Beyond The Border San Diego Announces New Cultural Partnership with Galleries and Artists from Mexico

San Diego, CA (PressExposure) July 09, 2009 -- The Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair is dedicated to exploring new contemporary art practices from this region and beyond. San Diego, with its close proximity to Mexico, is a natural arena to stage the first bi-national art fair on the West Coast, and the ideal city to present an objective representation of the overlapping art activity that is taking place along the Pacific Rim.

Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair will provide a forum to showcase the collective artistic talent from this region along side the talent of international artists. Over three-days, exhibitors, keynote speakers and special attractions are geared to promote the importance of international art, cultural leadership and intercultural dialogue among novice as well as established collectors.

Partnering with San Diego's and Tijuana's leading cultural institutions and showcasing numerous artist/galleries from Mexico, California and beyond, The BTB ICAF strives to become the leading and most significant West Coast Art Fair.

Participating Galleries from Mexico: La Caja Galeria, Tijuana, BC, MX ( ) Featuring Artists: Ricardo Alvarez Cruz, Franco Mendez Calvillo, Jaime Ruis Otis, Alejandro Zacarias, Jofras, Alfredo Gutierrez, Luis Garzon. Arte 256, Tijuana, BC, MX ( [] ) Featuring Artists: Enrique Ciapara, Alvaro Blancarte, Marisa Caichido, Joly Lacarra, Marta Palau Web. KBK Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City, MX ( [] ) Featuring Artists: Ale De La Puente, Fernando Carabajal, Hernan Cedola. Rosario Lopez. Caja Blanca (Mexico City) Featuring Artists: Eugenia Martinez, Amador Montes, Luca Bray, David Guzman, Juan Carlos Mendoza, Roccio Gordillo, Laura Rosette, Maria Jose De La Macorra, La Refaccionaria, Galería ( [] ) Featuring Artists: Betsabée Romero, Fabián Ugalde, Eugenia Martínez, Mariana Magdaleno, Iván Trueta, Richard Moszka SUMO-ART, Mexico City, MX Featured Artists: Elizabeth De Jesus, Miguel Angel Cordera, Tania Candiani, Emilio Said.

Featured Symposium: Friday, Sept. 4 from 10am - 3pm: “Artists Talks on Art, Critical Dialogue,” co-moderated by Marcela Quiroz Luna and Bill Kelley, Jr. ( ) with Shinpei Takeda, Nina Waisman, Fabian Cereijido, and Iana Quesnell and Marcos Ramirez ERRE. Artists will discuss new contemporary art practices and explore issues relating to identity, new urbanism, and new mediums.

Event Overview: San Diego’s first Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair (BTB), taking place at the luxurious Grand Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, California on September 2-4, 2009, is a 3-day contemporary art fair that will include national and international galleries featuring over 500 juried works by established and emerging contemporary artists from all over the world, exhibiting in The Grand Del Mar’s expansive ballroom accompanied by numerous luxury exhibitors, food and wine events, and curated art installations. The event will showcase over $4 million in artwork coupled with sponsors such as Maserati, Modern Luxury Media, Qualcomm, Christie’s, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The California Bipolar Foundation, Lugano Diamonds, and many others.

The public is invited to attend the event, which marks the first time these national and international galleries with investment-grade art will be presented in San Diego. Go to the BTB website to purchase VIP Tickets and Day Pass tickets: BTB anticipates attendance of over 3,000 new and established collectors over the three days.

About Beyond the Border-Art, Inc. and our BTB ICAF Partners: Beyond the Border-Art, Inc. (BTB-Art) is producing the art fair. BTB-Art is a strategic business-consulting firm comprised of leading professionals in the areas of art, marketing, and event production. BTB-Art is dedicated to establishing San Diego as the leading contemporary art fair destination on the West Coast. Organizers have partnered with San Diego's leading cultural organizations, including The San Diego Museum of Art, The Stuart Collection UCSD, UCSD Department of Visual Arts, Centro Cultural Tijuana, and the Mexican Consulate.

The California Bipolar Foundation (CBF), a local non-profit organization, is a Title Sponsor of the art fair and is hosting a VIP dinner Friday, Sept. 4. Guest speaker Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, an author and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak on "The World of the Artistic Temperament." For information about CBF or the dinner, please visit [] or call Muffy Walker at 858-342-0327.

Other non-profit partners include The San Diego Art Prize, which is a cash prize with exhibition opportunities. Now in its third year, the San Diego Art Prize spotlights established and emerging artists in San Diego whose outstanding achievements in the field of visual arts merit recognition.

In addition, in collaboration with QUALCOMM and International Artist Brenda Regier, we are unveiling ReEnVisioning a World Beyond Borders, an international cell-phone project spanning 15 countries. A large-scale high-tech digital installation of this project will be featured at the fair. The works will be published in Qualcomm’s global marketing materials, and will also travel around the world to requested installation venues and be posted to the Web.

The Mediterranean-style Grand Del Mar was named one of the top new resorts and spas in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine's annual Hot List in 2008 and listed in the 2009 Gold List as one of the world's best places to stay. Specially priced room packages for the BTB fair are available for $315 and includes two VIP tickets to the first preview and opening night reception of the fair, two-day passes and a VIP collector's bag of luxury items. Reservations can be made by calling 888-314-2030.

Contact Information: For more information or to RSVP to any of the events, contact: Ann Berchtold, Executive Director, by e-mail at

Sponsor, advertiser and participant opportunities are still available. Interested parties should contact BTB-Art by e-mail at

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