The Stockton Art League’s juried art competition returns to the Haggin Museum this year with more than 100 new works by long-standing local artists and newcomers from around the country. The show opened April 7 and runs through May 15, 2022.
The original competition was conceived in 1951 to recognize, promote and reward excellence in Northern California art and was expanded in 2006 to include all of California, in addition to Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. It has grown since then to include artists throughout the United States, further enhancing the quality of work included in the show.
Nearly 1,000 works from hundreds of national artists were submitted for this show, and more than $5,000 will be awarded throughout varying mediums including acrylic, oils, water media, mixed media and graphics, sculpture, photography, and pastel. This year, the Stockton Art League has introduced photography as a new medium.
The Stockton Art League (SAL) is a group of people who are interested in and enjoy the world of art. SAL had its beginnings in 1936 as a critique session and later as a sketching group. Members include professional, semi-professional, amateur artists, and people who just enjoy its programs and exhibitions. SAL provides and promotes programs, workshops, classes, and activities that stimulate growth in individual members and encourage the exchange of ideas between members. In 2001, SAL opened a gallery space in Stockton’s Miracle Mile district, named Goodwin Gallery after its generous benefactor Elise May Goodwin.
Haggin Museum is a nonprofit art and history museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is at 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton and is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $5 for students and youth (ages 10-17), and free for children under 10, museum members, and on the first Saturday of each month. For more information call 209-940-6300 or visit www.hagginmuseum.org.
Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition, and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Cole Weston.
Jastrab has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues.
Cuong Nguyen is a professional painter and art teacher based in San Jose, California. He grew up in Viet Nam and as a high school student was accepted into the Academy of Art in Saigon. His studies were interrupted when he emigrated to the U.S. in 1991. He earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer with a prominent Silicon Valley Web company.
Ruth Santee has been an advocate for the arts for 30 years. Santee is a California based artist, curator, gallerist, and tenured professor. She received a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Santee is a recipient of a Cadogan Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation and a recipient of a San Francisco Art Commission award. Santee’s work is in the permanent collection of the University of Oregon, the David Brower Center, Berkeley CA, and the US Forestry Service of Northern California.