EDUCATION: M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, 1998 (award for the top MFA Graduation Exhibition); J.D., University of California, Berkeley; B.S. University of Oregon

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: Director, Center for Impact at California College of the Arts, 2017-2019 and Faculty, 2013-2019; Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute, 2001-2018

 

AWARD-WINNING ARTIST, DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, AND FILMMAKER, 1998-CURRENT

Please see notations of exhibitions, awards, and fellowships, below.

 

FOUNDER and DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CREATIVE SUSTAINABILITY, November 2019-CURRENT

Beltran is Founder and Director of the Center for Creative Sustainability, a consulting agency that cultivates collaborations, projects, initiatives, education, and legislation towards sustainability. Current projects include developing an online resource for designers and artists to determine the sustainability index of their raw materials, processes, and products. She also is working on a city-wide initiative to educate the public on individual behavior change for Climate Change.

 

SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION (President from December 2011 - December 2018), October 2009-CURRENT

Led cultural policy, grants, and education policy development for the City of San Francisco's Arts Commission, now a $40M agency. Spearheaded new legislation and grant support for the arts, as well as the commissioning of public art in municipal buildings and properties. Collaborated on projects across all city departments and enterprise agencies. Served as representative for Mayor Edwin Lee for the 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors and World Cultural Economic Forum in collaboration with U.S. mayors nationwide on urban policy and development. In concert with the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Finance, oversaw establishment of a new city budget allocation for agency public art conservation recognizing public artworks as capital assets, and conservation costs as capital expenditures. Authored the San Francisco Yerba Buena Community Benefits District Master Art Plan in collaboration with business and community stakeholders.

 

JOURNALIST and WRITER, 2001-CURRENT

Wrote popular columns on art, design, and culture for SFGate.com, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, and for the Huffington Post. Currently author art criticism and reviews for Visual Art Source and Fabrik Magazine. Longtime member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

 

FACULTY and DIRECTOR of the CITY STUDIO PROGRAM FOR YOUTH EDUCATION, SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, 2001-2018

Faculty in Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute teaching interdisciplinary courses in art, and critical studies. Divisions include Film, Art+Technology, Photography, Printmaking, New Genres, Sculture, and Critical Studies. Also Director of the City Studio youth education program from 2011-2018, raising $450,000 in funding from foundations and donors for the program during that period.

 

FOUNDER and DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR IMPACT AT CCA, Fall 2017-November 2019; FACULTY, Fall 2013-December 2019

Founded incubator for collaborative projects in environmental and social impact through the lens of art & design. Worked with all CCA divisions and twenty-one discipline majors to cultivate social and environmental sustainability projects and initiatives. At the request of Kate White, Deputy Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (and the Global Climate Action Summit coordinator on behalf of then California Governor Jerry Brown), initiated, oversaw, planned, and hosted Superheroes for Sustainable and 100% Renewable Energy: Global Strategies for Decision-Makers, an international Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Conference on Renewable Energy at CCA, which involved inviting, coordinating, and organizing a panel of 20 international partners from 12 different countries to convene to develop solutions for renewable energy and carbon neutrality. As Director of the Center for Impact at CCA, also funded and assisted in the launch of the Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab, the culmination of a five year project to produce the first floating climate adaptation research lab in the San Francisco Bay, in collaboration with the CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab, the Port of Oakland, the Oakland Office of the Mayor, Benthic Lab, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Kreysler & Associates, Tri-Coastal Marine, and AutoDesk. Launched three other Impact Award projects addressing sustainability: Rubber Impact Action & Awareness, Hatch Workshop, and House9. Also led college-wide initiatives and programs to foster the California College of the Arts' efforts in social and environmental sustainability.

 

INTERIM DIRECTOR of CULTURAL AFFAIRS, San Francisco Arts Commission, July 2011-January 2012

Served as Interim Executive Director for the then-$20M agency with five programs in art and culture and a staff of forty. Co-authored Planning Code Sec. 429.5 with San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, which enabled creative funding of cultural projects through establishment of a public art trust.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS, HONORS AND AWARDS

2019 Ars Electronica Exhibition, Linz, Austria

2019 German Design Award, Frankfurt, Germany

2018 December 3, 2018 deemed "JD Beltran Day in San Francisco" by Mayor London Breed, in recognition of outstanding service as President of the San Francisco Arts Commission from 12/11-12/18

2018 Innovation Award, Consumer Electronic Society, Las Vegas, Nevada

2015 Films selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2014 Stochastic Labs Grant and Residency, Berkeley, California

2014 New Technological Art Award recognition for creating one of the top 20 Art + Technology Works Worldwide, Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium

