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July 31 - September 14, 2020

Rare Device

San Francisco, CA and Online

Cable Car by Kevin Chu, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22.25 x 15.25 inches

We are pleased to announce a new gallery exhibition at Rare Device called Local Lens.  This exhibition includes the work of seven CE artists featuring their portrayals of their hometown of San Francisco.

This gallery show can be viewed and purchased online at raredevice.net. Some of the pieces will be on display at the Rare Device gallery at 600 Divisadero Street, although the store and gallery are only open and visible curbside at this time.

Swing by to peek at the show and pick up some stylish wares from one of SF's favorite boutiques!

Featured Artsts
Kevin Chu
Delia Liu
James Miles
Lien Nguyen
Lance Rivers
Kate Thompson
Gerald Wiggins


Wo bin ich? – Where am I?

July 5 - October 4, 2020

Kunsthaus Kannnen

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.


Background: Right Behind You - Online Exhibition

May 12 - July 2, 2020



An artwork by Evelyn Reyes in the background of an imagined video call.

Background: Right Behind You is inspired by Matthew Higgs' (White Columns, NYC) Instagram stories identifying artworks behind celebrities and television personalities as they broadcast from home. Higgs' game consists of identifying artists and artworks on screen during video chats and Zoom calls. Check out Higgs' Instagram account (@matthewhiggs2015) to see the project.

We created a collection of art that that would look great behind you during all those Zoom meetings.

Check out the exhibition on the Creativity Explored Artsy page.

 Shop and view the exhibition on Artsy.

April 1 - July 31, 2020

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A Digital Art + Civic Experience

Color Checker (Pileup) 2 by Stephanie Syjuco, 2019

The planned exhibition at YBCA has been transformed into a digital art and civic experience going live on April 1. See ybca.org for more info. We encourage our community to take the census at home here.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

Download the coloring sheet featuring Houses by Antonio Benjamin here.

We are proud to announce that seven CE artists are included in Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) — an art and civic experience that examines the issues around the 2020 Census and its direct impact on each individual living in America. 

About the Exhibition
During the four months that the 2020 Census will be open, this participatory experience will feature artworks and activations by over twenty-five Bay Area artists whose work investigates identity, public life, and belonging to educate and inspire the Bay Area’s diverse communities about what’s at stake in this critical population count.

YBCA will present more than twenty-five Bay Area artists working across a range of disciplines to offer art-based explorations of identity, visibility, and citizenship against the backdrop of a city that many historically marginalized and undercounted communities call home. Ranging from site-specific and participatory installations to paintings, films, ceramics, and photographs, the works interrogate the social, political, and cultural implications of being counted. There are more than twelve opportunities for the public to touch, respond to, or co-create work on a daily basis.

Featured CE Artists: Linda Davenport, Daniel Green, Camille Holvoet, Vincent Jackson, Bertha Otoya, Kate Thompson, and Gerald Wiggins

Participating Artists: Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Micah Bazant, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Lukas Brekke-Miesner, Cece Carpio, Yueqi Chen, Rodney Ewing, First Exposures, Guillermo Galindo, Ana Teresa Fernández, June Grant, Chris Hamamoto, James Hosking, Vida Kuang, Liz Lerman, Bijun Liang, Richard Misrach, Takeshi Moro, Leah Nichols, Joan Osato, Maria Paz, Yesica Prado, Jerome Reyes, Dorothy R. Santos, SF Urban Film Fest, Lava Thomas, Sanctuary City Project, Arleene Correa Valencia

Informed and Inspired
YBCA will offer multiple census-taking stations throughout its galleries and lobby where communities can safely participate in the census as well as printed directions in four languages—traditional Chinese, English, Spanish, and Tagalog to assist with digital completion of the census which predominantly is presented in English. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance and information about how the census impacts individual rights, neighborhoods, and cities.

YBCA invites families to join us for weekly storytelling hours and self-guided art-making stations that will allow youth to experience art and civic engagement. To learn more about the events and activities, visit here.

The Campaign
Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is part of COME TO YOUR CENSUS, an arts-driven citywide campaign led by the Art+Action coalition—headquartered and incubated at YBCA and commissioned by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)—mobilizing around the 2020 Census.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

About Art+Action
Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they’re galvanizing communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive their fair share of resources and political representation. Although the movement is starting locally, the goal is to set off a national spark.

Opening Celebration
Saturday, March 28
Join the community for a day-long opening celebration, including a myriad of activities and programming. More details about the event will be available at ybca.org

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

March 26 - July 1, 2020

CE YouTube page

Still from Tribute to Whitney Houston by Makeya Kaiser, 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" Kakabutra, Anthony "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)

View the exhibition here:


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

IMAGINATE@home - Artist-led Workshops for Everyone
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 ...

Lawrence Rinder & Ajit Chauhan - Curators in Conversation
August 6, 2020
starting at 1:00 PM

Take a lovely stroll with us through the new exhibition by Creativity Explored with show curator and teaching artist Ajit Chauhan and CE collector and curator Lawrence Rinder. The duo will dive into ...