I am awed and honored that my quilt “Urban Twilight” has been juried into The De Young Open, an exhibition featuring 880 works of art by 763 Bay Area artists. The show will fill the 12,000 square-foot Herbst Exhibition Gallery with paintings, drawings, prints, digital art, photographs, sculpture, fiber art and video when the museum reopens.
While the opening date is still to be determined, here’s a link where you can subscribe to emailings about exhibition updates.
After months and months of sticking close to home, I sorely miss being out-and-about, seeking inspiration, looking at art. So the prospect of seeing so much contemporary work, in such a great venue, is beyond exciting.
Part of the de Young’s 125-anniversary celebrations, the exhibition will showcase the artwork “salon-style,” closely mounting pieces edge-to-edge and floor-to ceiling in nine galleries. The works reflect themes that include Black Lives Matter, the impact of the coronavirus, nature, abstraction, figures and portraits, as well as works inspired by surrealism. I’m guessing my category is abstraction; you can read more about my quilt here.
When shelter-in-place orders took effect in March, the museum conceived The de Young Open and announced a call for submissions. Artists from nine Bay Area counties—Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma—were invited to submit recent or newly created work through an online portal. In all, 6,188 artists entered 11,514 artworks. Fewer than 8 percent of the works submissions were selected by the jury of four Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curators and Bay Area artists Mildred Howard, Hung Liu and Enrique Chagoya.
The artwork, which will be exhibited online as well as in the museum, will be available for sale with 100% of proceeds going directly to the artists.