Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


29th Annual Juried Exhibition

Online Exhibition Dates: July 18–September 12, 2020




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Forty-six artists have been selected for the Athenaeum’s 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, on view online, from July 18 through September 12, 2020. This year’s jurors, Joe Yorty, Creative Director of Best Practice, and Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator and Editor of HereIn, selected 92 works by 46 artists. A record 269 artists submitted 735 works for consideration. Due to current health guidelines, the entry process, jurying, and exhibition were organized fully online, which allowed for 2D/3D entries as well as time-based works. Open to artists who live, work, or have exhibited in San Diego, the Athenaeum’s Annual Juried Exhibition provides a platform for local artists to receive excellent exposure and to draw inspiration from talented peers. Acceptable submissions this year included 2-D and 3-D media, with the exception of functional or craft art, that have been completed within the past five years. First, second, and third-place awards, Leslie Von Kolb Memorial Award, and honorable mentions were awarded by the jurors before the opening of the exhibition.




Carol Abbe, Victor Angelo, Victor Ballesteros, Farshid Bazmandegan, Home Behar, Kyra Brandt, Stefani Byrd, Joe Cantrell, J. Carlson, Sister Chapman, Alan Cohen, Remi Dalton, Victor De La Fuente, Marisa DeLuca, Kristine Diekman, Flavia D'Urso, Bridget Enderle, Ricardo Galvan, Vienna Gambol, Peter Geise, Sofia Gonzalez, Eleanor G Greer, Becky Guttin, Lisa Hutton, Amanda Kachadoorian, Marie Keech, Kirby Kendrick, Alexander Kohnke, Elena Lomakin, May-ling Martinez, Brad Maxey, Arie Menes, Annalise Neil, Oriana Poindexter, Allison Renshaw, Bryan Ali Sanchez, Gail Schneider, Ingrid Schraufstatter, Sage Serrano, Maggie Shen, Joe Skoby, Wayne Swanson, Kline Swonger, Leslye Villasenor, Chantal Wnuk, Cindy Zimmerman.




1st Place: Sister Chapman, Mending, 2016, Digital video

2nd Place: Chantal Wnuk, Salt Water, 2019, Oil paint on canvas

3rd Place: Brad Maxey, Studio Window, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Leslie Von Kolb Memorial Award: Becky Guttin, La casa de a lado - The house on one side, 2018, Sculpture, natural fiber, iron, aluminum


Honorable Mentions:


•  Farshid Bazmandegan, Untitled – Mix it up, 2019, Sculpture, customized concrete mixer

•  Amanda Kachadoorian, South Bay, San Diego, 2019, Oil on canvas

•  Gail Schneider, City, 2020, Terra-cotta and mortar

•  Joe Skoby, Untitled, 2020, High-fired stoneware

•  Flavia D’Urso, I Will Not Carry You, 2020, Terra-cotta, salt, plaster


Radio segment on KPBS Midday Edition /  aired July 24, 2020


San Diego Weekend Art Events: Plays By Black Women, Outdoor Performances And 92 New Works Online

by Julia Dixon Evans (KPBS/Arts)


Thank you Julia Dixon Evans and KPBS/Arts​

Congratulation to artist Stefani Byrd—her piece "True Love" was featured as a favorite. (True Love, Single Channel Color Video, Sound, 2018)


Jurors’ statement:

This is an exciting format through which the art community in San Diego can connect during an uncertain time. With exhibition venues either closed or limited in their capacity to host visitors, the show's transition to a digital space allows us to gather and continue the long tradition of the Athenaeum's Juried Exhibition. In addition, the online platform has allowed for the inclusion in the exhibition a wider range of disciplines and media that in previous years have been difficult to accommodate including large sculpture, installation, video, and performance. 

―Joe Yorty and Elizabeth Rooklidge




Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice



Joe Yorty was born in southwest Utah, raised in Southern California, served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, and received an MFA in Visual Art at UCSD in 2013. He currently lives and works in San Diego where he serves as the founding Creative Director for the not-for-profit gallery and project space BEST PRACTICE.


In addition to his work with BEST PRACTICE, Joe is an interdisciplinary artist who employs a range of materials, objects, and methods to make work that largely addresses the anxieties and absurdities of American domestic culture. Including sculpture, collage, video, and photography his studio practice grapples with the stuff of thrift store refuse, last-minute estate sale deals, and the occasional dumpster dive to rub against the pathos of the ceaseless search for fulfillment in the accumulation of things that, to a large extent, defines the American experience in the 21st century. His work has been shown on both coasts of the United States and some places in between.


Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator



Elizabeth Rooklidge is an independent curator based in San Diego. She has recently organized the exhibitions Flavia D'Urso: Slippage of a Strand for Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana (2020); A Show About Touching for Bread & Salt, San Diego (2019); I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari for the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach (2019); and High-Key: Color in Southern California for the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego (2018). She previously served as Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She holds a B.A. in art history from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in art history from Williams College.