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  • 6 must-see works in SDMA's 'Modern Masters' exhibit

    6 must-see works in SDMA's 'Modern Masters' exhibit

    Ask Roxana Velásquez about the San Diego Museum of Art’s “Modern Masters From Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection” exhibition, and she has one word to describe it: remarkable. Indeed, the private collection, on display publicly for the first time, is quite a coup for the Balboa Park museum....

  • Creating social change through artwork

    Creating social change through artwork

    Creating art with prisoners is not a common pastime for most artists. But Amy Ho is not a typical artist. Courageous, driven and compassionate are just a few words that describe this artist who dedicates herself to working for change relating to human rights and prison reform. Ho’s newest exhibition,...

  • Must see: Finding fun and comfort in sculpture

    Must see: Finding fun and comfort in sculpture

    Between the flurry of scrubs, squeaky hallways, and frigid temperatures, most hospitals induce nervousness, anxiety and fear in the average person. Hospitals can signal the end of life or the hope of a new one, while walking an endless tightrope of treating people through the most challenging times...

  • Art Institute to host border-themed artistic sparring match

    Art Institute to host border-themed artistic sparring match

    Hugo Crosthwaite and Jose Hugo Sánchez will begin their work without a plan beyond the theme

  • Whoa! Ponies as public art pop up in unexpected places

    Whoa! Ponies as public art pop up in unexpected places

    Have you noticed vividly decorated, life-sized horse statues popping up all over the place? In designs reflecting both thoroughbred racing and classic San Diego culture, 20 horses can be found in prominent locations as public art. This, in celebration of the Breeders’ Cup — the world class event...

  • Trolley Dances, a San Diego staple for more than 20 years, is back

    Trolley Dances, a San Diego staple for more than 20 years, is back

    Every year, Trolley Dances takes San Diegans on a unique journey. Perhaps that's what has made the event - occurring on consecutive weekends starting Saturday - a San Diego tradition that has continued for nearly two decades. Audiences are introduced to new, site-specific dance performances at...

  • San Diego's largest contemporary art event flies into town

    San Diego's largest contemporary art event flies into town

    San Diego's largest contemporary art event returns for its ninth year Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at a new location - the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The popular event plays host to more than 500 artists, 60 galleries, publishers, and studies, and 15,000 festival goers. Here's the inside...

  • 'Once Upon a Time in the West' joins Murals of La Jolla lineup

    'Once Upon a Time in the West' joins Murals of La Jolla lineup

    During his visit to  La Jolla  last summer to give an art lecture at  UC San Diego , multi-media artist Kota Ezawa visited the  Salk Institute  and was struck by the Louis Kahn-designed architecture. "It left an impression on me," he said. Just over a year after that visit, Ezawa's La Jolla-inspired...

  • Why you should take a Monet Day in Balboa Park

    Before the end of the year, plan to give yourself a Claude Monet day. Five significant paintings by the legendary French impressionist are on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art and the neighboring Timken Museum of Art in  Balboa Park . That both museums are featuring the same 19th-century artist...

  • Ecological upheaval centerpiece of Mesa College art exhibition

    Ecological upheaval centerpiece of Mesa College art exhibition

    With deadly earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornadoes ripping across the global landscape, the reality of ecological upheaval seems ever present. In California, such transitions are felt acutely with severe drought, decimating forest fires, and mudslides. In a significant move to educate...

  • Exhibition celebrates deaf artists during awareness month

    Exhibition celebrates deaf artists during awareness month

    In celebration of National Deaf Awareness Month, The Studio Door presents Artistry Through Deaf Eyes, a significant exhibition acknowledging the diverse and talented works of deaf and hard of hearing artists. In collaboration with local visual artist Jon Savage, who used the hashtag #deafartist...

  • Setting sights on Broadway

    Setting sights on Broadway

    Some of Edred Utomi's fondest memories of growing up revolve around two musicals: "The Sound of Music," and the South African-made "Ipi Ntombi," a huge favorite of his dad's. Long before he dreamed of being an actor himself, Utomi, a son of Nigerian immigrants, absorbed the sights and sounds of...

  • Author Nick Riggle explores what it means to be awesome

    Author Nick Riggle explores what it means to be awesome

    Nick Riggle is a 36-year-old former  X Games inline skater who now teaches philosophy at the University of San Diego. His new book - On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck - feels like it has a foot in both worlds. He explores the emergence of "cool" in the 1930s, the cultural transformations...