2014 Finalist, Creative Capital Moving Image and Visual Arts Grant

2013 John H. Hauberg Fellowship, The Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington

2013 Representative for Mayor Edwin Lee, World Mayors Economics and Culture Conference

2012 Appointment as President of the San Francisco Arts Commission by Mayor Edwin Lee

2012 Artist Workshop Residency Award and Fellowship

2012 Nominee, SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2012 Finalist, Creative Capital Emerging Fields Grant

2011-12 Appointment as Interim Director of the San Francisco Arts Commission

2011 Appointed to write Huffington Post blog column on Art & Culture

2010 Appointment as Vice President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, and serving on Executive and Visual Arts Committees

2010 Appointment as Vice President of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chair of the Marketing Committee (initial board appointment in 2007)

2010 Annual Design Review 2010, "Magic Story Table" chosen as one of the top international Interactive Media projects, ID Magazine

2010 Nominee, SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2009 Appointment to the San Francisco Arts Commission, serving on the Executive Committee and the Visual Arts Committee

2009 Public Art Network Year in Review, "Downtown Mirror" Named of the Most Outstanding Public Artworks in the United States for 2009

2009 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program Fellowship

2009 Appointed to write SFGate.com column on Art & Culture ("City Brights")

2009 Marcus Visual Arts Fellowship and Residency, Montalvo Center for the Arts

2007 Individual Artist Commission, San Francisco Art Commission

2007 Graduate Faculty Award, Most Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member 2006-2007, San Francisco Art Institute

2006-2009 Public Art Commission for "Who's on First, What's on Second" City of San Jose Public Art Project

2005-2007 Artist's Pool (Pre-Qualified), San Francisco Arts Commission Public Projects

2005 Nominee, SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2004 Nominee, Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation

2003 Nominee, InSITE (formerly SECA) Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2002 Silver Award, 2002 Interactive Media Design Review, Installation Category, I.D. Magazine

2002 Teaching Residency, The Oxbow School

2002 Nominee, SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2001 Artist in Residence and Solo Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

2001 Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Selected to study with Kerry James Marshall

1999 Selection for "Bay Area Now 2," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California

1999 Artadia (formerly The ArtCouncil) Artist’s Grant Award

1998 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Summer Residency

1998 McMillan Award for Most Outstanding MFA Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute

1998 Judith Banks Memorial Award

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS and ART & DESIGN COMMISSIONS

2019 "Magic Stories, Past Tense," Global Art Museum, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California (Oct)
2018 "Lumenous," The Writers Grotto, San Francisco, California (August 2018-January 2020)
2016 "Liminous," The Exploratorium, East Gallery, San Francisco, California (March)
2015 "Let it Snow," Stochastic Labs, Berkeley, California 2015 (screening and exhibition, September)
2013 "RGB Space," video installation collaboration with Nick Lally, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (March)
2013 “The Cinema Snowglobe,” collaboration with Scott Minneman, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, California (April)
2012 “Portable Portraiture,” collaboration with Scott Minneman, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, California (June-August)
2012 “Evolution” film commissioned for “Pacific Standard Time,” J. Paul Getty Center, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California (January)
2011 “Magic Stories, Bishkek,” interactive installation commissioned by CEC Artlink/ProArte, Bishkek, Krygystan (October)
2011 “Portal,” a public art outdoor film projection for the Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA (May)
2011 “Journey”, and “Portal,” multiple public art projections in storefronts, SubZero Festival, San Jose, California (June)
2011 “Magic Stories: Saint Petersburg,” interactive installation commissioned by CEC Artlink/ProArte, St. Peterburg, Russia (June)
2010 “Potrero Hill,” screening of film commissioned by the Mobile Arts Platform Project, San Francisco, California (Oct.)
2010 “Anti-Master,” collaboration with Dave Aju, screening/live score performance, commissioned by the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (Sept.)
2010 “Material Language,” Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California (January - March)
2009 “The Magic Story Table/49 Stories,” (interactive installation), 826 Valencia, City of San Francisco (March)
2007 - 2009 “Downtown Mirror,” (installation), Public Art Installation, City of San Jose (October 2007 - March 2009)
2003 “Twenty-One Secrets,” (installation), Mezzanine Gallery, San Francisco, California (July)
2001 - 2002 “eleventh,” (public art installation - outdoor projection), Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington (October-December)
2001 “The Making of a Portrait,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington (October - December)
2000 “Portraits, Blue,” Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri (September- November)
1999 “Portraits,” The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California
1998 “Portrait,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California (May)
1996 “Storyscapes,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California (January)

