That’s a Wrap: Highlights of Art San Diego 2018

Featuring over 80 galleries from 16 countries and 60 cities, Art San Diego celebrated its 10th anniversary with a focus on celebrating the best the contemporary art world has to offer while making an impact on the local community.

Nearly 3,000 collectors, gallery owners, art dealers, and cultural connoisseurs attended IMPACT NIGHT, sponsored by UBS Financial Services, and thousands more came back over the four-day show to experience the [ALLURE] of Art San Diego.

Whether you were there and want to relive the highlights with us or you couldn’t make it this year and want to see the art and get excited about next year’s show, read on for a recap of Art San Diego 2018.


A private party designed to have an impact on the community and our Access to Art partner organizations, IMPACT NIGHT featured live and silent auctions as well as booth auction that, combined with donations at the door and donations from Art San Diego and UBS, we raised just over $12,000 for the Monarch School, Generate Hope, Rady Children’s Hospital, and HEAL. You can see and relive some of the action in our IMPACT Night Highlights video.

Thank you for the support you have given Art San Diego and the arts over the past decade and for your support as we continue to embark on this important mission. We will continue working in partnership with UBS, the San Diego International Film Festival and the San Diego Visual Arts Network to advance this new community initiative and its annual expansion.


Did you know the traditional 10th-anniversary gift is tin? Maybe that’s why 2018 San Diego Art Prize’s winner Max Daily and his most recent creation, the Oslo Sardine Bar, were such a hit! One of the shows highly acclaimed Art Labsthe performance art piece gave hundreds of attendees an epic experience.

Spotlight Artist Chairborne Arts also wowed attendees with Victory, a collection of six gigantic sculptures created only from chairs. Six local bakers unveiled desserts inspired by artworks from this year’s show as part of Palette of Desserts. And Yubal Marquez Fleites, Dorothy Willetts, and Christopher Mercier drew a crowd as they discussed today’s art scene, top trends, and collectible artists as part of their Art Talk On the Horizon in the Art World.

The launch of Art San Diego Selects was also a success. Our prestigious panel of judges made their favorite artwork choices, which included works by Walter Redondo, James Koskinas, Pat McNabb Martin of McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, Irit Grossman Biber of Sarona Gallery, Phoebe Beasley and Walter Williams of M. Hanks Gallery, Siri Hollander of Coda Gallery, among many others.

Don’t forget to see all the show highlights in our recap videos.


Art San Diego exhibitors reported strong sales beginning with IMPACT Night, continuing through Friday’s Collectors’ Night Party and into the weekend. Here’s a taste of some of this year’s top sales:

  • Marianne Enhorning Studio placed seven paintings with two collectors for $15,600.
  • Arteria placed several paintings with collectors, including Marilyn & Audrey for $7,300.
  • Jen Tough Gallery sold several pieces, including a Michael Shemchuk print; Sandi Miot’s Chaos II for $4,800; Jenny Phillips’ Anti Matter; and two of Susan Stover’s Reliquaries sculptures.
  • Coast Gallery placed a Todd White bronze for $15,000.
  • Angela Gonzales placed her iconic Infinito and Portal II paintings for $9,000 each.
  • Vermeeren Fine Art placed two of Jeff Vermeeren’s unique pieces, including Trojan for $12,000., and a collector commissioned a dining table, coffee table, and complementary wall art piece totally $75,000.
  • Anthony Ortega Art took at least four commissions for his large resin sculptures, ranging in price from $6,000 to $35,000.
  • Sol Hill placed It’s Like a Window into a Beautiful Emptiness, It is Very Liberating mixed media meta-graph for $3,000.
  • World Wide Art placed Marianne Charlotte Mylonas-Svikovsky’s So Many Questions for $3,100 plus Palmiers by Marie Anne Baron.
  • Shex Art Studio placed Dragan Sekaric Shex’s works, including an oil on canvas for $7,600.
  • Martine Gallery placed Atlantic Blue for $3,500.
  • Linda Roberts Photography placed Reflections for $2,180.
  • Musings Fine Art sold Rush Hour in Traffic for $2,300.
  • Lu Ross Photography placed Tranquility for $1,800.
  • Gedion Nyanhongo Studio placed five of his amazing stone sculptures.
  • Kate Taylor Studio placed 11 of her colorful abstract pieces.
  • Jason Oliver’s Wire Roots placed four works with excited collectors.
  • Dodge Williams placed three of his paintings.

Still thinking about one of your favorite pieces from the show? Find the exhibitor in our Art Gallery and connect to see if it is still available. Who knows—you may find more than one that’s perfect for your collection!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity and to everyone who attended the show. Our success was because of you! Until next year, make sure to follow Art San Diego on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news, updates, and behind-the-scenes shots.

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