The 2nd annual Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego

The Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair announces expansion plans for 2010, which include moving the 2nd year event to a larger home in downtown San Diego. BTB has signed a three-year contract with Hilton San Diego Bayfront – the newest luxury hotel in downtown San Diego, boasting the largest pillar-less ballroom space in San Diego.

Showcasing over 50 national and international galleries and over 2,000 works that include painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video. The Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair is dedicated to showcasing new contemporary art practices from this region and beyond. San Diego with its close proximity to Mexico is the ideal arena to stage a collaborative bi-national art fair on the West Coast, and the best city to present an objective representation of the overlapping art activity that is taking place along the Pacific Rim.

Beyond the BorderBTB’s move downtown creates an arena for citywide cultural participation
Raising 30-stories above the edge of San Diego Bay the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is the West Coast’s newest waterfront hotel. Fusing a dynamic waterfront location, sun and sea-inspired design and casually sophisticated vibe, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel offers an immersion in the essence of San Diego’s unique coastal culture and lifestyle. The hotel is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, across the street from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres and minutes from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). It is a short walk from downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and its many entertainment and recreational amenities as well as world-class shopping and dining.

2009 successes proved there’s a hunger for this caliber Art Fair in San Diego
The first annual Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego was a critical success. Over 1,000 attendees packed the VIP opening night event and total attendance exceeded 3,000 over the 2.5 days. Over 70% of the galleries reported direct sales. In addition, many events sold out in advance such as, the Art of Wine and Food Dinner and a lecture & lunch with Art Critic Dave Hickey; and gallery exhibition space was filled in May, leaving a waiting list of over 20 galleries.

BTB 2010 Summary
San Diego’s Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair (BTB) is a 3-day contemporary art fair that will include national and international galleries featuring over 2,000 works by established and emerging contemporary artists from all over the world, exhibiting in The Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s expansive ballroom accompanied by numerous conferences, luxury exhibitors and food and wine events. The event will showcase over $6 million in artwork coupled with sponsors such as Modern Luxury Media, Qualcomm, and many others. BTB anticipates attendance of over 5,000 new and established collectors over the three days. An Opening Night Gala is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2nd and will benefit our charity partner San Diego Fine Arts Society (SDFAS).
Gallery Submissions Accepted
January – February 28, 2010
Show Dates
Thursday, September 2, 2010, 7pm – 9pm (VIP Opening Night Event)
Friday, September 3, 2010, 12pm – 8pm (General Admission)
Saturday, September 4, 2010, 12pm – 8pm (General Admission
Opening Night Gala
Thursday, September 2, 2010 (7pm – 11pm)
Proceeds benefit BTB charity partner San Diego Fine Arts Society (SDFAS)
Conference Dates
“Art & Money” – Friday, September 3, 2010, 9am – 5pm
“Art in the City” – Saturday, September 4, 2010, 9am – 5pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101