Berchtold: Gallery Director: L
Street Gallery Art Gallery, Program Director: San
Diego Art Prize
its inception in 2000, Ann Berchtold has been the curator of http://sandiegoartist.com/
which is a website dedicated to promoting the work of emerging and established
artists who reside in San Diego and Baja California. In 2003 Berchtold
created, "Inspire! San Diego Art Kidz," an art program created
as a supplement to the existing lessons in the Del Mar School District.
In 2006, Berchtold was asked to step in as gallery director at the L
Street Gallery part of the Omni San Diego Hotel. At that same time
Berchtold, along with Patricia Frischer and Joan Seifried, came up with
the concept and launched the San
Diego Art Prize, where local and emerging artists are recognized
and awarded for their work, which is followed by a series of exhibitions
in galleries around the county showcasing the winners. Berchtold is
currently working as the Executive Director of the Beyond
the Border Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego that will (hopefully)
be held in the 2009. Berchtold serves on several boards and committees
including the San Diego Visual Arts Network and the Del Mar Hills Academy
Parent Teacher Association. She has given various lectures and has served
on several panel discussions in regards to collecting art and using
the Internet to promote artwork. She has served as juror for the San
Diego Art Institute and the UCSD undergraduate VisArts department.
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"Planning three fantastic exhibitions with some of this cities
finest established and emerging artists: Marcos Ramirez (ERRE) with
emerging artist Allison Wiese, Roman De Salvo with emerging artist Lael
Corbin, Eleanor Antin with emerging artist Pamela Jaeger. Working with
most of San Diego's art leaders to initiate the idea of bringing the
first contemporary art fair to San Diego."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"Launch a successful contemporary art fair in San Diego that becomes
a catalyst to encourage collecting art, showcases this cities art institutions
and artists, and promotes international cultural tourism."