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October 10 - November 24, 2013

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled by Kevin Roach © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Mixed media sculpture, 7.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches.

Artists’ contemporary interpretations of El Dia De Los Muertos in San Francisco’s Mission District.

San Francisco’s Calacas: Day of the Dead, Creativity Explored’s sixth and final exhibit of its 30th anniversary year, focuses on the artwork of more than 20 Creativity Explored studio artists and their contemporary connection to the globally-celebrated holiday of El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). 

While El Dia De Los Muertos traditionally is a time to pay tribute to deceased relatives and friends, Calacas (a Mexican colloquialism for “skeletons” or “bones”) reinterprets the holiday, as seen through the eyes of Creativity Explored artists in their Mission District neighborhood. Co-curated by renowned Salvadoran-born artist and Visual Arts Instructor Victor Cartagena and studio volunteer Samantha Hovey, this exhibition focuses on how the community of San Francisco has transformed the holiday into something unique and of ongoing cultural significance to the life of the city.

Each Creativity Explored artist has worked diligently in creating artwork that represents his/her own interpretation and understanding of El Dia de los Muertos, revealing individual, personal and spiritual perspectives. Be sure to experience this intriguing seasonal exhibit, the latest addition to San Francisco’s many Day of the Dead festivities.

Curated by Victor Cartagena with Samantha Hovey.

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 10, 2013

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Music by Fogo Na Roupa plus roving accordian performances by Heidi Hubrich Seretan.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Creativity Explored’s 30th Anniversary exhibitions are supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Exhibition Sponsors:

Dan Michiels

October 1 - November 30, 2013

Venue
The Trading Museum - Comme des Garçons

Location
Tokyo, Japan & Paris, France

Planet of the Dolphin (detail) by Dan Michiels © 2012 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Marker on mat board, 24 x 32 inches.

Twelve original artworks by Dan Michiels are being exhibited at the Trading Museum, a Comme des Garçons concept store in Tokyo, Japan as well as in Paris, France.

This solo exhibition is held in honor of Creativity Explored's collaboration with the Tokyo-based fashion house which is featuring two of Michiels' designs in several pieces created for the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 womens' collection.

Designed and conceived by Rei Kawakubo, the Trading Museum features eight expansive display cabinets on loan from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The unique retail and art space offers Comme des Garçons customers a unique opportunity to browse curiosity-lined cabinets amid rails of some of the fashion world’s most covetable items.

Outside In: The Art of Inclusion

September 19 - October 26, 2013

Venue
Crawford Art Gallery

Location
Cork, Ireland

Six Legged Cat by Selene Perez © 2012. Oil pastel on paper, 15 x 22 inches.

Outside In: The Art of Inclusion is the outcome of a collaborative partnership between the Crawford Art GalleryCIT Crawford College of Art & DesignMayfield Arts Centre/Newbury House and Cork City Council. The exhibition showcases the artwork of over 50 artists with intellectual disabilities working in supported studio settings.

Ten artists from Creativity Explored were selected to take part in this extensive international exhibition showcasing the work of over 50 artists working in supported studio settings.

Artists from HAI of New York, Kunstwerkplaats from Amsterdam, Rocket Artists (Brighton) as well as Kcat (Kilkenny), St Raphaels (Youghal), Glasheen Artists Studio group (Cork) and Cùig (Mayfield, Cork) are also represented.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, discussions and workshops with participating artists, aiming to connect with a diverse audience through the Crawford Gallery’s access and outreach program and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design’s academic program.

It is an ambitious undertaking, both in scale and intent, aiming to bring to public awareness the richness and variety of artistic practice created by artists with intellectual disabilities: a community often placed at the margins of society, but who none the less are making an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.

The exhibition is located in three main venues across Cork City as well as in a range of-site venues from mid-September until the end of October this year: Crawford Art Gallery located in the heart of the city, the Atrium of the City Hall and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.

Creativity Explored Artists include:
Pablo Calderon
Camille Holvoet
Andrew Li
John Patrick McKenzie
Jose Nunez
Selene Perez
Evelyn Reyes
Lance Rivers
Diane Scaccalosi
Hung Kei Shiu 

CE Group Exhibition

September 10 - October 27, 2013

Venue
Accident and Artifact

Location
San Francisco, CA

Blue Summer (detail) by Makeya Kaiser © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Mixed media on paper, 29 x 23 inches.

A group exhibition featuring the following Creativity Explored studio artists:
Thanh My Diep, Christina Marie Fong, Anthony Gomez, Makeya Kaiser, Jason Lee, Sara O'Sullivan, Thomas Pringle, Diane Scaccalosi, and Richard Wright 

Curated by Grace Rosario Perkins

Accident & Artifact
381 Valencia Street 
San Francisco, CA. 94103

August 15 - October 2, 2013

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Sideshow (detail) by Gordon Shepard © 2004 Creativity Explored. Mixed media, Mixed media, 30 x 73.5 x 31.5 inches.

Step right up! CE artists put a modern twist on the sideshow performers of yesteryear.

Using the visual trappings of historical sideshows, studio artists promote their own individual talents and unique qualities, versus the disempowering portrayals of circus performers of days gone by.

Historically, sideshow promoters would often use exaggerated or bizarre images along with sensational headlines on hand-painted banners to conjure up exotic or fantastic portrayals of the performers in order to lure in the gullible thrill seeker or genuinely curious and sell more tickets. Sideshow advertisers also created pitch cards; souveniers (similar to baseball cards) of performers' photos, life stories, and unique stunts and acts.

For SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored artists wrote and illustrated their own pitch cards, choosing a specific self image and the biographical information they wanted to promote to the public, as well as depicting any aspect(s) of themselves that they wanted to share.

Popular sideshow imagery such as canvas banners portraying the performers in lurid colors and distorted forms also appear in the exhibition. Creativity Explored artists were invited to use language and text, typical of old fashioned banners, exaggerating their physical and mental attributes (e.g., AMAZING!, Only 12 inches tall!, etc.)

Text distributed throughout the exhibit will provide gallery visitors with an opportunity to draw comparisons between traditional sideshow performers and persons with disabilities in general, as well as artists with developmental disabilities in particular, in turn, illuminating their frequently complex associations and examining the nuances of exploitation.

A special feature of the exhibit will be a 1/12 scale Sideshow diorama by former CE artist Gordon Shepard, in addition to his short film about sideshow performers.

Curated by E. Francis Kohler.

Opening Reception

Thursday, August 15, 2013

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Come dressed as your favorite sideshow performer (e.g., bearded lady, alligator skin man, half male/half female etc.)! 

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Creativity Explored’s 30th Anniversary exhibitions are supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Exhibition Sponsors:

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