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San Diego, Calif.—San Diego History Center (SDHC) and Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) have collaborated with local art scholars to produce a two-museum art exhibition that offers visitors a unique and diverse perspectives from which to view our region’s landscape. The installation, titled, Nature Improved: San Diego Artists Interpret Our Landscape, will open at SDHC on September 19th and at OMA on October 26 and will continue through January 26, 2014.

The dual exhibition—the first such collaboration between SDHC and OMA—is a juried invitational art show with submissions from local artists. The exhibition will present approximately 25-30 regional artists and comprise 60-80 artworks in total, created in a variety of media, and will be split evenly between the two sites.
Bram Dijkstra, renowned author and art scholar, is the lead curator of the exhibition as well as one of the jurors.  The panel of curators also includes:
•    Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries, Professor of Practice and Art History, USD;
•    Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director and Professor of Fine Art, San Diego Mesa College;
•    Daniel Foster, Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art; and
Among the selected artists for the exhibition are four specially featured artists: William Glen Crooks, Carol Lindemulder, Michael Field, Roman de Salvo.

“This exhibition establishes a linkage between our region’s past artistic heritage, particularly that of landscape painting, and our current vibrant artistic culture,” said the History Center’s executive director Charlotte Cagan, and the lead coordinator of the joint exhibition.
“Collaboration between cultural institutions in San Diego is the key to achieving our most ambitious and visionary hopes for San Diego’s future, in general and for the arts community specifically.  As two important cultural institutions with our primary missions to serve the San Diego region, we are most excited about this important joint exhibition and the outstanding curatorial scholars working on this project,” said OMA’s executive director Daniel Foster.
In conjunction with the exhibition, both museums will offer public programming centered around landscape art and related themes. Information can be found on SDHC and OMA’s websites.

Nature Improved: San Diego Artists Interpret Our Landscape opens:
•    At San Diego History Center on September 19 at 5:30 to members and honored guests; September 20 to the general public.
•    At Oceanside Museum of Art on October 26 with an exhibition reception on Saturday, November 16 from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with 4 concurrent exhibitions that also focus on the subject of the landscape.  Please note that the entire block of exhibitions at OMA during this fall will be devoted to the thematic subject of “landscape”.   The reception is complimentary for OMA and SDHC members and $10 for nonmembers.

San Diego History Center, which also operates the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park, is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated. The History Center was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest and largest historical organizations in California. It is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide that is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of a major American city. Stay connected with us! https://sandiegohistory.org, facebook.com/sandiegohistorycenter, @SanDiegoHistory

Oceanside Museum of Art is a nonprofit regional art museum formed in 1995 that presents 20-25 high-quality and diverse exhibitions per year in a state-of-the-art 26,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to San Diego and Southern California art.  Additionally, OMA provides its community with an array of educational programs and special events for youth, young professionals, adults and seniors. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Free admission the first Sunday of every month, general admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for students and military. For more information call 760.435.3720 or visit www.oma-online.org. The museum is located in North County San Diego at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, California within walking distance from the Oceanside transit center with Amtrak, Coaster, Sprinter and Metrolink stops.  To stay connected with OMA follow us at: facebook.com/oma.org, twitter.com/oceansidemuseum, or pinterest.com/oceansidemuseum/.