Image courtesy of Artist Tom Knechtel.

The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Experimental Drawing Studio (EDS) Initiatve presents

Is this an illustration?

Exhibition and Panel Discussion on the difference between drawing as a fine art practice and drawing as an illustration practice.

Panel Discussion: Wednesday April 30th, 2014, 6-8PM with

Enrique Covarrubias,
Architectural Illustrator

Dylan Jones,
San Diego Gallerist

Tom Knechtel,
Visual Artist

Exhibition: 8-17 April 2014
Featuring UC San Diego Visual Arts Undergraduate Student Drawings

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) #202
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

An increasingly large number of studio art majors identify with the paradigm of an art world that exists outside the mainstream. Their work (and that of the artists they admire most) is commonly referred to as "illustration", which implies it has a function outside of the realm of fine art practice. Dylan Jones, a San Diego Gallerist (Subtext gallery specializes in "street art" "lowbrow" and "pop surrealism") and Enrique Covarrubias, an Architectural Illustrator who makes hand drawn visualizations for clients of Dream Design Builders, an architectural firm) come together with Visual Artist Tom Knechtel, whose drawings and paintings span both definitions. Knechtel is on both the fine art and illustration faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. These three points of view meet in a panel moderated by Visual Artist and UCSD Professor Amy Adler.

Accompanying the panel will be an exhibition of recent UC San Diego undergraduate drawing. The exhibition runs from April 8th-April 17th in SME 202. Reception for exhibition follows panel discussion on April 30.

About the EDS Initiative

The Experimental Drawing Studio provides open space for an intersection of disciplines that engage the practice of drawing in its expansive range of forms. Artists, engineers, architects, writers, designers, animators and media practitioners will have a clean and unencumbered space to specifically explore the role of drawing in their research. The studio will be used for exploratory drawing research and practice. This includes, for example, large scale or collaborative drawing projects, workshops and conferences on drawing, independent, collaborative and mentored projects between faculty and MFA and PhD Practice students and advanced undergraduates for the preparation for an exhibition, the scope of a proposed project, design and lay out of a graphic book, or focused research and teaching for an academic quarter.

The Experimental Drawing Studio is led by Associate Professor Amy Adler, Visual Arts UCSD in collaboration with Visual Arts Studio Area faculty and a committee of Visual Arts graduate students.

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Enrique Covarrubias

Dylan Jones

Tom Knechtel

Amy Adler
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts