ArtExpo During Comic-Con July 24-26

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Attend the first annual ArtExpo during Comic-Con, featuring 150 artists, 50 exhibitors, and 1 inspired gallery exhibition.

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ArtExpo is an eclectic selection of emerging artists and do-it-yourself creatives featuring original artwork, books, prints, and collectibles on July 24-26. Created by the students at Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD, ArtExpo is an alternative art fair taking place during Comic-Con and Gam3rCon at the Wonder Bread Factory, 121 14th Street, San Diego. Free to the public and curated by Mark Murphy, Murphy Design.

Thursday, July 24
Hours: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
VIP Party: Sign Up on Facebook

Friday, July 25
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Opening Party: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 26
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ArtExpo Class Description at the Media Design School of Digital Arts: Taught as a class, each ArtExpo team member is part of an elite group responsible for concept development, space design, exhibit design, traffic-flow, graphics, marketing and public relation components essential for resume building.

Mark Murphy, curator of ArtExpo, has curated 13 major art exhibitions during Comic-Con over the past 12 years and continues to celebrate the Narrative Arts. The spirit of community is always at the heart of Mark Murphy’s exhibits. Mark Murphy is also the owner of Murphy Design, a San Diego-based graphic design firm that specializes in branding, packaging, and book design. Mark has worked with Cartoon Network, Clint Eastwood, Brandon Boyd, Green Day, Hanna-Barbera and hundreds of artists from around the world.

#ArtExpoSD is a student-powered class at the new Media Design School of Digital Arts of NSAD: “One part class, one part internship, and many parts passionate exchange, students work hard to discover great artists, sponsors, and participants. They achieve hands-on experience while creating original graphics promoting the event.”

Media Design School of Digital Arts:

Located in the heart of cosmopolitan San Diego, and located at the Wonderbread Factory – an incubator of creative leadership centered around digital arts programs featuring motion graphics, game, and graphic design. The Media Design School is the author of ArtExpo, a multi-disciplinary studio class in charge of planning, promoting, and hosting an annual alternative art fair event. Media Design School at NSAD offers a dynamic curriculum linked with exceptional global opportunities through the Laureate International Network.

ArtExpo Gallery: First Floor (Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26)
The first floor is simply a gallery exhibition. ArtExpo’s exhibition is a curated and eclectic mix of narrative styles, genre, and a mix of artists featuring emerging and established artists from San Diego and around the world.

ArtExpo Convention: Second Floor (Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26)
The second floor is an Expo or Comic-Con oriented display of booths, with artists making available zines, books, DIY- creative projects, T-Shirts, Jewelry, and Art-oriented products, prints, etc. ArtPin will be featuring live painting, demos at booths, and all artists will be on site.

Sponsors - Cartwheel Art from Los Angeles is bringing 50 different artists to ArtExpo and featuring many local luminaries in their line up.

Thursday, July 24: VIP event and party

Pasadena fine artist Mark Todd celebrates superheroes like no other, and brings a fearless cast of characters to San Diego to celebrate ArtExpo during Comic-Con at the Wonder Bread Factory campus of the Media Design School of Digital Arts, New School of Architecture + Design July 24 at 5:30 p.m. This VIP gathering of the creative community is an exhibition featuring over 150 artists print? No problem, ArtExpo delivers.

Opening Film Short by JooYoung Choi
Interactive talk and prize package by Mark Todd
Scholarship prize offered by the New School of Architecture + Design ($6,000 value)

This event is perfect for inspiration. Bring your curiosity and meet over 50 artists from around the world and local favorites.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Interactive Talk: 6:30 p.m.
Party and Expo: 4:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Art Gallery: Premiere Opening featuring 45 fine artists from around the world
ArtExpo: Premiere Opening and ALL 50 exhibitors on display
Location: Wonder Bread Factory: 121 14th Street, Downtown SD

Sponsors: Cartwheel Art, SDX, Solar Rain Watery, FatCat Brewing Co., ArtPin, Murphy Design, Tim Mantoani Photography, Ninthlink, SDVAN, San Diego Film Festival, Media Design School of Digital Arts, New School of Architecture

ArtExpo Soundbites:

ArtExpo is an art-centric-community event featuring San Diego sponsors Clients + Profits, Cartwheel Art (LA), FatCat Brewing Co., Solar Rain Watery, ArtPin, Murphy Design, Ninthlink, Tim Mantoani Photography, Craft & Commerce, Bailiwick, Nelson Photo, American Comedy Co., Nature’s Whisper, and presented by the Media Design School of Digital Arts, New School of Architecture + Design powered by creative students of the Media Design School.

ArtExpo is a student-powered event sponsored and supported by the Media Design School of Digital Arts, New School of Architecture + Design to enhance hands-on-learning experiences and probably the first class of its kind in Southern California.

ArtExpo features all original fine art created specifically for the art exhibition on the first floor. We are proud to present museum artists Debby and Larry Kline who are working on a celebration of our local military featuring real stories from regional veterans. Also premiering at #ArtExpoSD is a new performance art film by Houston-based fine artist JooYoung Choi.

