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,
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 host
the Parisian artists in the U.S.
Following are the Bay Area artists representing San
Francisco in this cultural exchange:
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.
The San Francisco
artists view this exchange as a valuable endeavor for building new
relationships with French artists and the City of Paris.
“We are honored to have been invited by Le Génie de la Bastille to represent San
Francisco and the U.S.
in Paris, a multi-cultural and
international city much like our own. We are also looking forward to hosting
the Parisian artists in 2006 and providing them with a meaningful San
Francisco experience.” Refer to our website for more information
about the exchange and for biographical information on participating San