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Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Sally Hagy-Boyer: Mankind’s Mischief

March 14–May 2, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6:30–8:30 PM

Artist Walk-Through: Saturday, March 14, 11:00 AM

 

Drawing inspiration from the collections of the largest botanical library in the world at the New York Botanical Garden, Mankind’s Mischief creates a synthesis of the science of botany and personal reflections. Through imagery, illustrations, and books, Sally Hagy-Boyer explores how plants have their way of twining, growing, and enveloping the world around them—while humans have a history of manipulating the plant world for their own gains. She uses flora in ornament and pattern, allowing plants to be the forefront of her work while incorporating items from both the natural world, and the tossed and found: pods and sea glass, seaweed, and rusted wire. The exhibition title references a quote by notable Prussian geographer, explorer, and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt giving a dire warning of “man’s disturbance of nature’s order.” Sally Hagy-Boyer was raised in Chicago and holds a BA in art and multimedia from San Diego State University. After 16 years in San Diego, Hagy-Boyer and her family relocated to New York, where she continues to exhibit in East coast venues and is represented in various public and private collections.

 

“To open old journals or books and carefully unveil delicate botanical illustrations, whose colors are as vibrant as the day they were created…there is also the possibility that no one has looked at these particular images in decades. I have drawn a bibliography for this show because these works have informed my art…this provides a tactile connection to their words.”

–Sally Hagy-Boyer

 

 

Rotunda Gallery


Prudence Horne: Garden Plots

March 14–May 2, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6:30–8:30 PM

 

One of the great pleasures of artist Prudence Horne’s life is her garden plot at the Juniper/Ivy Community Gardens in Bankers Hill, San Diego. Horne has kept a plot there for over five years, where she grows the occasional vegetable but focuses on flowers. As a native of Boston, Horne is continually in awe that growing poppies in January is possible. Constantly planting, moving things around, watering and weeding, she describes: "I have painted these small squares as windows into the colors and shapes in my garden. They are little pieces and plots of my garden—they too can be moved around, pairing with other images and creating different visual relationships, similar to the always-changing beauty in my garden."

 

Prudence Horne grew up in Boston and received her BA in Art History from Trinity College, and MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Horne’s paintings focus on a personal response to landscape and have been extensively exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Horne has been awarded several grants and residency programs, including the William Male Foundation, Heinrich Boll in Co. Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso in Almeria, Spain, and the Montana Artist Refuge in Basin Montana. Horne is an adjunct professor of fine arts and art history at San Diego City College, and teaches art at Donovan State Prison through Southwestern College. She is also a contributing teacher for the teen program at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and is an active member of FIG (Feminist Imagery Group) in San Diego.

 

 

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


2019 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition: Alanna Airitam, Griselda Rosas, Kaori Fukuyama, and Melissa Walter

May 9–July 3, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 6:30–8:30 PM

 

For the tenth consecutive year, the Athenaeum presents the work of the San Diego Art Prize finalists, spotlighting working San Diego artists. Until now, the San Diego Art Prize has been awarded to a matching of an established artist with an emerging artist. As of 2019, the Art Prize will place an emphasis on local artists of excellence, with a cash and exhibition award for each finalist, culminating in a larger award for the winner. In 2019 the prize finalists are: Alanna Airitam, Kaori Fukuyama, Griselda Rosas, and Melissa Walter.

 

Alanna Airitam was born in Queens, New York and resides in San Diego. A portrait photographer, her work focuses on identity and representation, and proposes an investigation into the concept of wholeness. Her use of chiaroscuro lighting creates a painterly effect that, coupled with her use of symbolism, allows her to explore the duality of light and dark both metaphorically and literally. Airitam’s images have been published in national and international media outlets such as Chicago Tribune, BBC News, VICE!, The Huck, Lenscratch, Range Finder, Feature Shoot, and the San Diego Tribune. She has exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery, San Diego Art Institute, Art Miami, and Bread & Salt.

 

Kaori Fukuyama is a multi-disciplinary artist from Japan, who lives and works in San Diego. She creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations that explore the interactions of color, light and shadow. Her subtle and delicately balanced work plays with our visual perception, and often invites us to slow down and be present in the moment. Fukuyama was an Artist-In-Residence at Bread & Salt in 2018, and recently completed a large-scale public art installation in North Park. Her work is a part of private collections internationally and has been exhibited at multiple institutions including Oceanside Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Diego Art Institute, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

                                                                                                     

Griselda Rosas, born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, is an artist and educator from the border region. Her artwork falls under the umbrella of Post-Colonial art, in the way it addresses issues of identity, ethnicity and gender practices creating installation, sculpture, site-specific, curatorial projects and stitching-Paintings decolonizing imagery. Rosas’ work has been exhibited in national and international venues: the Florence Biennale, Barrett Art Centre, Camac art Centre-UNESCO program, Bread & Salt, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She was granted a fellowship through the Ministry of Mexican Culture -FONCA, 2016-2019 where she is developing a research on the aesthetics of Mexican female traditional clothing.

 

Melissa Walter is best known for her optically stimulating sculptures of twisting paper and drawings of detailed geometric patterns. She visually explores concepts concerning Astronomy and astrophysical theories. Walter has worked as a graphic designer and science illustrator for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and as a team member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She received her BFA cum laude from the University of Rhode Island and has completed artist in residence programs at 1805 Gallery and Bread & Salt and her work has been shown at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, Quint Gallery, the San Diego Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum, Helmuth Projects and the San Diego International Airport.

 

 
 

Rotunda Gallery


18th Annual SDSU Art Council Scholarship Exhibition

May 9–July 3, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 6:30–8:30 PM

 

The Athenaeum presents, for the twentieth consecutive year, an exhibition of artwork by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History. The SDSU Art Council selects students from the upper division of the undergraduate or graduate programs. Each of the award winners receives the opportunity to present their artwork or thesis paper in the Athenaeum's Rotunda Gallery.

 

 

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


29th Annual Juried Show

July 18–August 29, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 6:30–8:30 PM

 

The call for entries will begin in April 2020. Join us for the Athenaeum's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition. One of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego, selected artists will exhibit their work in our galleries, receive excellent exposure, and mingle with both artists and art-lovers at a jam-packed opening reception.  

 

 

Rotunda Gallery


29th Annual Juried Show

July 18–August 29, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 6:30–8:30 PM

 

The call for entries will begin in April 2020. Join us for the Athenaeum's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition. One of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego, selected artists will exhibit their work in our galleries, receive excellent exposure, and mingle with both artists and art-lovers at a jam-packed opening reception.