Home / Arts & Entertainment / City’s Largest Contemporary Art Event Event Returns Sept. 28–Oct. 1

City’s Largest Contemporary Art Event Event Returns Sept. 28–Oct. 1

New Venue, More Exhibitors, and [FUSION] Theme

2017 programming schedule released, tickets on sale now at art-sandiego.comhttp://art-sandiego.com

Del Mar CAArt San Diego, one of the nation’s largest and most respected contemporary art shows, kicks off Sept. 28 at a new venue: the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is [FUSION]: the merging of artistic mediums, of exhibitors and collectors, and of the countless galleries and artists who come together to showcase their work. The theme informs each of Art San Diego’s special installations, talks, and events. Founded in 2009 as the first and only contemporary art show in San Diego, Art San Diego is highly regarded in the industry, attracting cutting-edge exhibitors and more than 15,000 attendees.

With presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, the annual event features 60 publishers, galleries, and studios from around the world, showcasing over 500 talented established artists and their paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos, and multimedia works.

This year’s move to a larger venue allows for more expansive exhibits and installations and convenient access and on-site parking for attendees from San Diego, Orange County, and beyond.

Art San Diego’s multifaceted programs provide a dynamic experience for attendees, allowing them to view and interact with works created by leading international artists and enjoy exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of San Diego.

To view the full show schedule, visit art-sandiego.com/show-schedule. Highlights of the 2017 show include:

The Spotlight Program gives collectors a closer look at several cutting-edge artists. Each Spotlight Artist will create a site-specific exhibition. Two of the 2017 Spotlight Artists will offer live demonstrations throughout the show. Check the website for times.

2017 Spotlight Artists

Kate Taylor (Kate Taylor Studio) is known for the abstracted versions of flowers, landscape, and seascapes she creates in her Toronto studio. Her work explores the unique forms and colors of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives, bringing contentment, grounding, and joy.

Lori Ryerson (Focalocity) lives in Toronto, and captures stories with a Panasonic Lumix mirrorless camera and interprets them into art. Whether printed on canvas, metal, or an older technique such as gum bichromate, the presentation of Ryerson’s photographs become as much a part of her artistic consideration as the composition.

Rose Tanner (Rose Tanner Fine Art) is an award-winning Canadian artist who focuses on birds. She studied oil painting with Daniel Keys as well as other contemporary master painters. A nature enthusiast, she travels widely for her subjects and is active in supporting endangered birds and their habitat.

The LaunchPad Artist Program provides a young, unrepresented artist the opportunity to present a site-specific exhibition within the show. This program is open to up-and-coming artists who demonstrate exceptional talent in their field of work and who want to make art their career. The 2017 LaunchPad Artist is Mikaela McLeish, a San Diego-based painter known for her ethereal, large-scale oil paintings. McLeish’s work explores the tension that lies between isolation and connection, individual and society, and reality and dream.

Art Talks offer attendees an inside look at the artistic experience by way of panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and art-industry professionals.


  • 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29: METAMORPHOSIS OF THE MIGRANT ERA

Join artist José Hugo Sánchez as he takes the audience on a journey from Jurassic period to cyberspace, exploring the interface of migration, hybrid identities, borders, culture, globalization, and new technologies. The premise of the talk is to bridge new collaborations; see the value of crossing borders and learn how to do so in larger social spheres; and, at the same time, transgress what keeps us apart.


  • 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30: THE ART OF COLLECTING

Get guidance and tips on both beginning and building a successful art collection from Ruth-Ann Thorn, director of Empress Contemporary Gallery.

  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29: ON THE HORIZON IN THE ART WORLD

Join Michael Joseph, Artblend owner and director, and Yubal Fieites, Arte Collective owner and curator, as they discuss today’s art scene, top trends, and collectible artists.

  • 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1: PAINTING WITH PASSION
    Listen to the stories of three dynamic artists—Michael Carini, D. Arthur Wilson, and James Paterson—as they share their paths and amazing journeys to becoming career studio artists.


