Southern CA Regional Juried Awards Exhibition 2010
“I entered ‘Theda’ in the competition at the last moment before heading off to San Francisco for the WonderCon with hopes of getting in the show. Well I did better than that. I was awarded The Hoffman Trust Award!
This award is a purchase award but two hurdles had to be crossed; ‘Theda’ was a commission and therefore not for sale and the $500. award was not enough to purchase my art. When the call came and I explained this to Kerstin, the institute director, Ruth Hoffman got on the phone. She said we had met about 10 years or so ago when I was on my way to NYC for an exhibit and she was impressed with my work then and had been keeping an eye out for me. She said she always wanted to include my art in her collection.
Ruth Hoffman is putting together a massive collection of southern California artists. She has some of the best of our generation in the collection and it will be placed in a trust. There is talk of her collection going on tour. My friend Suzanne King, an art dealer in La Jolla, says I want to be in that collection.
We worked out an agreement. I would supply her with a different piece when the show closed and she would pay the difference from the trust. Whoohoo!
Forgot to mention that at the opening reception someone asked did I like my portrait. I thought they were talking about my art but it turns out that there was a portrait of me by Kathy McChesney.”
The Southern CA Regional 2010 @ The Museum of The Living Artist, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park
©ted washington 2010