Sports & the Arts (SATA) (www.sportart.net), the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority recently announced the artists featured within the Art Collection that will be installed inside Levi’s Stadium. The collection features more than 200 pieces of original artwork and 500-plus photographs from the archives of the 49ers, and their esteemed group of team photographers and media partners. A compilation of the artists and photojournalists, along with samples of their work, and a video testimonial from one of the artists, can be viewed at www.LevisStadium.com/art.
Sports & the Arts has spent two years sourcing submissions through a public Call to Artists” and visiting Bay Area galleries, artist studios and exhibitions in search of the most unique and inspirational forms of artwork. These original works of art were commissioned by SATA and will be installed throughout select areas of Levi’s Stadium this June. The roster of artists includes local talent as well as established veterans that complement the diverse collection. Several of the local artists will be exhibiting their works for the first time.
Tracie Speca-Ventura, founder of Sports & the Arts and curator of art collections for over 15 years, thrives on blending mediums and perspectives to form exciting spaces within a venue. To engage the viewer, Speca-Ventura transforms spaces into experiences. Her relationships with athletes and nationally renowned artists, along with her history of discovering up-and-coming talent in the nooks and crannies of the United States, is what makes her a leading broker in the industry. As a California native, Speca-Ventura’s passion for this project runs deep.
A majority of the collection features local artists,” says Speca-Ventura. This unique opportunity allows them to showcase what California means to them, making the collection even more eclectic and versatile. While celebrating 49ers football past and present, the walls also share the stage with series of art celebrating the Bay Area surf scene, agriculture, wineries, poets and writers, and the psychedelic music of the 1960s and 70s.
The goal of Sports & the Arts is to enhance the artistic and visual aesthetics of a building. Working alongside architects, contractors and interior designers, SATA strives to create an intimate gallery feel within a large venue. Ensuring each project is unique and tailored to the organization’s specific desires, SATA brings vision and excellence to each project. Their collections now grace the office walls of venues such as Yankee Stadium (home of the New York Yankees), Amway Center (home of the Orlando Magic), Prudential Center (home of the New Jersey Devils) and Marlins Park (home of the Miami Marlins).
For more information, go to www.sportart.net and www.LevisStadium.com.
Photo: Derek Gores, artist from Art Collection at Levi’s® Stadium.