New Year, New Art at The New Children’s Museum

| February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Smile installation is by Panca.

This year promises to be a show stopper at The New Children’s Museum – including a local partnership to refurbish the Paint and Clay Studio, a significant new installation by an international artist and an artist residency culminating in a reimagined Tot Studio. Guests can access the Museum by utilizing an exciting new bridge creatively designed by Tijuana-based artist, Panca.

Chula Vista-born artist Panca has been an integral part of the vibrant Tijuana-San Diego border art scene for many years. Her distinct visual style is part of murals she’s painted throughout San Diego, including a recently completed four-story tall piece at Bread and Salt. Her work for the Museum includes strokes of color that draw visitors across the Museum’s entry bridge in the 48-foot-long mural Smile, installed just in time for the new year.

“I have always remembered the time I visited the Museum as a child and got to paint the iconic truck,” said 32-year-old Panca. “It was the first time I got to paint something on a large scale. It’s so cool to be here now exhibiting at the Museum as a commissioned artist.”

In keeping with their mission of sparking creativity and critical thinking, the Museum collaborated with SDSU School of Art and Design students for the past year to enhance their popular outdoor studio space. Students in SDSU’s first ever course, Community Partnership in Applied Design, along with Adam J. Manley, designed prototypes.

The newly designed tables, benches and stools will be installed at the end of January. The project was supported in part by Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by Tony and Cristina Yahyai.

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