San Diego Art Prize, funded by San Diego Visual Arts Network, is an annual award
given to two established artists, who in turn, choose an emerging artist for the
award. Selected works of the 2012 winners, established artists Jeffery
Laudenslager and Arline Fisch and emerging artists Deanne Sabeck and Vincent
Robles, are now on view through May 4, 2013 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts
Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla.
Art Prize committee, including Patricia Frischer of SDVAN, Ann Berchtold of Art
San Diego, art collector Debra Poteet and Executive Director of the Athenaeum,
Erika Torri, chose the winners from a list of nominees presented by visual arts
professionals and former Art Prize recipients.
the opening reception April 5, a crowd gathered to admire the distinctive styles
of the prize-winning artists. Jeffery Laudenslager, best known for his elegant,
large-scale, kinetic sculptures, also showed an eyecatching array of his new
“Tulip Mania” paintings, which reference the 17th-century Dutch trading of
wildly overpriced tulip bulbs, comparable to soaring prices at art auctions
kinetic works have no story, but I thought since I was showing in a library, I
should have a story,” Laudenslager said.
Sabeck’s glass sculptures charmed viewers with light and color, while Vincent
Robles, a grad student in SDSU’s Furniture Department, offered cool,
tongue-in-cheek riffs on furniture forms. And Arline Fisch not only attracted
attention with a pair of crocheted silver breastplates and a row of
saint-and-angel pendants, but also wore one of her dramatic chain necklaces to
complete her display of wearable art.
the end of the reception, Patricia Frischer stepped up to congratulate the
prizewinners and announce the new recipients for 2013: established artists James
Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline, who will choose their own emerging artists
later this year.
What: San Diego Art Prize Exhibition
Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La
When: Through May 4, 2013 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Closed Monday and Sunday