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Experience Imagination

Transforming Existence

Transforming Existence is a juried exhibition of student and faculty work exploring Surrealist. On display at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, located in the Core Columbia neighborhood of downtown San Diego, the exhibition will reach the broadest possible audience from both SDSU and the local community.


The exhibition explores the use of imagination as a method to delve beyond what artists consciously understand in order to make sense of the world around them through the approach of Surrealism. The exhibition will investigate the ways in which surrealistic combinations allow artists to reconcile intense personal experiences, to understand relationships and society, and to extract disparate imagery from their subconscious or dreams as a pathway to illumination.


The title, Transforming Existence, refers to a quote from André Breton, who is recognized as the creator of Surrealism (as an approach) in 1924. Breton stated, “Surrealism is not just an art movement; it is a way of thinking, a way of life, a way of transforming existence.” Since its creation nearly a century ago, Surrealism has remained relevant, infused into all art forms from drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics to jewelry, photography, digital art, and graphic design. The proliferation of the approach and its continued legacy creates an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to create work incorporating the foundations and aesthetics of Surrealism. Through the use of a focused approach, visitors to the exhibition will experience an alternate reality, transported to places that exist only in the mind’s eye of each individual artist.

Opening Reception


Opening Reception with the Artists/Downtown at Sundown


February 15th, 2018 from 5:00-8:00PM
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101


For this Downtown at Sundown join us to celebrate the opening of Transforming Existence. Meet the artists and mingle as you view the exhibition, featuring artworks from students and faculty of the School of Art + Design, interpreting the theme of “imagination.”


Downtown at Sundown is in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), Stone Brewing Co., Aaharn, and Carnivore, on the third Thursday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Opening Reception 1     Opening Reception 2

                    © Ken Jacques                                                                           © Ken Jacques 




Opening Reception 3


© Ken Jacques  


Workshop with Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell


Topic: Graphic Design Workshop: “College as a Process for Poster Design,” with Nacy Skolos and Tom Wedel


Faculty Sponsors: Susan Merrit MFA, Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art and Design


Date: April 20th, 2018


Time: TBA


Where: Room A-312 (Art North)


 Skolos Wedell Landscape

Landscape Architecture
Graduate Program Poster, 2004
25 x 38 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Skolos Wedell Public

Public Bike
Poster, 2012
40 x 60 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Skolos Wedell Shanghai

World Expo, 2006
35 1/2 x 50 3/8 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Skolos Wedell Light of Hope

Light of Hope for Indonesia, 2005
35 1/2 x 50 3/8 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Skolos Wedell Digital Media

Digital Media
Spring Lecture Series, 2005
18 x 24 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Skolos Wedell Lyceum

Lyceum Fellowship Student Competition, 2006
35 1/2 x 50 3/8 inches
© Skolos-Wedell

Event Details:


Topic: Transforming Existence


Date: February 10 - April 8, 2018 


Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  


Location:  SDSU Downtown Gallery 725 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101

Faculty Leaders: Kotaro Nakamura, Director, School of Art + Design Chantel Paul, Director, SDSU Downtown Gallery


Clubs & Organizations Involved: AIGA Student Group

Every Which Way 1

© Craig Carlson

Every Which Way 2

© Craig Carlson

Every Which Way 3

© Craig Carlson

Every Which Way 4

© Craig Carlson

Every Which Way 5

© Craig Carlson

Every Which Way 6

© Craig Carlson

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