2011 RECAP

San Diego Art Prize

Rubin Ortiz Torres | “Hi n Lo” (detail) | 2011 San Diego Art Prize Recipient

“We were encouraged by sales of art by the SD Art Prize recipients. The donations made by the Quint Gallery in appreciation of our work to promote Adam Belt & Jay S. Johnson will help to underwrite the cash component of the prize for next year. ART SAN DIEGO fair very kindly donated the booth space at the fair to make this exposure possible.” – Patricia Frischer, Coordinator | San Diego Visual Arts Network


Award Recipients for 2011

Rubén Ortiz-Torres w/ emerging artist Tristan Shone
Jay Johson w/ emerging artist Adam Belt
Sponsor: San Diego Visual Arts Network
Producer: Art Girls

One of the exciting components of ART SAN DIEGO is the opportunity to showcase some of San Diego’s leading established and emerging artists through the San Diego Art Prize Exhibitions.

Both of the Award Recipients for 2011 have associations with UCSD. Ortiz-Torres, a California Institute for the Arts graduate, has worked in a variety of media, from painting to film to customized cars. Considered one of Mexico’s leading artists, his work is in the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and is represented by OMR. Johnson is best known for his wooden sculptures. A graduate of San Diego State University, he was recently represented in “Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art” at the California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum.


Studio visit with contemporary artist Jay S. Johnson, 2011

Studio visit with contemporary artist Adam Belt, 2011

Studio visit with contemporary artist Tristan Shone, 2011

The San Diego Art Prize benefits artists, and is dedicated to the idea that the visual arts are a necessary and rewarding ingredient of any world-class city and a building block of the lifestyle of its residents. Conceived to promote and encourage dialogue, reflection and social interaction about San Diego’s artistic and cultural life, this annual award honors artistic expression.


Background image: Adam Belt | Booth 11. 2011 San Diego Art Prize Recipients | ART SAN DIEGO 2011 | Photo: Franz Krachtus
Video Slideshow: Melissa Au, Dandelion Dreams Photography | Interview: Jon Au