Color Curious

Event has passed (Thu Jan 23, 2014 - Thu Jan 23, 2014)
SOMArts Cultural Center


Color radiates meaning, mood, and intrigue in art and in our daily lives. Have you ever wondered how designers, artists, and professionals choose the perfect palettes that attract and entice our eyes? Or how a slight change of hue can mean the difference between an energized or a relaxed space? Join ArtSpan and a panel of color experts for the first Art Curious event of the year and learn about the ways in which color affects our taste in art, and the very essence of our emotions.


Tesia Blackburn has been a working artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. In 2000 she was hired by Golden Artist Colors, as the Golden Working Artist in San Francisco. Her work is collected both locally and internationally with patrons as far away as Tokyo, and her paintings employ bold color and texture. She received her BFA from the Academy of Art in 1984, studied lithography at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990 and received her Master's of Art in 1992 at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

Toni Lobsenz is an experienced, professional textile and surface designer with over 35 years of experience working in Industry as well as a fine art painter. Color is her forte. She has expertise in color development, theory and psychology of color, both in art and in Industry. She was Head designer and senior designer for companies including Pottery Barn for 12 years and Esprit for 6 years, as well as a freelance designer for many well known companies. Toni has taught in the Foundations and Fashion Depts of the Academy of Art and in the Interior Design and Fashion Depts at CCA. Her educational background is in Fine Art and art history.

Julia Rowe is an arts educator who most recently spent two decades at the California College of the Arts where she was first Core Director, then Associate Dean of Students. Trained at Harvard, The New York Studio School and briefly at RISD, Julia is drawn to work where humanities research intersects with studio practice. Currently she is spending a lot of time drawing in her studio where, despite her interest in color, much of her work seems to be in black and white.

Exhibition on Display:

Curated by Jon Sueda and featuring 37 projects by Bay Area and international artists, All Possible Futures is the first of three SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibitions in 2014. The group exhibition explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form. Contemporary speculative pieces take the form of both physical objects and restaged installations.

What happens when graphic designers extend the boundaries of their discipline and initiate creative explorations built on risk and uncertain ground? Exhibited conceptual proposals, critical provocations, and experimental works that exist on the margins of graphic design or in parallel to professional projects, as well as proposals that were initially rejected by a client and remain unrealized, position All Possible Futures at the intersection of design and fine art.

ArtSpan participates in SOMArts’ Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to arts and cultural organizations. For more information visit

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  1. SOMArts Cultural Center
    934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA