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March 9 - August 15, 2019

Venue
Foster City Library

Location
Foster City, CA

Self-portrait by Vincent Jackson, 2019, oil pastel on paper, 20 x 16 inches

We are thrilled to announce 13 CE artists are included in the new Changemakers exhibition that will tour public libraries around the Bay Area.

Long-time CE artist Vincent Jackson was selected as one of the 2019 Changemakers and completed a self-portrait for the exhibition.

Many CE artists were commissioned to create a portrait of the Changemakers, including Laron Bickerstaff, Eric Boysaw, Daniel Green, Donald Gruniesen, Joseph "JD" Green, Camille Holvoet, Andrew Lee, Ade Lewis, Paul Pulizzano, Gerald Wiggins, Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen, and Yukari Sakura.

The Bay Area has always nurtured a diverse and broad disability community. From the growth of the Independent Living Movement to the Section 504 occupation of the Federal Building in 1977, local people were Changemakers in the work for disability civil rights and access.

Discover some of those people in this exhibition of portraits and find out what newer generations of local disability Changemakers are doing now.

Bay Area residents were called upon to nominate individuals with disabilities who have made a personal impact in the community. This exhibition features portraits of all 50 Changemakers (see below for the full list).

Explore their work, diversity, creativity and images, and find out how people with disabilities are making the world better for all of us. Read more about the project, nominees, and see the artwork on the Changemakers website.

The exhibit was funded by an LSTA Grant that San Mateo County Libraries, along with San Francisco and San Jose Public Libraries, were awarded to provide more inclusive programs and services to folks with disabilities. San Francisco Public Library is graciously curating the exhibit in partnership with curator Fran Osborne.

The portraits for each individual were commissioned from or created by an artist living with disabilities. Participating programs include Artful Steps, ArtReach, Creativity Explored, NIAD, and the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center. A Braille book accompanies this exhibit, describing each person and piece of artwork included.

More information about locations and dates of the touring exhibition to come.



Half Moon Bay Public Library
March 9 - April 4

620 Correas Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 941019

Belmont Library
April 6 - May 2

1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 pm
With a performance by The Advocates

San Carlos Library
May 5 - June 6

610 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA 940170

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm
With a suicide prevention training at 2:00 pm entitled Question, Persuade, and Refer, hosted in collaboration with Mental Health Awareness Month

Foster City Library
June 8 - July 11

1000 East Hillside Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 pm
With a performance by Comedian and Author Nina G.

Millbrae Library
July 13 - August 15

1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 13 at 12:00 pm



Changemakers 2019

Marybeth Baluyot
Patty Berne
Dennis Billups - Portrait by Eric Boysaw
Nicole Bohn - Portrait by Gerald Wiggins
Owen Bragg
Mary Lou Breslin
Nikki Brown-Booker
Allie Cannington
Lawrence Carter-Long
Colin Eldred Cohen
Max Conserva - Portrait by Andrew Lee
Stephanie Faso
Anne Finger
Samual Franco
Nina G.
Whitley Gilbert
Haben Girma - Portrait by Ade Lewis
Elizabeth Grigsby - Portrait by Daniel Green
Jeff Harrington
Nicole Harris
Gabriela Hofmeyer
Ralf Hotchkiss
Antoine Hunter
La Mesha Irizarry
Michael Andrew Iseri
Vincent Jackson - Self-portrait
Shana Jimenez - Portrait by Donald Gruniesen
Andrienne Lauby
Jessica Lehman
Bonnie Lewkowicz
Alex Locust - Portrait by Joseph "JD" Green
Neil Marcus
Kathy Martinez
Joshua Miele
Stacey Milbern
Mia Mingus
Leroy Moore
Jonathan Murphy
Karen Nakamura
Corbett O'Toole
Bruce Oka
Francis Refan Phiri
Drago Rentaria - Portrait by Camille Holvoet
Maia Scott
Judith Smith
Melody and Russ Stein - Portraits by Laron Bickerstaff
James Sullivan
Sergeant Michael Sullivan
Hoby Wedler
DeMian Williams and AccessUSD - Portrait by Paul Pulizzano
Rebecca Williford
Alice Wong - Portrait by Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen
Stanley Yarnell
Tiffany Yu - Portrait by Yukari Sakura

