The Stockton Art League Juried Art Competition returns to the Haggin Museum this year with over 100 new works by long-time local artists and newcomers from across the country. The show kicked off on April 7 and will run until May 15, 2022.
The original competition was conceived in 1951 to recognize, promote and reward excellence in Northern California art and was expanded in 2006 to include all of California, in addition to Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It has since grown to include artists across the United States, further improving the quality of work included in the show.
Nearly 1,000 works by hundreds of national artists have been submitted for this exhibition, and more than $5,000 will be awarded across a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, water, mixed and graphic media, sculpture, photography and pastel. This year the Stockton Art League introduced photography as a new medium.
The Stockton Art League (SAL) is a group of people who are interested in and appreciate the art world. SAL got its start in 1936 as a critical session and later as a drawing group. Members include professional, semi-professional, amateur artists and people who simply enjoy its programs and exhibitions. SAL offers and promotes programs, workshops, classes, and activities that stimulate the growth of individual members and encourage the exchange of ideas among members. In 2001, SAL opened a gallery in the Miracle Mile area of Stockton, named the Goodwin Gallery in honor of its generous benefactor Elise May Goodwin.
Haggin Museum is a nonprofit art and history museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located at 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton and is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for students and youth (10-17), and free for children under 10, members of the museum and the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call 209-940-6300 or visit www.hagginmuseum.org.
Ann M. Jastrab is executive director of the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions – including mastery of craftsmanship, the concept of mentorship and dedication to the photographic arts – stem from CPA’s predecessor, the famous Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston.
Jastrab has held many shows in the Bay Area while also swearing, organizing and hosting many exhibitions for other national and international venues.
Cuong Nguyen is a professional painter and art teacher based in San Jose, California. He grew up in Viet Nam and while a high school student was accepted into the Academy of Fine Arts in Saigon. His studies were interrupted when he emigrated to the United States in 1991. He earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and began a successful career as an icon designer in a major Silicon Valley web company.
Ruth Santee has been an arts advocate for 30 years. Santee is a California-based artist, curator, gallery owner and tenured teacher. She received a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Santee is the recipient of a Cadogan Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation and an award from the San Francisco Art Commission. Santee’s work is in the permanent collection of the University of Oregon, the David Brower Center, Berkeley CA, and the US Forestry Service of Northern California.