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Aesthetics & Authenticity, an art and culture symposium, to be presented by Airport Authority

Three-day event to feature cross-disciplinary discussions with artist, designers, civic leaders and cultural enthusiasts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SAN DIEGO – January 22, 2014 – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will present an art and culture symposium called Aesthetics & Authenticity March 7–9 at the New Central Library in downtown San Diego. The symposium will present different perspectives on the authenticity of place and how art, design and culture play a significant role in the infrastructure of cities and regions. The symposium will include seven sessions addressing how intentional planning and implementation of art and culture on a civic scale positively impacts how we live and how we experience our communities.

Aesthetics & Authenticity comes on the heels of the airport’s Green Build Terminal 2 expansion, which reflects a noteworthy effort on the Airport Authority’s part to further incorporate art into the airport environment. From the beginning of the planning process, the Airport Authority involved artists in order to maximize the role of aesthetics and design at the airport. The effect of these site-specific artworks reaches beyond the footprint of the airport; it extends into the greater San Diego community. In October 2013, the Airport Authority won two Orchid Awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for the public art and interior architecture of The Green Build.

On Friday, March 7, the event will open with a pre-symposium art and architecture tour of the airport’s newly expanded Terminal 2, followed by a reception. The tour is limited to the first 75 symposium registrants. On Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 the symposium will present informative sessions with emerging and international visual artists, civic leaders and cultural enthusiasts. Attendees will participate in a range of cross-disciplinary conversations and hear innovative views on the importance of the arts in defining and improving communities. As a civic catalyst for education and an innovative hallmark of design in its own right, San Diego’s new Central Library is an ideal site for these discussions.

The cost to attend the symposium is $65. The registration fee includes the March 7 tour and reception (limited to the first 75 registrants), all sessions on March 8-9, and continental breakfast and lunch on March 8-9. To register – and learn more about the sessions and participants of Aesthetics & Authenticity – click here to register through Eventbrite or visit  

Speakers and session participants at the symposium will include, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Seyed Alavi, Oakland-based conceptual artist
  • Tom Borrup, Minneapolis-based cultural-community developer
  • Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Jim Campbell, San Francisco-based contemporary artist
  • Robert H. Gleason, Board Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Michelle Hyun, Curatorial Fellow, UCSD Art Gallery
  • Janet Kagan, North Carolina-based civic curator
  • Stuart Keeler, Toronto-based artist/curator of public spaces
  • Roy McMakin, Seattle-based artist, designer and furniture maker
  • Merge Conceptual Design
  • Norie Sato, Seattle-based public artist
  • Dana Springs, Interim Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
  • Camille Turner, Toronto-based media/performance artist and cultural producer
  • Constance Y. White, Arts Program Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Some additional speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead, including a renowned arts leader who will be the keynote speaker.


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