Nearly 50 artists from around California will show off their artwork at a special exhibit that begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Museum of Art near Fashion Island.
"2010 California Biennial" curator Sarah Bancroft said she hopes to give museumgoers an accurate overview of what's being produced in the contemporary art circles across the Golden State — not always an easy task.
Bancroft traversed the state for more than a year in search of some of the finer artists up and down California's coast, eventually whittling them down to a pool of 300, then 150, then the final 45.
Many of them are from San Diego and San Francisco, with few in points in between.
"You never know what to expect until you've actually visited them, sat down with them, talked with them, looked at their art and walked through their field," said Bancroft, who grew up in Tempe, Ariz., but worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City before coming to Orange County as a curator two years ago.