Longtime visitors will notice some changes in the Kimball Education Gallery. The space has been host to countless family programs, as well as a place for artist demonstrations and monthly artist residencies. This summer, things have changed…
Some of the changes are obvious. The furniture, the white walls, the dividers that allow the space to be split up, or create pathways and privacy. Other changes are more subtle. The Artist Fellows have moved in. They’re working, painting, thinking, creating, and planning. In other words, the space that was always meant to be a working studio for artists, mess and all, is becoming what it’s meant to be.
Three artists – Todd T. Brown, multidisciplinary artist; Kevin Epps, filmmaker, and Campo Santo theater group, Directed by Sean San José – will share the space through September as a think tank and working studio where they will develop final projects which will be premiered starting in late August. In partnership with outstanding San Francisco organizations – Red Poppy Art House, African American Art and Culture Complex, and Intersection for the Arts – the de Young and Artist Fellows form a hub for creativity and creation.
This summer, visit the gallery to watch the space transform in reflection of the artists’ progress. On Friday Nights, the Artist Fellows host Open Studios, Salons, and performances of their works-in-progress. Don’t mind the tarps and paint as Todd T. Brown transforms a canvas. Grab a seat and watch clips of Kevin Epps’ documentary and previous films in the living room area. Take a rare look at a Campo Santo rehearsal. It’s a chance to see the artistic process, to be part of the process, and to see the path, rather than just the destination.
On Friday, June 24, join us in welcoming the fellows with a special opening reception from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Space is limited.
For more information about the Artist Fellows and their projects, as well as dates of upcoming events, including special presentations and premieres, visit the Artist Fellows website.
Fans of the Artist-in-Residence program, visit the Kimball Artist Studio in October when the monthlong program continues with visiting Maori artist Glenda Joyce Hape.
The Kimball Artist Studio is in the free zone. The studio is open to visitors every Friday Night from 6:00-8:30 p.m. through September. Additional dates to be announced.