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'Under the Influence of Walter Cotten'

Poster for the "Under the Influence of Walter Cotten" exhibition.
City Gallery / San Diego City College
Poster for the "Under the Influence of Walter Cotten" exhibition.
Every week from October 21, 2023 until December 8, 2023.
Tuesday: 12 PM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 12 PM - 4 PM
Thursday: 12 PM - 4 PM
City Gallery at San Diego City College
Opening reception: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 Also viewable by appointment

About the exhibition:
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Artists Pay Tribute to a Great Artist, Teacher and Friend

The greatest teachers give us lessons that we unpack over a lifetime. Long after our time in classrooms become fond memories, their words of wisdom, generosity of spirit, and brilliant examples speak to us across time and distance. Under the Influence is our collective tribute to Walter Cotten whose exemplary teachings transcend any specific medium or discipline.

For his former students who put his teachings into our respective art practices, Walter remains one of the defining voices whose influence is still being felt by those who were lucky to call him a dear friend. As a professor, he was a one-of-a-kind mentor and an enduring North Star for all of us who sought sanctuary and purpose creating art at San Diego State University. With his trusty canine companion, Ruby by his side, Walter pointed to the truth of always infusing one’s art with content. Walter preached the gospel of having something relevant to say regardless of the medium, and he shared the discoveries of his own life’s journey with a knowing smile behind a camera’s viewfinder.

Walt’s resilient and creative spirit is alive in every former student who became a lifelong artist and friend. We form a circle of kindred spirits drawing creative sustenance from the same well. We are his brothers and sisters who answered the call to adventure of being an artist in our perilous times.

These artworks exist in part because Walter Cotten provided the much-needed mentorship to light the way ahead. With his rigorous, honest and candid guidance, we learned to take an ongoing leap of faith by believing in ourselves and our individual talents as artists.

What a mighty and beautiful gift indeed!

Thank you, Walter. We love you, now and always.
-- Neil Kendricks

How to view:
City Gallery, San Diego City College
Oct. 21 - Dec 8, 2023

Opening Reception:
5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21

Gallery Hours:
12-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
And by appointment


Jim CavoltBarbara HolmesAnna O'Cain
Lael CorbinTerri HughesClare Putney
John DillemuthRichard KeelyDina Rubiolio
Steven DepintoNeil KendricksJason Sherry
Josh EggletonBessma KhalafJames Skalman
Xuxhi NaungayanClayton LewallenDaniel Weiner
David HewittMatt MorrisClay West

Related links:
City Gallery website | Instagram | Facebook

City Gallery at San Diego City College

1508 C St.
Arts & Humanities Building AH314
San Diego, California 92101

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Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.