Art Bridge Gala
ArtSpan's annual Selections Juried Exhibition gives heightened visibility to some of our most exceptional artists. A rigorous jury process selects a small number of artists based on a high level of artistic maturity, distinct point of view, and compelling statement of purpose. The results combine emerging and established artists in a polished gallery show.
The opening of this exhibition is paired with our Annual ArtSpan Gala, honoring our most dedicated donors with an exquisite dining experience and giving them the first opportunity to collect art from the exhibition.
Art Builds Bridges
The 2017 ArtSpan Art Bridge Gala was held at Heron Arts, a contemporary gallery and art center in SOMA. This year's Gala celebrated in Art Deco style, with the theme Art Builds Bridges. As guests approached the venue on Heron Alley, they were greeted by roving performers and ushered into a magical space where flappers danced to live jazz and black and gold decor transported guests to an age not afraid of sequins. Our Benefactors, donors, and new supporters were served craft cocktails as they enjoyed live music by Gaucho, dancing by the Decobelles, and a sit-down dinner catered by Gabriele Muselli catering. Local public spacemaking innovator Michael Yarne spoke about the importance of supporting local art and culture. And for a unique insight into the creative process, our emcee hosted a '40s style radio show on our (very) local station K-ART to interview Selections Artists with a mixture of hilarity and depth. The next day the Selections Exhibition opened to the public, and more great conversations and connections followed.
Join us in 2018 for these very special events!
2017 SELECTIONS JURORS
Julie Phelps, Artistic Director at CounterPulse
Jessica Shaefer, Project Director at Site Unseen
Meg Shiffler, Director, SFAC Galleries
Elizabeth "Bettie June" Scarborough, Independent Curator and Executive Director of She's Got Wings
Noah Antieau, Co-Director at Heron Arts
Maria Jenson, Executive Director at SOMArts Cultural Center
2017 SELECTION ARTISTS
Bernard John Bolter IV
/eE.l.os/ aka Andreina Davila & Ytaelena Lopez
Ransom & Mitchell