The Art of Digital Show -- Elevating the Art Form
by Lisa Smith
The second annual Art of Digital Show announces "International Call
San Diego -- The Art of Digital Show, a major international exhibition,
announced their "Call for Entries" to digital artists around the world. This
world-class exhibition, which runs October 6 to November 11, 2007 at the Lyceum Theatre
Gallery in downtown San Diego, will feature all forms of digital art. The gallery
will use flat-screens to display video art along with traditional arrangements of framed
art. Entries must be submitted by August 15, 2007. For information on submitting work,
click here: http://www.artofdigitalshow.com/prospectus.html
"Our great love of this art form drives us to create a truly excellent
presentation of digital art from around the world," said Steven Churchill, curator
and founder of the event. "Our goal is to elevate and promote digital art and
to provide substantial benefits to the exhibiting artists."
How does digital art stand in the art world at large? The Art of Digital Show
believes that artists are artists no matter what their chosen medium. Imagination,
original vision, sophistication, message, content, creativity and technical skill are all
elements of great art. The Art of Digital Show fervently supports and commends
artists working in new mediums of modern art. They consider digital art forms as
relevant and valuable as any other art form in history- and they back these claims by
selecting judges who have experience within the "big picture" of the modern art
world. They look at the work for it's content and message -- no matter what the medium.
The judge for this year's Art of Digital Show has such an eye. Neal Benezra,
Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in the
history of art from Stanford University; an M.A. in the history of art from the University
of California, Davis; and a B.A. with honors in the history of art and political science
from the University of California, Berkeley. Benezra had previously served as deputy
director and Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art
Institute of Chicago. Throughout his career, Benezra has served on professional panels and
advisory committees. So, it's quite fitting that Mr. Benezra will be judging the art for
an exhibition of the most "contemporary" art form, digital art.
The Opening Reception Gala and Awards Ceremony, a free public reception, will take place
October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. A total of $3,000 in cash awards will be presented to the top
nine artists chosen by Mr. Benezra. These award winning images will be announced on
September 1, 2007. An estimated 1500 people from all over the world will be in attendance
at the Opening Reception Gala, including most of the exhibiting artists. A free
72-page show catalog will be available during the exhibit, featuring all of the selected
According to Mr. Churchill, the mission of The Art of Digital Show is to provide a truly
"artist oriented" exhibit and to create a world-class presentation of digital
art. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to view the Show during the five-week
run. The Lyceum Theatre Gallery is open and free to the public seven days a week. Gallery
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends.
For more information, please visit: http://www.artofdigitalshow.com.
To view a four-minute video about the Art of Digital Show, click here: http://www.artofdigitalshow.com/trailer.html.