Thursday, May 17, 2018

Downtown Doors student art exhibit “Class of 2018” announced

20 new pieces of student art added to downtown landscape in 2018

SAN JOSE (May 3, 2018) – The 20 students selected for 2018 Downtown Doors exhibition shared personal insights and emotions to create artworks with themes ranging from the portrayal of strong women to the comical, all the while splashing vibrant colors and utilizing an abundance of techniques and styles on downtown San Jose’s urban landscape.
These compelling pieces of art will add aesthetic relief to San Jose’s core by being attached to downtown service doors and utility boxes located mostly on key thoroughfares.  The artworks also offer food for thought to thousands of pedestrians.
The winners of the annual competition -- now in its 13th year -- were among 170 submissions from students at 20 different San Jose-area high schools.  Downtown Doors are produced by the San Jose Downtown Foundation at 110 sites in the city’s core stretching from SoFA to north of San Pedro Square.  Using the same application seen on some light rail trains and buses, their pieces are enlarged, transferred onto vinyl decals and affixed tosingle- and double-panel service doors of large buildings, and a number of utility boxes throughout downtown San Jose.
Since the program began in 2003, 272 student works have been selected.
“Success is often measured by the amount of wealth, however, true success is measured in how we make the world a better place,” said Diana Beechie, past president of the San Jose Downtown Foundation.  “Our students have achieved great success by creating a more beautiful vibrant downtown.”
One central theme in this year’s collection of selected pieces celebrates women such as “Who We Are Is Who We Were” by Joann Nguyen (Piedmont Hills), “Cyber Story” by Elizabeth Thach (Evergreen Valley) an untitled work by Alexa Hernandez (San Jose HS) and “My Mother” by Keleila Taylor (Del Mar).  
Other works focus on nature and environmental awareness, such as the odd “rabbitsparrow” by Jennifer Deng (Pioneer), “Exploration of Impossibility” by Sunny Liu (Westmont), “Lured” by Lauryn Sugai (Leigh), “Belly Up” by Serendipity Tinsley (Del Mar), “Red-Shanked Duoc Monkey” by Ana-Gabriela Cadenas (Lincoln), “Tropical Toucan” by Romelia Zarate (Lincoln), Jakoby Leonard’s (Andrew P. Hill)  “An Avian Stare,” and “Summer Days” by Alan Camolinga (Leigh).
Techniques and styles ranged from watercolors to acrylics and abstracts to digital mosaics. Downtown Doors highlights include Emily Won’s (Leigh) “The Boy and His Umbrella” watercolor, Sam Rios’ (Andrew P. Hill) digitally produced “We Tread on,” “Abstract Still Life” by Cloe Smith (Del Mar), “Love at First Bite” by Hannah Cho (Santa Teresa), untitled work by Michelle Luu (Independence), Dillon Mulvany’s (Willow Glen) modern nighttime streetscape “Into the City” and “ARCANDYA” by Identically named friends Michelle Pham (Yerba Buena).
Downtown Doors has proven to be a stepping stone toward better grades, graduation, college and a leadership position in society.  Students often claim that the Downtown Doors competition confirms their talent as artists. Every person selected shows excitement at being included on the prestigious list of Downtown Doors winners.
A private reception honoring the artists and their works will take place May 10 at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Program sponsors include: Catered Too!, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Cornish, Carey, Newmark & Knight, Kimley Horn, KQED, Offices of Councilmembers Dev Davis , Chappie Jones, Johnny Khamis, and Don Rocha, Orchard Commercial, Pestana Properties, Republic Services, Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Donor Circle for the Arts, and SV Creates.  In-Kind contributions by Adobe, Catered Too!, Juan Borrelli, Mangold Designs, San Jose Museum of Art and University Art.
2018 site hosts include: Imwalle Properties (former Camera 12 Cinemas), Fairmont Hotel, Westin San Jose, City of San Jose, The 88, Digital Realty, Harvest Properties at 60 S. Market St. and Hammer Theatre Center,

This year’s new installations and a walking map of the art sites are posted at sjdowntown.com/foundation The students’ work will be viewable for several years before being replaced.

