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Introductions

Root Division presents Introductions 2017, the 11th iteration of our annual juried exhibition. The Introductions exhibition showcases the talent of thirteen emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering exposure to the art community and beyond through public reception, and catalogue documentation. Through a highly competitive review process this year's jurors -- Patricia Cariño Valdez, Curator and Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Kira Lyons, Director, Gallery Wendi Norris, and Hesse McGraw, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute -- selected twelve finalists from over 200 submissions based on the conceptual and formal strength of the work. The resulting exhibition includes diverse range of media and subject matter featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and more. The exhibition has become one of the keystones of Root Division’s exhibition programming offering exposure to emerging artists and a chance for the public to view cutting edge local art production in the Bay Area. Participating Artists: Zulfikar Bhutto Michelle Brandenmuhl Natasha Carlos Jamee Crusan Heidi Holmes Tania Houtzager Alyssa Lempesis Diana Li Tana Quincy Arcega Keyvan Shovir Xiao Wang Minoosh Zomorodinia Introductions is free, open to the public, and includes a Creative Station - all ages art activities hosted in our classroom during the 2nd Saturday opening reception. ABOUT ROOT DIVISION Root Division is a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. Root Division's mission is to empower artists, foster community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. The organization is a launching pad for artists, a stepping-stone for educators and students, and a bridge for the general public to become involved in the arts. Root Division is supported in part by a plethora of individual donors and by grants from National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works, San Francisco Arts Commission: Community Investments, Grants for the Arts, Drusie Davis Family Fund, Violet World Foundation, Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, The Morton Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Bill Graham Memorial Fund, and Art4Moore.