101 COLLECTION AT CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Located in San Francisco, the 101 Collection of the ArtNow International Foundation is comprised of contemporary artworks by artists who live and work along the West Coast's iconic Highway 101, which runs from Mexico to Canada, through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Inclusion of artists from the two neighboring countries, Mexico in the south and Canada in the north, as well as adjacent states to the east (Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho), allows for occasional border crossings. Featuring works from a wide range of media, such as photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, film and installation, the 101 Collection, assembled under the direction of Wattis Director, Jens Hoffmann, includes a large selection of artworks by some of the most important and emerging artists working on the West Coast. The 101 Collection includes work by artists such as John Baldessari, Jennifer Bornstein, Bruce Conner, Rodney Graham, Colter Jacobson, and Tim Lee.
In a unique initiative between ArtNow and the Wattis Institute, and with the collaboration of CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, a new Curatorial Fellowship Program was launched in 2009 that aims to broaden the interpretation and dissemination of this important new collection. Now entering its second year, graduating students from CCA's curating course were invited in the spring to apply for the Fellowship by submitting proposals for an exhibition curated entirely from the 101 Collection, to be presented within the Wattis Institute galleries the following year. This Curatorial Fellowship enables a student to spend a third year within CCA, to realize his/her first curated project in a public arts institution, and to conduct research around the artists and artworks featured in the 101 Collection.
The second 101 Curatorial Fellow, Sharon Lerner joined the Wattis in September 2010; Route 2: Undisclosed Destination, her 101 Collection Exhibition will be presented in the Lower Gallery from February 15 to April 9, 2011.
About ArtNow International Foundation
ArtNow International Foundation is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. It is dedicated to promoting modern and contemporary art through the constitution of art collections and their display in local art institutions, as well as nationally and internationally. Parts of the collection are shown in various Bay Area venues, including Stanford University's Cantor Center for Visual Arts and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco.
With the intention of generating diverse cultural discourses and offering opportunities to young artists and curators, ArtNow also offers the "Foreign Artist Residency" and "101 Curatorial Fellowship" programs in collaboration with other local art institutions. ArtNow is affiliated with the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, and together they conduct several exchange programs.
About CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice
The first of its kind on the West Coast, CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice offers an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture. The program seeks to extend the current European and North American academic focus on traditional museum and gallery exhibitions, exploring the impact of artist-led initiatives and other efforts that take place outside conventional venues. Reflecting San Francisco's geographic location and cultural histories, the program also emphasizes curatorial and art practices in Asia and Latin America.