UBS and Outside the Lens Partner for Special FOTO Columbia Exhibition

Outside the Lens is a San Diego nonprofit educating youth in photography, film, and digital media. The mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to create positive change within themselves, their communities, and the world. Through collaboration with UBS, Outside the Lens is honored and excited to display the inspiring work of their FOTO Colombia students and share their narratives from their recent Cameras Across Cultures program with fellow artists and art lovers at this year’s Art San Diego.

Meet the 2017 New Contemporaries at Art San Diego

Now in its 11th year, the San Diego Art Prize, presented by the San Diego Visual Arts Network, awards a cash prize and exhibition opportunities to established and emerging San Diego visual artists. Winners Rizzhel Javier and Alexander Kohnke join nominees Michelle Montjoy, Cathy Breslaw, Miriam Gabriela Garcia Aguirre, and Rebecca Webb as part of the 2017 New Contemporaries exhibit at Art San Diego.

Local Artists Sarah Stieber and José Hugo Sánchez Lead 2017 Art Labs

The 2017 Art Labs feature curated projects by San Diego-based artists to showcase the thriving art landscape of the city. This year’s Art Labs are led by two accomplished artists: Sarah Stieber and José Hugo Sánchez .

2017 Art San Diego SCHEDULE

*Special Press-only Preview: Thursday, Sept. 28: 4 to 5 p.m.

First Preview (UBS, RMG VIP Club / Invitation Only): Thursday, Sept. 28: 5 to 7 p.m.

Opening Night Preview Party ($75 or by invitation): Thursday, Sept. 28: 7 to 9 p.m.

Public Show Hours:

Friday, Sept. 29: Noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30: Noon to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1: Noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Costs:

Opening Night: $75 online / $85 at event

General Public, 3-Day Pass: $25 online / $30 at event
General Public, 1-Day Pass: $20 online / $25 at event

Students/Seniors, 3-Day Pass: $15 online / $20 at event
Students/Seniors, 1-Day Pass: $10 online / $15 at event


Del Mar Fairgrounds

Wyland Center

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014


There will be complimentary valet parking from 7 to 9 p.m. for the Opening Night Preview Party.

The cost for Friday through Sunday is $13 per day, per car.

About Art San Diego

Art San Diego, presented by UBS Financial Services, takes place Sept. 28–Oct. 1, 2017, at the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Art San Diego has emerged as one of the best-attended cultural events in Southern California. Founded in 2009 as the first and only contemporary art show in San Diego, Art San Diego is a four-day art event that features more than 60 international galleries and offers dynamic programming that includes Art Labs, Art Talks, the LaunchPad and Spotlight Artist Programs, and the San Diego Art Prize. Art San Diego provides a focus on San Diego’s vibrant and diverse cultural art scene alongside an exciting collection of international artists and galleries. For more information, visit www.art-sandiego.com.

About Redwood Media Group

Since 2009, Redwood Media Group (RMG) has been revolutionizing the global fine art community by helping artists and gallery owners grow their businesses through fine art exhibitions and publications, art business education, mentoring, marketing, and social media. Today, RMG owns and operates six fine art shows: Artexpo New York, Artexpo Las Vegas, Spectrum Miami, Art San Diego, Art Santa Fe, and Red Dot Miami. Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine art trade show for 40 years and counting, attracts more than 40,000 art enthusiasts every year, including nearly 5,000 industry buyers. Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami take place during Miami Art Week, an annual attraction that draws over 100,000 art collectors to the city. Over the past eight years, RMG has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to their events, sold millions of dollars’ worth of art, and helped thousands of unrepresented and established artists launch or grow their careers. Aside from hosting multiple high-end art shows throughout the year, RMG also owns Art Business News.

For more information, visit www.redwoodmg.com, www.artbusinessnews.com, www.artexponewyork.com, www.artexpolasvegas.com, www.art-sandiego.com, www.spectrum-miami.com, www.artsantafe.com, and www.reddotmiami.com.