I'm lucky in that I have friends spread throughout the world. I suppose I'm also lucky that said friends, for the most part, remain single and spawnless. So when they come to visit, I do feel it's my duty to show them the real San Diego.
Merete Kjaer received her notice on April 15. The assistant director at the UC San Diego University Art Gallery is being let go, because, as she tells it, the visual arts faculty and the new dean of Arts and Humanities couldn't agree on a way to keep funding for the gallery.
To hear Grant Kester tell it, he's been planning this for decades. "I've been writing about various forms of activist and socially-based art forms for probably 25 years," says the UC San Diego professor of art history, who also has a background in art journalism.
Arzu Ozkal's journey thus far has been one of artistic defiance. Most of her video work, graphic design and performance pieces have been decisive statements against male-centric totalitarianism and patriarchal value systems.