First Show of the Year.. Faculty and Staff Art on Display Now!

The Faculty & Staff Art Exhibit is now OPEN and ready for your viewing pleasure.

Please stop in anytime during the school day to see all of the incredible, diverse work that has been crafted by Parker visual arts teachers, accountants, english teachers, spanish teachers, JK teachers, and more!  If you are traveling from the Lower School or would like to see the show in the evening or weekend, you can contact to make arrangements.

The show is up from now until October 20.  The artwork in the exhibit showcases content across a variety of disciplines – you might come explore the implied narratives, storytelling opportunities, or idea of visual poetry.  If nothing else, you’ll gain some insight and appreciation for the creativity and skill of Parker educators.

 We like to hold a Faculty/Staff show every two years not only to highlight the skill and creative work of Parker employees, but also in order to keep us current in our own artistic endeavors.  This show is not to miss.


New Exhibit in the Rose Gallery

Kulvinder Kaur Dhew & Bruce Dehnert


Beginning March 17, Parker’s Rose Gallery will be hosting two new artists,  whose work is traveling all the way from the east coast to our space on campus.

Bruce Dehnert and Kulvinder Kaur Dhew will each showcase a body of work from their collection.



Kulvnder Kaur Dhew and Bruce Dehnert are artists whose work can often reference similar themes using different media. In this exhibition, Dhew’s drawings are a sustained exploration of charcoal on paper and depict elemental, climatic events. She is drawn to the notion of seduction and beauty and how that relates to dynamism.

Bruce Dehnert presents a body of wood-fired ceramics that portray a decorative approach and the use of a kiln to provide a surface that presents the process through which the work has passed. As flames carry ash through the kiln, these elements leave a trace of their path as they go. This is an important aesthetic consideration.

Both artists utilize wood in order to represent and make special. They do this in very different ways. While Dhew comments on climatic change as metaphor, Dehnert is interested in the decorative impulse in order to comment on atmosphere and function.

The exhibition will run from March 17 – April 26, 2017. The artists will be present for an opening reception on Friday March 17, from 3-8pm at the gallery.  Food and refreshments will be served.



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YAM – Youth Art Month – is now on display in the Rose Gallery 
The San Diego County Arts Education Association puts on an annual showcase of K-12 student artwork submitted throughout San Diego county.  SDCAEA along with the Rose Gallery, have juried in over 130 pieces to this year be displayed on campus.  There are awards in each category, and many Parker students are represented.  There will be a closing reception and awards ceremony Sunday March 5 from 1pm-2:30pm outside of the Rose Gallery.
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Participating schools include:
Francis Parker School
Mann Middle School
The Bishops School
Mission Hills High
Vista Grande Elementary
Fallbrook School of the Arts
Del Dios Academy of Arts & Sciences
Mission Bay High School
Chula Vista High School/S.P.C.A.
Torrey Pines High School
Pacific Ridge School
Del Lago Academy
Guajome Park Academy
Vista High School
Kumeyaay Elementary
The Preuss School
Ramona High School
Montgomery High School
 Monte Vista High School
     Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School
*images from L to R are by: Julie Laporte, Kat Haas, & Jimmy Chatfield

If I Call it a Book


We have a fantastic new exhibit on display at the Rose Gallery.  Artworks by over 30 different San Diego Book Arts members fill the space and beg the question, what is a book?  Coordinated by Judith Christensen, the show encompasses a wide range of interpretations and methods for creating a book.  Each piece challenges the viewer to take his or her time in exploring it’s pages, textures, compositions, and intricacies.


artwork by Helen Petre

The artists’ statement:

If I call it a book, does that mean it is a book? What makes it a book—in this case, an artist’s book? Does it need to have pages in order for it to be a book? And, if it requires pages, what, exactly, counts as a “page?” Is a page a piece of paper or cardstock with writing and/or images? What if it is folded or manipulated in some way? Can it be a piece of glass? A board? A box? Some other found object? Also, to be a book, must it have text? Does it need to contain images? Must there be a narrative?

Some have defined an artist’s book as a book that is a work of art, or art in the form of a book. But that begs the “what counts as a book” question. Others define it in terms of the artist’s intention. If the artist calls it an artist’s book, it is.

At its core, the book arts movement is about making books by hand. The works in this exhibit reflect a plurality of contemporary methods and attitudes towards the art of the book. Ultimately, a bookwork is judged by the vision it presents through its content, its physical presence and how the latter interacts with and enriches the content. Each of these artworks shown here binds together ideas, images and structure to present the artist’s unique perspective.

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artwork by Pam Marrett                                                 artwork by Yvonne Perez-Collins

The show will be on display from now until Christmas Break (December 14).  An opening reception will be held on Thursday November 10, from 5-7PM at the gallery.  Food and beverages will be served.  The gallery is open M-F 8am-3pm or by appointment.  Please stop by the front office for a visitor’s pass on your way in.

*Visit the Book Arts website for current events and workshops.

*Many of the pieces in the exhibit are for sale.  A portion of each sale serves as a donation to Parker.  Support the Arts at Parker by supporting our visiting artists.



First Show of 2016-2017 School Year: San Diego City College


The Rose Gallery’s first exhibition of the year is brought to us from San Diego City College students.  The display showcases a variety of media, sizes, subject matter, and methods of presentation.  The artwork ranges from darkroom silver gelatin prints to high quality digital photographs, collages made with toy cameras, handmade books, cyanotypes, and more.  The photography is technically impressive and thoughtful and we are excited to host this collection of artwork.

sd-city-college_2 photograph by Stefanie Poteet

As our gallery is primarily an educational resource, included are a few introductions to help guide community members in their viewing experiences.

One piece, “Repercussions of a Social Construct I,” by Hailey Quinto uses multiple exposures in the darkroom to superimpose a thicket of tree branches onto the back of a figure. The elements in the photo suggest imprints of time, perhaps even scars, interwoven with the body. Another silver gelatin print, “Solitude,” by Yaiza Solana depicts a figure kneeling in a seemingly empty room, surrounded by contrasting textures, a heavy empty wall, a intricately patterned rug. The light coming in from the sliver of a window the artist included in the framing illuminates the folds wrapping his/her head, but leaves much of the rest of the photograph in the shadows.

A Van Dyke print from the Ocean Beach wall shows the way that emulsion may be painted onto a surface to receive visual information using contact printing and light.

sd-city-college_4        sd-city-college_1                     handmade book by Aurora Ruvalcaba                                                                              gallery room view

A series of platinum palladium prints by Adrian Torkington made with a pinhole camera suggest a long history within their fuzzy whimsy. The standings of Joshua Trees are gestural and stand under a quality of light and sky that almost seems to be influenced by the position of the trees’ branches. The desert environment gives a sense of desolation and standing alone.


Highly conceptualized work such as “Marginalism” by Adrian Torkington focuses on unseen connections, as his image is cut up into four small images by a white mat-board. The sky is white and empty and there is no horizon line. The subject matter, an overpass, dissects the openings and as your eyes move to where the roads meet, the connections are hidden in the margins.

Another conceptual portfolio involving a tableau or narrative by Salvador Prado plays with our understanding of perspectives, horizons, and orientation. A female traverses through textural landscapes that are familiar, but also alien, due to the color manipulations and placement of the character. The girl’s positions might suggest a search or exploration, isolation and introspection, and seeing through different lenses.


The student photography exhibit from San Diego City College is a great opportunity for our students to see the possibilities for building a portfolio and expose themselves to a wider variety of approaches and techniques. We hope that the exhibit will help students gain a better understanding of how photography might be used within fine arts and design, advertising and marketing, within the humanities and social sciences, and across multiple disciplines. Much of the artwork on display is for sale, and proceeds of every purchase help support the Arts at Parker.  The exhibit will be on display until Friday October 21.

*This exhibit is on loan from San Diego City College’s Photography program.  City College annually hosts a juried show of student work.  This year’s selection was juried by former student Rebecca and her partner Kevin Joelson who run their own Photography/Cinematography business.

*The exhibit was curated by George Tubon, Dave Eichinger, David King, and Adriana Escandon, and installed by Gerson Perez, Hector Valdivia, and Krisnoff Padua.

*Learn more about City College’s phenomenal photography program from this short video.