May 9 - July 11, 2019

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled (Three Dogs) by Zachary Adams, 2015 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 15 x 14.75 inches

The dog trots freely in the street
and has his own dog’s life to live
and to think about
and to reflect upon
touching and tasting and testing everything
investigating everything
without benefit of perjury
a real realist
with a real tale to tell

-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

We are pleased to present Bitchin’, a dog-themed exhibition for humans and dogs. In homage to San Franciscans’ appreciation for their pets, the exhibition includes original portraits of 'good dogs' by over two dozen CE artists.

Heartwarming and eclectic, Bitchin’ invites viewers to reflect on companionship and the joyful relationship between our species as we live our best “pug life.” The show acts as a celebration of the bond between species and ultimately a reflection around the artistic representation of canines, their stories, breeds, and personalities. Through original drawings, paintings, and sculptures Bitchin’ provides a platform for dogs to steal the show.

Part of the gallery will be transformed into a dog’s eye-level exhibition about some favorite canine things. Because dogs love art, food, humans, (and butts) and we do too. Free treats for canine patrons graciously provided by Jeffrey's Natural Pet Foods.

Throughout the exhibition Creativity Explored will host two Raise the Woof Adoption Days with Family Dog Rescue and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, local nonprofit shelters uniting dogs with forever homes. In celebration of the exhibition, Creativity Explored is partnering with Bark Magazine to promote and host related programming, including The Artist’s Best Friend: Dogs, Companionship & Inspiration, a unique panel discussion about the role of dogs and companionship in the arts with panel moderator Cameron Woo, co-founder and publisher of Bark Magazine.

Curated by Cléa Massiani

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 Shop the exhibition on Artsy


 

Opening Reception - Dogs Welcome!
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Music by Resident DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco)

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


 
Related Programming

Bitchin' - Satellite Show at Humane Society Silicon Valley
May 15 - June 29, 2019

Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Muttville Dog Rescue
Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Artist’s Best Friend: Dogs, Companionship & Inspiration
Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm 

Raise the Woof Adoption Day with Family Dog Rescue
Saturday, June 15, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm



Thank you to our Cultural Partners

Bark Magazine


Family Dog Rescure


Humane Society of Silicone Valley


Jeffrey's Natural Pet Foods


Muttville Senior Dog Rescue


May 15 - June 29, 2019

Venue
Humane Society Silicon Valley

Location
901 Ames Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035


We are thrilled to be hosting a satellite show of Bitchin’ at the Humane Society Silicon Valley Animal Community Center. Drop by the center during business hours to enjoy even more heartwarming dog-themed art by ten CE artists. All artwork will available for purchase by contacting the CE Gallery. Simply give us a call or email gallery@creativityexplored.org with your inquiry.

While you’re there be sure to ask about pets currently up for adoption and check out their full list of services on their website here.

The satellite show will be on view from May 15 to June 29, 2019.



Humane Society Silicon Valley Animal Community Center
901 Ames Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035

Monday - Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

About Humane Society Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, privately funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving people and pets for over 80 years. HSSV offers quality adoptions, affordable spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping services, pet care services, and education programs to enhance the human-animal bond. Established in 1929, HSSV has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent, loving homes.

June 1-29, 2019

Venue
Minnesota Street Project

Location
San Francisco, CA

Artwork by Evelyn Reyes, William Scott, and Susan Wise

We are thrilled to announce a new exhibition in partnership with Creative Growth and NIAD at Minnesota Street Project, Gallery 107. The exhibition is on view June 1 through June 29, 2019. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 am though 5:30 pm. Opening reception is Saturday, June 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, preceded by a panel discussion at 2:00 pm.

