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'Converge' Art Exhibition At Cabrillo National Monument


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until October 18, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE Cabrillo National Monument , 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $5

NOTE: Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to

"Converge," a group show of three former National Park Service artists in residence, includes oil paintings by Kathryn Law, contemporary sculpture by Lisa Jetonne, and photography by Bill Griswold.

Cabrillo is one of nearly 50 National Park Service sites hosting artist residencies. It’s primarily thanks to two San Diego residents that visitors to the 144-acre park on Point Loma can view contemporary artworks there. In 2010, oil painter and Point Loma resident Kathryn Law approached NPS Ranger Tavio del Rio, himself a San Diego native and art lover, to propose establishing an arts residency at Cabrillo. The two of them did most of the legwork to establish the program. Law was the park’s first Artist in Residence, and del Rio added Arts Residency Manager to his list of official duties.

Lisa Jetonne, a sculptor and installation artist who grew up in San Diego, happened to visit the park during Law’s exhibition and applied for the next slot. Many parks accept only painters and photographers, but del Rio was receptive to sculpture. In 2012 Jetonne spent months working at various locations in the park, using a wheeled cart as her portable studio. Her culminating solo exhibition Field Notes included installations constructed with marine debris that washed up into park tidepools, more than a dozen sculptures and paintings of wildlife, an olfactory art display, and a six-foot-long abstract ceramic and metal sculpture of the park’s endangered native vegetation. Jetonne says the residency came at just the right time in her career. She’s since exhibited at the California Museum in Sacramento, Aquarium of the Pacific, and several galleries, and her work is being published in two books this year.

Jetonne’s residency was followed by retired UCSD professor Bill Griswold’s residency in fine art photography.

The new exhibition of Griswold’s, Jetonne’s, and Law’s artworks will open at the park on September 28, in conjunction with Cabrillo’s Centennial weekend celebrations.

In 2014, Cabrillo will host San Diego playwright Tim West, and tintype artist Chad Thompson as Artists in Residence, and is converting a park building into an art studio. Del Rio says he’s open to proposals from artists living anywhere, for all kinds of art. Proposals are juried, and selected artists undergo a background check and must secure their own local housing. Artists also participate in public programming or give public presentations during their residency, and donate a piece of artwork to the Park Service.

Location: Visitor Center, Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr San Diego, CA 92106 Google Maps

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Exterior image of Cabrillo National Monument.

Above: Exterior image of Cabrillo National Monument.


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