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May 1-3, 2020
May 1 at 3:00 pm through May 3 at 9:00 pm

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Untitled by Maribel Guzman and José Nuñez, 2019, mixed media tapestry, 74 x 56 inches, available in the Life Changes Art Auction

Life changes, but art is forever!

We invite you to join us for the Life Changes Art Auction, an online silent auction featuring an incredible selection of collectible original artwork by Creativity Explored artists with developmental disabilities.

Start bidding on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm (PDT). As always, a portion of proceeds go directly back to the CE artist. Bidding closes promptly at 9:00 pm (PDT) on Sunday, May 3rd. 

Use your smartphone or computer to preview the auction pieces here and start planning your bidding strategy for your favorite works today. Registration is free and easy. 

How to Bid:

1. Visit the silent auction website on your smartphone or computer. Click “Start Bidding” button.

2. Register to create your free bidder profile. Include your email, credit card, and phone number. The system will text you with alerts if you are outbid.

3. Explore the auction items. You can star your favorite items for easy access later.

4. You’ll be notified when bidding goes live on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm. Bidding ends on Sunday, May 3 at 9:00 pm.

5. To bid, simply visit the item page and select the amount you would like to bid. You will not be charged on winning items until the auction ends.

Silent Auction Rules:

Life Changes Art Auction beings on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm (PDT) and ends on Sunday, May 3 at 9:00 pm (PDT).

Creativity Explored will contact each of the buyers directly via email within one week of the auction ending. Auction items will be available for pick up or delivery after Creativity Explored facilities reopen. We will keep buyers notified as this situation develops. Shipping fees will be charged accordingly, working in collaboration with the buyer.

Questions? Contact Megan Hover – meganhover@creativityexplored.org

Thank you to our generous sponsors


Leap of California


The Waitte Foundation




Eastdil Secured

Herman Miller

April 25, 2020
Starting at 1:30 PM

CE's Instagram LIVE


Join us on Instagram LIVE for our next CE Collab Chat, a live series of community discussions with CE collaborators.

We'll be chatting with artist Ana Teresa Fernández, lead artist and visionary for the Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá project.

Join us for a live Q & A session with Fernández starting at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 25. 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!


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.

Instagram: @anateresafernandez

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 - May 31, 2020
Available April 16

CE's YouTube page

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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.



Featured Events

Part 1: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
March 26 - May 31, 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 - May 31, 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...