2016 has been an extremely busy year!
"Liminous," a four-year retrospective of JD Beltran's work with Scott Minneman, was featured at the Exploratorium's East Gallery in March 2016 as part of the Exploratorium's "Expanded Cinemas" Series. The exhibition featured work from the "Kaleidoscope Series," the "Crystal Ball Series," the "Cinema Snowglobe Series," "Limn," and Beltran's films from her "Evolution" Series which had been commissioned by the Getty Institute for its landmark 2011 exhibition project "Pacific Standard Time." More information can be found here.
JD Beltran's work with Scott Minneman was featured at the renowned juried Currents New Media festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico from June-July, 2016, which features the best of international cutting-edge artworks in the New Media Arts field. Interactive artworks and multi-disciplinary media pieces created from 2012-2016 were featured in the exhibition "Code and Noise," curated by Christine Duval, along with the work of Jim Campbell, Casey Reas, Yang Yongliang, and Ligarano Reese. This traveling exhibition highlighting the latest developments in New Media artworks was first featured at Art Silicon Valley 2015, and has been traveling to different venues across the country. More information can be found here. The exhibition also was featured this fall at Arena One Gallery in Los Angeles, from September-October 2016. More information on the Los Angeles exhibition can be found here.
One of Beltran + Minneman's latest works in development, Future Tense, is an interactive Crystal Ball that was selected by AT&T to be featured at its Shape Challenge Technology Expo at AT&T park in July 2016. You can see documentation of the project here and a great article on the project and its inspiration on the AT&T Developer Blog here.
JD Beltran's film "See" was featured in the Fall 2016 exhibition of the Peephole Cinema in San Francisco, in Orange Alley, from August-October 2016. More information here.
JD Beltran's film "See" also was selected by Skowhegan Works for its 2016 trimonthly exhibition of featured short films. See the exhibition and more information here.
JD Beltran's work was selected for two international exhibitions recognizing innovation in the field of printmaking: the "8th International Printmaking Biennial Douro" in Lisbon, Portugal in August, 2016, and the "2nd Global Print Exhibition 2015" in Lisbon, Portugal in August-September 2015.
JD Beltran premiered four new short art films at the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam in January, 2015. The films were featured in the festival's "Signals 24/7" Programme, viewed on the interactive Cinema Snowglobe platform that she invented in collaboration with Scott Minneman. More information can be found here.
In August 2014, the Cinema Snowglobe was one of five projects honored with an inaugural grant by Stochastic Labs, a new incubator based in Berkeley, California for projects blending art, technology, and science. The grant included seed funding of $20,000, use of a state-of-the-art tool facility and studio space at Stochastic Lab's Berkeley Headquarters, and collaboration opportunities with the other grantees and Stochastic staff.
In June 2014, the Cinema Snowglobes were awarded the International New Technological Art Award (NTAA), recognizing the top 2014 artworks in the world blending art and technology. The artworks were featured in the NTAA exhibition "Update_5" in Ghent, Belgium, in November 2014.
From 2012-2014, JD Beltran curated and authored the Public Art Master Art Plan for the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District. The plan sets forth the strategy for selecting and commissioning major permanent and temporary public artworks for the downtown Yerba Buena District, affecting the permanent city landscape in the main arts and museum district of the city of San Francisco. The Master Plan was approved in April 2014, and currently is being implemented.
In March 2014, the interactive work "Color of a Color," a collaboration by JD Beltran, Scott Minneman, and neuroscientist Bevil Conway was featured in the group exhibition "Mind Matters" at the Sandler Neuroscience Building in the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Campus. The venue is considering retaining the piece as a permanent public artwork for the building.
In June 2013, the Cinema Snowglobes invented by JD Beltran and Scott Minneman debuted at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in "The Making Of..." exhibition during the museum's closing weekend.
In April 2013, the San Francisco Arts Commission debuted "Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012," published by HeyDay Press (Berkeley 2013). JD Beltran co-authored the Foreword and authored the Postscript for the book, and as Interim Director (and subsequently, as President of the San Francisco Arts Commission), curated the featured photographers and co-edited and co-produced the book.
In May 2013, JD Beltran was awarded the John H. Hauberg Fellowship to create new work based in glass at the internationally renowned Pilchuck School near Seattle, Washington.
In July 2013, the interactive artwork "Underneath" by JD Beltran and collaborator Scott Minneman was featured in the group exhibition "Electronic Pacific" at the SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco.