January 9 from 2 to 4 PM

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) invites regional media outlets to attend the unveiling of its first-ever outdoor mural on Saturday, January 9. Pacificaribbean, by internationally renowned artist Juan Alberto Negroni, will cover all sides of the building and showcase a symbiotic relationship between art and nature.

“The mural is an outward symbol of the exciting transformation happening at SLOMA,” explained Executive Director Leann Standish. “We have a new vision for 2021, with a focus on broadening our artistic inspiration. The mural will evoke a cultural realization of how San Luis Obispo relates to the rest of the world. It’s meaning and sentiment allow passersby to see art in a fresh way, and we hope it excites the community and encourages a collective experience of nostalgia.”

Puerto Rican-born artist Juan Alberto Negroni is known for his vibrant, ecological-inspired pieces. His work has been the focus of five solo shows and is currently on display in public and private collections in Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Greece and the United States.

WHAT: Pacificaribbean is a large-scale mural on four walls of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. It is designed and executed by artist Juan Alberto Negroni, along with help from Cuesta and Cal Poly student assistants, and curated by Emma Saperstein.

WHEN: The outdoor unveiling will take place Saturday, January 9 from 2pm to 4pm.

  • Photo op of painting in progress: 2pm to 3pm
  • Statement from artist: 3pm
  • Individual interviews (by outlet) with Executive Director Leann Standish and Curator Emma Saperstein: Beginning at 3:15pm 

WHERE: The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is located at 1010 Broad Street, on the west end of Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, California. Media are asked to gather on the Mission Plaza side of the building. Look for check-in table with individually-packaged press kit, upon arrival.

For media who are unable to attend: SLOMA will have a professional photographer onsite. On Monday, January 11, we can email a print-ready press release with images for publishing. A time-lapse video of the installation (over the creek) will also be linked. Should you need an individual interview, please contact us.

If you are unable to attend, please contact Heather McKinney to ensure you receive these materials.

COVID-19 precautions: SLOMA will adhere to all state and local health ordinances. Please wear a mask and follow 6-foot social distancing protocols. A temperature check area with hand-sanitizer will be available.

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