Lugo: Library Curator, San Diego Public Library, San
Diego Public Library/Visual Arts Program
Lugo is the curator for the San Diego Public Library system. In 1997
he founded the Library's Visual Arts Program whose mission is to demonstrate
the Library's role as a cultural institution embracing a broad range
of disciplines, while assisting San Diego's mid-career and older professional
artists in achieving wider local, regional, and national attention.
Lugo has curated more than one hundred exhibitions for the Library.
Other responsibilities include building the Library's Permanent Collection
of Art; writing, hosting, and co-producing an artist interview television
program airing on CityTV 24; and encouraging art market and scholarly
interest in San Diego's artists.
is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"For many years, San Diego's serious contemporary artists have
been hindered by the lack of a viable commercial gallery scene and tepid
support from the city's major art institutions. Unorthodox approaches
and creative thinking are the only solution. As the future unfolds and
formal gallery spaces are incorporated into new library buildings across
the city, an expanding Visual Arts Program will continue as a potent
force in bringing recognition to the city's artists. The Library's expertise
in information technology and its clout as a city government department
will further enhance this mission."