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2014 Downtown Doors expands to 91 locations

26 new pieces of student art include works from five of San Jose’s Sister Cities

New interactive feature – listen to artists at the sites using SmartPhones

Downtown Doors 2014 Map Download

The Downtown Doors student art competition and exhibition expanded internationally in 2014.  Five service doors – the kind that are seldom used and accessible only to building managers and employees, but nonetheless in the urban public realm and lining pedestrian walkways – are now adorned by beautiful artwork by students from Dublin, Ireland, Okayama, Japan, Pune, India, San Jose, Costa Rica and Tainan, Taiwan.

DowntownDoors6_2014lr1-page-0Another 21 students from San Jose area high schools also have made statements through their art pieces, adding color to 11 new locations and replacing 15 previous sites with fresh images. Lincoln High School student Esther Dello Buono’s artwork entitled, “Downtown San Jose” located on the northwest corner of Market and Santa Clara streets, also won the Congressional Art Competition and will hang in the Capitol’s Hall of Congress for one year.

In total, 91 student artworks dating back to 2009 can be viewed from the Downtown Doors program. In 12 years, 189 pieces have been selected for exhibition.

Making the experience even more satisfying to those touring the doors locations downtown, 11 students this year have posted videos on YouTube that explain their inspiration for the piece and their feelings upon being selected to represent the city with a Downtown Door. Some of their comments, which are retrievable by a smart phone at the site, include:

  • “Winning the Downtown Doors has really given me confidence in my artwork,” said Hannah Kim of Santa Teresa High School. “I never knew that taking pictures could merit such an award.
  • “Anybody who believes in himself can be a hero. It is in the ordinary that we find the extraordinary,” Neni Silva of Santa Teresa High School says about her artwork, “The Hero Within.” “Everyone has the power to make a difference. We all have gifts not to be wasted.”
  • “I am getting so much recognition for this piece,” said Sarah Massie of Pioneer High School. “I hope that some day it will be for something bigger
  • “I want to see my art in different environments and how people react to it,” said Tim Park of Pioneer High School. “I just created something that I liked that looked cool.

DTDoors2014WinnersThis year, 720 students at 17 schools in four districts competed to have their artworks selected. Each school submitted up to 10 works for consideration by a prestigious selection committee of art experts. Gunderson High School, with four winners in 2014, joined a list of 23 different schools with selected artists over the years.

Selected pieces are transitioned to large vinyl decals and then applied to highly visible utility doors and boxes on downtown sidewalks, plazas and paseos. Some of the new locations include: San Carlos and South First streets; First and St. John streets; Second and St. John streets; 160 W. Santa Clara St.; 118 Paseo de San Antonio next to Philz Coffee Shop; Market and Santa Clara streets; 396 S. First St. on Studio Climbing Gym; 302 S. Market St.; and in the paseo between Second and Third streets at the Globe apartments.

“Everywhere you go downtown, beautiful, imaginative, colorful art pieces help make our downtown look better,” said Diana Beechie, SJDF president. “This program does more than add to our urban landscape.  We’re also providing young people with the opportunity to express themselves publicly and passersby the opportunity to pay attention and heed their messages.”

In 2012, Downtown Doors garnered a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the program’s contributions to arts education and public art, and won the top prize from the International Downtown Association for public space-making.

A ceremony honoring the artists and their works will take place June 12 at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Program sponsors include: Adobe Systems, Inc., Catered Too!, City of San Jose, Digital Realty, DiNapoli Capital Partners, eBay Foundation, Fairfield Development, Garden City Construction, Jeppesen, Law Offices of Willoughby, Stuart, Bening, Inc., Mezcal Restaurant, Reel Grobman & Associates, Orchard Commercial, Inc., San Jose Water Co., Xactly Corp., San Jose Sister City Committees of Dublin, Okayama, Pune, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Tainan; and San Jose Downtown Association.

Photos: Student art displayed on downtown San Jose doors
(06/11/14) San Jose Mercury News

The Downtown Doors Class of 2014 includes:

 
 
School
Location
Address
Teacher
Vanna Luu – Fall Into RealityAndrew Hill High School – Eastside UnionPaseo de San Antonio, between Third and Fourth Street - Paseo Villas Apartments130 E. San Fernando StreetKim Tuohy
Diana Camacho – Bird

Del Mar High School - Campbell UnionMarriott Hotel301 S. Market StreetJulia Berg
Yajaira Acosta – Mother Nature

Gunderson High School – San Jose UnifiedSouth First St. - Fairmont Hotel170 S. Market St.Mary Cheung
Megan Schnabel – Blue Grace

Gunderson High School – San Jose UnifiedGlobe Apartments – Alley between 1st and 2nd streets33 S. Third St.Mary Cheung
Jennifer Madrigal – The Face

