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January 17-19, 2020

Pier 35

San Francisco, CA

Untitled (Aretha Franklin) by Daniel Green, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on chipboard, 14 x 17 inches

We are looking forward to debuting at UNTITLED, ART at Pier 35 in San Francisco from January 17 to 19, 2020. Drop by the CE booth in the community partner area near the main entrance of the fair to explore a curated selection of bold original art by artists with developmental disabilities that embodies the spirit of our organization. 

For CE’s debut at UNTITLED, ART, the booth exhibition will feature a diverse collection of artwork with an emphasis on two core CE art-making programs: fiber art and ceramics. The subject matter of the exhibition focuses on bodies and persona, relating an important conceptual approach for Creativity Explored artists: the self and the other. The booth will also include a selection of unframed work by a host of CE artists.

Featured artists
Peter Cordova
Linda Davenport
Paul Gee
Daniel Green
Vincent Jackson
Nubia Ortega
Thomas Pringle
Kate Thompson
Gerald Wiggins

On Saturday, January 18, we will host a special workshop with local artist Ana Teresa Fernández, with whom CE artists are collaborating for our Of Here From There project. The workshop, Is Your Creativity Explored?, takes place from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm near the Creativity Explored booth. Approaching the practice of sewing and embroidery as a traditional method of creative expression, attendees will work alongside Ana Teresa Fernández and learn how to “draw and write with thread.” Join us to create original fiber art and take home your project and this meditative and family-friendly practice. Bring a cloth accessory or item of clothing to adorn or use the materials provided. All ages and abilities are welcome.

To learn more about UNTITLED, ART, to see all the exhibitors, or to purchase tickets, please visit their website here.

 Preview the exhibition on Artsy.

Pier 35
1454 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133 

Thursday, January 16
VIP and Press Preview (invite only)
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday, January 17
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 18
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Is Your Creativity Explored? - Workshop with Ana Teresa Fernández
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Sunday, January 19
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

UNTITLED, ART is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. UNTITLED, ART innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.

January 16-19, 2020

Metropolitan Pavilion

New York, NY

Chocolate Truffle Cats and Chestnut Brown Cats by Antonio Benjamin, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on chipboard, 22.25 x 26 inches

Visit Creativity Explored at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City this January 2020!

Creativity Explored is returning the Outsider Art Fair, New York to present a robust exhibition of CE artists with developmental disabilities.

MOTHER NATURE! explores environmental scenes, bio-narratives and creative acts that portray the spectacular and speculative realms of plants, humans, and animals. The collection of original paintings, drawings and hand-built ceramics feature airy abstractions, Day-Glo pharmaceuticals, imaginary communities of humanoids and their creature companions.

The diverse group of featured artists includes many OAF debuts (noted by *):
Antonio Benjamin*
Ricardo Estella
Paul Gee*
Camille Holvoet
John Patrick McKenzie
José Nuñez*
Nubia Ortega
Selene Perez
Ethel Revita*
Evelyn Reyes
Doris Yen*

Unframed works by the featured artista and OAF favorites Pablo Calderon, Daniel Green, Vincent Jackson, Andrew Li and more will be available at the CE booth.

The Outsider Art Fair has played a pivotal role in establishing the importance of folk, outsider, and self-taught artists. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Outsider Art Fair website.

 Preview the exhibition on Artsy.

Metropolitan Pavilion - BOOTH #C02
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Thursday, January 16, 2019
VIP Early Access Preview (by invitation): 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vernissage: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, January 17
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 18
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 19
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

January 11 - March 15, 2020

San Francisco Main Public Library

100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Self-portrait by Vincent Jackson, 2019, oil pastel on paper, 20 x 16 inches

We are thrilled to announce 13 CE artists are included in the new Changemakers exhibition that recently toured public libraries around the Bay Area. The exhibition will be on view for an extended run in 2020 at the San Francisco Main Public Library in Civic Center. Join us to celebrate the incredible Changemakers and see their original portraits by CE artists.

All associated events are free and open to the public. To see all details about the opening reception and all the associated programming, visit the Changemakers website or see the listings below.

About the Exhibition

Long-time CE artist Vincent Jackson was selected as one of the 2019 Changemakers and completed a self-portrait for the exhibition.

Many CE artists were commissioned to create a portrait of the Changemakers, including Laron Bickerstaff, Eric Boysaw, Daniel Green, Donald Gruniesen, Joseph "JD" Green, Camille Holvoet, Andrew Lee, Ade Lewis, Paul Pulizzano, Gerald Wiggins, Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen, and Yukari Sakura.

The Bay Area has always nurtured a diverse and broad disability community. From the growth of the Independent Living Movement to the Section 504 occupation of the Federal Building in 1977, local people were Changemakers in the work for disability civil rights and access.

Discover some of those people in this exhibition of portraits and find out what newer generations of local disability Changemakers are doing now.

Bay Area residents were called upon to nominate individuals with disabilities who have made a personal impact in the community. This exhibition features portraits of all 50 Changemakers (see below for the full list).

Explore their work, diversity, creativity and images, and find out how people with disabilities are making the world better for all of us. Read more about the project, nominees, and see the artwork on the Changemakers website.

The exhibit was funded by an LSTA Grant that San Mateo County Libraries, along with San Francisco and San Jose Public Libraries, were awarded to provide more inclusive programs and services to folks with disabilities. San Francisco Public Library is graciously curating the exhibit in partnership with curator Fran Osborne.

The portraits for each individual were commissioned from or created by an artist living with disabilities. Participating programs include Artful Steps, ArtReach, Creativity Explored, NIAD, and the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center. A Braille book accompanies this exhibit, describing each person and piece of artwork included.

Opening Reception: Bay Area Disability Pride
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community Room & Skylight Gallery

Hosted by our favorite stuttering stand-up comedian, writer and disability advocate Nina G., this event features San Francisco disability activist and social entrepreneur Tiffany Yu and ASL teacher and Deaf event organizer Francis Refan Phiri. The celebration will close with a dance presentation by students of Access SFUSD and a drag performance by one of their alumni, DeMian Williams performing as Serena Jackson. Enjoy button-making and a visit with Canine Companions for Independence before moving to the Skylight Gallery on the 6th Floor, from 5:15 - 6:30 PM, to view the exhibition of Changemaker portraits and have refreshments. Catering provided by Melody and Russ Stein, Deaf entrepreneurs, activists, co-founders and owners of Mozzeria, a pizzeria in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Art: Interdisciplinary Exploration facilitated by Maia Scott
Friday, January 17, 2020 -  1:00 to 4:00 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Participants will explore creative processes including writing, art and movement as tools for nurturing the stories which arise from their bodies and lives. Maia Scott is a blind artist, teacher and labyrinth facilitator. She will lead participants in the meditative practice of walking the labyrinth to release habits of judgment and free up creative space and then engage participants in various art making activities. This is a general art workshop for the public and for artists with disabilities. Inclusive programs have been designed for library users who want to gain a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, developmental disabilities, learning differences, or other special needs. Everyone is welcome!

Film: Superfest Disability Film Festival Showcase
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community Room

A free screening of a selection of award-winning documentary films from the 2019 Superfest Disability Film Festival. Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. One of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible and relevant to filmgoers with all kinds of disabilities and their allies, Superfest celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens.

Alex Locust in Conversation with Changemakers of the Future
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Alex Locust is known as 'The Glamputee' and a disability justice activist, through his popular workshops on disability awareness and micro-aggression. He is on the Advisory Council for the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and works as a certified counselor for the AIDS Foundation. He will be in conversation with local disability community members about their lives and work.

Dance and Movement Workshop with Antoine Hunter
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community Room

A family-friendly dance workshop for deaf and hearing people of all ages. Choreographer and dance star Antoine Hunter, a powerful disability advocate at home and internationally, founded the Urban Jazz Dance Group in Oakland and the Annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival. Everyone is welcome - from beginner level students to fluent ASL signers.

Deaf Dance Performance
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Koret Auditorium

Antoine Hunter and dancers of the Urban Jazz Dance Company is a convergence of artistic forces where raw energy, rooted in freedom, is expressed through the athletic body and passionate dance.  The company's mission is to show the world that no matter who you are, your dreams are possible.

Changemakers 2019

Marybeth Baluyot
Patty Berne
Dennis Billups - Portrait by Eric Boysaw
Nicole Bohn - Portrait by Gerald Wiggins
Owen Bragg
Mary Lou Breslin
Nikki Brown-Booker
Allie Cannington
Lawrence Carter-Long
Colin Eldred Cohen
Max Conserva - Portrait by Andrew Lee
Stephanie Faso
Anne Finger
Samual Franco
Nina G.
Whitley Gilbert
Haben Girma - Portrait by Ade Lewis
Elizabeth Grigsby - Portrait by Daniel Green
Jeff Harrington
Nicole Harris
Gabriela Hofmeyer
Ralf Hotchkiss
Antoine Hunter
La Mesha Irizarry
Michael Andrew Iseri
Vincent Jackson - Self-portrait
Shana Jimenez - Portrait by Donald Gruniesen
Andrienne Lauby
Jessica Lehman
Bonnie Lewkowicz
Alex Locust - Portrait by Joseph "JD" Green
Neil Marcus
Kathy Martinez
Joshua Miele
Stacey Milbern
Mia Mingus
Leroy Moore
Jonathan Murphy
Karen Nakamura
Corbett O'Toole
Bruce Oka
Francis Refan Phiri
Drago Rentaria - Portrait by Camille Holvoet
Maia Scott
Judith Smith
Melody and Russ Stein - Portraits by Laron Bickerstaff
James Sullivan
Sergeant Michael Sullivan
Hoby Wedler
DeMian Williams and AccessUSD - Portrait by Paul Pulizzano
Rebecca Williford
Alice Wong - Portrait by Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen
Stanley Yarnell
Tiffany Yu - Portrait by Yukari Sakura



The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.

January 11-27, 2020


San Francisco, CA

Untitled (Portrait) by Vincent Jackson, 2017 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, color pencil and acrylic on paper, 22.5 x 17.25 inches

We are looking forward to a new exhibition in partnership with LEGION, a boutique gallery in downtown San Francisco.

The group exhibition, Many Faces, features works by Antonio Benjamin, Daniel Green, Vincent Jackson, James Miles, Thomas Pringle, Ka Wai Shiu, and Kate Thompson. The show displays a mix of paintings, illustrations, and ceramics depicting people and faces of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

The exhibition showcases a selection of portraits of people, artists or not, and aspires to give the viewer an "in" to the artist's eyes, many of whom focus exclusively on drawing human faces and bodies. Some choose a political angle while others focus on light and color palette. Scenery from everyday tasks, such as waiting for the train or sitting down for dinner, are also part of the narrative.

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 11, 2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Free and open to the public

808 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

LEGION is a design shop and art gallery located in San Francisco. The shop features small batch fragrance lines, original artwork, prints, ceramics, and artist-designed textiles. Art shows rotate monthly, featuring both up-and-coming and established artists. For more info or to shop their online store, visit their website here.


January 9 - March 5, 2020

Creativity Explored

San Francisco, CA

Egyptian Woman by Thomas Pringle, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 inches

We are pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition featuring the work of long-time Creativity Explored artist Thomas Pringle, on view from January 9 to March 5, 2020. Since joining the studio in 2006, Pringle has amassed an impressive portfolio of prismatic paintings and refined drawings alive with his playful sensibility.

Pringle’s brilliant and bold portraits, mostly of women, depict a strange beauty with a nostalgic undercurrent. In conversation and through his artwork, Pringle tells stories about his subjects, both real and imagined, sharing his quixotic take on reality. Ladies Man not only offers the viewer Pringle’s evocative artwork but his charming personality and penchant for whimsy. The exhibition also includes a series of illustrated short stories by Pringle, accompanied by original prose that mix fact and fantasy with a wry sense of humor.

With an appreciation of American pop culture and the female form, Pringle enjoys painting his favorite celebrities, like Dolly Parton, Cher and “Bond Girls,” as well as pin-up models who he often names. Starting to sketch on paper with graphite, the self-proclaimed realist painter will erase and redraw until his forms settle into a satisfactory composition. “What I see is what I draw,” Pringle states. Throughout the process of applying paint, Pringle will move beyond his sketched forms to define his subjects with thick gestural lines filled with emphatic color. Accompanied by flat vibrant backgrounds, his subjects spring into being and beckon us to step into Pringle’s reality.

Pringle was born in 1941 and has stated he has been making art since he was a baby. Pringle had developed his own art practice by the time he joined the CE studio. He speaks of creating art in Austin, TX. Before coming to Creativity Explored, he lived and collaborated with a local artist, creating elaborate installations in their apartment that incorporated Pringle’s wheelchair. At Creativity Explored, Pringle is a dedicated artist who arrives each day ready to work, approaching his practice with a resolute focus and steadfast hand.

Despite his serious work ethic, Pringle brings his sense of humor and affinity for story-telling to the studio each day. Known by fellow artists and instructors as a jokester, he spins elaborate tales that keep studio members chuckling and spirits high. Pringle’s inspiring presence in the studio is undeniable, motivating both artists and teaching artists alike to approach their art with a balance of sincerity and revelry.

Curated by Visual Art Instructors Glenn Peckman and Patricia Rubio

 Shop and view the exhibition on Artsy.

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 9, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Music by DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco), featuring a special setlist inspired by Thomas Pringle

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Celebrate the work of Thomas Pringle throughout 2020 with the limited edition Pin-Up Model Calendar. Limited quantities available!

Featured Events

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August 1-15, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

We are bringing our inclusive art-making program to you with a series of free artist-led workshops for everyone. Join us on ZOOM for art-making sessions celebrating the work of Creativity Explored ...