  • Art installation draws audience to border

    Art installation draws audience to border

    A photo of a giant toddler stands in Mexico and peers over a steel wall dividing the country from the United States. The boy appears to grip the barrier with his fingers, leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle. A French artist who goes by the moniker "JR" erected...

  • Exhibit salutes women of the Old Globe

    Exhibit salutes women of the Old Globe

    For the first time ever, the Old Globe Theatre and the Women's Museum of California will join forces for an exhibit featuring a select panel of women who have been instrumental in the development and creative endeavors of the 82-year-old Balboa Park institution. The exhibit - titled "Muses of the...

  • A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

    A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

    There's a lot more to the movie-turned-musical "Benny & Joon" than those character names can convey, from a focus on the broader meaning of family to a frank consideration of mental illness. Actually, there are more key characters than those character names convey - including one who just about...

  • Artist Michael Carini: 'It's OK to share our struggles'

    Artist Michael Carini: 'It's OK to share our struggles'

    All artist  Michael Carini really wants is to have a conversation. Carini - who identifies himself artistically as an "acrylic alchemist" - uses his art to deal with his own life struggles, but his larger hope is that it, too, helps others deal with theirs. "I'm hoping they can find something that...

  • Stories told through scars in Oceanside Museum of Art exhibit

    Stories told through scars in Oceanside Museum of Art exhibit

    Ted Meyer sees hope and strength in scarred, sometimes broken bodies. For the past 18 years, he has taken monoprints directly off scarred skin and, combined with a photograph of the subject and a personal letter, has turned them into something beautiful. He lets his subjects pick the color of the...

  • Starlight Bowl may see new life yet

    Starlight Bowl may see new life yet

    A San Diego landmark that was once alive with crowds and music every year at this time has been dormant for seven summers now. But organizers of the latest effort to reopen  Balboa Park 's historic but moribund Starlight Bowl believe a revival finally could be near. Steve Stopper, CEO and founder...

  • Artist brings modern edge to wood-centric creations

    Artist brings modern edge to wood-centric creations

    With her bold geometric designs, Amanda Whitworth brings a modern edge to the arts scene in San Diego. Sawing, staining, and painting a variety of woods, Whitworth creates pieces that capture the attention and draw the viewer into her patterns. Despite fighting her second bout with cancer, Whitworth...

  • Art Around La Plaza brings music, dance, lectures to La Jolla

    Art Around La Plaza brings music, dance, lectures to La Jolla

    Outdoor art events and SoCal summers go together like Claude Monet and water lilies. A perfect marriage of beautiful ambience and coastal weather, the Village of La Jolla provides a picturesque backdrop to a new series of free art events this summer. Kicking off on Friday, Aug. 18 at ADGY ART gallery,...

  • Old Globe's 'Hamlet' a towering ode to tragedy

    Old Globe's 'Hamlet' a towering ode to tragedy

    Sprawled belly-down on a bed, scrawling in a notebook as he ponders the prospect of a "consummation" with the grave; in the Old Globe's powerful new staging of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet delivers a "to be or not be" speech steeped in death and ecstasy and the specter of unholy unions....

  • Tijuana exhibit presents rarely seen slice of Mexican art, culture

    Tijuana exhibit presents rarely seen slice of Mexican art, culture

    An exhibition now under way in Tijuana displays a sliver of Mexico's art and culture that rarely gets much attention in Mexico, let alone beyond it: paintings of Mexico's Cimarron ("maroon" in Spanish), or black Mexican, population, done by an artist from that region. The works, which will be shown...

  • Lux Art Institute unveils artists for 2017-18 season

    Lux Art Institute unveils artists for 2017-18 season

    Lux Art Institute has announced the five artists who will be "modeling creativity" there in the coming season. Each will live on-site for a month, developing a new project in public view during open studio hours. An exhibition of each participant's work will be presented in the studio space, providing...

  • Art exhibit addresses border relationships

    Art exhibit addresses border relationships

    At the forefront of social awareness and art activism, San Diego State University premiered its compelling photographic show, We are Here/Estamos Aquí on July 27 at the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The riveting exhibition displays works from artists Stefan Falke, Ingrid Hernandez, Tom Kiefer, Pieter...

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