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019-2020 "Climate Stories," Global Museum, San Francisco, California (Oct-present)
2019 "Root Division Annual," San Francisco, California (Oct) catalog
2019 "Ars Electronica," Strange Temporalities with Stochastic Labs, POST City Linz, Austria, (September) catalog
2019 "Weaving, Stitching, and Coding," SF Design Week, Pier 29, San Francisco, California (June)
2019 "45 RPM, 45 Years of Southern Exposure" Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (March) catalog
2019 "CES 2019," The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (January)
2018 "IfSoWhat!?," Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California (April)
2018 "Make It So," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (March)
2018 "CES 2018 Innovation Awards," The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (January)
2017 "Anima Mundi," Venice, Italy, in conjunction with the Venice Biennale (September) catalog
2017 "Annual," Root Division, San Francisco, California (October)
2017 "Personal," Skowhegan 22nd St., New York, New York (May-June)
2017 "We Can Be Heroes," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (March)
2016 “Neighborhood Climate Change”, Northern Lights Festival, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota (Photography project can be seen here) (November-June 2017)
2016 “Code & Noise”, Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, California (September-October)
2016 “Skowhegan.WATCH,” Online juried film exhibition which can be seen here (June-present)
2016 “Annual Auction,” Root Division, San Francisco, California (September-October)
2016 “Peepers,” The Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, California (August-October)
2016 “Liminous,” The Exploratorium, East Gallery, San Francisco, California (March)
2016 “Currents 2016,” Santa Fe New Mexico International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico (June)
2015 “Code & Noise,” Silicon Valley Art Fair, San Mateo, California (October)
2015 “Resonate,” Root Division, San Francisco, California (September)
2015 “Technological Mediations,” San Rafael, California (July-September)
2015 “24/7, International Film Festival Rotterdam,” Rotterdam, The Netherlands (January-February)
2014 “Update_5,” New Technological Art Award 2014, Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium (November)
2014 “DorkBot at Stochastic,” Stochastic Labs, Berkeley, California (October)
2014 “Making___that Matters,” Oliver Gallery, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California (September)
2014 “Smoke and Mirrors,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (March)
2014 “Electronic Pacific,” Fei Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China (March)
2014 “Paraphrase,” Southern Graphics Council International Conference, San Francisco, California (March)
2014 Mind Matters: Mapping the Human Mind, (interactive collaboration with Scott Minneman) Sandler Neuroscience Bldg, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA (March)
2014 “100 Performances for the Hole,” collaboration with Sebastien Bachar, SOMArts, San Francisco, California (January)
2013 “Metamorphosis,” California Academy of the Arts, San Francisco, California (November)
2013 “Electronic Pacific,” SOMArts, San Francisco, California (July)
2013 The Making Of...,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (“The Making Of..." Launch Event), San Francisco, CA (May)
2012 The Future, Imagined: What’s Next?2012 Zero1 Biennial at the Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, California (November - Jan 2013)
2012 “Eat My Words,” (curator and artist), McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA (September)
2012 “Intercept 3:7” (film collaboration), Multiplexer, Las Vegas, Nevada (June - July)
2012 “Instant Narrative,” collaborative performance project with Dora Garcia, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (March)
2011 Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination,” Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California (October - January 2012)
2011 “Portal,” a public art outdoor film projection for the Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA (May)
2010 “Shadowshop,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (project with Stephanie Syjuco), San Francisco, California (September)
2010 “Artists Leading Artists,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California (September)
2010 “Unexpected Reflections,” Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California (January)
2009 “The Best of New York, Part 1,” Broadway Gallery, New York, New York (September)
2009 “Cantocore” Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco, California (February-April)
2009 "The Ingenuity Festival," Cleveland, Ohio (July)
2008 “The Geography of Conflict,” Swell Gallery, San Francisco, California (December)
2008 “Girls On Film,” The Garage, San Francisco, California (November)
2008 “DMFest 2008,” Singapore Digital Media Festival 2008, Singapore, (October)
2008 “Intimacy,” [also co-curator and co-producer], Litquake, San Francisco, California (October)
2008 “Cantocore: Export,” Ping Pong Gallery, Guangzou, China (September)
2008 “The Unconvention,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August- September)
2008 “Downtown Mirror [Airplanes],” 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, California (temporary public art installation, San Jose, June 4 - 9)
2008 “Reconciling America: Miraculous Encounters with the Mundane,” San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, (Jan - Mar)
2007 “Plant Lives,” Garage Biennale, San Francisco, California (curatorial project) (November - December)
2007 “Mastercopies,” Colorline, Oslo, Norway [permanent installation] (June - present)
2007 "The Ingenuity Festival," July 19-22, Cleveland, Ohio (July)
2007 “SFAI Now,” Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, California (May)
2007 "Driving Obsession," Mezzanine Gallery, February, San Francisco, California (video screening, February 2007)
2006 “Stanlee's Brain”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Annual Artist Ball and Auction, San Francisco, CA (October)
2006 “ISEA/ZeroOne Festival”, C4F3, San Jose Museum of Art, ISEA 2006- Zero One San Jose Festival, San Jose, California (August)
2006 “Bedtime Stories,” Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA (August)
2006 “Alien Presence H - [handmade echo]”, First Draft Gallery, in conjunction with the Sydney Biennale, Australia (June) 
2006 “Momentum”, Southern Exposure Exhibition/Auction, San Francisco, CA  (May)
2006 “Peer Pleasure 1,” (reading), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (February)
2005 “Mayhem,” juried show, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA (November-December)
2005 “Mayhem,” juried film and video screening, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA  (December)
2005 “Black Market Auction,” Independent School of Art, Hayes Valley Market, San Francisco, CA  (September)
2005 ”New Langton Arts Auction and Benefit 2005,” New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA  (December)
2005 “Commission 05,” San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, CA (Oct.)
2005 ”Losing It,” Grotto Nights at the Koret Theater (video screening), Main Public Library, CA (June)
2005 ”{self}_representation,” Le Musee Di-Visioniste, Ongoing Online Project, NewMediaArtProjectNetwork 
2004 “Biennale for Electronic Arts,” Perth, Australia (September-November)
2004 “Creature Comforts,” New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA  (December)
2004 “Festival VIDEOFORMES,” AuctionVideoteque Ephemere, Clermont-Ferrand, France, (March)
2004 “Love and Other Difficulties,” Axiom Theatre (Independent Exposure Series), Houston, TX (Feb)