About the exhibition

Florence and Elias Katz founded Creative Growth in 1974 in response to statewide cuts in services for adults with disabilities. In 1983 they opened Creativity Explored in San Francisco and in 1984 they went on to create NIAD (Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development) in Richmond. Although they operate separately, the three art studios share a common mission to serve and support artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities by providing professional studio space, exhibition opportunities, and representation.

CE x CG x NIAD is a rare opportunity to view works by artists from all three studios. Since their inception, the studios have paved the path for artists with disabilities in the contemporary art field. Artists from our studios are included in prominent private and institutional collections including MoMA, SFMoMA, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

CE x CG x NIAD explores the full range of the artistic experience that Creativity Explored, Creative Growth and NIAD’s artists access: triumphant and sublime, powerful and liberated, humorous and optimistic. Using radiant colors, unusual techniques, free lines, the 30 artists in CE x CG x NIAD are activists of their own cause, conversing over new cultural formats and continuing to be at the forefront of the contemporary art world.

Included in the exhibition are works from Antonio Benjamin (Creativity Explored), Mireya Betances (NIAD Art Center), Pablo Calderon (Creativity Explored), Sylvia Fragoso (NIAD Art Center), Paul Gee (Creativity Explored), Camille Holvoet (Creativity Explored), Dan Miller (Creative Growth), Vincent Jackson (Creativity Explored), Susan Janow (Creative Growth), Makeya Kaiser (Creativity Explored), Julie MacDonald (NIAD Art Center), Dwight Mackintosh (Creative Growth), Karen May (NIAD Art Center), John Patrick McKenzie (Creativity Explored), James Miles (Creativity Explored), Marlon Mullen (NIAD Art Center), John Mullins (Creative Growth), Tony Pedemonte (Creative Growth), Dorrie Reid (NIAD Art Center), Evelyn Reyes (Creativity Explored), William Scott (Creative Growth), Tre’von Silva (NIAD Art Center), Danny Thach (NIAD Art Center), Monica Valentine (Creative Growth), Ron Veasey (Creative Growth), Billy White (NIAD Art Center), and Susan Wise (NIAD Art Center).

About the panel discussion

On June 1, beginning at 2:00 pm, the panel discussion “Artists with Disabilities in the Contemporary Art World: A Conversation with CE, NIAD and CG” will take place in the Minnesota Street Project Atrium. Included in this lively conversation on artists with disabilities and the role their art practice plays in the larger contemporary art world will be Linda Johnson (Creativity Explored), Tom di Maria (Creative Growth), Amanda Eicher (NIAD Art Center), Jack Fischer (Jack Fischer Gallery), Nancy Lim (SFMOMA), and Doug Robson. Admission is free. All are welcome.



Minnesota Street Project
Gallery 107
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Gallery hours
Fridays and Saturdays
11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Panel Discussion at 2:00 pm
Public Reception from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

June 6-30, 2019

Venue
San Francisco Zen Center

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled by Marilyn Wong, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 20 x 24.5 inches

We are excited to announce Patterns in Practice, a new exhibition at San Francisco Zen Center curated by board member Arianna Orland.

Repetition and pattern, pattern and repetition. Why do we make things, and why does it matter? A question for the ages. What happens in the making when we let go of our formal expectations? Are we then making to communicate something poetic, something greater, something beyond words and something deeply human?
 
Patterns in Practice explores work from a variety of Creativity Explored artists where mark making is essential to their creative practice. Untethered to the trappings of representational form, this curation asks us to transcend expectation and explore what lies beyond. The exhibition features original paintings, drawings and fiber art by nine CE artists: Charles Cruz, Elana Cooper, Linda Davenport, Roland Record, Kevin Roach, Hung Kei Shiu, Ana Maria Vidalon, Marilyn Wong, and Doris Yen.
The exhibition will be on view and open to the public from June 6 through June 30 in the main reception area of the Zen Center. Please see the SF Zen Center's website for hours.
 


San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Reception
Friday, June 21
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Free and open to the public

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