2013 RECAP


Recognition of Excellence in the Visual Arts

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
James T. Hubbell. San Diego, CA

James T. Hubbell | “Bridging: Windows”

James Hubbell is an artist who is connected to nature and his inner dreams which he expresses through architecture and art. He sculpts one-of-a-kind living environments from natural materials that provide shelter and inspiration for those who wish to live in harmony with nature.

For more than 50 years he has given the world an inspiring vision of nature as expressed in mosaic, stained glass, wood carving, metal shapes, sculpted concrete, patterned brickwork and stone. His art and architecture has been embodied in homes, schools, gardens, pavillions, nature centers, monasteries, museums, and peace parks around the world. His is the founder and guiding light of the Ilan-Lael Foundation.

San Diego Art Prize: Emerging Artist
Brennan Hubbell. San Diego, CA

Brennan Hubbell | “Urban Trees” | 2011

Brennan Hubbell (b. 1968) began creating art as soon as he could walk. Even as a kindergartener, he helped build Ilan-Lael, the art and nature center, which is now home to his parents Anne and James Hubbell and Hubbell Studios. Growing up in the country, he learned how to live and create in tandem with the outside environment. With the nature-loving seed planted at a young age he continued creating nature-based art through early adulthood. His work is wide ranging from large public sculptures to smaller commissions in a variety of materials including mosaic, wood, iron and featuring often water and light. He also works in video documentation. James Hubbell is a student of people foremost and his art springs from his observations in humans in the natural environment. Hubbell attended Webb Academy in Claremont, California for high school, then went on to major in Fine Arts at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. In his twenties he studied permaculture in Oaxaca, Mexico under the instruction of Chuck Marsh, the North Carolina-based permaculturalist and designer. As a father of two young children, Brennan Hubbell hopes to pass on a love for art and nature to future generations.

San Diego Art Prize: Established Artist
Debby and Larry Kline. San Diego, CA

Debby & Larry Kline | “Earth Igloo for Jerusalem” | 2009

Debby and Larry Kline are collaborative artists with a focus on issues of justice. They pose provocative questions, challenge preconceptions and generally screw with context to make a point. They strongly believe that the process of experimentation leads to truly amazing things in the studio.

The Klines have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco), California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Tunel Art Center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Their work was featured in “Nature/Nation,” an international exhibition of environmental artists at Museum on the Seam (Israel), which involved traveling to Jerusalem and creating a 1 ton adobe structure on the roof of the museum. They have participated in The Center for Land Use Interpretation’s residency program and were highlighted artists at BEYOND the BORDER: International Contemporary Art Fair and Art San Diego 2013 Contemporary Art Fair.

Their work has received international acclaim and coverage in both fine arts and mainstream publications. They have been awarded three grants from The Gunk Foundation, NY, and grants from Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco, and Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles.

San Diego Art Prize: Emerging Artist
James A. Enos. San Diego, CA

James A. Enos | “The Irrational Desires; head forming architectures” Series | 2009-ongoing

James A. Enos is an artist and architectural designer producing narrative works that offer an alternative imagination of urban space. Focusing on questions of civic identity and collective strategies for social change, he offers a poignant critique toward addressing what he describes as the “fundamental aesthetic challenges facing North American cities.” By way of institutional performances, public programming, and via interdisciplinary visualizations, Enos pairs our erroneous and irrational conceptions of the 21st century landscape with provocations of reciprocity.

He is the co-founder and director of The Periscope Project, a collaborative project platform, urban think tank, and former alternative space, and has served as North America project Director of Port Journeys for Spiral Wacoal Art Centre, Tokyo & ZOU-NO-HANA Terrace, Yokohama. He has exhibited at the U. S. Pavilion in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum Chicago, The San Diego Museum of Art, Gallery at CalIT2, The University Art Gallery UCSD, The Athenaeum Music & Art Library, and Oceanside Museum of Art, among others. Additionally, his work has been featured by Wired Design, KCET Los Angeles’s Emmy nominated Artbound Episode 1, and in publications such as Architext, and Architizer. He holds an MFA from The University of California San Diego, an M. Arch from The Newschool of Architecture, and a B. S. from Purdue University’s School of Technology.

Background image: James Hubbell | “Deep Dream” | Conceptual Underwater House – Wind’ n’ Sea, CA
San Diego Art Prize Sponsor: San Diego Visual Arts Network | Producer: Art Girls
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