Davis, CA (PRWEB) February 13, 2012
Exhibition Dates: February 29, 2012 – April 26, 2012
Conference Date: March 9th, 10am – 5pm
Opening Reception: March 10th, 10am - 5pm
“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
Augment the ongoing dialectic concerning the direction and purpose of contemporary painting in an environment directed towards fostering current trends and sharing ideas within the field. From February 29th through April 26th, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will host the 3rd Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference; a yearly event providing artists with the unique opportunity to participate in panel discussions and breakout groups, and to attend lectures by some of the most exciting and talented visionaries of the modern art world including Glenn Brill, Guy Diehl, Bruce Everett, Kara Maria, Gay Powers, Richard Whitten, and featuring the controversial and politically critical Enrique Chagoya. In addition, five downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, will encourage youth participation and community involvement.
With its major contributions to the rejuvenation of the art world as well as its tradition of progressive and influential artists, such as the Bay Area Figurative Movement Artists Roy De Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, Davis, California has been and remains today a cultural epicenter for the flourishing of the arts. Thanks to the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, this conference will continue this artistic revolution by disrupting the static convention of painting in isolation that so often severs the artist from supportive and constructive debates before the work is publicly displayed. By dissolving the divisions of academic and lower art, Avant Garde and Kitsch, participants will be able to meet distinguished artists and see in person why they are celebrated. No other conference in the country lets the participants discuss and comment on modern painting with such inspired knowledge and insight.
The student exhibitions begin at 1:00pm on Friday, March 9th, 2012, with an opening gala at 7:00pm at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. The conference will take place Saturday, March 10th, from 10am to 5pm, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, and both days will be filled with panel discussions, lectures and breakout groups for all conferees. 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.