What We Do

We select our region’s finest artists through a competitive process using independent expert panels, and honor these artists with unrestricted cash prizes, promotion, and recognition at the annual SVArts awards celebration.

Who We Serve

We serve Santa Clara County artists across multiple disciplines, as showcased in our SVLaureate Directory. These artists were selected for the quality of their work and their commitment to enriching our community with exhibitions, performances, presentations, and service. Additionally, we serve the broader community by introducing new artists and new artwork to arts lovers, students, and community leaders.

Why It’s Important

Artists contribute socially and culturally to a vibrant and creative community, challenge our hearts and minds, and bring joy, new insights and learning to our lives. We believe they deserve our encouragement, recognition, and financial support.

What’s Been Done

  • Celebrated the achievements of over 140 artists since 1991, across a wide range of artistic disciplines, and invested over $400,000 in their work.
  • Developed SVLaureate Directory to highlight the work of these artists and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Artist Laureate program in 2015.
  • Expanded the annual celebration into SVArts, including a special edition of Content Magazine featuring the Laureate.

Meet our 2018 SVLaureates:

2018 SVNexus Award: Joel Slayton

Joel Slayton is a pioneering artist, educator, and curator. His professional activities explore contemporary culture as informed by emerging technologies. As co-founder of the L&J Ranch (launching fall 2018), Slayton is focused on cutting-edge research, creative projects and sense of place. He’s Professor Emeritus at San Jose State where he founded the CADRE Laboratory for New Media in 1984.

Slayton’s artwork has been featured in over 100 exhibitions around the world including Berlin, Austria, Buenos Aires, and New York. For eight years he served as Executive Director of ZERO1, a Silicon Valley-based arts organization and agency for four international art biennials that featured over 600 artists from 45 countries.

The SVNexus Award, sponsored by Adobe, was created to recognize pioneering artistic achievement at the intersection of arts and technology.

What’s Next

This year’s SVLaureates will be announced in late Spring. The 2019 SVArts/SVLaureate Awards event will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019.