YAM – Youth Art Month – at Bread and Salt

Parker students participate annually in a student exhibit through NAEA (National Art Education Association) – San Diego called YAM (or Youth Art Month). We host the exhibit every other year at the Rose Gallery, and the show travels to other locations throughout San Diego on the off years.

This year the exhibit is being held at the Athenaum’s gallery space in Barrio Logan called Bread and Salt. It’s a very cool space, and we are always excited to have our kids participate in outside exhibits. Each year k-12 students have the opportunity to submit artwork, which is then juried by a panel of art educators and art professionals in the county. The jurors select a limited amount of the work using a set of criteria, as well as awards winners by age groups and media categories.

This year the following students were accepted into the show:

Lower School: Sadie Goth, Naomi Ross, Owen Rynning, Hannah Grisby-King, Harry Handley, Chloe Hsu, Phenix Par, & Nora Van Der Lee

Middle School: Olivia Tyndall, Dominic Ciccimaro, Lara Mertens, Isabel Kincart, Sophie Stover, Mina Aldous, Lucius Scala, & Alex Galindo

Upper School: Phoebe Lettington, Scott Drouin, Leonard Daniels, Connor Brokowski, & Olivia Shaw

Participating Teachers: Jess LaRotonda, Barry Cheskaty, Sarah Blalock, and Jaclyn Enck

As with most years, Parker is highly represented due to the quality of the art program and the student work being produced. The exhibit will be on display at Bread and Salt from January 11 – February 8. There will be an Awards Reception on the last day of the exhibit on Saturday February 8 from 5-7pm.


Words Imagined: New Exhibit Featuring 4 Local Artists

The Words Imagined exhibit opened today in the Rose Art Gallery! Brought to Parker by four local artists, the artwork in Words Imagined is centered around the interpretation of 10 distinct words.

The show is on display from now until Winter Break, with an opening reception on Thursday November 7, from 5-7PM.


Peggy Wiedemann, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Don Weeke, and Johanna Hansen have curated an artist group that is intended to provoke and inspire art making, critique, and discussion. In practice, the four artists agree on a single word, and then part ways to produce a piece within each artist’s scope of materials and aesthetic. This is the first time that all 40 objects have been brought together into one space.

Each individual piece is brimming with visual information and intricacy. Viewers can walk the room and experience each of these objects singularly and also view the interpretations within the context of the group. How valuable it is to experience the divergence and simultaneous overlap in a group’s consciousness and material translation! Check it out.

New Year in the Rose Gallery – 2019-2020!

Current and Upcoming Exhibits in the 2019-2020 School Year

What better way to start the year, then to showcase our students! Since our annual student exhibit is only on display for two short weeks at the end of the year, we wanted to give the community more time to peruse this diverse, skillful collection of pieces made from students from the 2019-2020 school year.

This exhibit will be available for viewing during the school day, both Back to School Nights, among other events during the beginning of the school year. The student show will be removed the week of October 14th.

UP NEXT: Words Imagined, an artist group show from Peggy Wiedemann, Polly Giacchina, Don Weeke, and Johanna Hansen. On display October 28 – Winter Break.


Spring Arts Night is here – Tuesday May 21 4-8PM !

A one night extravaganza of music, dance, and drama performances and a visual arts display on the Linda Vista campus

The event goes from 4-8PM with performances in J. Crivello Hall & the PAC, and refreshments over by the Rose Art Gallery display. Please stop in to appreciate and support the work that Middle and Upper School students have done in their Arts classes during the school year!

Clink: Recent Work by Richard Keely

On View Now Until May 3…

Clink: Recent Work by Richard Keely

We have a new exhibit in the Rose Gallery.  Richard Keely, San Diego sculptor and Professor of Art at San Diego State University, has his sculptures installed throughout the gallery walls.

Though Keely’s sculptures may appear unfamiliar as you step into the room, on closer look, they speak of materials and histories that are actually quite common.  Utilizing castings of wood glue, cement, resins, and more; Keely’s forms hold an unexpected depth, as if to be a portal to another place.  The conversations between the insides and outsides of his sculpture are striking, as are the interactions of surface and material.

Richard Keely’s statement for the show:

For me the most interesting objects wont hold still, they flicker, refusing to be pinned down to any kind of specifics. This flicker is what makes me want to experience them again and again. For the past several years I have been making sculptures that are inspired by and made from inexpensive, ordinary objects from daily life; drinking cups, food storage containers, waste bins etc. My interest in these objects is that they come from a history of collective refinement and are often beautiful, near perfect things. They are also things that are typically ignored, treated as commonplace; not interesting from an aesthetic or cultural perspective. When making the work I sometimes use the objects outright, but most often I use them as molds to fill with other common materials such as concrete, charcoal, wood glue or dirt. The works are process-based and when successful resonate with a familiarity, yet cannot be pinned down to specifics; creating a tension between their latent function and their current state.

Richard Keely’s Biography

Richard Keely is an artist and educator from Southern California. Originally trained as a painter Richard’s work during the last twenty years has turned towards sculpture, photography and installation. With the sculptural work Richard is often concerned with transforming ordinary objects into visually dense wall pieces that have the potential to evoke an array of experiential possibilities.

Richard’s Installation projects have included collaborations with Sante Fe based artist Lynne Hendrick, and his wife Anna O’Cain. With these installations Keely, Hendrick, and O’Cain explore ideas concerning the visceral side of accumulating, storing, preserving, and communicating ideas and information. Additionally Keely and O’Cain have collaborated on a large body of work on the topic of hurricane Katrina that includes photography, installations and film. Keely and O’Cain also collaborated with San Diego artist Kristine Diekman and dance artist Karen Schaffman on United and Severed an installation that was shown at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and Art Produce in San Diego.

Richard’s work has a national reputation including solo exhibitions at gallery 4016 in Los Angeles and CAD/XO Gallery in Chicago and recent collaborations with Anna O’Cain for the Alt Picture Show, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Ben Maltz Gallery (Otis School of Art, Los Angeles), Art Around Adams and the Spruce Street Forum in San Diego. Additional collaborations with O’Cain include a Ceremonial performance Kat and Lilly Lee at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles and INSITE 2000 in San Diego.

Richard has also exhibited his work and given lectures at several well-known Universities and has been a “Visiting Artist” at Murray State University, Oberlin College and Montana State University. In 1996 he was awarded a grant from Art Matters in New York. Richard has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa and has lived and studied Chinese painting in Taipei, Taiwan.

Currently Richard is living in San Diego CA and is an Associate Professor of Art at San Diego State University, where he teaches sculpture for the School of Art and Design.

YAM – Youth Art Month has arrived!

We are thrilled to be hosting the Youth Art Month Exhibition – YAM this month in the Rose Art Gallery.  Organized through the San Diego chapter of CAEA, YAM showcases K-12 student work from all over the county.  This is an excellent showcase of Parker student artwork as well as a fantastic opportunity for students to be exposed to the work being made by their peers.

Parker students that were accepted into the exhibition include:

Middle School: Ellie Lenzen, Addy Smith, Jackson Giek, Isabel Kincart, Erin Lily, Allie Fitzgerald, Ella Ludwig, Lulu Ross, and Hannah Druin.

Upper School: Leo Baez, Jacqueline Ghosh, Sarah Effress, Callie Keating, Jesse Smith, Orion Samikoglu, Gale Bruell, Nicole McDermott, Bryce Dethloff, Max Anderson, Jessica Smith, and Lauren Kause.

An awards reception will be held at the closing of the exhibition on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2-4 pm.

Who Are You: A Show of Portraits by Parker Students


11/5 – 12/14
Upper School 2D Art
AP Photography
6th Grade 3D Art

In this exhibit, Parker students explore the representation of the human form through the art of portraiture.  Using photography, drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture, students portray special individuals that have helped to shape their identity, histories, development, and cultures.


First Exhibit of the Year – Sasha Koozel Reibstein

There’s something growing inside the Rose Art Gallery.

The head of Ceramics at Palomar College, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, has her artwork on display until the end of October.  Sasha’s ceramic sculptures are full of curious textures, colors, and materials. Take some time during your day to stop in and investigate these special objects.  The artist will be on campus this Thursday 9/20 from 3-5pm for a reception. Do stop in for snacks and to meet Sasha after school!

Sasha Koozel Reibstein is a mixed media artist living and working in San Diego. Her works are simultaneously confrontational and elegant, questioning our relationship with the physical world, from the environment in which we live to our own bodies.


Cover Crop: Paintings by Eva Struble

We have a new exhibit open in the Rose Art Gallery!  Eva Struble, a professor at SDSU and local painter, has installed a recent series of paintings titled “Cover Crop.”  The show runs from March 26 – May 4.  There will be a public artist reception on Thursday April 5 from 5-7pm.

Struble’s paintings typically deal with landscape through the lens of social and environmental histories, and in this body of work she undermines traditional viewpoints with an experimental approach to the material surface and by pulling frames from her past. Created on top of unfinished canvases from various periods, she adds imagery referencing small farms in the San Diego area, blending in previous scenes of her everyday life, television stills, textile patterns, and landscapes. “Cover crop” refers to a farming process for fallow periods in which a simple crop is seeded into the earth to enrich the soil, and here the underlying paintings create the fertile base from which new work emerges. The artist has previously explored the landscape as a site for troubled labor practices in San Diego agriculture, EPA superfund projects, and militarized activity, and here she continues using her paintings as a vehicle to physically explore new territory while recognizing the layers of history that affect her contemporary view. Cover Crop is inspired by small organizations that are able to feed and educate the community despite unfavorable odds and circumstances, while paying homage to multiple histories in adjacent landscapes.

Eva Struble received her MFA in painting from Yale University and is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University. Recent projects have been exhibited in Converge/Diverge at the San Diego Art Institute, Heavy Grass at the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park, and Emblema, at the UVA’s School of Architecture. Struble’s project, Produce, was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2014. Her work has been shown at the Cleveland MOCA, at Lombard Freid projects in New York, Angles Gallery in Santa Monica, among others. Selected residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Andratx Cultural Center in Mallorca. Her work has received praise in Art In America, The Village Voice, the San Diego Union Tribune and other publications.

Words with Wings: Poetry & Prints

New show in the Rose Gallery through February!!


As part of a school wide poetry week, the Rose Gallery hosts artwork by various printmakers dedicated to celebrating the printed word in poetry and artist books.   The Words with Wings exhibit was curated in conjunction with the Upper School’s Poetry Week taking place February 5-9, 2018.  The exhibit showcases various methods of printmaking and artist books.  Most of the imagery contains poetry or written word, including a few broadsides of Billy Collins poems by Carolee Campbell.

There are a variety of student-made books inspired by poems around the back wall in the gallery from Ms. Taylor’s 2D Art class.  There will be an artist reception Thursday February 1 from 5:30-7:00pm where the artists will be available to meet the community.  Much of the professional work is for sale.