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Wo bin ich? – Where am I?

July 5 - October 4, 2020

Venue
Kunsthaus Kannnen

Location
Münster, Germany

Untitled by James Montgomery, 2006-2007 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, multimedia on paper, 15 x 22.5 inches

We're excited to announce that artworks by Daniel Green, John Patrick McKenzie, and James Montgomery are included in an exhibition at Kuntshaus Kannen, a museum of outsider art in Münster, Germany.

While we won't be able to travel to enjoy the show ourselves, we're thrilled to be included in this international show.

About the Exhibition
What is visible and what is perceived? Where exactly am I?
The new exhibition “Where am I?” unites an array of illustrations and drawings from Kunsthaus Kannen (Münster) and two Californian studios, Creativity Explored (San Francisco) and Creative Growth (Oakland), which are engaged with the titular question.
The artworks, despite the geographic distance between North Rhine-Westphalia and California, show how they explore the same theme of place, orientation and contextualization. Place is not just understood as a tangible location, but is
transformed into the perception of place, or space, which is communicated across borders. The artists begin to answer how these spaces can be understood through their unique and individual viewpoints of documentation and storytelling.
In the artworks, textual elements and writing are used as pictorial mediums. Some artworks contain completed thoughts in the form of journal entries, lists, and postcards, while others express incomplete thoughts, repetitive words, or fragments of lyrics. Some artists have simplified singular words, letters, and numbers which present space as concept. The rare crossover of physical and mental space conveys the artists’ ability of capturing the “here and now” and their relationship between person, place and the present.
Artists: Robert Burda, Heinrich Büning, Daniel Green, Hans-Georg Kastilan, Hermann König, John Patrick McKenzie, James Montgomery, Laura Jo Pierce, Fritz Tobergte
Curator: Stephanie Trujillo, M.A.
The exhibition is on display from July 5th – October 4th, 2020.
Kunsthaus Kannen is a museum for Outsider Art and contemporary art. The Kunsthaus is a part of the Alexianer Campus in Münster-Amelsbüren.

 

September 11 - November 3, 2020

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA and Online

Untitled (Uncle Sam Hat Pig) by Miyuki Tsurukawa, 2018, glazed ceramic sculpture, 7.25 x 4.5 x 5 inches | Stars in exhibition title by Lucinda Addison

What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Who is the we in "We the People"?


The Good American
 is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Creativity Explored artists with developmental disabilities. Bookended by the anniversary of 9/11 and Election Day, November 3, the exhibition reflects on the people who made our country what it is today while providing uplifting, and sometimes satirical, commentary on the 2020 election cycle.

To celebrate the participatory nature of our republic, Creativity Explored is offering a series of programs and guerrilla activities with CE artists and the public. CE artists and community members will join to spark interest in civic participation, with art as a medium to mutual understanding and inclusion

Program topics include disability rights, accessibility, the 2020 census, voter registration, and an activist art-making project with Ana Teresa Fernández about immigration, identity and self-representation.

Artwork included in the exhibition will be available for sale on the CE Artsy page from September 11 to November 3, with 50% of proceeds benefiting artists directly.

Featured Artists: Zachary Adams*, Lucinda Addison, Ming Choi, Whitman Donaldson*, Ricardo Estella*, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Joseph "JD" Green, Isaias Gomez*, Nita Hicks, Camille Holvoet, Jesus Huezo*, Walter Kresnik, Ade Lewis, James Miles, John Patrick McKenzie, Jason Monzon*, Thomas Pringle*, Joseph Omolayole*, Sara O'Sullivan*, Irene Rivas*, Kate Thompson, Miyuki Tsurukawa, Rory White, Mignon Wilson*

Register for the exhibition to get immediate access when it goes live!

Get our Community Action Kit

Register above to receive access to the digital Good American Community Action Kit, including artful downloadable activities, accessible information about voting and the census, social media graphics, Zoom backgrounds and more!

The Community Action Kit will go live online when the exhibition launches on CE's Artsy page on September 11.

Registered guests will receive an email with links to the kit when the exhibition goes live.

Schedule of Events

All events are free but donations are encouraged. Registration for each event is required. Follow the links below to get tickets and see more information.

VIRTUAL DONOR PREVIEW & CURATOR TALK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will get early access to a curated lot of artwork before the exhibition goes live on the CE Artsy page.

Already got your invitation with your VIP Donor Code? RSVP here.

COME TO YOUR CENSUS ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census.

Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández, Art+Action Coalition representatives Amy Kisch (Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact) and Brittany Ficken (Executive Producer and Project Director), Adrienne Pon (Executive Director of San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs), and a special guest from the San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability.

Moderated by exhibition curator Cléa Massiani

RSVP for the Panel Discussion on September 15

IMAGINATE SATURDAY WORKSHOP: SOMOS / WE ARE

with ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special art-making project centering immigration, identity and self-representation. Participants can use any art materials on hand to join in. All ages and abilities are welcome.

RSVP for the SOMOS Workshop on September 26

 

Home Makers

September 15 - October 31, 2020

Venue
SAGE Studio

Location
Austin, Texas

Untitled by Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev, 2019, marker, graphite, ballpoint pen on paper, 21 x 19 inches

Lien Nguyen and Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev are featured in a group exhibition at SAGE Studio in Austin, Texas.

Dedicated to connecting contemporary artists with disabilities to Texas’ broader arts community, SAGE Studio is proud to present its first virtual exhibition featuring work from 18 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the world. While the art ranges in style and medium, the pieces are all connected by the central theme of home.
The exhibition will launch on September 15th at 10 AM and will run through October 31st.  This year, nearly every person has experienced some degree of shift in the way we live our lives and how we relate to the idea of home. For some, home is a place of comfort. For others, it is more complicated. 
The concept of isolation is one that has become ubiquitous over the course of the passing months, but for people with disabilities already at higher risk of being compartmentalized and contained, this pandemic hit differently.HOME MAKERS features work that was created at home during the quarantine, when so many artists had to quickly shift their practices, alongside home-themed pieces that were made prior to the pandemic but resonate in new ways when looking at them through our current lens. 
For many artists with disabilities that work out of progressive studios across the world, those spaces have become a home of sorts over the years. Beyond providing artists with materials and technical support, the community of people is invaluable. HOME MAKERS examines what happens when those artists have to pivot suddenly to working solo or remotely; how does it reflect in their work? Other pieces in the show feature depictions of home that the artist created years ago; how do we see this work now after months spent at home?
 
Pure Vision Arts and YAI Arts in New York City, Tierra Del Sol in Los Angeles, Debajo del Sombrero in Madrid, and Project Onward in Chicago are showcasing artists in the exhibition as well.

Bird, Nest, Nature

September 22 - December 31, 2020

Venue
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts

Location
Walnut Creek, CA

Untitled by José Nuñez, 2017, marker and colored pencil on paper, 29 x 26 inches

Despite being closed, the Bedford Gallery has moved it's epic avian-themed group show, Bird, Nest, Nature, online. CE's own José Nuñez was invited to show one of his bird-themed drawings in the show.

Head over to the Bird, Nest, Nature viewing room to see read more about the exhibition, see and shop the art, and explore the physical installation virtually. Also, check out the associated virtual events and classes hosted by Bedford Gallery celebrating the exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Featured Events

The Good American - Virtual Donor Preview & Curator Talk
September 10, 2020
Starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will ge...


The Good American - View online Sept 11
September 11 - November 3, 2020

  What does it mean to be a good citizen? Who is the we in "We the People"? The Good American is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Cr...


Come to Your Census Artists: Panel Discussion - The Good American
September 15, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census. Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández,&n...


SOMOS: Imaginate Saturdays Workshop with Ana Teresa Fernández - The Good American
September 26, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special a...