ANJEE HELSTRUP ALVAREZ, Curator and Assitant Director of MACLA, has been appointed as guest curator of the Oakland Museum of Art’s Day of the Dead Exhibition for Fall of 2007.

EVRI KWONG, whose exhibition opens at the de Saisset Museum of Art on the University of Santa Clara campus on September 27, 2007, tells us that the show will travel to the Katsen Art Center, American University Museum in Washington D.C. in January, 2009 and on to other venues.

San Jose’s MARY MEDRANO announces the opening of her new studio and gallery space in Campbell, California. The first exhibition features three new sculptural works by HELEN BELLAVER.

KAREN VON FELTEN, whose art is familiar to visitors to the San Jose Citadel Studios complex in Martha Gardens, announces her exhibition, “Mas Alla” at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

ANGELICA MURO and BINH DANH have plans to open a new exhibition space to be called Space 47, on William Street between First and Second. The non-profit gallery will mix local and national, even international talent. Space 47 hopes to open in September.

Recent MFA graduate of the ceramics program at SJSU, SHAY CHURCH, has won the Joni Mitchell award for excellence on exiting graduate school. The $15,000 award goes to 15 students across the nation, from names submitted by 150 schools.

BEVERLY RAYNER, winner of the Rydell Grant in 2007, will show her work with other winners, WILL MARINO, HANNA HANNAH, and ROB LARSON at an upcoming exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Rayner’s work is also on exhibition at the Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco. A solo exhibition of her work is scheduled to open October 16th in Seattle, at the G. Gibson Gallery, and they will show her work in December at Aqua, Maimi.

SJSU MFA graduate in printmaking, CARLA TURTURICI is launching a new series of quarterly exhibitions in the corporate center of Orchard Commercial near the intersection of Trimble and 101, with Common Materials-Uncommon Expressions as her first curatorial venture. Receptions for the exhibitions will be 5-7 pm on First Fridays. Turturici further announces that JOE LEWIS, CEO of Orchard Commercial, has initiated three annual scholarships to selected graduate students of San Jose State University’s School of Art and Design, of $1500. each.

San Jose artist DEBORAH KENNEDY presented her spoken word performance, Gold Exchange and Co-evolution, at the Off Broadway Playhouse in New York, to a standing ovation this June.

AMANDA BAUER, a graduate of SJSU’s photography program, who projected a short film on the walls the Hookah Lounge in last year’s Interversiones, showed her color photo series Contornos de la Ciudad at the Mazatl√°n Museum of Art, in Mexico in May-June.

SJSU Professor of Art and Design, JOEL SLAYTON, author and instigator of such San Jose phenomena as Do Wat Do and Zero One, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the 2007 Conference on Visual and Computational Teaching & Learning in Charleston, South Carolina in November.

ROBYN SMITH
, Professor of Art at Monterey Peninsula College, showed at Gallery 33 in Long Beach, California, this summer and moves on to a printmaking residency at Atelier de Isle de Val David in Quebec, Canada.

Former President of the Board of Works Gallery, SHEILA MALONE, has done the theatre lighting for the production of Seven Baptist Sissys, and a video installation, Infernal Love in the San Antonio, Texas, Church Bistro and Theatre.

’05-SJSU MFA photography graduate, NOAH WILSON, and SJSU Professor of ART and Design, SHANNON WRIGHT, have been featured on the online international forum for exposure of contemporary art, Daily Serving.

ANTON ORLOV, whose memorable film documentary of the painting of a collaborative mural by Darren Waterston was seen recently at the San Jose ICA, has moved to Japan with eight cameras. Orlov is a vegetarian and allergic to fish, but anticipates his year in southern Japan with optimisim.

RIKA NODA
and JOHN RICKARD, BFA graduates of SJSU’s photography program, have moved to the Mount Shasta area and opened The Rostel Gallery in Dunsmuir, California. The gallery focuses on photography, travel and adventure themes. Recently featured was the work of former San Jose Museum of Art educator, EMILIO BANUELOS, and an exhibition of the photographic books of SJSU Professor of Art and Design, BRIAN TAYLOR will follow.

San Jose artists, TONY MAY and DAVID MIDDLEBROOK will go to Bangkok, Thailand, for the month of August, along with ARTSHIFT, San Jose’s ERIN GOODWIN-GUERRERO, as part of an artist’s exchange program between Silpakorn University, Cal Poly and San Jose State University. The artists from Thailand will visit California schools in November. The work of all artists involved in the program will be seen at San Jose’s Works Gallery in December/January.

South Bay artists KATHRYN DUNLEAVIE, FANNIE RETSEK, and RENE BILLINGSLEA are showing in the August exhibition of Redwood City’s new Michael Rosenthal Gallery.

If you have news of Silicon Valley artists on-the-move, art awards, and arts developments that might be of interest to WHAT’S UP, please send them to

Erin Goodwin-Guerrero <echivasg@yahoo.com>

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