The Downtown Doors Class of 2018:
Andrew P Hill High School

Title:  An Avian Stare
Artist:  Leonard Jakoby, 10
Location: CSJ Utility box at the southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara streets


Title: We Tread On
Artist:  Sam Rios, 11
Location: Imwalle Properties, on the former Camera 12

Del Mar High School

Title: My Mother
Artist:  Keleila Taylor, 11
Location: Imwalle Properties, on the former Camera 12

Title: Belly Up
Artist:  Serendipity Tinsley, 11
Location: Digital Realty

Title: Abstract Still Life
Artist:  Cloe Smith, 11
Location: Hammer Theatre Center

Evergreen Valley High School

Title:  CyberStory
Artist:  Elizabeth Thach, 12
Location:  Fairmont San Jose

Independence High School

Title:  Untitled
Artist:  Michelle Luu, 12
Location:  Westin San Jose

Leigh High School

Title: Summer Days
Artist: Alan Camolinga, 12
Location: The 88

Title: Lured
Artist: Lauryn Sugai, 12
Site Host:  Fairmont San Jose


Title: The Boy and His Umbrella
Artist: Emily Won, 11
Location:  Westin San Jose

Lincoln High School

Title:  Ana, the Red-Shanked Duoc Monkey
Artist:  Ana-Gabriela Cadena, 10
Location:  CSJ Utility box at the southeast corner of Third and San Carlos streets

Title:  Tropical Toucan
Artist:  Romelia Zarate, 11
Location:  Fairmont San Jose

Piedmont Hills High School

Title:  Who We Were Is Who We Are
Artist: Joann Nguyen, 11
Location:  Fairmont San Jose

Title:  Untitled
Artist:  Hannah Le
Location: Hammer Theatre Center

Pioneer High School

Title:  Rabbitsparrow
Artist:  Jennifer Deng, 11
Location:  Fairmont San Jose

San Jose High School

Title:  Untitled
Artist:  Alexa Hernandez, 12
Location: Imwalle Properties, on the former Camera 12

Santa Teresa High School

Title:  Love at First Bite
Artist:  Hannah Cho, 12
Location: Digital Realty

Westmont High School

Title: Exploration of Impossibility
Artist:  Sunny Liu, 12
Location:  Harvest Properties, 60 S. Market St.

Willow Glen High School

Title: Into the City
Artist:  Dillon Mulvany, 12
Location: CSJ Utility box on Santa Clara Street, between Second and Third streets

Yerba Buena High School

Title:  ARCANDYA
Artist:  Michelle Pham and Michelle T. Pham, 12
Location: Fairmont San Jose

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About:  The San Jose Downtown Foundation (SJDF) promotes cultural awareness and civic participation in San Jose and Santa Clara County through youth education programs, public events and art exhibits.  SJDF is the 501c3 arm of the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), whose mission is to represent business and property owners to improve downtown and enhance downtown’s vitality and livability.


 School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2018)

East Side Union HS District
(19) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18, 18
(17) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18
(15) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 18
(11) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18
(9) Independence – 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18
(9) Mount Pleasant –  04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 16, 17
(8) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18
(3) James Lick – 11, 12, 16
(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07
(2) Silver Creek – 12, 13
(97) East Side SubTotal
(50) Lincoln (includes Saturday Art Academy) – 03, 03, 03, 03, 04, 04, 04, 04, 04, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 18, 18
(32) Notre Dame – 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17
(13) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18
(12) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 16, 17, 17
(12) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 17, 17, 18
(9) Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16
(9) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 18
(8) Del Mar – 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 18, 18
(6) Cupertino – 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11
(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05
(3) Downtown College Prep – 04, 07, 07
(3) San Jose High – 16, 17, 18
(2) Bellarmine College Prep. – 10, 17
(1) Leland – 16
(1)   Westmont – 18
(1) Castillero Middle – 12

(167) All other districts Subtotal

(2) Okayama, Japan – 14, 16
(2) Pune, India – 14, 16
(2) Tainan, Taiwan – 14, 16
(1) Dublin, Ireland – 14
(1) San Jose, Costa Rica – 14
(8) International Subtotal

(272) TOTAL

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