Survey Select Press Release

Introducing “Survey Select—Narrative Art Exhibition,” a contemporary art exhibition celebrating 65 internationally renowned artists. “Survey Select” elevates the narrative tradition of storytelling with original art works, critical writings, workshops, films and community events. Through a unified presentation of painting, drawing, collage and sculpture the public can experience a 8 week museum show for free six days a week from July 15 through September 5 at the Wonder Bread Factory in downtown San Diego.

Location and Dates
The “Survey Select” exhibition, events and workshops will take place at the Wonder Bread Factory, a 4,000-foot space transformed into a museum located at 1440 Imperial Avenue (14th St. and Imperial). The exhibition will open to the public Friday, July 16, preceded by a private opening Thursday, July 15. Exhibition dates July 15 though September 15, closed on Monday of each week and featuring weekly events.

“Survey Select” features a diverse group of 65 cultural instigators not afraid to articulate the complexities of life through their personal, thought-provoking, narrative style. This diverse group of selected artists represents an emerging community of fine art painters from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States, ranging in ages 18 to 75. Many of the exhibition’s artists have been featured in museums, documentaries and books, as well as actively teach.

Art Salon Salon Revival
“Survey Select” pays homage to the Fine Art Salons of the1920s and continues today. Every Salon revolves around a centralized theme, in our case “narrative art” or “storytelling” and features musicians, performers, writers and philosophers. Today, “Survey Select” looks to inspire new thinking in the world of contemporary art by introducing narrative art free of intellectual labeling.

Weekly Events
Weekly community offerings include educational workshops, dramatic presentations, narratives, discussion, scholarships, film screenings, musical guests and artist receptions to inspire open dialogue, critical thinking, hands-on experiences and a presentation of diverse points of view. Please check here for a complete list of events.

Admission and Exhibition Hours
Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm with free admission, donations kindly accepted. Each week high quality community events will take place within the exhibition space and are open to the public. Admission to educational workshops and events require a nominal fee.

Donations, Sponsorships and Additional Information
Several “Survey Select” sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are currently available. All donations allocated to scholarships, workshops and community events. Please email me for more information.

Live Musical Performances – Premier and Exclusive
Survey Select opening weekend kicks off Thursday July 15 and Friday July 16 with John and Will Goff, the powerful beat duo who make up SSI. Musical solo act Thesis, aka Thesis Sahib, otherwise known as James Kirkpatrick from Ontario, Canada, will perform at “Survey Select” on Thursday, July 22 from 10:30 pm to midnight, where he’ll showcase his unique narrative and new style of rap and rhythmic synthetic beats. Performance will feature tunes from his upcoming Summer record. More info at

Scott Mercado and his San Diego-based rock band, MANUOK, will kick off their world tour at “Survey Select” on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 7 pm to midnight with an exclusive release of “the old horse.” More info at Scott and MANUOK scored the sound track for Scribble.08 fine art documentary in 2009.

Acquisitions and Bookstore
All original artwork created for “Survey Select” is available for private, public and museum acquisition. A unique bookstore celebrating the fine artists of “Survey Select” will be available on site. Please contact Mark Murphy can be contacted for museum, school, private and corporate acquisitions.

Mark Murphy Curator
Survey Select” is curated by Mark Murphy—a San-Diego based film director, author, publisher, designer and Founder of The Museum of Narrative Arts —actively archives world-class artists. Murphy believes, “This exposition will break away from conceived notions and misnamed labels and elevate a diverse group of artists dedicated to their passionate vocation.” Over the past 20 years, Murphy has educated, exhibited and published emerging artists who celebrate the narrative arts. Since 1991, Murphy Design and Murphy Fine Art Publishing collaborates with fine artists (Mark Ryden, the Clayton Brothers), musical icons (Brandon Boyd, Green Day) and works with many corporations (Adidas, American Express). Murphy has published 28 fine art books for many leading contemporaries and has collaborated with hundreds of artists over the years. Murphy has an eye for detail and is dedicated to promoting, archiving and celebrating today’s contemporary artists.

Survey Select
All original artwork to be displayed at “Survey Select,” July 15 - Sept 5, 2010
Wonder Bread Factory : 1440 Imperial Avenue : San Diego : CA : (14th & Imperial)
Museum Hours : Tuesday through Sunday 10 am - 5 pm daily : all event times are listed here

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