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Boundless: A California Invitational
Oct 15, 2016 - Jan 29, 2017
Museum of Photographic Arts

In October, MOPA will present Boundless: A California Invitational, the third triennial exhibition of contemporary California photographers. The triennial invitational began in 2010 as State of Mind and was followed in 2013 by Staking Claim. These exhibitions showcase the talent and diverse scope of artwork by photographers living within the museum’s home state.

The exhibition features 12 California artists with work created in the past five years. The artists are both established and emerging, and the variety of work is as varied as the state of California itself. Boundless embraces the spirit of the infinite, of having no restrains. The work explores and confronts the subjects and traditions of the past, re-imagining the medium in our time. The result is a dynamic exhibition that highlights the constant evolution of the art form.

Museum of Photographic Arts
MOPA.org
1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101


News

Jason Engelund and partnering Chabot Elementary School awarded Arts Education Grant from Crayola

Jason Engelund and partnering Chabot Elementary School awarded Arts Education Grant from Crayola for the program “Contemporary Voices on Teaching Art”.

Chabot Elementary School was one of 20 elementary schools in the U.S. selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)  to receive the grant, which will fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children's critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills. The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help schools build creative capacity, nurture children's creativity and inspire other schools to do the same.

Through the work of Mr. Jason Engelund, a Chabot parent/local artist collaborating with the school district, Chabot Elementary and Principal Vivienne Paratore, Chabot Elementary School received a monetary grant and Crayola products.

“My art practice includes a social aspect. I collaborate and work with communities to infuse the arts in people's daily lives, to bring aesthetic awareness to our everyday life and thinking. I think our world needs to slow down and learn to get back in touch with our senses and with reflection. Helping at the elementary school level is a great place to do that.” Engelund is a founding member of the California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life where he worked for eleven years developing programs for artists, architects, designers and writers to collaborate with communities to address social and humanitarian needs.

In the grant funded program “Contemporary Voices on Teaching Art” Engelund will provide all teachers at Chabot with monthly professional development workshops in best practices in arts education, arts integration pedagogy and highly relevant, contemporary arts approaches that range from developing perceptual skills and cultural context, to making informed aesthetic judgments that derive meaning from art. To sustain the impact of the project Engelund is designing the Arts Resources for Teachers or A.R.T.s online resource. The A.R.T.s website provides teaching the arts resources and resources in visual art, theater, music, drama and literary arts with an emphasis on grades K-5. The website is shared with all teachers in the Castro Valley Unified School District and is available to the public. The website is being workshopped in the professional development meetings and will be finalized in 2017.

"Chabot Elementary School serves as an excellent model for enhanced arts education in elementary schools.  Chabot Elementary School's staff is to be commended for efforts in increasing art education in elementary school," said Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.

"Crayola believes that for students to reach their full potential and grow into self-motivated learners, their creativity and critical thinking skills must be nurtured. We believe children develop these 21 st century skills when educators ignite their imaginations through art infused education," said Smith Holland, Crayola president and chief executive officer.

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit www.crayola.com

 

 

Jason Engelund selected to exhibit artworks in Boundless: A California Invitational
at the Museum of Photographic Arts

Jason Engelund has been selected to exhibit artworks in Boundless: A California Invitational. The exhibition will be the third triennial invitational at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) following State of Mind, 2010 and Staking Claim, 2013. The triennial invitational exhibitions highlight the work of contemporary photographers who reside in California.

Engelund’s photographic based artworks were nominated for the invitational and selected for the shortlist by Deborah Klochko, MOPA’s Executive Director and Joey Herring, Assistant Curator.

Engelund’s statement regarding the artworks to be featured at the Museum of Photographic Arts:

The artworks in Meta-Landscapes & Visual Ambient Drones encompass both the psychological and physical landscapes, together making the meta-landscape. Through these images I explore visual perception and its role in how we make meaning of memory and experience. I use photography as a metaphor for the mind’s camera eye and my process is abstraction. Images are made with film and created in camera through multiple exposure. I compose a piece by taking multiple shots on one film frame and combine together different elements from the seascape and the sun. Considering human experience and metaphors embedded within landscape I begin to trace stories, new mythologies of sea and landscape. A revelation or idea had after long contemplation of the sun and sea might be inspiration for an artwork. While looking out at the sky and ocean, we might recall that the horizon is an illusion and that the sun never sets.

Boundless: A California Invitational
Exhibition Dates: October 15, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Museum of Photographic Arts
Mopa.org
1649 El Prado San Diego CA 92101