The 2nd Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference and Exhibition

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The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference, in its second year, and is geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. The conference provides a unique venue for artists to participate in panel discussions, breakout groups and attend lectures by some of the most exciting visionaries in the field, including Guy Diehl, M. Louise Stanley, Rachel Kline, Jerald Silva, Joe Pugliese, and Julia Couzens. Five downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, are meant to encourage youth participation and community involvement.

Exhibition Dates: March 2nd-April 16th
Conference Date: March 11th and 12th, 10 am-8 pm
Opening Reception: March 11th, 7 – 10pm

“This is the kind of educational, intellectual event one expects from museums or universities, but which public institutions seem less and less able to provide”. –Artweek Magazine

The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference, in its second year, and is geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. The conference provides a unique venue for artists to participate in panel discussions, breakout groups and attend lectures by some of the most exciting visionaries in the field, including Guy Diehl, M. Louise Stanley, Rachel Kline, Jerald Silva, Joe Pugliese, and Julia Couzens. Five downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, are meant to encourage youth participation and community involvement.

In an intimate setting, interact with top artist in a way not possible elsewhere. UC Davis, home to artist Roy de Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to-face with distinguished artists you might only read about; see and hear what makes them the top of their field. No other conference lets the participants discuss and comment on modern painting with such inspired knowledge and insight.

The exhibitions begin the afternoon of March 11th, 2010, with opening receptions at each of the locations in the evening. The majority of the educational events will take place Saturday, March 12th, from 10am to 8pm, and are filled with panel discussions, lectures and breakout groups intended for all conferees. Saturday evening includes book signings by the artists and a small reception for those who attended the conference. The conference’s goal is to gather artists from varying communities, allowing for open interaction between young students and professionals in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture in the Northern California region.

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