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New exhibition recognizing emerging artists in So Co

November 15, 2019

The Museum of Sonoma County will feature ten Sonoma County artists who have been named as winners of the “Discovered: Emerging Artists in Sonoma County” program for 2019 in its upcoming exhibition. The public opening for the exhibition is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 22, from 5–7 p.m. The Discovered program, produced by Creative Sonoma, is funded by grants from Community Foundation Sonoma County and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program, which is produced on a bi-annual basis, offers visibility, credibility and respect to ten of Sonoma County’s less known visual and literary artists. 

In addition, a full slate of ancillary activities has been set featuring the Discovered artists on panels, in discussions and leading art-making sessions for the community. Events include a youth and teen drawing workshop; an artist-led discussion on the ramifications for artists who share political or deeply personal work, and a writing workshop exploring the interconnectivity of poetry and visual art. Details can be found at www.MuseumSC.org/events/. 

Discovered artists receive $2500 stipends for their past work, a professionally produced catalog that features highlights and excerpts of their work, and placement in an exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County, curated by Museum Executive Director and Curator of Art Jeff Nathanson. “The Museum is honored to partner with Creative Sonoma in presenting the 2019 Discovered exhibition,” said Nathanson. “The overall quality of the submissions was extremely high, and this year’s winners represent the very best of emerging artists working in Sonoma County.” 

This is the first year that literary artists were invited to participate due to the funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The combination of literary and visual artists invites attendees to explore the divergent expressions and perspectives of two genres in the context of a single show. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to search for the common threads that tie the artists’ works together. 

The Museum of Sonoma County is located at 425 Seventh Street in Santa Rosa and is open Tues.-Sun. from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The show will be open from Nov. 19, 2019 through Feb. 2, 2020. The public opening is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Katie Azanza at kazanza@museumsc.org. For more information about the “Discovered” program, please contact Kristen.madsen@sonoma-county.org.