Biennial Alliance of Artists 2022 | Crafts

The OMA is thrilled to present its fifth Biennial, continuing the tradition of raising the voices of Southern California artists and celebrating the best work of the OMA Artist Alliance. This exhibition represents only a small sample of our remarkable artist members. The competition was fierce – ultimately only 61 works were selected from nearly 900 entries by juror Alessandra Moctezuma, an art professor and gallery director at San Diego Mesa College.

Judging which artworks to include in this year’s exhibition was a challenge. Juror Moctezuma adds, “As a curator and art teacher, I really enjoyed seeing the variety of approaches, the unique concepts, the manipulation of media and the attention to craftsmanship. It was hard to narrow it down to a limited selection. We wanted to include as many works as possible and as I made my selections visual connections and mood and theme relationships became clear.

“The last eighteen months have been a time of uncertainty and isolation. Personally, nature has been a healthy escape, so I’ve included pieces – both figurative and abstract – that represent that much-needed connection to the beauty around us. I was also drawn to artwork that evoked a sense of mystery and introspection; stories that will resonate with many of us. Artists and visitors alike will enjoy seeing the dialogue between these disparate, cohesive and undeniably engaging works of art.

With artists at the heart of our work, we are honored to have this opportunity to recognize excellence in creative and original expression.

The exhibition will be open to the public on December 18, 2021 and can be viewed during museum opening hours (Thursday-Saturday, 11-5 and Sunday, 11-4). An artists’ reception will take place on February 12, 2022 and the exhibition will be on view until May 1, 2022.

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