Beyond the Border Art Fair Celebrates Artistic Temperament with Dinner & Conversation to Benefit Cal

Published: Sat Aug 29 2009

Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair features a special event: Celebrating the Artistic Temperament, a conversation with Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison and artist Miguel Cordera. The special dinner and conversation will benefit the California Bipolar Foundation and is scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Elizabeth Capella room at The Grand Del Mar Hotel.

Tickets are $125.00 per person and sponsorship levels are available, including a private reception in underground wine room with guest speakers, and VIP seating with speaker at your table. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please visit

The acclaimed speakers, include:
Kay Redfield Jamison Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder, having suffered from the illness since she was seventeen. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of St Andrews.

Jamison began her study of clinical psychology at University of California, Los Angeles in the late 1960s, receiving both B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1971. She continued on at UCLA, receiving a Ph.D. in 1975, and became a faculty member at the university. She went on to found and direct the school's Affective Disorders Clinic. It was during her time at UCLA that Jamison's manic depression took serious hold of her life and helped determine her career path.

Dr. Jamison is the co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar illness, and author of several other books, including An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, Nothing Was the Same, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, a book that examines the relationship between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity.

Miguel Angel Cordera is one of Mexico's most respected and talented artists. He attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City studying graphic design, while simultaneously studying Visual Arts at the National Academy of Art, "San Carlos" in Mexico City. Cordera has also taken art courses at RISD in Providence, R.I.

Since 1998 he is completely devoted to art and runs a gallery space in Mexico City with other artists. His work has been shown in Mexico, United States, France, Germany, Poland, Egypt and other countries.

Miguel Angel was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 26, like other artists, some of his work regards self portraiture in different moods of the illness. In addition to his art work, he speaks frequently at conferences about art and mental illness.

California Bipolar Foundation (CBF) is a not for profit, tax exempt organization whose mission is threefold: to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support services for all affected; and to erase associated stigma through public education.

CBF holds free, confidential weekly caregiver support groups throughout North & San Diego counties, free monthly sibling support groups, an e-newsletter, My Support, annual Mental Health Fair, Family Picnic, outreach and referral, grant support, etc.

Event Overview:
San Diego’s first Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair (BTB), taking place at the luxurious Grand Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, California on September 2-4, 2009, is a three-day contemporary art fair that will include national and international galleries featuring over 500 juried works by established and emerging contemporary artists from all over the world, exhibiting in The Grand Del Mar’s expansive ballroom accompanied by numerous luxury exhibitors, food and wine events, and curated art installations. The event will showcase over $4 million in artwork coupled with sponsors such as Maserati, Modern Luxury Media, Qualcomm, Christie’s, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The California Bipolar Foundation, Lugano Diamonds, and many others.

The public is invited to attend the event, which marks the first time these national and international galleries with investment-grade art will be presented in San Diego. Go to the BTB website to purchase VIP Tickets and Day Pass tickets: BTB anticipates attendance of over 3,000 new and established collectors over the three days.

About Beyond the Border-Art, Inc. and our BTB ICAF Partners:
Beyond the Border-Art, Inc. (BTB-Art) is producing the art fair. BTB-Art is a strategic business-consulting firm comprised of leading professionals in the areas of art, marketing, and event production. BTB-Art is dedicated to establishing San Diego as the leading contemporary art fair destination on the West Coast. Organizers have partnered with San Diego's leading cultural organizations, including The San Diego Museum of Art, The Stuart Collection UCSD, UCSD Department of Visual Arts, Centro Cultural Tijuana, and the Mexican Consulate. \

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The Mediterranean-style Grand Del Mar was named one of the top new resorts and spas in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine's annual Hot List in 2008 and listed in the 2009 Gold List as one of the world's best places to stay. Specially priced room packages for the BTB fair are available for $315 and includes two VIP tickets to the first preview and opening night reception of the fair, two-day passes and a VIP collector's bag of luxury items. Reservations can be made by calling 888-314-2030.

Contact Information:
For more information or to RSVP to any of the events, contact: Ann Berchtold, Executive Director, by e-mail at

Sponsor, advertiser and participant opportunities are still available. Interested parties should contact BTB-Art by e-mail at

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