Paris – San Francisco Artist Exchange
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October 2005: Summary

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Welcome to the website of the art exchange between artists of "Le Génie de la Bastille" in Paris, France, and American artists from San Francisco, California and Chicago, Illinois.

The artists of San Francisco have put this site together to provide more information about this cultural exchange.

About the Exchange
Nineteen San Francisco visual artists were selected by Le Génie de la Bastille, a Paris-based arts association, to participate in an exhibition in Paris, France. These artists were chosen from a group of over 1,300 artists who have participated in San Francisco's Open Studios, an event where artists invite the public into their studios. While in Paris the San Francisco artists will each exhibit their work in the studios of Parisian host artists in the Bastille district. The American and Parisian artists will be welcomed by officials from the City of Paris and the U.S. Embassy in a private reception on October 5th. "Vernissages" (public openings) take place on October 6th and the exhibitions will run through Sunday, October 9th.

Le Génie de la Bastille began a program of public exhibitions in artist studios in 1984, followed by a series of international cultural exchanges with artists from Europe, Japan, Chile, Korea, and Algeria. In its first collaboration with the U.S., Le Génie de la Bastille has invited 19 artists from San Francisco and 9 artists from Chicago to participate in their 2005 Open Studios event in Paris. In turn, the American artists will be hosts in 2006.

The international exchange with Le Génie de la Bastille was initiated by ArtSpan, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that produces San Francisco's Open Studios event each October.

Public event dates in Paris, France (2005):
Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 6, 2005 from 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates:   Friday, October 7, 3-8pm; Saturday, October 8, 3-10pm; Sunday, October 9, 3-8pm