Gunderson High School – San Jose UnifiedSouthwest corner of First and St. John streets (utility box)Mary Cheung
Pauline Nguyen - The Beauty of Nature’s SecrecyGunderson High School – San Jose Unified160 W. Santa ClaraMary Cheung
Joyce Seok – Find your happy placeHomestead High School – Fremont High School DistrictSecond Street, between San Fernando and San Carlos - Camera 12 Cinemas201 S. Second St.Carolyn Daily
Abigail Aspuria -TV: Counterfeit Escapade

Independence High School – Eastside UnionSan Salvador/First Street400 South First StreetVirginia Cranes
Matthew Reddy – New WorldLincoln High School – San Jose UnifiedPaseo de San Antonio between Third and Fourth streets - Philz Coffee118 Paseo de San AntonioEileen Zamora & Deana Thai
Esther Dello Buono – Downtown San JoseLincoln High School – San Jose UnifiedNorthwest corner of Santa Clara and Market streets – SJSV Chamber of Commerce101 W. Santa Clara Street (utility box)Eileen Zamora & Deana Thai
Sabrina Nguyen – Holding Back the FirePiedmont Hills High School – Eastside UnionSoutheast corner of Market and Santa Clara streets2 S. Market Street (utility box)Ian Tippetts & Van Nguyen
Mckenna Teehan – OpulencePiedmont Hills High School – Eastside UnionSan Salvador/First Street400 South First StreetIan Tippetts & Van Nguyen
Sarah Massie – Social Media Dress

Pioneer High School – San Jose UnifiedCircle of Palms Plaza @First Street - Fairmont Hotel Fountain170 S. Market St.Laurie Kirk
Tim Park – I Heart Red

Pioneer High School – San Jose UnifiedGlobe Apartment – Alley between 1st and 2nd streets, 25 S. Third StreetLaurie Kirk
Hannah Kim – Untitled

Santa Teresa High School – Eastside UnionSan Salvador Street and Market Street - 360 Residences360 S. Market StreetMarjorie Kelly & Autumn Juhl
Neni Silva – The Hero Within

Santa Teresa High School – Eastside UnionSouth First Billiards420 South First StreetMarjorie Kelly & Autumn Juhl
Ryan Ammar – HaloSanta Teresa High School – Eastside UnionThe Studio Climbing396 S. First St.Marjorie Kelly & Autumn Juhl
Hannah Verdonk - Out–door-sy

Willow Glen High School – San Jose UnifiedBetween San Fernando and Paseo de San Antonio150 S. First StreetSandra Holland
Janet Altamirano – Flight

Willow Glen High School – San Jose UnifiedCircle of Palms Plaza @First Street - Fairmont Hotel Fountain170 S. Market St.Sandra Holland
Tania Magana – Elephant WalkYerba Buena High School – Eastside UnionNortheast corner of Second and St. John streets (utility box)Maria Furman
Tram Vo – Not Everyone Gets a LadderYerba Buena High School – Eastside UnionSan Carlos Street, St. Claire Hotel - Il Fornaio Restaurant302 S. Market St.Maria Furman

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 San Jose’s Sister Cities - International Selections

 
 
San Jose’s Sister Cities
Location
Address
Josh Evason – Battle of ClontarfDublin, IrelandFirst Street, between Paseo de San Antonio and San Carlos Street – Camera 12 Cinemas201 S. Second St.
Nana Hina – OomizuaoOkayama, Japan
San Jose Repertory Theatre facing the plaza and Second Street101 Paseo de San Antonio
Laxmi Korwar – For the Love of ItPune, IndiaFirst Street, between Paseo de San Antonio and San Carlos Street – Camera 12 Cinemas201 S. Second St.
Rui-Lin Tsai – Temple CornerTainan, TaiwanFirst Street, between San Fernando and San Carlos Street – Camera 12 Cinemas201 S. Second St.
Isaias – El MangaSan Jose, Costa RicaFirst Street, between San Fernando and San Carlos – Camera 12 Cinemas201 S. Second St.

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School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2014)

East Side Union HS District

(6) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14
(10) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13,
(3) Independence – 12, 13, 14
(2) James Lick – 11, 12
(7) Mount Pleasant – 04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12,
(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07,
(14) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14
(9) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14
(2) Silver Creek – 12, 13
(2) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14

(60) East Side Total

(2) Bellarmine College Prep. – 10
(6) Cupertino – 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11,
(4) Del Mar – 12, 12, 13, 14
(3) Downtown College Prep – 04, 07, 07
(4) Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14
(9) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14
(4) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13,
(48) Lincoln (includes Saturday Art Academy) – 03, 03, 03, 03, 04, 04, 04, 04, 04, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14
(26)Notre Dame – 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13,
(9) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14
(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05
(3) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14
(1) Castillero Middle – 12,

(124) All other districts subtotal

(1) Dublin, Ireland
(1) Okayama, Japan
(1) Pune, India
(1) Tainan, Taiwan
(1) San Jose, Costa Rica

(5) International Subtotal

(189) TOTAL

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