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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 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!

December 13, 2019 - March 9, 2020

145 Ainslie Street

Brooklyn, NY

Untitled by Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso, circa 2010, Gouache on paper, 11 x 17 inches

Our friends at SUMMERTIME in New York are organizing their second exhibition, Footnote – an artistic celebration of digits, hands and feet. CE's own Camille Holvoet is included in the exhibition featuring eight artists. If you're in Brooklyn be sure to drop by!

For more info about SUMMERTIME check out their Instagram or website.

Featured Artists
Aurie Ramirez
Austin Furtak-Cole
Camille Holvoet
Hope Esser
Misleidys Francisca Castilla Pedroso
Raquel Albarran
Raina Hamner
Sophie Larrimore

About the Exhibition
Our hands and feet extend out from the core of our bodies and into the world, making first contact with the people and places that define our lives. We reach out to others as a means of introduction, to gauge something’s temperature or texture, and to perform the most loving or mundane tasks of human existence. Our feet—the subject of both folklore and fetish—ground us within our environments and guide us both to and around each other. The palms we extend to strangers are sometimes believed to bear maps of our lives, both past and future, while the soles of our feet are said to provide insight into the interiors of our bodies.

The stories we tell about our extremities are evident in artistic representation throughout the ages. The history of art is filled with portraits in which a disembodied hand serves as surrogate for the work’s subject. Feet gesture towards symbols of prosperity, luck, mourning and sex. The works in Footnote inevitably evoke the layered meanings we attach to these appendages, but also encourage us to think beyond conventional paradigms. Misleidys Pedroso’s cut-and-taped paper foot and Hope Esser’s clear acrylic hand remind us of the bodies they were once attached to. Austin Furtak-Cole’s fleshy tableaus and Aurie Ramirez’s anthropomorphic nail art underscore the tacit ways our appendages frequently do a lot of the talking. Raina Hamner’s ominous hands rain down from the sky and yank us into the abyss. Grotesque or gothic, amputated or augmented, the hands and feet on display within Footnote present tactile experience as an idiosyncratic and nuanced form of knowledge—one that not only connects our bodies to our environment and to others, but which also allows us to imagine bodies, and the
environments they inhabit, otherwise.

Opening Reception
Friday, December 13
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

145 Ainslie St.
Brooklyn, NY


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...