2004 “Main Street Microcinema,” Houston Downtown Entertainment Development Association Screening, Houston, TX (Feb)
2003 “Images of Desire 3,” Artwalk Amsterdam, Platvorm Jonas Snijder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (June-August)
2003 “Single Channel:  Collaborating with the Moving Image,” The Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston (April)
2003 “ID/Entity:  Portraits in the 21st Century,” interactive self-portrait installation commissioned by the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
          and The Kitchen, NewYork, NY (curated by Christina Yang and Judith Donath); interactive DVD at The Beall Center for Art and
          Technology, University of California, Irvine, and San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (January to March)
2003 “Self/Projected:  The Moving Image As Self Portrait” (video screening), San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA  (March)
2003 “Shifting Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection,” Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University  (March- present)
2002 New Langton's "18th Annual Auction and Exhibition,"New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA (December)
2002 “Cite Des Ondes Fifth Manifestation Internationale Video Et Art Electronique,” Montreal, Canada (September)
2002 “The One?” (performances, readings, video and screening of film produced and co-curated with Po Bronson), Grotto Nights, San Francisco
          Main Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA  (September)
2002 “Independent Exposure,” (video screening), Fire Station Gallery, Houston, TX (August)
2002 “Independent Exposure,” (video screening), 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA (August)
2002 “Yourself - Autoritratto (Self-Portraits),” Sesto Senso, Bologna, Italy (July)
2002 “Mirror at the Bottom - Artists Portraiting Themselves,” Le Musee Di-Visioniste, Online Project, NewMediaArtProjectNetwork (July-October)
2002 “Images of Desire 2,” The Fields Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June-July)
2002 “Hi Tech/Low Tech Hybrids: Art in a Digital Age,” Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA (curated
           by Carrie Lederer) (March to June)
2002 “Sixth Annual National Exhibition,” Nexus Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Craig Houser, Guggenheim Museum) (May-June)
2002 “Art Auction 2002,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (May)
2002 “SoExquisite,” Southern Exposure Auction and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA (April - May)
2002 “Cinergy 5,” The Coach House, Santa Barbara, California (video screening) (March)
2002 “All Media Invitational 2002,” Period Gallery, Omaha, NE (February)
2002 “ID/Entity: Portraits in the 21st Century,” interactive self-portrait commissioned by the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
          and The Kitchen, New York, NY (curated by Christina Yang and Judith Donath) (November to January 2002)
2002 “San Francisco on Edge,” The Grotto Series (video screening), San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco, CA (November)
2002 “Many Moons,” The Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York (curated by Barbara Bloemink) (September to October)
2002 “Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition and Auction,” Knoedler Gallery, New York, New York (September)
2002 “Art Equinox 2001,” Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT  (August to October)
2002 “Realism 01,” Period Gallery, Omaha, NE  (July)
2002 “INsideOUT,” Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida (June)
2002 “SYNESTHESIA,” Southern Exposure Exhibition and Auction, San Francisco, California (June)
2002 “San Francisco Art Institute Art Auction 2001,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (March)
2002 “art.communication,” Sonoma Museum of Visual Art Exhibition and Benefit Auction, Sonoma, California (February-March)
2000 “The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
          San Francisco, California (September 2000 - January 2001) (curated by Heather Jain)
2000 “Blur,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (December 2000) (curated by Marina McDougall)
2000 “Fuzzylogic,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (November – December 2000) (curated by Tom Finkelpearl)
2000 “Blueprint,” Benefit Auction for TILT, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (November)
2000 “Ana 29,” Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana (August-October) (curated by Lucy Lippard)
2000 “Nest,” Rotations, Sebastopol, California (June -December)
2000 “Circus SOEX, Southern Exposure Annual Benefit,” San Francisco, California (April)
2000 “San Francisco Art Institute Art Auction 2000,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (February)
1999 “Bay Area Now 2,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California  (curated by Renny Pritikin,
          Rene DeGuzman and Arnold Kemp) (November 1999 - February 2000)
1999 “The ArtCouncil 1999 Grants to Individual Artists Exhibition,” San Francisco, California (September-October)
1999 “The Self, Absorbed,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington (September-November) (curated by Brian Wallace, Chief Curator,
          Bellevue Art Museum)
1999 “ANA 28,” Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana (August-October) (curated by Peter Plagens)
1999 “’Hover,’118th Annual Exhibition,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California (July-August)
1999 “95th National Open,” Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California (June) (curator Martin Betz, Director, Long Beach Museum of Art)
1999 “Wallworks, LA Artcore’s 14th Annual Juried Competition,” LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California (May)
1999 “11th Annual National Art Competition,” Ophelia Parrish Art Gallery, Truman State University, Kirksville,Missouri (March) (curated by
           Marti Mayo, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas)
1999 “Expo 18,” b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, New York (February- March) (curated by Clare Bell, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York)
1999 “International Juried Show ‘99,” New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey (January-February) (curated by Lisa Dennison,
          Chief Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York)
1999 “The Millennium Exhibition,” The Alternative Museum, New York, New York (January-February) (curated by Gino Rodriguez, Director,
          The Alternative Museum)
1998 “Nothing But Time,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California (November-December) (curated by David Ross, Director,
          San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
1998 “New Fangle,” Gen Art Exhibition, San Francisco, California (November) (curated by Ken Coupland, John Couch, Catherine Clark and Gail Wight)
1998 “Plugged In,” Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California (September-October)
1998 “ANA 27,” Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana (August-October) (curated by Peter Frank, art critic for the L.A. Weekly and Village Voice)
1998 “(a collective),” Gensler, San Francisco, California (September-October)
1998 “Bank Holiday,” Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Skowhegan, Maine (August)
1998 “Open Spaces,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California (June-July) (curated by Mary Ceruti, former director, Capp Street Project,
          and Ann Hatch, founder, Capp Street Project and The Oxbow School)
1998 “San Francisco Art Institute Master of Fine Arts Exhibition,” San Francisco, California (May)
1998 “Figuring the Decorative,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California (January)

