Fall Approaches, The Academic Year Begins!

Val Raps at ART ARK Gallery announces a wonderful series of free film events every Monday night – outdoors when the weather permits and inside the gallery when the weather is poor. There will be documentaries on the first Monday of the month, followed by an art film on the second Monday, then “peoples choice”, and animation or seasonal picks for the last Monday of the month. This is a great way to see films with friends whose sensibilities are like yours! 8pm every Monday at the ART ARK.

Mimi Chen Ting, MFA graduate of the San Jose State School of Art and Design, announces her Fall, 2008 exhibition in Hong Kong at the Art Beatus Gallery.

The City of San Jose Public Art Program announces the Kit of Parts, an opportunity for artists to be part of a roster that will represent available artists to execute small elements in larger projects. There is an October 14th deadline for applications. The process involves a preliminary workshop and an online application. This is an opportunity for newcomers to the Public Art process to become familiar with privious San Jose projects, the artists and fabricators that have worked on them, and to get their feet wet with smaller scale projects. for more information, contact: patricia.walsh@sanjose.gov

At San Jose State University, architect John Loomis assumes the role of Director of the School of fArt and Design, taking over from Acting Director Linda Walsh. Loomis met with faculty on the morning of August 21, to outline his broad vision and optimism for the future of the School. He emphasized an interactive project model for classroom art experiences, especially as presented in the Dreamworks’ Summer Animation workshop. Further, he envisioned growing interaction and relevance of the School of Art and Design programs within the San Jose/Silicon Valley community, especially in such contexts as Zero1. Loomis expressed optimism that SJSU’s new President Whitmore, with his Theatre Arts back ground, will be supportive of the School of Art and Designs direction.

This coming Saturday August 30, at the Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY, San Jose State Professor of Art and design, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood will be presenting new tapestries
and a constructed/ rebozo/ in a four person international exhibition, entitled BORDER WALLS.
A film and panel discussion will be presented at 6pm on Friday August 29. The exhibit will be on view from August 30-October 5.

On Saturday, September 13th, in the City Hall Rotunda, an important ARTISTS’ TOWN HALL will be held in which artist and the City of San Jose discuss what makes a city nurturing to the visual arts community and what artists need in San Jose. This is an unprecidented opportunity for artists to talk with the City of San Jose. For more inofrmation: www.cciarts.org/sanjoseartstownhall

In conjunction with the above Town Hall meeting the Public Art Program announces a seven week course called The Business of Art. Learn how to manage the financial aspects of life as an artist. Limit 50 Students. For more information: www.cciarts.org/sanjose

Audrey Wong at the Arts Council Silicon Valley announces the Arts Enhance III Conference, for non-profit groups, to be held on Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16, 2008 at the Foothill College Krause Center for Innovation. Julie Peeler of the National Arts Marketing Project will speak on audience development, along with other conferece features. For the value of this event to visual arts organizations, contact Audrey Wong: (408) 998-2787 ext 214 Attendance is mandatory for groups planning to apply for ArtsEnhance Grants.

Anne Sconberg announces an opportunity for arts organizations in Santa Clara Valley to generate funds through the Arts Walk Santa Clara in the City of Santa Clara’s Central Park on October 11, 2008. Anyone can walk for any designated non-profit arts organization. There is minimum of $35.00 pledged for all walkers and the designated organizations receive 90% of monies generated by their walkers. The carnival like atmosphere makes this event fun and popular for schools developing their arts programs. For an additional fee your organization can have a booth that promotes its own events and programs. More information: telephone (408) 248-2789 or www.ArtsWalkSantaClara.com

Sara Ratchye will open her exhibition, Relm uv StrAnj at the Bucheon Gallery, 389 Grove Street, San Francisco on September 5, 2008.

The Public Arts Program for the City of San Jose, with its Exhibits Committee and the San Jose History Museum presented the first public reception for the growing program of exhibitions in and around City Hall, in the Rotunda on August 19th. Present to talk about their shows were curators Kathryn Funk for her exhibition in City Windows Gallery of glass art from San Jose’s BAGI (Bay Area Glass Institute),and Robin Treen for her documentary history of the Public Art Program in San Jose, in the first floor lobby of City Hall. Treen also curated the exhibition Postcards from Lake Cunningham on the 18th floor of City Hall. The San Jose History Museum inaugurated its new exhibit Speed City – From Civil Rights to Black Power in the Council Wing Niches.

Good news from Japan Town: Ken Matsumoto keeps Art Object Gallery open, even after a disastrous fire and the predictable perennial difficulties int managing both his own artistic career and a gallery. The Empire 7 Gallery (at 7th and Empire) opens its second exhibiton, Black Boots Inc on September 19, at 8:00 pm.

There is still time to see the wonderful exhibition of 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellows’ work that originated at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. It is at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica until Saturday, September 6th, when it closes with an artists’ talk from 1-3pm. The artists who received these awards were William Marino, Hanna Hannah, Beverly Rayner, and Robert Larson.

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