April 18 - May 10, 2008‌

Juror's Statement

Part of the struggle of learning to be an artist is figuring out whether such a thing can even be learned. Perhaps becoming an artist is also about discovery. With hard work, inventiveness, critical thinking, and some magical moments, artists gradually discover how to marry the ideas and emotions they need to express with the skills required to make these expressions legible for the rest of us. We were presented with an array of artworks to choose from in all media, from painting to performance and jewelry to photography. The promise shown in all of the works was astonishing, and we were impressed by its technical and conceptual sophistication. We hope that our organization of the works in the exhibition will highlight the process of becoming an artist through groupings that may seem unexpected, but also accentuate the diversity of craft, style, and subject matter that characterized the entries overall. On view, is a selection of work by a student body that is clearly engaged in the rigorous activity of discovery.

About the Jurors

Julie Deamer is the founding director of Outpost for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit organization that promotes cross-cultural exchange by developing international artistic projects that stimulate social interaction and emphasize process over end result. Deamer has created and guided successful art endeavors supporting contemporary artists for 12 years as the director of Four Walls in San Francisco and as a curator, writer, educator, and fundraiser.

Corrina Peipon is an artist, writer, and curator living in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998 and a MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2004. Corrina is Curatorial Assistant and Project Coordinator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she oversees the exhibition "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution" and is co-curating two projects for 2008. Corrina has exhibited her work internationally and has had her writing published in numerous periodicals and books.

Award Winners

(From left to right)

Juror's 1st Prize
Cody Bonsignore
Rich, Joseph, and Melody
C-Print

Juror's 2nd Prize
Kalin Hart Talbott
My Little Lady
Paper, cotton, fabric, thread metal stand and book

Juror's 3rd Prize
Devon Gibbs
Flea Market
Traditional illustration with digital manipulation

Director's Award of Distinction
Eryn Munoz
Tightrope (suspended above)
Rubberbands

Honorable Mentions

Linda Aratani
Nova
Raku fired stoneware and glaze

Carissa Caparas
Untitled
Gelatin silver print

Justin Coates
Feed
Acrylic on canvas

Gillian Ghazal
Bangles (Inner Muse)
Bronze

Colin Griffin
Sandbag on a Skateboard Trying to Make it to the Sand
Video

Audria Brumberg
It's Almost Over
Ink and pen on paper

Metal Society of Southern California

Kiana Chong
I'm A Star!
Sterling silver