 

 

CURATORIAL EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2017 Sophie Calle's "Missing," Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture (co-curated with Ars Citizen), San Francisco, CA (June-August)
         (Ranked one of the top exhibitions of 2017 by San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Charles Desmarais)
2011-2017 City Studio Winter and Spring Exhibitions, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute
2015-2019 Exhibitions & Public Programs Committee, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco
2017 "Magic," Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Spring Film Program
2012-14 Author and Curator, Master Public Art Plan for the Yerba Buena Downtown Arts District, San Francisco
2012 "Arts For The City, San Francisco: Civic Art and Urban Change" (History of the San Francisco Arts Commission published by Heyday Press;
          co- producer, photo editor and curator of the photography, and photographed additional artwork for the book)
2012 “Eat My Words,” (Evening of readings and film screenings), McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002 “The One?” (Evening of performances, readings, art, video and film co-curated with Po Bronson), Grotto Nights, San Francisco Main Library,
          Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (September)
1997 "Mirror, Mirror: Current Reflections of Self-Portraiture," Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California (April) (foreword by Donald Kuspit)

 


TEACHING POSITIONS

2002-present    Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, in the Art & Technology, Film, Photography, New Genres, Printmaking
                           Contemporary Practices (Freshman Core), and Critical Studies Programs
2010-2018    Director, City Studio Program for Youth Arts Education
2013-2019    Faculty at the California College of the Arts, in the Graduate and Undergraduate Design and Interaction Design Programs
2006-2009    Chair, Post-Baccalaureate Program, San Francisco Art Institute

 

 

BOARDS

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Trustee, June 2014 to present, served on the Executive and Marketing Committees, and Exhibitions & Public Programs

Recology Artist Residency Program, Board of Directors, August 2013 to present

San Francisco Arts Commission, October 2009 to present; member of Executive and Visual Arts Committees (President from 2012-2018)

San Francisco Design Week, Advisory Board, July 2017 to present

San Francisco Writers' Grotto, member, April 2002 to present

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Board of Directors, member of Governance Committee, May 2007 to July 2014

Bay Area Art Alliance, Founding Member, January 2006 to 2007

San Francisco Camerawork, Board of Directors, April 2003 - December 2007

San Francisco Media Arts Council (SMAC) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Board of Directors, July 2002 to 2006

