San Diego Fine Art Society Announces First Annual Art Awards Winners
San Diego Fine Art Society (SDFAS) announced the winners of the First Annual Art Awards on Opening Night of ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
[USPRwire, Mon Sep 06 2010] San Diego Fine Art Society (SDFAS) announced the winners of the First Annual Art Awards on Opening Night of ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The First Annual Art Awards are a celebration of select individuals, exhibitions, and projects that have made a significant impact on the field of contemporary art during the past year.
The winners are…
• Exhibition of the Year Museum: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – “Tara Donovan”
• Exhibition of the Year Gallery: Athenaeum Music & Art Library – “John Henry” by David Adey
• Patron of the Year: Ian Mausner, Board of the New Children’s Museum
• Artist of the Year: Susy Bielak
• People's Choice: Matt D'Arrigo - ARTS: A Reason to Survive
“San Diego is in the midst of a renaissance and by being here tonight, we are all part of that transformation,” said April Game, founding executive direction of SDFAS. “It is our honor to be the Charity Partner of ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair.”
April added: “Our mission is to strengthen the pulse of the art community through education and collaboration. There is no better way to do that than by shining a light on the good work being done by our colleagues and to raise awareness and appreciation for the work they do.”
Nominees for each category included:
Exhibition of the Year: Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown – “Tara Donovan”; San Diego Museum of Art – “Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power”; and Museum of “Photographic Arts - Picturing the Process: the Photograph as Witness”
Exhibition of the Year – Gallery: Athenaeum Music & Art Library – “John Henry” by David Adey; R.B. Stevenson Gallery – “Charles Arnoldi – Recent Work”; and Subtext Gallery – “Ready. Fire. Aim.” by Shawn Wolfe
New Artist of the Year: Greg Brotherton; Susy Bielak; and Shinpei Takeda
Patron of the Year: Ian Mausner - for his work on the board of the New Children's Museum; Ann Berchtold - ART SAN DIEGO; and Steven Churchill - Art of Photography Show
People's Choice: Constance White - San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Matt D’Arrigo - A Reason to Survive; Bob & Cheryl Nickel - San Diego Space 4 Art; and Skip Pahl and Danielle Susalla - Oceanside Museum of Art
Event sponsors included Just My Ticket (www.justmyticket.com), ScanLife (www.scanlife.com), and San Diego Magazine (www.sandiegomagazine.com).
SDFAS will also host Launch Pad, an exclusive reception to launch graduating artist Duke Windsor, of the Artist Mentor Program, into the next phase of his career on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Art San Diego.
SDFAS is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the pulse of the art community through education and collaboration. The funds raised at this event will support the Artist Mentor Program and other exciting programs offered by the organization, such as ArtPulseTV (www.artpulse.tv) a new online media outlet committed to exposing San Diego’s rich arts and culture with in-depth interviews and fresh content every week and ArtPulse:Mobile, a new iPhone App that gives San Diegans and visitors unparalleled access to San Diego’s art and culture scene. This Gallery Positioning System will assist people with locating art galleries and museums throughout San Diego County with details on the latest events.
SDFAS is removing barriers and building bridges throughout the San Diego art community, helping San Diego to reach its potential as a top arts destination in the country. SDFAS is a nonprofit agency under 501(c)(3) status, CA ID #26-0525819. For more information, please visit www.sdfas.org.
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