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Thought Provokers: La Jolla & UTC

San Diego has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists and creative professionals from in and around La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Reinhart Selvik

I started taking art dead serious and began to channel all of my energy into the development of my work while studying Art at LBCC. I can’t put it into words how exciting it was, how vibrant, supportive and generative the dynamic was there. Read more>>

David Vazquez and Isaiah Vargas

Music has had an impact on the way we think, live and believe so much so that we want to create music for the masses to help them steer through their life in a positive way. Music has shaped us in the way our mentality is shaped and has had a powerful influence. Read more>>

Evan Kinard

I didn’t think I’d fit in and I’d be made fun of for even trying. Well, you don’t grow unless you put yourself in uncomfortable situations and that night happened to be the start of a journey that would allow me to not only live a life of purpose but to help others to do the same. Read more>>

Issa Hourani

Seven years ago, I was attending college to pursue medicine and one semester I needed on the unit to be full time. Instead of piling on another science course, my friend Marissa suggested that I would take a dance class with her. Read more>>

Ian Knightly

He transferred to Free People, a sister company of Anthropologie, where he was given a design team of his own, taking position as Senior Lead Designer. He spent another two years giving a new face to the brand’s women’s shoewear fashion. Read more>>

Cain “Cain Kong” German

My Dad would often just pick up his guitar, the one his dad (my grandpa) gave him, and I remember watching him and thinking, “man, this dude is just in his own world, singing, playing, nothing around him. Just him, his giant hands, and his guitar.” You can just hear him from any room in the house. Read more>>

Sarah Cook

I believe that once a person is in alignment with their highest selves, everything falls into place. Creating music and in any way, amplifying voices like my own is what fulfills me most. My desire is for people to be moved from, inspired by, and filled with a sense of hope from what I do. Read more>>

Dmitry Troshin

The biggest success is when most of your clients don’t want to go to anybody else because they love what you do and trust you as an artist. Everybody wants to make money but think long term. What’s better – to make hundreds of thousands in 10-15 years by working hard for free now and becoming something bigger or work every day for a common price. Read more>>

Eduardo Quintero

As you can imagine shooting to satisfy my own liking was a bit of a gamble which luckily ended up paying off. I found clients who instantly related to my style who were tired of the same old wedding images and were looking for something different, riskier and fresh. Read more>>

Hugo Landa Garcia

Because of interior design, I have met and had the pleasure of learning a lot from some well-published local and international photographers. I have been given the opportunity to find my focus (no pun intended) in interiors and architectural photography. Read more>>

Alfonso Vargas

I started volunteering on the Vans Warped Tour in the catering department with my band on our own dime across the country. From there the network of people we met was endless. This is just a quick spark note version that doesn’t really highlight the crazy aspects of being a musician but you get the point. Read more>>


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