The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to announce their 2017 artists-in-residence. The selected artists will receive studio space, production stipend, and solo exhibitions of their work at the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza. All artists were chosen through a competitive application process by a panel of artists, curators, and arts administrators. Says SDAI Executive Director Ginger Porcella, “we are thrilled by the diversity of work chosen this year through the residency program. It is a real testament to the level and quality of art being created right here in San Diego. This program truly highlights the best and brightest contemporary artists living and working in San Diego.”
Allie Manch holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington, Seattle and a BFA in Photography from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and positively reviewed in New American Paintings and Art Ltd. Her current body of work features illustrations on hand-stitched and manipulated fabric, presenting real and imagined characters through embroidered and sculptural narratives, often connected to the artist’s childhood in Arizona.
Noé Olivas holds a BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego. During his last year at USD he initiated and developed a rolling social sculpture consisting of a 1967 Chevy Bread truck called “Untitled Space." This work has been exhibited at The New Children’s Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, Bread and Salt, and Helmuth Projects. He is a 2015 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellowship winner, and his current artwork investigates the Mexican-American identity as a Californian. His work considers the relationship between labor/leisure as it fits into conceptions of femininity/masculinity, specifically by evaluating the myth of Machismo and its relationship to patriarchal culture.
Christina Ree holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. She works in multiple genres, overlapping public performance, architecture, photography, video, and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at the DeYoung Museum, LACE, Hongcheon Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is a member of the Super Futures Haunt Collective, a queer indigenous feminist performance group which performs Visitations, a series of performances along the Northwestern coast on art practice, sovereignty, rage, and love. She is currently a Photography Instructor at MiraCosta College.
José Hugo Sánchez is a multidisciplinary artist living between Mexico and the United States. He works in the fields of performance art, monumental printmaking, sculpture, ready-mades, and new media technologies. His current body of work deals with global, cross-border migration, exploring why humans are forced to leave their countries to escape from war and violence. Jose has studied visual arts at San Diego State University and Southwestern College and has exhibited his work across the United States, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Spain, and Japan.