Message from the Director

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Hello All,

It’s been an active spring semester at the School of Art + Design. Our calendar has been busy with exhibits, events and donor activities. Though May is typically the time of year when things begin to quiet down for us, the School of Art and Design still has a few exciting happenings to share!

Our last Downtown Gallery exhibit of the school year, All Natural, runs through June 15. All Natural features works from seven artists, including a few School of Art + Design alumni, whose art is comprised of natural materials or naturally occurring elements.

Don’t miss our fun, annual Open Studios event on Thursday, May 4! Galleries, studios, classrooms and workshops will all be open with students and faculty on hand to show their work, demonstrate art processes, answer questions, and provide tours. This year, we’ll have a public foundry pour in which molten metal will be poured into a sand mold.

The semester wraps with one of our favorite collaborative events on May 12. The 15th Annual Athenaeum Program and Reception for Art Council Ambassador Winners will honor a group of talented Art + Design students with presentations, a reception, and exhibition.

Our very own Associate Professor of Sculpture, Richard Keely, will be honored at the San Diego Art Prize opening reception which will also be held at the Athenaeum the night of May 12. Richard is one of four local artists who have been awarded this prestigious award.

Thank you as always to generous donors and Art Council Ambassadors who provide valuable funds that help underwrite scholarships, grants, lectures, workshops, and other School programs. To donate or become an Art Council Ambassador, please visit:

Kotaro Nakamura
Director, School of Art + Design, SDSU