Highlights of Art San Diego 2019
Art San Diego launched its second decade as San Diego’s only contemporary fine art fair Oct. 10–13 at the San Diego Convention Center. This year’s fair hosted more than 85 galleries, art publishers, and artists from seven countries and 60 cities across the globe, showcasing original prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, giclees, lithographs, and glassworks, among other contemporary and fine art.
With a nearly 35 percent increase in traffic over the four-day event, it’s clear that Art San Diego continues to be Southern California’s most anticipated contemporary art event. Informed by the curatorial theme [EXPLORE], Art San Diego offered art aficionados and collectors an unparalleled opportunity to explore, experience, experiment, and discover.
Whether you were there and want to relive the highlights with us or you couldn’t make it this year and want to excited about next year’s show, read on for a recap of Art San Diego 2019.
A private party designed to have an impact on the community and our Access to Art partner organizations, IMPACT NIGHT, sponsored by UBS Financial Services, featured a silent auction that, combined with donations at the door and donations from Art San Diego and UBS, raised just over $11,800 for the Monarch School, Rady Children’s Hospital, ArtReach San Diego, and Humble Design. 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 11 years 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 community initiative.
Art San Diego’s acclaimed programming once again caught the attention of fairgoers and media alike.
One of the must-see stops for them was the Palette of Desserts where they could see, taste, and vote for their favorite edible art as six local bakers unveiled desserts inspired by artworks from this year’s show.
- Eat Your Cake Too inspired by Marianne Enhorning’s Courage, Freedom
- Four Seasons Aviara inspired by Jeff Vermeeren’s Autumn Reign
- Dancy Cakes inspired by Jeanne Philippus’ Mermaid
- Tammy Lou Cakes inspired by Walter Redondo’s Growing Together
- Naked Cake Farm inspired by Walter Redondo’s The Passionate Stand
- The Honeybee Baking Co. inspired by Dragan Sekaric Shex’s Flight of the Bumblebee
Spotlight Artist Jennifer LaPierre wowed attendees and Art San Diego Select judges with Figurative Minimalist. And Humble Design San Diego’s designer, Amber Courtney, and Linda Mariano, Redwood Media Group‘s managing director of marketing, drew a crowd as they discussed today’s art scene, top trends, and what makes art collectible as part of their Art Talk: Trending in Today’s Art World.
The launch of our [LOCAL TALENT] program was also a success. Four San Diego-based artists—Lauren LeVieux, Lovejoy, Lisa-E, and C. Fodoreanu—wowed attendees with their exceptional talent, with C. Fodoreanu, Lovejoy, Lisa-E placing multiple pieces with collectors.
Watch all the show highlights in our recap videos.
With thousands of guests pouring in throughout the weekend, Art San Diego exhibitors reported strong sales. Here’s a taste of some of this year’s top sales:
- Within 30 minutes of the fair doors opening, a collector walked in and cleared the back wall of Kate Taylor’s booth, purchasing a six-painting collection for $3,700. In total, Taylor placed 32 pieces during the fair, ranging in price from $400 to $2,250.
- Art Link International placed Carlos Merida’s Dos Personajes.
- Shima Shanti placed four pieces, ranging in price from $3,500 to $5,800.
- KM Contemporary placed nine of Dell Cullum’s Imagination Nature photography pieces.
- Marianne Enhorning sold 14 pieces ranging in price from $225 to $4,375.
- Dimensions Gallery placed Tom Liguori’s Galactic Forces.
- 1228 Parkway Art Space placed James Koskinas’ Girl in Gray Field IV, as well as two other pieces.
- Bill Stone placed his large vibrantly colored 72″ x 48″ Flourish work.
- Gedion Nyanhongo of Gedion Galleries placed his Watchful Lioness sculpture.
- Julia Ross placed Lavender Dawn.
- Peimbert Art placed three pieces, including 5 Grenades by Mr. Debonair.
- Karin Brauns placed Flamingo and The Shape of Young, among others.
- Palette Contemporary Art & Craft placed 10 pieces ranging in price from $145 to $900.
- The ArtScope™ placed Gegham Aleksanyan’s Melody.
- Houston Art Advisory placed three sculptures ranging in price from $1,000 to $4,000.
- ICU nurse and artist Danielle Hirsch placed three of her layered colored-manipulated resin paintings.
- Shex Art Studio placed two pieces, including All In.
- Rising Artists Melissa Marquardt, Sofokli Telo, Kate Joiner, and Melissa Diliberti of Sacred Solutions each placed multiple pieces.
- [SOLO] artists Teresa Ferrari, Jeanne Philippus, Priyanka Mac, Ruth Fromstein, and Carolina Spichiger also each placed pieces.
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!
While fairgoers sipped Louis Jadot wines, artists and galleries received special honors as we handed out this year’s Art San Diego Awards. Here are this year’s winners:
- Art San Diego Selects: Kaz Maslanka of the San Diego Art Prize, William Cordiner of Awesome Art, Wally Gilbert of CJ Gallery, Shanna E. D’Antonio of KM Contemporary, David Alfaro Siqueiros of Art Link International, Marianne Enhorning of Marianne Enhorning Studio, Shima Shanti of Peace Waters Fine Arts, C. Fodoreanu of the [LOCAL TALENT] program, Spotlight Artist Jennifer LaPierre, [SOLO] Artist Sarah Melvin, and Rising Artist Kate Joiner.
- Spotlight Awards: 1228 Parkway Art Space, Peimbert Art, Gedion Galleries, Jennifer LaPierre Art, and Walter Redondo Fine Art.
- Directors’ Award: 1228 Parkway Art Space
- Best Booth Design: Peimbert Art
- Best International Exhibitor: Asian American Culture Media Group
- Best New Exhibitor: Young Shin
- Sculpture: Awesome Art
- Rising Artist: Sofokli Telo
- [SOLO]: Mingyu Jiang Artists Group
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.