Meet Our Curator: Nuvia Crisol Ruland
The Ink Spot Gallery is proud to have Nuvia Crisol Ruland as our curator. Here, she is interviewd by T. Greenwood. Read on to find out why we love Nuvia!
1. You received your degree in biochemistry/cell biology from UCSD, with a studio art minor. Can you talk about your progression from scientist to artist and, now, to curator? How do these activities inform each other?
In retrospect, I can see how I’ve always been passionate about science and art. I’m still in the process of marrying the two, but they’ve had parallel paths since I was a child. Perhaps it is my innate personality, but I think that my affinity for structure in my creative process has been reinforced by years of following the scientific method in the lab.
2. As a promoter and curator, much of your very busy schedule is dedicated to supporting the work of other artists. How does this affect your work as an artist? Positives? Drawbacks?
Let’s just say that I live with a daily handwritten to-do list that I’m actively crossing off in order to not feel guilty for letting another day pass without working in my studio. As an event or exhibit becomes the priority, unfortunately I do put my own art secondary. A few days may pass before I can fully submerge myself in the studio again, but I always have my sketch book handy so I can at least jot down ideas. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with artists and thrive on learning about their process. This is a huge positive because I take these experiences back to the studio with me and they help me grow as an artist.
3. Can you talk about what your work as a curator has taught you about the state of the arts in San Diego?
One of the things that motivated me to pursue the Museum Studies certificate program at San Diego Mesa College was the realization that there are 100 times more artists than wall space in the world. I want to create more opportunities for artists to exhibit their artwork. I began exhibiting my paintings in coffee and taco shops, so I don’t think there are many limitations as to where artwork can be exhibited. Regardless of the space, my main goals are to facilitate a conversation between the viewer and the art and to inspire them to seek out more art in their lives, including purchasing artwork that they will cherish.
4. You strike me as someone who is committed to creating a strong community of artists. Not all artists feel this way, what makes you different?
Not that I am necessarily different but family is very important to me. When I left my family in Paramount, California to attend UC San Diego, I began creating extensions of my family in this community. When I graduated, I had to decide whether or not to stay in San Diego. This was not a difficult decision to make because I felt I was a member of the San Diegan artistic and scientific family. I like being an active member of this community and know that I am contributing to the culture of our city.
5. What is the most exciting aspect of curating at The Ink Spot for you? What are the challenges?
The multidisciplinary interaction is probably the most exciting. San Diego Writers, Ink is inviting new possibilities of collaboration between visual and literary artists. This is obviously something I want to be a part of. I have been the curator to the space for only one year, so I am still working on bringing attention to artists and art lovers and spread the message that the The Ink Spot is an excellent venue to view artwork by local artists.
6. What do you feel a curator’s responsibility? To the art? To the artist?
I believe the job of the curator is to create curiosity and conversations about art and life. I therefore feel a great commitment to making thoughtful decisions about how the artwork is hung, how the desires of the artist are expressed, and how the members of San Diego Writers, Ink interact with the work. The Ink Spot has been an ideal space because it facilitates my responsibilities to the artist and their work by providing ample wall space, great lighting and support.
Aside from curating at The Ink Spot, Nuvia is guest curating at San Diego Mesa College gallery (http://www.sdmesa.edu/art-gallery/) in March during Women’s History Month. Domestic Disobedience: Redefining the Feminine Space is a group exhibit on view March 15 – April 19. Opening reception is Thursday, March 15th that includes a artist panel.