San Luis Obispo
Ever since Junipero Serra went up in search of Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo has been a space in between - an area of rest, a thorough way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is this distance from the main urban hubs that has afforded the area the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate. This lifestyle, coupled with the emergence of a robust wine industry, has attracted a myriad of writers and artists that are exploring the cultural ethos of the area.
Coastal Creativity: The Collaborations of Artist Suzi Bliss and Musician Vincent Bernardy
A crossover of music and visual art is taking place in San Luis Obispo. Artist Suzi Bliss, musician/ painter Vince Bernardy, and Blind Melon vocalist Travis Warren are creatives who congregate for collaboration.
Double Portraits: Kate Moldauer's Paintings of Lesbian Couples
Painter Kate Moldauer has launched a series to tell the stories of lesbian families from across the United States.
Michael Pearce: Art in the Age of Emergence
Michael Pearce draws inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites and masters of the Italian baroque movement to realize massive and mythical paintings.
Coastal Modern: Architect Mark Mills
Coastal Modern: Architect Mark Mills
Designing primarily along California's Big Sur Coast, Mark Mills was an experimental architect of structures of an organic quality with emphasis on modern elegance that was informed by the building sites' natural landscape.
Print Like It's 1897: The History Behind the Shakespeare Press Museum
Print Like It's 1897: The History Behind the Shakespeare Press Museum
The Shakespeare Press Museum offers a collection of rare equipment and early examples of printing that spans 150 years of California printing.
Surfing Artists Go with the Flow
Surfing Artists Go with the Flow
Meet four Central Coast artists who draw their inspiration from the ocean.
Paying It Forward with Catherine Ryan Hyde
Paying It Forward with Catherine Ryan Hyde
Author Catherine Ryan Hyde helps Catherine Trujillo document this visit through El Camino Real with photographs of the coastal place she calls home.
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay
Georgian-born music educator Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli has shaped the lives of scores of American schoolchildren.
Young at Heart: Sky Bergman's Age Explorations
Young at Heart: Sky Bergman's Age Explorations
Photographer Sky Bergman sets out to marry photography and the life stories of octogenarians (and older) with the launch of Lives Well Lived.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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