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 "Reclaiming the Future: A Long Conversation," San Francisco Examiner, August 15, 2019
2019 "CES 2019 Highlights," iNews UK, January 2019
2019 "Top 10 CES 2019 gadgets," Net Imperative, January 2019
2019 "A floating plastic island in the San Francisco Bay may offer a new way to protect coasts from floods," Zippy Digital, October 14, 2019
2019 "This floating lab could help us cope with coastal erosion and rising sea levels," Shane Richmond, Center on Adaptation, October 21, 2019
2019 "A floating plastic island in the San Francisco Bay may offer a new way to protect coasts from floods" Business Insider, October 13, 2019
2019 "Designing Floating Buildings With an Eye to the Marine Species Living Underneath," Lindsey J. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, October 7, 2019
2019 "Float Lab designed to serve as "new kind of architecture for climate adaptation," Jenna McKnight, Dezeen, Sept. 30, 2019
2019 "Center for Impact announces Impact Award Winners," Art & Education, June 18, 2019
2018 "7 Treasure Island Art Finalists include Ai Wei Wei and Andy Goldsworthy," SFGate, December 18, 2018
2018 "Sacaron una estatua considerada "racista" de una plaza de San Francisco," TN Internacional, September 14, 2018
2018 "Grants aim to find solutions to Bay Area artists' housing crisis, Ivy Olesen, The Art Newspaper, June 28, 2018
2018 "Your SF Design Week Agenda: 16 Can't Miss Events," 7 x 7 Magazine, June 6, 2018
2018 "Grants aim to find solutions to Bay Area artists' housing crisis," The Art Newspaper, June 29, 2018
2018 "Star-powered Part the Cloud raises $11 million for Alzheimer's," Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 2018
2018 "Kehinde Wiley, SF Art Institute alum, points its 2018 graduates to the future," Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, May 21, 2018
2018 "Eureka! 3 Newbies are Onto Something," Inventors Digest, April 2018
2018 "San Francisco to Remove Statue that Demeans American Indians," Steve Dub, Nonprofit Quarterly, March 7, 2018
2018 "Cinema Snowglobes: Magic Plus Technology," Maverix Media, March 2018
2018 "San Francisco to Remove Statue that Demeans American Indians," Nonprofit Quarterly, March 7, 2018
2018 "What's New At the Center for Art + Public Life," Glance Magazine, Spring 2018
2018 "These are the 12 hottest startups selected to attend the annual LaunchIt Startup competition," Robin Harrie, ZDNet, January 27, 2018
2018 "Ai Wei Wei among finalists for San Francisco's Treasure Island public art project," Alexander Walter, Archinect News, January 17, 2018
2018 "A "futuristic" crystal ball shows films from the palm of the hand," CNN Arabia, January 15, 2018
2018 "Shake the Ball, back to memories!" Golam Yusuf, Daily Observer (India), January 13, 2018
2018 "The real-life crystal ball that can play your favorite 'memories' in the palm of your hand," Cheyenne McDonald, Daily Mail, January 12, 2018
2018 "Does the world really need a robot that folds your clothes?" Ben Wright, The Telegraph, January 12, 2018
2018 "Top 10 CES gadgets: Automatic make-up, expanding letterboxes and walking cars," Netimperative, January 11, 2018
2018 "CES opens its doors in Las Vegas for the unveiling the next-generation of creators," Vanish, January 9, 2018
2018 "Looking for the hottest startups at CES 2018?" PRNewswire, January 4, 2018
2017 "Finalists Named for Three Major Art Projects on Treasure Island, Including Ai WeiWei, Carlos Olin Montalvo, SFStation, December 20, 2017
2017 "7 Treasure Island art finalists include Ai Weiwei, Andy Goldsworthy," Charles Desmarais, SFGate, December 18, 2017
2017 "APAture Puts Spotlight on Asian Pacific American Artists," Wilfred Galila, Inquirer.net, October 17, 2017
2017 "Four Seasons Hotel's great [esc] hardwired to please," Carolyn Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2017
2017 "Wartime sex-slave memorial's inscription finalized," Tomo Hirai, Nichi Bei Weekly, January 19, 2017
2016 “Santa Monica Art Studios: CODE and NOISE,” Kristine Schomaker, Art and Cake Magazine, October 15, 2016
2016 “CODE and NOISE,Carpe Diem Los Angeles, September 10, 2016
2016 “How Shape Semifinalists turned an artwork fundraising project into an interactive crystal ball,” Andrea Morton, AT&T Developer Program Blog, July 21, 2016
2016 “Currents New Media Festival in Review,” Ellen Berkovitch, Adobe Airstream: Art, Music and Film from the West, July 2016
2016 “All the Pretty Software: CODE and NOISE,” Paul Weideman, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 10, 2016
