White Dress), 2018, Pencil, charcoal, and acrylic on paper. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Hugo Crosthwaite

Lux Art Institute

SD Practice opens this Saturday, July 10 at SDAI and Bread & Salt! SD Practice is a public art exhibition featuring 100 ...
07/09/2021

SD Practice opens this Saturday, July 10 at SDAI and Bread & Salt! SD Practice is a public art exhibition featuring 100 artworks acquired by the City of San Diego, purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic, and will run through September 5. To RSVP to visit the exhibition at SDAI, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-sdai-for-sd-practice-tickets-158812728145

Featured artists at SDAI include Trevor Amery, Farshid Bazmandegan, Doris Bittar, Manuelita Brown, and Claudia Cano.

Artwork Info:
Trevor Amery, Looking Down, 2016-2018, Stones, cypress log, oil paint, panel, steel. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Trevor Amery

Farshid Bazmandegan, Untitled (Mix it Up), 2019, Customized concrete mixer. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Farshid Bazmandegan

Doris Bittar, Excavated World 1, 2019, Hand-cut collage, archival map. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Doris Bittar

Manuelita Brown, Missy, 2019, Bronze, granite. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Manuelita Brown

Claudia Cano, Los cepillos de limpieza de Rosa #5, 2020, Silkscreen print on paper. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection, purchase, through a gift of Thomas O. Rasmussen. © Claudia Cano

Lux Art Institute
City of San Diego

Many thanks to Seth Combs and The San Diego Union-Tribune for featuring the upcoming SD Practice exhibition! The show op...
06/28/2021
'SD Practice' makes perfect

Many thanks to Seth Combs and The San Diego Union-Tribune for featuring the upcoming SD Practice exhibition! The show opens July 10 at both San Diego Art Institute and Bread & Salt, and will run through September 5. For more info, visit our website: https://www.sandiego-art.org/

Lux Art Institute
City of San Diego

City shows off newly purchased artworks at dual exhibitions in Balboa Park and Logan Heights

We are excited to announce SD Practice, opening July 10! Co-presented by San Diego Art Institute and Bread & Salt, SD Pr...
06/25/2021

We are excited to announce SD Practice, opening July 10! Co-presented by San Diego Art Institute and Bread & Salt, SD Practice is a public art exhibition featuring 100 artworks acquired by the City of San Diego, purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic. The presentation of SD Practice at SDAI is co-curated by Lux Art Institute and ICA San Diego's Executive Director, Andrew Utt and Associate Curator, Guusje Sanders.

Join us for the opening reception on July 10 from 4pm to 8pm. SD Practice will run through September 5. For opening reception tickets and more info on the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming/2021/6/17/sd-practice-opening-reception

We are excited to announce SD Practice, opening July 10! Co-presented by San Diego Art Institute and Bread & Salt, SD Practice is a public art exhibition featuring 100 artworks acquired by the City of San Diego, purchased in support of local arts during the pandemic. The presentation of SD Practice at SDAI is co-curated by Lux Art Institute and ICA San Diego's Executive Director, Andrew Utt and Associate Curator, Guusje Sanders.

Join us for the opening reception on July 10 from 4pm to 8pm. SD Practice will run through September 5. For opening reception tickets and more info on the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/upcoming/2021/6/17/sd-practice-opening-reception

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Alexandra Neuman presents Mother Goddess Creature Complex, a single-channel vi...
05/29/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Alexandra Neuman presents Mother Goddess Creature Complex, a single-channel video that opposes the upright ‘human being’ through the figuration of an alien becoming. Alien becomings are allied with the grotesque—“vaginal openings, intestinal worms, bodily fluids, voluptuous swamps, reptilian secretions—“anything too close to the fecundity of life, anything that carries the potential to disrupt the boundaries of self, anything possessing a slithering primordial power. This figuration unleashes the song that has been buried in matter since the beginning of the universe. Animal, vegetal, and mineral coexist using the mud of the planet as moisturizer.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs until tomorrow, May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to visit the exhibition before it closes, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress.

About the Artist
Alexandra Neuman is an interdisciplinary reptile currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego and received a BFA in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She has participated in the Arteles Residency in Haukijarvi, Finland; the PRAKSIS Residency in Oslo, Norway; and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in Berlin. Her films have been shown at Anthology Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, and the Eyeslicer. She is a Webby Award Honoree as well as the recipient of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) grant at Calit2.

Drawing on ideas from multi-species feminism and process philosophy, Neuman’s recent work focuses on mutating the identity of “human” by reshuffling naturalized systems of classification. In her practice, she cultivates ways to visualize, narrativize, perform, and facilitate speculative metamorphoses from ‘human being’ to ‘alien becoming’. She is interested in the category of ‘human being’ as a historically-situated and ideologically specific identity that serves to uphold millennia of patriarchal positionings, including the separation between mind/body, nature/culture, male/ female, self/world, same/other. By perforating the concept of ‘human being’ she is coaxing out an alternative identity that is characterized instead by liquidity and continuous transformation, where each ‘individual’ is reimagined as a co-emergent process with the ecologies and temporalities in which they are enmeshed.

Alexandra Neuman, Mother Goddess Creature Complex, 2021, single-channel video

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Lauryn Smith presents Field Study, a large-scale textile installation that evo...
05/27/2021

Measurements of Progress featured artist, Lauryn Smith presents Field Study, a large-scale textile installation that evokes the movement, feel, and experience of a field of dry grass, transporting memory to a new place that is familiar yet faded around the edges.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To attend this Saturday’s artist symposium and closing event and to RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/.

About the Artist
Lauryn Smith is an American artist based in Southern California. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. Smith was born and raised in rural Northern New York and received her BFA in Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2018.

Smith works with textiles alongside various sewing techniques and applications to create sculpture. Her practice is based around craft and material as well as concepts of memory, landscape, and phenomenological experiences. The process of making is essential to her practice, and while the work demands repetitive and laborious construction, the small details within each piece are carefully selected for their overall contribution to the work. Each work deals with its own set of concepts, but all of them are connected to craft, traditional practices of quilting, the body, movement, and the natural environment.

Lauryn Smith, Field Study, 2020, chiffon and thread

Featured artist for Measurements of Progress, Alan Skelton presents Display Unit 1, Display Unit 2, and Garment Hooks (S...
05/26/2021

Featured artist for Measurements of Progress, Alan Skelton presents Display Unit 1, Display Unit 2, and Garment Hooks (Souvenir). This series of objects questions how society consumes both goods and knowledge. With the internet, mass producing information, and consumerism ever expanding, his sculptures mimic the adaptability and ever changing environment in which we devour discriminatorily and with fetishized fervor.

Measurements of Progress is an exhibition in partnership with Lux Art Institute and runs through May 30 at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. To RSVP a time to experience the exhibition, visit: https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2021/4/23/measurements-of-progress

About the Artist
Alan Skelton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1983. He received his BFA and BA in Art History from the University of North Texas. Skelton is an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego. 


Skelton’s work explores the transmission and reception of objects, images, and materials. With a focus on the mass production of consumer goods, Skelton considers how ways of displaying, sales, and distribution have a seductive and magical allure. He utilizes appropriated and found images, materials, and objects in his work and strives to better understand life by laying bare the underlying systems within consumer culture that guide our behavior.

Alan Skelton, Garment Hooks, 2021, concrete and epoxy resin casts

Alan Skelton, Display Unit 1, 2021, steel, aluminum, inkjet print on acetate, hardware

Alan Skelton, Display Unit 2, 2021, peanut butter, BBQ, chicken “Nyla Bones,” climbing holds, steel, aluminum, inkjet print on acetate, hardware

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There is a FREE tram that provides access to Balboa Park's museums and attractions. You can park in the Inspiration Point lot and wait at Tram Central, a shady arbor with benches. The tram will deliver you to into the heart of Balboa Park.

Trams pick up from Tram Central every 8-10 minutes. Riders may also board at one of the designated pick-up areas around the Park. Make your first stop the Balboa Park Visitors Center (stop 2 after Tram Central) in the House of Hospitality where you can pick up a bi-monthly Events Guide and a detailed map.

The tram operates seven days a week: 8:30am - 6:00pm. with extended hours during summer months. The Balboa Park Tram is provided as a free public service by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.

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Thank you for calling out Artist Almanac in your recent newsletter. Looking forward to an incredible program, especially the presentation by Larry Baza that you mentioned! Cheers from The Studio Door.
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