This weekend’s ArtLabs, spinoffs from the big contemporary art fair downtown, involve a ton of people, ideas and local artists. I asked Susan Myrland, ArtLabs curatorial director, to write about her perspective for Behind the Scene about what insights into San Diego’s art community these projects lend. Here’s what she shared:
What’s your background in the arts?
I come from a family of artists: My grandmother was a watercolorist, my mother was a sculptor, my brother draws and my sister is a potter. I grew up around art, and the balance (or tension) that exists between creating for yourself simply because you love doing it, and creating to exhibit and sell.
I took painting and art history classes at San Diego Museum of Art and UCSD, then enrolled in Mesa College’s Museum Studies Program, where Alessandra Moctezuma teaches theory and practice of curation. I discovered that I loved curating and it drew on skills I’d learned in previous careers.
Why did you pick a San Diego-specific curatorial framework?