Patric Stillman receives Artie Award for mentoring local artists
Mission Federal ArtWalk recognizes local artist, entrepreneur and community activist

The Studio Door is proud to share the announcement that owner Patric Stillman was recognized for his contributions to San Diego’s arts community with an Artie Award from Mission Federal ArtWalk on January 25, 2018. He has been recognized for his role in ArtWalk’s The Business of Art Scholarship, which follows on the heels of being nationally recognized as Professional Artist Magazine’s Mentor of the Year.

“Personally, this acknowledgement is such a heart felt honor. As an artist, entrepreneur and community activist, I often felt pulled in one direction or the other at various moments in my career. To be honored for achievements where I have found balance in all three areas while nurturing my fellow visual artists is a reward beyond riches,” said Patric Stillman. “Thank you to Mission Federal ArtWalk for this honor.”

This year Artie Awards were created by local sculptor Jon Koehler ( Also awarded an Artie Award this year was Chantal Wnuk and Tracy Thalo of Artist & Craftsmen. They join past recipients, including Patricia Fischer and Alan Ziter, who were also in attendance at the Westgate Hotel event held Janaury 25 as a kick off for the April 28-29 Mission Federal ArtWalk.


Patric Stillman is not only a dedicated visual artist but the driving force behind The Studio Door, an arts center located in North Park. As a mentor to local artists, he is best known for his art-to-market incubator lab. He designed the lab as the next step for career artists interested in creative commerce. In the past three years through The Studio Door and HYPE at The Studio Door galleries, he has offered a wide variety of opportunities for local visual artists including national exhibitions, regional invitationals, the annual Open Studios San Diego artist tours, and the biennial 50 To Watch highlighting some of San Diego’s best visual artists.

Outside of the art center, Stillman continues to work behind the scenes and in collaboration with numerous art organizations, galleries, museums and associations. In January, he kicked off a North County extension of his lab at Escondido Arts Partnership with a free lecture offering practical advice to artists seeking gallery representation. Last year, he headed up an art gallery in the streets for North Park Main Street’s Festival of the Arts; he curated the Art Prize booth at Art San Diego for San Diego Visual Arts Network; and premiered a series of art films at the Media Arts Center San Diego for World AIDS Day.


Each year, the Business of Art Scholarship is awarded to one lucky art student or emerging artist who has a body of work to showcase and is interested in selling their artwork. The scholarship includes a booth at the prestigious art festival, professional development from Stillman, and an impressive marketing package from San Diego Visual Arts Network. Last year’s scholar Mikaela McLeish went on to be awarded Art San Diego’s LaunchPad artist and was recently accepted an artist residency with Chateau Orquevaux in Champagne-Ardenne, France. Complete details for The Business of Art scholarship can be found online. Applications are being accepted though February 15, 2018.

“Mission Federal ArtWalk and San Diego Visual Arts Network have done so much over the years to support local artists,” said Stillman. “I’m proud to be collaborating with them on this project that gives an artist an understanding of the business aspects of the art industry. Last year’s scholar really took advantage of the opportunity and I look forward to seeing her star continue to rise.”


In February, The Studio Door will present the 4th annual The Crow Show. This popular exhibit showcases regional and national artists who find the black bird as a creative muse. Artist reception will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 6 – 9 PM. Free to the public. The Studio Door is located at 3750 30th Street in the heart of North Park.

In addition to Business of Art Scholarship, current open calls for local artists include the prestigious 50 To Watch project and Material Grants for San Diego artists living with HIV.

For more information, please visit The Studio Door (, Mission Federal ArtWalk ( and San Diego Visual Arts Network ( to learn more about San Diego’s premiere art events.