What We Do

We select exemplary artists through a competitive process using independent expert panels and honor these artists with unrestricted cash prizes, promotion, and recognition.

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 150 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 Laureates
  • Increased investment in the Content Emerging Artist Awards to provide support to our region’s best up and coming creatives
What’s Next
  • Applications for the 2023 Content Emerging Artist Award open October 21, 2022. Learn more and view program guidelines and application instructions here.
  • Application deadline is December 2, 2022.
2022 SVCREATES Content Emerging Artists

Chelsea Stewart

Through exploration of mass and scale, geological subjects, and mental health, Chelsea Stewart constructs large scale abstract paintings and paper installations. Using erosion of geological forms as a catalyst, the passing of her grandmother from dementia, and her own experience with anxiety, Stewart admires the meditative process of the act of making to communicate personal narratives of mental health to mirror its brittleness and its underlying strength.

Jezrael Gandara

Jezrael Gandara’s work straddles the line between documentary and art, encouraging his subjects to communicate their feelings. “There are parts of San Jose that remind me of El Paso, and it makes it feel like home. I hope my work can make an impact within the community by helping share its stories.”

Kiana Honarmand

Kiana Honarmand's work shares the process of immigration and the stigma that comes with it, censorship, and her experiences as a woman in patriarchal Iran. “I’m interested in finding ways to connect with people through our shared experiences, and I found that art is a much kinder way to start a conversation,” she said.