The Expo space on the second floor will feature many new works, never before seen collectibles, as well as many new zines, T-Shirts, prints, and creative items available for sale. This is a tour de force for creative works and we invite all fans of art and culture, art collectors and fans of creative work to come out to this Free Event.

Exhibitions over the past 13 years have special focus on the art genre, “Narrative Arts” or storytelling, and has featured over 1,000 international artists in the San Diego community during Comic-Con. ArtExpo is an intermingling of contemporary themes and narrative work that includes: Low Brow, Graphic Narrative, Comics, Outsider Art, and DIY-creative work.

All artists featured on the second floor will be supporting their product offering while working in their booths. Artists will be painting, drawing, doodling, and the second floor space will present live painting sponsored by ArtPin over Friday and Saturday.

Cartwheel Art is a magazine that celebrates a wide variety of styles and genres and actively shares with the public a wide swath of California art. You can find them at Their featured artist line up includes:

Jaclyn Alderete
Katherine Brannock
Laura Dann
Lisa Derrick
Keith Dugas
Roberto Gutierrez
Ed Gutter
Intellectual Property Prints/Daniel Rolnik & Ryan McIntosh
Alex Defer Kizu
Krown 187
Matthew Levine
Gail Potocki
Cate Rangel
Rafael Reyes
Christopher Ulrich

Mark Murphy, Curator Statement:

I am very excited to curate ArtExpo. ArtExpo is a wonderful testament to San Diego, friends from far away places, the students of the Media Design School of Digital Arts – students are working tirelessly to create gallery spaces, promote, market, and reach out to our San Diego community. ArtExpo is going to be a great event and we appreciate all positive promoting #ArtExpoSD, and of course you for your support. Jump in and have a blast!

“Students taking on course work to create the first annual ArtExpo as an alt-art-event during ComicCon. Super brilliant!” – Mark Murphy, Curator, Instructor at Media Design School of Digital Arts

Featured Exhibitors (Floor Two, Rooms One and Two)
Cartwheel Art
+ Jaclyn Alderete (Dahlia Jane)
+ Katherine Brannock (Lisa Derrick)
+ Laura Dann (DJ)
+ Lisa Derrick (LD)
+ Keith Dugas (own art)
+ Roberto Gutierrez (LD)
+ Ed Gutter (LD)
+ Intellectual Property Prints/Daniel Rolnik & Ryan McIntosh (own art/prints from IPP)
+ Alex Defer Kizu (LD)
+ Krown 187 (LD)
+ Matthew Levine (DJ)
+ Gail Potocki (DJ)
+ Cate Rangel (DJ)
+ Rafael Reyes (LD)
+ Christopher Ulrich (DJ)

Tim Mantoani
Nicole Waszak
John Purlia
Romeo Veloz
Chris Farrington
Susie Ghahremani
Megan Scheid
Kris Warren
Michael Cook
Larry Caveney
Linda Halsey
Mark Todd/Esther Pearl Watson
Laurie Kmen
Anna Stump + Daphne Hill
Linda Halsey
Cathie Bleck
Lisa Bebi
BornSure Design
Sean Brannan
Hannah Rowan
Amanda Stalter
Eva De Leon
Sheila Cameron
Keith Frazier
Abel Guzman
Pamela Jaeger
Brian Dombrowski
Terri Beth Mitchell
Dion Terry
Kathleen Tom
Marshall Vanderhoof
Olivia Thall
Subrato Roy
Jennifer Korsen
Ben Bensen III
Daniel Peralta
Clients & Profits
Solar Rain Watery
SDX (San Diego Ad Club)
Media Design School of Digital Arts
New School of Architecture + Design

Featured Artists in Gallery (Floor One)
David van Alphen
Scott Laumann
Jorge Catoni
Nicole Waszak
Tim Mantoani
John Purlia
Katherine Brannock
Ryan Heshka
Jasmine Worth
Joel Nakamura
Marco Wagner
Marc Burckhardt
Andrea Dezso
Susie Ghahremani
Kris Warren
Larry Caveney
Bonnie Marie Smith
Brian Cronin
Kevin Paulsen
Richard Downs
Cathie Bleck
Sean Brannan
Hannah Rowan
Abel Guzman
Terri Beth Mitchell
Tasha Kusama
Katherine Streeter
Martha Rich
P-Jay Fidler
Joshua Krause
Debby & Larry Kline
Amanda Stalter
David van Alphen
Pamela Jaeger
Brian Dombrowski
Lisa Bebi
Barbara Nessim
Marshall Vanderhoof
Elizabeth Winnel
Marco Zamora
Brendan Danielsson
JooYoung Choi
Michael Cook
Linda Halsey
Christian Rex van Minnen
Mike Egan
Calef Brown
Anna Stump + Daphne Hill
Matt Stallings

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