Inspire Artists Who Inspire You

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Untitled 1, 2013 Folded Paper 18'' X 9'' X 7'' © 2014 Goran Konjevod
© Courtesy of Pro Arts Gallery
Inspire Artists Who Inspire You
Curated by: AMY SPENCER

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
January 21st, 2014 - February 21st, 2014
Opening: February 7th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

East Bay
Tue -Fri 10-5pm and Sat 11-4pm
encaustic/mixed, figurative, modern, traditional, graffiti/street-art, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual


Inspire Artists Who Inspire You

Pro Arts is pleased to present Inspire Artists Who Inspire You, an exhibition reflecting Pro Arts' roots as an artist-centered organization. Based on a peer review process, Inspire Artists Who Inspire You explores how artists support, sustain and participate in the launch of each other's work. The program also allows insight into review processes, while encouraging artists to think critically about their own work within the scope of Bay Area art.

“I’m excited by the emergent themes in the show,” says Amy Spencer, Program Coordinator / Curator. “There is a strong respect for innovative material use and high craft. Also, it was nice to see the artists express empathy for each other’s daily lives – studio practice, quiet moments at home – and a subtle appreciation for the oddball, unique and absurd.”

Over 110 artists participated in the peer review; viewing each other’s work via Pro Arts custom built online ‘blind’ jury system.

“I found it rewarding to see what other artists were creating. I found myself using the criteria of excellence, relevance, and innovation to my own work as compared to what I saw online, and felt that expanded my horizons.”

“I felt like I was taking part in an important process, not just competing against other artists for a spot in the show.” 

Featured artists: Dru Anderson, Ned Axthelm, Jamie Banes, Gabriele Bungardt, Andreina Davila, Jan Dove, David Fought, Bernadette Jiyong Frank, Jenne Giles, Ant Hall, Emanuela Iuliana Harris-Sintamarian, Jeremiah Jenkins, Michael Koehle, Goran Konjevod, Elaine Nehm, Fernando Reyes, Stephanie Robison, Dimitra Skandali, Patricia Sonnino, Tali Weinberg

Inspire Artists Who Inspire You is on view January 21 - February 21, 2014. An Artists’ Reception will be held on First Friday, February 7, 6-8pm. Exhibition and reception are free to the public.