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50 visual artists showcase San Diego’s diverse creative talent

SAN DIEGO, California – March 16, 2016 – Fifty visual artists from Greater San Diego have been juried into 50 TO WATCH, a unique program offering national exposure for San Diego’s creative marketplace. Returning after a successful launch last year, 50 TO WATCH includes a local exhibition that will run April 1 – May 15, 2016 at The Studio Door, a North Park gallery and artist studios. Additionally, a catalog of participating artists is created that will be distributed to 2,500 galleries across the nation.

Jenna S. Jacobs – Curatorial Manager of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Christine Knoke Hietbrink – Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator of Mingei Int’l Museum partnered with The Studio Door to jury this year’s exhibition.  The jurors reviewed virtual portfolios of nearly 100 diverse visual artists before determining the final 50, which include painters, photographers, fused-glass artists, assemblage artists and fiber artists.  They also selected three artists working at the top of their game:

• Victoria Huckins, Mixed Media Artist, Escondido – first prize winner

• Lisa Bebi, Mixed Media Artist, La Mesa – second prize winner

• Anisa Asakawa, Acrylic Painter, San Diego – third prize winner

A complete list of exhibiting artists:

Anisa Asakawa, Lisa Bebi, Ally Benbrook, Patrick Brown, Jeff Caffarel, Cathy Carey, Lance Chang, Nathaniel Clark, Brittany Comunale, Christopher Conroe, Paula Des Jardins, Kenda Francis, Linda Frueh, Susan Gesell, Gwynn Goodner, Lisa Griffiths, Joan Hansen, Jack Hegenauer, Mac Hillenbrand, Victoria Huckins, R S Kagan, Daniel Ketelhut, BJ Lane, DC Langer, Cecelia Linayao, Viviana Lombrozo, Crisinda Lyons, Darryn Marshall, Rachael McDonald, Kathleen McLaughlin, Patrick McMahon, Sukhyun (Ester) Min, Maidy Morhous, Barbara Mosher, Danielle Nelisse, Teem Osborn, Jon Osio, Andrea Overturf, Robert Pendleton, Donn Angel Perez, Ana Phelps, Nancy Plank, Julia S Rasor, Sally Samins, Jon Savage, Tom O Scott, Patric Stillman, Stefan Talian, Christina Thomas, and Paul Ward

Stillman noted that last year’s artist catalog was well received by the local arts community and galleries across the nation. “Ever since the resource was launched, I’ve been hearing from the artists that they have been contacted by out-of-state galleries, local gallery stores, art associations and patrons because of the book. It’s exciting to hear that the program is creating opportunities. Having significantly grown our national gallery list this year, I suspect that it will be a wonderful tool for the artists and the arts community again this time around.”

Located along the 30th Corridor in North Park, The Studio Door showcases an art gallery and working studios for 10 artists.  Acting as an arts incubator, the North Park business dedicates much of it’s programming to the creative marketplace, artist services and personal art to market mentoring.  Owner and artist, Patric Stillman was named Mentor of the Year by Professional Artist Magazine earlier this month for his work with visual artists.

An opening reception is set for 6 PM on April 2 and the publication launch is scheduled for 6 PM on May 14 at The Studio Door (3750 30th Street, San Diego). The exhibition dates are April 1 – May 15, 2015.  Artwork will be available for sale. For more information, visit or call (619) 255 – 4920.