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Scion’s National Art Tour INSTALLATION 5 – Self Portraits Continues To Miami For Art Basel

November 19, 2008
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Los Angeles – November 2008 – This October saw the launch of Scion’s fifth Installation Art Tour. The program is designed to give exposure to both established and emerging artists. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and will visit nine cities including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.  New markets for the tour include Phoenix and Detroit, the first stop.   
 
On Friday, December 5, the Installation tour opens in Miami during the world- renowned Art Basel the largest art event in North America. Each year Miami celebrates Art Basel by playing host to galleries, art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world. All of the Installation artists will have the opportunity to attend and take advantage of the opportunities that Art Basel offers. 

Scion will host a media reception from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., for the Installation artists themselves and the press at the Raleigh Hotel, Penthouse Suite, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.  A public opening reception will follow immediately from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and feature the artists, DJ entertainment and an open bar. DJ entertainment for the evening will be provided by Guns n’ Bombs and DJ Contra (M.I.A.’s DJ)

This year each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’ for Installation 5.  Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography. Artists on the tour will include: AJ Fosik  (3-D painting), Alex Hornest (painting), Andrew Schoultz (painting), Andy Howell (painting), Angela Boatwright (photography), Asylm (painting), Blek le Rat (painting), Christina M. Felice (photography), Codak (painting),  David Choe (video art),  Edwin Ushiro (painting), El Yem (video art), Eriberto Oriol  (photography), Eye One  (photography), Francesco LoCastro  (painting), French  (painting), Geoff Oki  (video art), Ian Lynam (video art), J. Shea  (painting), Jamel Shabazz  (photography), Jeff Soto  (painting), Kelsey Brookes  (painting), Kofie  (painting), Lisa Alisa  (painting), Logan Hicks  (photography), Mark Mothersbaugh  (rug), Nicholas Harper  (painting), Patrick Martinez  (painting), Peter Beste  (photography), RETNA  (painting), Rick Rodney  (photography), Rob Abeyta Jr.  (painting), Ron English  (painting), Saber  (photography), Sage Vaughn (painting), Skypage  (painting),Something In The Universe (video), Souther Salazar (painting), Stormie Mills (painting), Tessar Lo  (painting), Too Tall Jahmal (photography), Usugrow  (painting), Will Barras  (painting), Yoskay Yamamoto  (painting) and more.  As the tour travels,more artists will be added to the roster. 
 
The final tour stop will be at Scion’s own 4,200 square foot Installation L.A. gallery space where all artwork will be auctioned off to the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward art-related charities and non-profits.  Last year’s Installation 4 tour raised over $50,000 on behalf of Art From Scrap, an organization encouraging creative expression in the arts and promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues.  Over the last four years Scion’s Installation tour has raised more than $190,000 for art-related non-profit organizations.   
 
Launched in 2003, Scion Installation is a revolutionary art tour affirming the brand’s ongoing commitment to support independent artistic expression and featuring work from an unprecedented collective of contemporary artists, designers and photographers.  Previous participants include: Andre from Paris, Gary Baseman,  Freddi C, Mr. Cartoon, Crash, David Ellis, Daze, Blaine Fontana, Sam Flores, Futura,  Mike Giant, James Jean, Caia Koopman, Krush, Mel Kadel, Mear One, Travis Millard,  Andy Mueller, Andrew Pommier, Ricky Powell, Rammellzee, Rostarr, Kenny Scharf,  Wearesupervision, Chris Yormick and many others.   
 
To RSVP for the Miami events and for; more information on the tour, the artists, the artwork and details from past tours please visit: http://www.scion.com/installation 
  
About Scion: 
Scion is the newest line of vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.  Developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind, Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The Scion brand features three groundbreaking models: the xD subcompact five-door; the xB, an urban utility vehicle with an iconic shape; and the tC sports coupe. For more information, visit  http://www.scion.com. 

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