Phelan: Art activist, educator, and noted contemporary art collector
Phelan earned her University of California, San Diego degree in Philosophy
and Art History. She was docent chair at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary
Art (now SDMCA) and developer of the museums Art to Schools program;
Contemporary Art Instructor for UCSD Extension; Instructional Expert
in Art History for the San Diego City Schools Gifted Program; President
of the Art Council Board of the San Diego State University School of
Art, Design, and Art History; Program Chair and Chair of the Contemporary
Arts Committee for the San Diego Museum of Art; Curator of More is More
exhibition at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, Moving Pictures (LA painter
Cond) and a sculpture installation by Kenneth Capps at La Sierra University
Brandstater Gallery in Riverside; Member of the COVA (Combined Organization
for the Visual Arts) Advisory Board where she was a speaker on Art Collecting
for the Barnes and Noble Art Lecture series and Moderator of the panel
discussion (Public Art Dialogue in Escondido with Pincus, Sass and Hamilton);
Juror of art exhibitions for Sushi, the Childrens Art at the County
Fair in Del Mar, Small Images Exhibition in Fallbrook, Earth Day at
the San Diego Art Institute, the 2007 Clairemont Art Association and
the SDAI regional exhibition in Balboa Park.
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"For me there were a number of highlights, all of which were exhibitions
recognizing the important artists and collectors from this area: the
San Diego private collections shown at SDMA, the regional exhibits at
both the Oceanside Museum and SDMA, the contemporary group exhibition
in Escondido of local artists, the Kenneth Capps retrospective at the
Cannon in Carlsbad, Eleanor Antin at SDMA, and Jean Lowe at Quint Gallery."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
#2 "Start with art education in the schools for life enhancement
and future support of the arts in the community. Promote artists of
this region by collecting and exhibiting their art. Encourage the museums
to have a gallery where work of the outstanding artists of this area
would be on permanent display."