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June 1, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Venue
Minnesota Street Project

Location
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Artwork by Evelyn Reyes, William Scott, and Susan Wise

As part of our new exhibition with our sister organization, CE x CG x NIAD, we will be hosting a panel discussion before the opening reception at Minnesota Street Project exploring the role of centers like ours in the world of contemporary art.

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.



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).



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

May 23, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dog and Boy by Gerald Wiggins, 2014 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, digital drawing on Wacom tablet

In celebration of Bitchin’, our new exhibition celebrating the dog-themed art and canine companionship, Creativity Explored will host a unique panel discussion about the representation and prominence of dogs in artistic, historical, and social contexts. Symbols of loyalty and reflections of wealth, dogs throughout art history occupy an overwhelming presence in art and social relationships. The discussion will consist of commentary of these phenomenons and the contemporary outcome of these artistic trends by three expert panelists.

Join us on Thursday, May 23 for The Artist’s Best Friend: Dogs, Companionship & Inspiration -- a free panel discussion hosted in partnership with Bark Magazine. The panel will be moderated by Cameron Woo, co-founder and publisher of Bark Magazine. Panelists include scholar and author Dr. Thomas Laqueur (UC Berkeley), author and animal welfare leader Carol Novello (President, Humane Society of Silicon Valley), and artist and animal rights activist Stacy Tang.

Be sure to check out Bitchin' in the CE gallery to enjoy dog-themed artwork by over two dozen CE artists. Bring your pup so they can enjoy our mini-exhibition mounted at dog eye-level, including artwork celebrating favorite canine things.



About the Panelists & Moderator

Dr. Thomas W. Laqueur
Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been focused on the history of popular religion and literacy; on the history the body— alive and dead; and on the history of death and memory. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Threepenny Review, among other journals and is a founding editor of Representations. Laqueur is a member of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences but is most proud of the Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award, the proceeds from which he used as seed money for programs in religion, human rights, and science studies at Berkeley—all of which are now self-sustaining. His most recent book is The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains (Princeton 2016) which was featured in his NPR interview with Terry Gross, December 15, 2015. His current research is on the history of humanitarianism and on dogs in western art.

Carol Novello
Carol Novello is the author of Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too (Grand Central Publishing, April 2019.)  She is also president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, the first shelter in the country to meet all guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. In addition, she founded Mutual Rescue, a national initiative to change the conversation from “people OR animals” to “people AND animals.” Prior to entering the field of animal rescue, Carol was a senior executive at software maker Intuit. Carol earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in English and economics from Dickinson College.  Her family includes several rescue animals.

Stacy Tang
Stacy Tang is an interdisciplinary artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is Adjunct Art Professor at both the Illustration program of the California College of the Arts and the Animation/Illustration program of the San Jose State University. Her professional work include Visual Effects matte painting and concept art for films and games. She also runs an ongoing illustration project about animal rescue and adoption that can be viewed at www.mydirtypaws.com.

Cameron Woo (Panel Moderator)
Cameron Woo is the co-founder, publisher and creative director of The Bark and thebark.com, the voice of dog culture. He also co-edited the anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot and authored Photobooth Dogs.

 

May 18, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Carver the Bulldog by Yukari Sakura, 2013 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches

In celebration of Bitchin’, our new exhibition for humans and dogs, Creativity Explored is hosting Raise The Woof Adoption Days at the CE studio and gallery. Join us and meet dogs from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue looking for forever homes. Enjoy the day with CE artists as you learn about the work being done at Muttville to support senior shelter and rescue pets. If you’re looking for a new best friend, drop by and sniff around for loving dogs currently available for adoption.

Stick around to check out Bitchin’ in the CE gallery! We will have free dog treats for canine art patrons and limited-edition products featuring dog-themed artwork from the show. During the exhibition, we’ll be offering the opportunity to commission original portraits of your pet by a variety of CE artists. Bring your pup and we can help you snap a portrait for an original painting or drawing!

Read more about Bitchin' and see all related programming here.



About Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Muttville’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice, education, and advocacy.

Muttville was founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, a longtime animal advocate and rescue worker. Working from her house, Sherri rescued 27 dogs that year. Since then, Muttville has grown into a nationally recognized organization that rescues approximately 1000 dogs a year. (And it finally, in 2012, moved out of her house!)

Muttville has been recognized for its groundbreaking approach to animal rescue. Our cage-free facility, our focus on foster, our on-site veterinary suite, and our hospice program are innovations that have been lauded and emulated around the country.

 

May 15, 2019
12:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Venue
InCommon at LinkedIn Headquarters

Location
San Francisco, CA

Visitors gather for a contour line drawing workshop at our April pop-up at LinkedIn.

To help provide support for Bay Area nonprofits, LinkedIn has launched InCommon, a dedicated space in their San Francisco office for local nonprofits to use for events, meetings, and programs at no cost! LinkedIn is featuring artwork from local nonprofit, Creativity Explored, with all of the proceeds going to their artists. This space serves as a vital connection point for Bay Area nonprofits to achieve their missions and better connect with LinkedIn and their Social Impact programs.

We are thrilled to be partnering with LinkedIn as a resident in their new InCommon Community Engagement Space. During our residency, we will be hosting a series of exhibitions of CE artwork for LinkedIn staff and the nonprofits that will utilize the space for meetings and special events.

We are excited to host a series of free artmaking pop-ups for the general public, giving you the chance to step into a satellite CE studio and create art with CE artists and teachers!

Join us for our first artmaking pop-up on Wednesday, May 15 starting at 12:00 pm. Drop in to participate in a watercolor artmaking activity lead by CE artists Joseph "JD" Green and Gerald Wiggins with Visual Arts Instructor Enrique Quintero. The artmaking station will run until 2:00pm with a gallery pop-up shop featuring original art and products continuing until 5:30 pm. No experience needed.

While you're there enjoy an exhibition featuring the Steele Collection, CE's permanent collection of exceptional work, currently on view in the space. The space is currently open to the public during events only, so don't miss your chance to check out this incredible collaboration! 



InCommon Community Engagement Space
at LinkedIn Headquarters
222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Schedule of Events
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Watercolor Artmaking Activity & Gallery Pop-up Shop
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Gallery Pop-up Shop
Free and open to the public -- Drop-ins welcome!



About the InCommon Community Engagement Space at LinkedIn
To help provide support for Bay Area nonprofits, LinkedIn has launched InCommon, a dedicated space in their San Francisco office for local nonprofits to use for events, meetings, and programs at no cost! LinkedIn is featuring artwork from local nonprofit, Creativity Explored, with all of the proceeds going to their artists. This space serves as a vital connection point for Bay Area nonprofits to achieve their missions and better connect with LinkedIn and their Social Impact programs.

May 9, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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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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

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