SF ARTS COMMISSION – Taps one of its own to serve as Interim Director

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously today to appoint its vice president, JD Beltran, as interim director while the commission recruits a permanent new director of cultural affairs.

“JD is a fantastic artist, a well respected member of the arts community, and a committed public servant dedicated to the well-being of this organization,” said SFAC President PJ Johnston. “We’re very fortunate that she’s willing to step in and serve for this brief period.”

The SFAC will work with the Department of Human Resources to conduct a search for the permanent position. Johnston said he anticipated that process would take two to three months.

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JD BELTRAN

JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker and writer. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, the Singapore DigitalMediafest, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in both the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. She has been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. She writes columns on art and culture for both SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Beltran is also on the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she is Director of the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth.

“I see my role as one of placeholder, helping the Arts Commission get through this transition to its new director,” Beltran said. “I have no interest in the permanent job – indeed, I’ll need to get back to my work soon. But I do care deeply about the San Francisco Arts Commission, and I want to see it flourish.”

Beltran stepped down from the commission today. She said she hopes to return to the commission as soon as the new director is selected.

Mayor Edwin Lee has sole authority over the appointment of Arts Commissioners. The commission has authority over the appointment of the director of cultural affairs.

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