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April 18, 2020
Starting at 1:30 pm

CE's Instagram LIVE


Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab and curator of What You Do. Photo by Emma Marie Chiang

Introducing CE Collab Chats, a new live series of community discussions on Instagram.

Tune in for our first CE Collab Chat with Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab and curator of CE's first all digital exhibition, What You Do.

Join us for a live Q & A session with Beard starting at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 18. Simply visit the CE Instagram profile (@creativityexplored) and click on the our circle icon, where you can view our stories. Be sure to follow CE in Instagram to get notified.

We'll be taking questions live from our followers!

You can view Part 1 of What You Do on YouTube here. Part 2 debuts on Thursday, April 16 on CE's YouTube page.





April 17, 2020

City View at METREON

135 Fourth Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled by Vincent Jackson, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 60.5 x 60 inches (Available in the Live Auction)

As you might have guessed, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Art Changes Lives indefinitely. While we were eagerly looking forward to celebrating with you and over 450 community members and CE artists on April 17th, we feel this is the best decision to ensure the safety and health of our artists, guests, volunteers and staff. We can’t wait to celebrate with you in the future. 

If you were planning on attending the event, there are still many ways you can support Creativity Explored.

  1. Can’t raise a paddle during the fund-a-need? Make an online donation from the comfort of your own home

  2. Won’t be able to ignite that bidding war during the live auction? Donate to Creativity Explored via Benevity and challenge your friends to do the same. Benevity will match each gift dollar for dollar up to $300,000.

  3. Don’t want to miss seeing some of the best artwork in town? Follow Creativity Explored on Instagram for your own private exhibition. Have some of your own artwork to share? Tag @creativityexplored and #CurateWithCE when posting your own CE collection.

  4. Too busy preparing to shelter at home to figure out what we mean by “creative cocktail attire”? Select Creativity Explored when shopping on Amazon Smile for your home needs and other purchases.

Learn more about supporting Creativity Explored during the closure here.


Color Mixer & Silent Auction – 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Join us for our Color Mixer cocktail reception, featuring surprising entertainment, live music, interactive artmaking, a curated silent auction, and complimentary drinks and small bites. Buy your "Color Mixer Only" tickets by April 3 for an early bird discount.

Dinner & Live Auction – 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Take a seat with friends and Creativity Explored artists while enjoying food, drinks, a live auction, and a celebration of the artistic and life journeys of the people of Creativity Explored.. *Includes Color Mixer

Sponsorship Opportunities
Join our group of esteemed sponsors and help underwrite Art Changes Lives 2020. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Hover at (415) 863-2108 or meganhover@creativityexplored.org. Deadline to receive full benefits is March 27, 2020.

See photos from ACL 2019!

April 16-30, 2020
Available April 16

CE's YouTube page

Still from Kevin & Derk: The Mystical Creatures by Trevor Cartmill-Endow, 2016 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab.

Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, March 26.

Digital Premieres:
Paul's Drag Race
 by Paul Pulizzano (2018)
Work it Out by Christina Marie Fong (2020)

From the Archive:
Star Trek: The New One by David Jarvey (1994)

This first half of the exhibition also includes a funky trio of music videos by Makeya Kaiser, a short film called Home by Laron Bickerstaff, and experimental films by Kaocrew "Yah" KakabutraAnthony "Tony" Gomez, and Hahn Chau.

Part 2 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, April 16.

Digital Premieres:
Birdwell and the Seven Little Boys by Kevin Chu (2019)
JohnLaddin by Kevin Chu (2019)
The Many Adventures of John Darling 
by Kevin Chu (2019)
Kevin & Derk: The Mystical Creatures by Trevor Cartmill-Endow (2016)
Walk in the Park by James Miles (2019)

From the Archive:
Love to Me by Michael Bernard Loggin and Douglas Sheran (1997)
Ova Art Lab: The White Project Rave and Mariachi by Unknown (1998)

About the Exhibition

Diving into the Creativity Explored archive of digital media, film, and animations, Beard presents an exhibition of durational media, video and digital artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities. 

What You Do celebrates the artistic and collaborative processes behind CE’s digital media and animations department. CE artists have created original films, animations, digital artworks since 1999. This new exhibition includes a wide selection from the archive as well as recently completed works by current artists. 

“Programs like Creativity Explored challenge received ideas about how to evaluate a work of art. Each artist I encountered was irreducible in their ways of creating, although it is clear that there is a very strong and inspiring community at Creativity Explored,” Beard reflects. 

In preparation for the exhibition, CE and Beard coordinated the documentation of archival footage and artwork stored on VHS tapes in the archive. Special thanks to our partners at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) for their services and assistance in the digitization process and to our in-kind sponsor, Metromile.

Featured Artists
Laron Bickerstaff
Trevor Cartmill-Endow
Hahn Chau
Kevin Chu
Christina Marie Fong
Anthony "Tony" Gomez
David Jarvey
Makeya Kaiser
Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra
Michael Bernard Loggins
James Miles
Paul Pulizzano
Douglas Sheran

About the Curator
Dena Beard is Executive Director of The Lab in San Francisco. She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She believes it is important to constantly question perceptual and organizational models, deeply engaging with new modes of thinking around the arts. Beard has organized projects with artists such as Lutz Bacher, Sadie Barnette, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ellen Fullman, Dora García, Jacqueline Gordon, Anna Halprin, Asher Hartman, Fritzia Irízar, Norma Jeane, Annea Lockwood, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp, Brontez Purnell, Wadada Leo Smith, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


April 11-30, 2020

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

**The Imaginate Saturdays program for people of all ages and abilities at CE1 16th Steet Studio is CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE for artists and members of the public. Please refere to our Response Page for most up to date information.**

Have you ever wanted to join the CE studio? Now is your time.

Join us for Imaginate Saturdays, our weekly inclusive public program that brings CE artists and community members together to make art.

Imaginate Saturdays is a place where people of all ages and abilities can join together to explore the power of creativity. CE artist interns and teaching artists will engage you in a variety of fun, open-ended, and accessible artmaking activities for people at all levels of artistry. No experience needed!

Each Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm participants can explore a mix of open art time and teacher-guided special projects like printmaking, wire sculpture, collaging, and papermaking.

Come IMAGINATE with our artists!

Imaginate Saturdays - Ongoing at the CE Studio
Every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Except major holidays or studio closures (see below)
Free and open to the public -- all are welcome

Imaginate Saturdays Holiday Closures
The CE Gallery & Studio will be open to the public to shop and explore unless otherwise noted.

May 23, 2020
July 4, 2020 (CE Gallery & Studio closed)
September 5, 2020
November 28, 2020
December 26, 2020

Gallery & Studio Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

April 2, 2020
*CANCELED* 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Scully Black Box at SFAI Fort Mason Campus

Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Photo courtesy Ana Teresa Fernández

***The Artist Talk with Ana Teresa Fernández and Creativity Explored previously scheduled for April 2 is canceled. We are exploring a future event with SFAI. For updates on CE events and exhibitions, visit our response page here.

San Francisco Art Institute and Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to sfai.edu for up to date information.***

Join Ana Teresa Fernández and artists of Creativity Explored in discussion about their project Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá at SFAI Fort Mason as part of their Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series.

In this talk, Ana Teresa Fernández will discuss her collaboration with over 50 artists with developmental disabilities from Creativity Explored. Hear Fernández and Creativity Explored artists and teachers describe their art-making process – and the inspiration behind Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá, their new immersive installation.

Fernández, who received her MFA in 2006 and taught at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), facilitated more than 15 art-making workshops in 2019 at Creativity Explored as a visiting artist-in-residence, exploring ideas of movement, migration, home, and place with CE artists.

In the process, she became increasingly interested in their individual visual vocabularies and intricate mark-making practices. The result of this extensive collaborative process is Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá, on view through April 26 at SFAI Fort Mason Campus.

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is generously supported by Kenneth Rainin FoundationGrants for the ArtsNational Endowment for the ArtsKoret Foundation and California Arts Council.

Event Details

Thursday, April 2nd | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Scully Gray Box at SFAI Fort Mason Campus

General Information
Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá will be on view through April 26, 2020.

San Francisco Art Institute – Fort Mason’s galleries are open to the public Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 7pm and are located on Pier 2 within Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Galleries are free to the public. For more information, the public may visit sfai.edu or call (415) 749-4563.

About Ana Teresa Fernández

Ana Teresa Fernández, born in 1981 in Tampico, Mexico, lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil paintings, installations, and videos.
Within her work, performance becomes a tool for investigation as strong feminist undercurrents flow together with post-colonial rhetoric. Through her work, the artist illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.

Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA.

Her work has been collected by institutions such the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Kadist Art Foundation. The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award in 2008 and her films have been screened at festivals internationally including, but not limited to, MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, Claremont Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand, France, the International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany, the Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego, CA, and the Honolulu Film Festival, Honolulu, HI. In 2018, Fernández’s solo exhibition for Gallery Wendi Norris’s offsite exhibition in Miami will travel to the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University and be accompanied by a publication.


Featured Events

Part 1: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
March 26 - April 30, 2020
Available March 26

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...

Part 2: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
April 16-30, 2020
Available April 16

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...

CE Collab Chats: Dena Beard
April 18, 2020
Starting at 1:30 pm

Introducing CE Collab Chats, a new live series of community discussions on Instagram. Tune in for our first CE Collab Chat with Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab and curator of CE's firs...