Today the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee announced its Art Walk, designed promote and display the work of local Bay Area artists to the hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to downtown San Francisco for Super Bowl festivities. The exhibit will be presented in collaboration with ArtSpan, a collaborative of hundreds of local artists, and will be staged on the perimeter fencing of Super Bowl City presented by Verizon, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s free-to-the-public fan village.
“From the Gold Rush to the present, these local artists beautifully capture our region’s culture and history,” said Keith Bruce, CEO of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. “We encourage local residents, football fans and all Bay Area visitors to enjoy the Super Bowl City Art Walk as we celebrate San Francisco, the Bay Area and California.”
“ArtSpan is proud to partner with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to represent the Bay Area artist community at Super Bowl City with the work of these ten local artists,” said Joen Madonna, Executive Director of ArtSpan. “The Art Walk’s collection of images celebrates California, from the region’s natural beauty, to the diversity of its cities, always embodying a spirit of discovery.”
The Super Bowl City Art Walk will be on display to the public January 30 – February 7 in conjunction with Super Bowl City.
Artists whose work will be showcased include:
Spencer Aldworth Brown:
- How does one get a new perspective of a city photographed a million times per day? For Spencer, the answer was to jump in the Bay. Armed with a wetsuit and waterproof film camera, he shoots the water’s surface while floating the majority of San Francisco’s coastline. The resulting “immersive” photographs celebrate the body of water that made San Francisco the world-class city it is today.
- Through creative observations, Stacey’s artwork offers insights into the changing urban environment. It is an acknowledgement of what has passed and the importance of the past to the present. Her painting, “Surfers 1973,” represents ideals and inspirations of his youth, which is what brought her to California.
Michelle De La Menardiere:
- Michelle’s paintings embrace California’s inimitable beauty, spontaneity, and openness. Ignited by the subtle, shifting polychromatic hues of the terrain, she creates visceral, bold works full of luminous color, line and amorphic shape. Coating on, knifing off, layering over, excavating, and washing away, she allows her work to evolve through equal parts grace and chaos. The process is unplanned and experimental – a testament to the vibrant, ever-changing, forward-thinking energy of California.
- Annie moved to San Francisco from Ireland in October 1989, two weeks before the Loma Prieta earthquake. As an artist, she constantly celebrates California in her work. Her best-known paintings are colorful interpretations of an image from 1913 of a bear hugging the Golden State. She also paints different versions of San Francisco’s 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign, designed in 1955 by Rex May.
- Chad is influenced and driven by the graffiti community, which taught him to be resourceful with paint and supplies. His self-taught use of color aggressively shapes an object so that it is clearly visible when viewed from afar. Up close, the work can be viewed as an elaborate color design – an almost mosaic pointillism of brick-like shapes.
- Phillip believes that California is where the entrepreneurial human spirit meets the promise of technology. It’s the place where people from all over the world come to strike gold and risk being shaken silly. It’s the melting pot of people and families, ideas and perspectives. He believes it’s this diversity that makes California unique, special and great.
- Carol focuses her work on the spectacular and unique qualities of light and color in the California landscape. Her landscapes are based on real places and done in plein air, with larger works done in the studio using references from observation and sketches.
- Paul believes that San Francisco is a haven of beauty, creativity, and innovation. It is a place where artists haunt cafes, debate ideas, and wander the streets discovering themselves again and again. He believes artists come here to make art, make change, and to test their dreams. His drawings are a love letter to that feeling.
- Eric moved to California from Michigan in 1987, drawn by the dream of sunshine, beaches, and different points of view. He is inspired by San Francisco’s amazing mix of natural beauty, urban grit, and intriguing history.
- From the misty mornings to the sparkling sidewalks, San Francisco magic captivates Rachel at every turn. She daydreams about the San Francisco of her grandparents. This love of California is her legacy. The nostalgia and charm of hundred-year-old postcards inspired her to create her series, “Postcards from San Francisco,” which are her hand-painted love letters to the place she calls home.
In a break from tradition, Super Bowl City will be open for an extra weekend this year, providing many local residents the opportunity to experience the excitement of Super Bowl 50 before out-of-town guests arrive. Both Super Bowl City and the NFL Experience will open Saturday, January 30 – with the day’s activities topped off by the official re-lighting of the iconic Bay Lights on the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bay Bridge followed by the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular.