SAN DIEGO, California – February 20 – Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door are pleased to introduce the artistry of emerging artist Mikaela McLeish at the 33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy to held on April 29 and 30. Mikaela was selected as this year’s The Business of Art scholarship awardee.
The Business of Art scholarship is awarded to one lucky art student or emerging artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork. The scholarship includes a booth at the prestigious art festival, professional development throughout 2017, and an impressive marketing package. Over 30 artists applied for this year’s opportunity.
Sandi Cottrell, festival director said, “We are thrilled to welcome Mikaela as this year’s scholarship recipient. We received a large number of applicants this year so the competition was tough. Mikaela will benefit from the intensive business and marketing mentor program provided by Patric Stillman of The Studio Door. Its important to the Mission Federal ArtWalk team to nurture both art students and emerging artists and Patric’s dedication to the program make him an ideal partner.”
I am humbled to be able to showcase my work alongside local artists; to learn and contribute to the beautiful network that makes up our artist community. – Mikaela McLeish
Having recently received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Mikaela McLeish is a figurative oil painter constructing images from photo-montages of found photography to explore beauty through the grotesque. Her work is currently featured on her website
“Wow! I am honored to be chosen as this year’s Business of Art Scholarship recipient,” said Mikaela. “As an emerging artist navigating the art world is difficult at times, but also exciting. I am humbled to be able to showcase my work alongside local artists; to learn and contribute to the beautiful network that makes up our artist community. Thank you to Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door for creating this impactful opportunity for emerging artists.”
Longtime partner on the scholarship, San Diego Visual Arts Network (SDVAN) will provide Mikaela with a marketing package that includes a presence on their website [sdvisualarts.net]. SDVAN provides a resource rich database of opportunities and events taking place in the region. The site’s most popular features includes RAW, an arts gossip column, and Picked RAW Peeled, an in depth exploration of the latest exhibitions and events.
“I’m looking forward to working with Mikaela,” said Patric Stillman, visual artist and director of The Studio Door. “She has already developed a strong point of view as an artist so I’m excited to help her engage in creative commerce and build her brand as an artist. Expect to see and hear a lot more from her as the year progresses.”
The Studio Door [thestudiodoor.com] is new to the collaboration of arts organizations behind The Business of Art scholarship. The North Park art gallery and studios is a natural fit as it offers opportunities for artists to engage in professional development, exhibitions, and creative workshops. Patric Stillman’s own work has been exhibited at Musée du Louvre – Paris, SCOPE Miami Beach, and will be included in the six month Artists Alliance exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art. In the April/May 2016 issue of Professional Artist magazine, Stillman was named US Mentor of the Year for his incubator lab workshops.
During the Living In The City • Urban Art exhibition at The Studio Door (March 3 – 26, 2017), the public can see a dozen works from artists who applied for The Business of Art Scholarship. Mikaela McLeish will have work hanging alongside of invited artists Alejandro Angeles, John Vincent Aranda, Maria Aranes, Rachel Blaser, Dania Brett, Devon Browning, Keagan Cusenbury, Karl Gindelberger [GMONIK], Jessica Newman, Michelle Montrose and Tim Topalov. An artist reception will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 6 – 9 PM.
For details on Mission Federal Artwalk, please visit artwalksandiego.org and save the dates of April 29 and 30, 2017 to explore the festival and meet The Business of Art Scholar and artist Mikaela McLeish.