Last Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Autodesk Gallery hosted a private recpetion for the Digital Canvas exhibition. With over 100 guests, including contributing artists, guests and local media, the exhibit was unveiled in a highly intimate and social setting.
The Collection: Curated by Susan Murtaugh, the exhibit's aim was to celebrate the diversity and creativity of digital art.
"The 'day job' diversity of our 82 artists is astounding.", said Susan in her opening remarks, "Starting with a fourth grade student, university students and professors, a public health worker, lawyer, aerospace technician, general contractor, a farmer, a real estate broker, a couple of architects, a journalist, goldsmith, an obstetrician and surgeon. Not to mention professional illustrators, animators, designers and directors."
The audience was also given a special treat thanks to Jay Shuster, Art Director of Pixar, who shared his background story along with amazing behind the scenes details and concept sketches from the upcoming Cars 2 movie.
For us, as members of the SketchBook team, it was a huge honor to collaborate with and present the work of so many customers. That a quarter of the contributing artists attended the event made it particularly special for us. Not only did people fly in from different parts of the U.S., but Pinar Yalcin made the trip to San Francisco all the way from Istanbul, Turkey.
On behalf of the team, I would very much like to thank all the SketchBook users out there, but particular thanks to Susan and all the contributing artists that really made the Digital Canvas exhibit possible. -- Chris Cheung
The Digital Canvas will be open to the public starting May 11, 2011.
Autodesk Gallery at One Market
One Market, Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94105
The Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday from 12-5 pm, with a guided tour from 12:30-1:30pm. Come by to check out the many exhibits, including the Digital Canvas.
Above: The arrangements for each wall highlighted contrasting artistic styles and themes.
Below: 1) Jay Shuster spending time chatting and signing books; 2) Timothy Reynolds exploring one of the technology exhibits in the Gallery.
Above: Artists meeting for the first time.
Below: 1) Massa (Azure) with husband, Brian, at the iPad display table; 2) Mia Robinson; 3) Geoffrey Smith, youngest contributor in the collection.
Above: 1) Goro Fujita; 2) Peter Jaret; 3) Sal Navarro enjoying a beverage at the 'after-reception reception' (Osha Thai, 4 Embarcadero Center)
Click here to download the PDF Show Guide, including profiles of all the Digital Canvas artists
For more photos from the reception, check out the Flickr group that has been created by the artists: http://www.flickr.com/groups/autodeskdigitalcanvas2011/