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The San Diego Art Prize, is a cash prize with exhibition opportunities at ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair. The prize spotlights established San Diego artists and emerging artists each season whose outstanding achievements in the field of Visual Arts merit the recognition.



San Diego Art Prize: Established Artist
Arline Fisch. New York, NY
Represented by Taboo Studio

Arline Fisch | “Knitted Bracelets” | 2009 | Photo: William Gullette

Arline Fisch was born in New York and studied art at Skidmore College, the University of Illinois, and the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. She has received four Fulbright grants, two to study and conduct research on silversmithing in Denmark and two to lecture in Austria and Uruguay. She has taught at Wheaton College, Skidmore College and San Diego State University, where she established the Jewelry and Metals program in 1961; she retired as Professor (Emerita) of Art in 2000.

Fisch is best known for the way she handles metal using textile structures such as knitting, weaving and braiding, to produce pliable planes which conform readily to the human form. Her wearable art has a softness and warmth not always seen in metal. Fisch prefers working in a larger than usual scale, with collars, pectorals, head ornaments as favored formats. Although she works in precious metals – silver, gold, and platinum, anodized aluminum is also used in non-textile constructions to make colorful, wearable ornaments of large dimension. She has cited jewelry of ancient cultures, Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek, Pre-Columbian, as being a continuing reference and inspiration for her work.

In addition to being a Director and Vice President of the World Crafts Council and serving as Trustee of the American Craft Council and of Haystack Mt. School of Crafts she is a founding member and past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. In 1979 she was elected to the Fellows of ACC, and in 1985 was designated a “Living Treasure of California” by the California legislature for her work as artist, educator, author and contributor to the field of American crafts. In 2002 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Skidmore College, and in 2006 a $50,000. fellowship award from United States Artists in support of her creative work. Arline Fisch’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia and is represented in public collections around the world.

San Diego Art Prize: Established Artist
Jeffery Laudenslager. San Diego, CA
Represented by Sculpturesite, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Betsy Lane

Jeffery Laudenslager | “Running Man” | 2006 | Stainless steel and titanium | 25 x 16 x 16′

Jeffery Laudenslager creates effects with his kinetic sculptures that range from the thrill of a near miss on a roller coaster ride to the peaceful satisfaction of a tai-chi routine. He works with titanium, which is lightweight and strong, for outdoor artworks that respond to the wind, completing complicated movement at varying speeds, always graceful and elegant but with an undeniable power. His designs are essentially made from arcs and angles, and this geometric approach offers a myriad of combinations that Laudenslager reduces to their most condensed expressions. Precision and balance are always present.

Laudenslager says, “Throughout my career I have constantly sought the most economical means at my disposal to convey my ideas. The reductive nature of my effort has made for an understated result true to my nature. I find that ambiguity and illusion are my principal characteristics. The context and form have had great diversity over the years but, as Isamu Noguchi said, I do the same thing again and again – but differently each time. What we call knowledge is actually more like belief; what our senses deliver to us is insubstantial, and what we refer to as temporality is omnipresent and insoluble.” His non-kinetic pieces, whether small or large-scale, are illusionist riddles in patinaed and painted steel, so even his static sculptures appearing animated.

In 1999, Laudenslager’s 34-foot high kinetic sculpture Archimage, commissioned for the Torrey Reserve complex in Del Mar, received the coveted Orchid Award in the Fine Arts category. With over 40 solo exhibitions, Laudenslager’s sculptures can be found in corporate and public collections throughout the USA and in private collections in the U.S., England, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea, including the Laguna Art Museum, The Woodlands in Texas, and the Wolfstein Sculpture Parks at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Encinitas.

San Diego Art Prize: Emerging Artist
Deanne Sabeck. Encinitas, CA
Represented by Kuivato Gallery

Deanne Sabeck | “Spiral De Luce” | Sculpture site gallery | Sonoma, CA | Limited Edition Series | 4 x 5 x 2′

Deanne Sabeck began a career in architectural stained glass in 1973. During her journey, she experimented and mastered almost every technique known in the glass world and developed her own unique art form. Trained originally as a painter, she received a BFA from Arizona State University but has continued her studies at Pilchuck and other schools. In 1990, she relocated from Sedona, Arizona to Encinitas and changed her focus from architectural glass to creating “Light Sculpture”. Finding the reflected light patterns more intriguing than the windows themselves, she began working directly with the light spectrum itself as a sculptural medium. Using various types of reflective glass, she creates spatial sculptural installations of light. The glass is bent, cast, fractured and sometimes etched with text and or imagery to distort and refract the light, bathing walls, floors and ceilings in vibrant color. Conceptually, the work uses illusion to question our perception and the essence of our visual reality, LIGHT.

Sabeck has completed many large commissions including public art, commercial and residential installations through-out the US and abroad, including “Lightwaves” at the SD International Airport and a cast glass window for Mel Gibson. Her work is shown in many galleries across the country including Sculpture Site Gallery in Sonoma, CA., Pismo Fine Art, Aspen, CO. and Kuivato Gallery (her own glass gallery) in Sedona, Arizona. Deanne Sabeck has had a solo show at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles.

San Diego Art Prize: Emerging Artist
Vincent Robles. San Diego, CA

Vincent Robles | “Shelter” | 2011 | Wood, reclaimed wood | 8′ x 6′ x 24″

Vincent Robles primarily works within the realms of sculptural furniture elements. Currently, his work addresses domestic space and the relationships from one common object to the next. There is a psychological tension that lies within the walls of the home. In every nook and cranny, underside of table, between the rungs of a banister and under the rug, something has taken place. In his work, he is reading between these lines and channeling through the layers to expose what might have been left undiscovered. The relationship between our environment and the space that we imbue provokes a dialog through our past associations and historical references. Robles is a second year graduate student in the Furniture Department at San Diego State University. He has a background in applied design, home renovations and carpentry. It is through these skills that Vincent Robles has utilized the language of buildings, inspiration for content in his work, to further question our own associations to the objects he creates.

Background image: Jeffery Laudenslager | “Ripples” (detail) | ART SAN DIEGO 2011 | Photo: Franz Krachtus
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