2016 “Can We Talk About Art,” Amanda Eicher, Open Space: SFMOMA, January 25, 2016
2016 “Snowglobes 2.0: A new twist on classic kitsch,Now Labs: News and Perspectives, January 2016
2015 “Art SV/SF,Gentry Magazine, December, 2015
2015 “JD Beltran & Scott Minneman: Learning Interactively,” Jeremy Joan Hewes, Glance Magazine, pp. 28-29, Fall 2015
2015 “San Francisco Hospital Celebrates Public-Private Partnership,Market Wired, November, 2015
2015 “Selected Artists Tour Golden 1 Center Site”Comstock, September 2015
2015 “Things to Do and See in Marin County,”Marin Independent Journal, September 2015
2015 “Finalists Selected for Public Artwork at Sacramento Arena,”Sacramento Bee, August 2015
2015 “Art Institute Vernissage Celebrates Free Speech,“ Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2015
2014 “Tip-Top Soiree at SFMOMA,“ Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2014
2013 “Last Day for Two of the Best Fall Bay Area Shows,“ Huffington Post, (art and culture column) December 16, 2013
2013 “Hot Thursday Night Ticket,“Huffington Post, (art and culture column) November 13, 2013
2013 “The blue beacon of art,” Christine Ryan, Sunset Magazine, January 2013
2012 “Maker’s Mark,” Zahid Sardar, Dwell Magazine, November 2012
2012 “Mixed Media,’” Anne Sage, 7x7, November, 2012
2012 “The Making Of the Cinema Snowglobe,” The Kitchen Sisters, KQED/National Public Radio, September 28, 2012
2012 “The Cinema Snowglobe: A snowglobe for the 21st century,” The Kitchen Sisters, KQED/National Public Radio, August 7, 2012
2012 “What Happens When You Cross An Animated GIF And A Snowglobe?’” Reyhan Harmanci, BuzzFeed, July 25, 2012
2012 “A Preview of This Evening’s RE: COMPOSITION,” Kyle Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles I’m Yours, January 27, 2012
2011 “Artists Illuminate Amazing Territory Using Map Technology in ‘Here Be Dragons,’” Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly, December 27, 2011
2011 “JD Beltran’s ‘Portal’ Considers Our Relationship to Time and Place,” Christian L. Frock, KQED Arts, December 20, 2011
2011 “Even Unfinished, the New Bay Bridge Inspires Artists,” Reyhan Harmanci, New York Times, November 26, 2011
2011 “Art and Culture,” Blog column, Huffington Post, July - present, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jd-beltran/san-francisco-art_b_895680.html
2011 “Connecting Cultures,” Olga Khrustaleva, The St. Petersburg Times, June 8, 2011
2010 “Bay Area Emergent - Galleries and Artists Put San Francisco Back on the Map,” Anuradha Vikram, Artillery Magazine, May/June 2010
2010 “Destination Art:  Taking Off,” (author), cover feature for Public Art Review, fall/winter 2009 edition, published January 2010 
2009 - 2012 “Art and Culture Fix,” blog column, San Francisco Chronicle online at http://blog.sfgate.com/beltran/
2010 “Photography Merit Award,” Creative Arts Quarterly Issue number 17, January 2010
2008 “Cantocore Import/Export,” Lu Fang and Jon Phillips, ArtMap, December 2008
2008 “Viewpoint,” Terri Cohn, Artweek, November 2008
2008 “Reconciling America: Miraculous Encounters With The Mundane,” Valerie Imus, Shotgun, Mar 2, 2008
2008 “Charles Guice and JD Beltran,” Interview by Zefrey Throwell, Frank Prattle, February 2, 2008
2008 “Reconciling America:  Art Gets Personal,” Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2008
2007 “Who’s On First ?” The Wave Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 19, November 2007 
2007 “San Jose Debuts Major Temporary Public Art Initiative,” Sys-Con Media, October 25, 2007
2007 “Digital Images Dominate – But With a Down Side,” Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2007
2007 “Adding Cool Technology to the Ingenuity Fest,” Karen Sandstrom, The Plain Dealer, April 19, 2007
2007 “JD Beltran and Michael Arcega,” Interview by Zefrey Throwell, Frank Prattle, March 10, 2007 
2007 “'Secrets Series' goes 4-wheelin," Susie Gerhard, SF360, February 6, 2007
2006 "ZeroOne/ISEA: Entre nous," Susie Gerhard, SF360, August 9, 2006
2006 "ZeroOne Exhibits Get An Early Start," Jaweed Kallem, San Jose Mercury News, August 8, 2006 
2006 "Attualita," Donato Ramani, D Magazine, July 2006 
2006 "Ten Astonishing Reasons to Find Your Way to San Jose This Summer," Marketwire, June 22, 2006
2006 “San Jose, On the Bleeding Edge,” Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice, June 13, 2006
2005 “Artist Goes to Bat for Local Musicians,” Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, December 13, 2005
2005 "Losing It," Christina Ducklow, SF Gate, Culture Blog, June 23, 2005
2004 “The Oxbow School,” Spark, KQED Television, first aired June 2004
2003 “Buzz Town,” Beth Lisick, SF Gate, July 9, 2003
2003 "Hooked on Classics:  New Tech Art is No Longer Just About Technology" Glen Helfand, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, February 27, 2003
2003 "Id/Entity” Images,” Mark Mardon, Bay Area Reporter, February 13, 2003
2003 “Face Forward,” Alison Bing, SFGate, February, 2003
2003 "The Message is Medium-Small," Rebecca Schoenkopf, Orange County Weekly, January 17-23, 2003
2003 “"ID/Entity Challenges Portraiture Concepts,” Michael Rydzynski, Irvine World News, online edition, January 9, 2003
2002 "Telephone Story: A Portrait," Jenny Schnetzer, I.D. Magazine, November 2002
2002 "Report From San Francisco," Stephanie Cash, Art In America, November 2002
2002 "'High Tech/Low Tech Hybrids' at Bedford Gallery," Marisa S. Olson, Artweek, June 2002
2002 “Idiot Savant,” Marisa Olson, Mute, March 2002
2002 "ID/entity", Barbara Pollack, ArtNews, March 2002
2001 "MIT Art Project: Messy Kitchen," Noah Shachtman, Wired News, December 21, 2001
2001 "Arise, Armchair Readers!" David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2001
2001 "Some Have Turned to Art as Solace in the Aftermath of Tragedy," Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 11, 2001
2001 "Bellevue Art Museum Wall to Reflect Flicker of Optimism," Rick Schweinhart, Eastside Journal, October 10, 2001
2000 Forever on the Move: San Francisco Bay Area Overview,” Amy Berk, World Sculpture News, Winter 2000
2000 “Thinking Outside the Frame: Artists Explore Extra Room with Electronics, Video and More” Robin Trafton, Kansas City Star, Oct. 19, 2000
2000 “Self Portraits,” San Francisco Magazine, February 2000 (Annual Arts and Architecture Issue)
2000 “Bay Area Now II,” kult avanguardie creative, (Italian publication) February 2000
2000 “Artists, Art-Lovers Paint the Town,” James Sullivan and Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2000
2000 “Bay Area Now: MFAs in Toyland,” Tessa DeCarlo, Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2000
1999 “Critic’s Choice: Bay Area Now 2,” Sarah Coleman, San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 8, 1999
1999 ”Jack Larry Alshire, J.D. Beltran,” Julie Nelson, New Art Examiner, December/January 1999/2000
1999 “Bay City Best: Art,” David Bonetti, San Francisco Examiner, November 28, 1999
1999 “the self, absorbed,” Anna Fahey, artaccess, October 1999
1999 ”Images of, and Mostly by, Women From a Variety of Perspectives,” Helen A. Harrison, New York Times(L.I. Edition), March 14, 1999
1999 “Expo 18 at BJ Spoke Gallery,” George Wallace, The Northport Journal, January 21, 1999
1999 “Gen Art’s New Fangle Exhibit,” Meg Grey, RES Magazine; The Future of Filmmaking, Winter 1999
1998 “Jack Hanley Resurrected in Mission,” David Bonetti, San Francisco Examiner, December 18, 1998
1998 “Nothing But Time,” Colin Berry, citysearch, November 29, 1998
1998 “High Aspirations: High-Tech Art,” John Alderman, Wired Magazine, November 6, 1998
1998 “Open Spaces,” Donna Schumacher, Art Papers, September/October, 1998
1998 “Plugged In,” Colin Berry, citysearch, September 1, 1998
1998 “Plug This In,” Kay Marie Jacobson, San Francisco Chronicle, The Gate, September 9, 1998
1998 “Arts and Craft, Skowhegan style,” Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe, July 7, 1998
1997 “Self-Re/Presentations,” Donald Kuspit, Prologue to Mirror, Mirror: Current Reflections of Self-Portraiture, April 10, 1997

 

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS, COLLECTIONS, AND ARCHIVES

The Getty Institute
The Walker Art Museum
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The M.H. De Young Museum
The Denver Art Museum
The Ulrich Museum
Bellevue Art Museum
The Kyrgyzstan National Museum
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
The City of San Francisco
The Exploratorium, San Francisco
The City of San Jose
Cleveland IngenuityFest
ZeroOne New Media Biennials 2006, 2008, 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Kitchen, New York
Fei Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China
Cite des Ondes Video et Art Electronique, Montreal, Canada
Association for Contemporary Art, Hand Off Video Archive, Graz, Austria
MediaArtFriesland, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest Archive
Kulturedrang Nach Osten Kansk International Video Festival Archive, Moscow, Russia
Split Festival of New Film Video Archive, Split, Croatia
Spiral Arts Video Bank, Tokyo, Japan
Nike Corporation
The Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto
The Global Museum, San Francisco State University