Date(s) - 10/02/2020
EMERYVILLE CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS 34th ANNUAL EMERYVILLE ART EXHIBITION GOES VIRTUAL
OCTOBER 2 – NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Opening Night Zoom Party, 6pm, Friday, October 2, 2020
The 34th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition will be presented online, featuring 170 pieces of artwork by 85 Emeryville artists. The 2020 virtual exhibition allows visitors to be sociallydistanced yet culturally-connected with a live-streamed opening night event, online artist interviews, videos, artist-led demonstrations, art and poetry workshops, art shop, down-loadable art map, and more. Visit the 34th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition online October 2 though November 2, 2020 at www.emeryarts.org.
The Opening Night Zoom Party at 6pm, Friday, October 2, will reveal and celebrate the 2020 contributing artists. The event includes introductions by Mayor Christian Patz, the announcement of the City Purchase Award recipient, music by The doRiaN Mode: Vintage Jazz & Blues, a slide show of the 2020 Exhibition artwork, and more. RSVP details at www.emeryarts.org.
Keeping in step with current SIP protocol and the challenges of social distancing, the 34th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition is happening virtually throughout the month of October 2020. The artwork will be presented online with additional information about the artists and their artistic processes. Content will be added throughout the month to encourage the community to visit often, find out more about their favorite artists, watch artist-led demonstrations, and join online art and poetry workshops.
Each year a panel of Bay Area art professionals selects the pieces for the annual exhibition though a jury process. The result is a carefully curated group show featuring the works of artists and craftspeople that live or work in Emeryville. The exhibition is open to artists of all media and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, ceramics, textiles, video, glass works, and literary arts.
In an effort to reach out into the community of Emeryville, banners have been designed with artwork from the 34th Annual Exhibition and will be installed throughout the city. Art lovers can download the Banner Art Map from the website and safely explore the artwork in public on their own time.
“Although I truly missed the studio visits as well as the challenges of installing the exhibition, I was happy to see many familiar artists who submitted digitally as well as new faces,” said Kathleen Hanna, exhibition curator and juror. “ECA has continued to create a venue for artists of all levels of experience and a true community event. This year we will be enjoying the opening reception virtually, the artwork from the exhibition will be visible in the street banners and online for everyone to visit as often as they like.”
The other 2020 jurors are Christine Koppes, Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (SJICA), and Kathryn Funk, independent exhibits organizer and curator, formerly with SJICA, Montalvo Arts Center, and Fresno Art Museum.
“In 2020 we find ourselves having to adapt in so many ways – including how we share and experience art,” said Christine Koppes, exhibition juror. “I find it inspiring to see artists and arts organizations embrace these challenges, learning new skills and virtual platforms. Art is essential, and finding ways to continue supporting artists is crucial.”
“Emeryville’s reputation as an arts friendly community definitely lives up to that description,” added juror Kathryn Funk. “Serving as a juror for this year’s arts celebration gave me an expanded awareness of why Emeryville has this renowned reputation. The scope of artworks we reviewed was impressive, representing all art forms, materials, ideas and concepts across the spectrum. Viewing the artists’ works virtually was the only option during the current pandemic. We’ll never know how much the selections might have differed had the jurying taken place in the artists’ studios as originally planned.”
For more than 30 years, the exhibition jurors have discovered emerging talent, along with new work by established artists. Contributing artists this year include painters M. Louise Stanley, Frank Cole, Gail Tarantino, Foad Satterfield, Yuzo Nakano, and John W Wood; choreographer Nancy Karp; clay artists Cuong Ta, Jeff Margolin, James Morris, and Bill Schwob; photographers Susan Scott, Troy Ziel, Addie Jenkins, Xan Walker, and Jeannie O’Connor; printmakers Kazuko Watanabe, Julitette Choné, and Erin Fong; Ann Holsberry working in mixed media; sculptors Ken Kalman, Kim Thoman, Cheryl Coon, and Mark Galt; and a special tribute in memory of artist Joseph DiStefano. All works in the Exhibition are for sale online at www.emeryarts.org.