2011 Press Release

The 9th Annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition 2011

“In Barbie’s Name: What Would Barbie Do? and Ken too?”


October 26 - November 20, 2011


Contact:  Julie Andersen, 125 Quint St. SF, Ca. 94124, jilleele@yahoo.com,




ChatterBox Arts International presents the San Francisco 9th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibit

“In Barbie’s Name: What would Barbie Do? And Ken too?”


The Altered Barbie Exhibition is about people coming together to transform these relateble and relevant icons into not so everyday art, reflecting our current society.  Making art from Barbie and Ken creates dialogue and community where there is none.   The Altered Barbie Exhibition is a local creative re-use art show.  Ken and Barbie, modern day icons, permeate every corner of our culture.  


Where: Shotwell 50 Inc., 50 Shotwell St. SF CA 94103 (btw 15th & 14th St, South VanNess Folsom

When:  10/26/11 - 11/20/11

Time:    Wednesday - Saturday 1pm - 8pm,  Sunday 1pm - 5pm


Jurors / Curators: Julie Andersen, Jody Banks, Ruby Pearl, & Dana Marek




Make your own Altered Barbie Workshops

10am-1pm $25.00 per person + a $5 Barbie fee

“In Barbie’s Name ”Think Barbie out of the box!  Alter and recycle your own Barbie and or Ken by embellishing and/or building an environment.  Ruby Pearl will lead the workshop. To sign up for classes: http://www.alteredbarbie.com



Artist Opening Reception  

7pm -10pm

Come dressed as your favorite Barbie or Ken and tell us what you will do?  Meet artists who have resurrected and reinvented Ken and Barbie into art and performance. The evening will include  Barbie Films,  Barbie Performance, Barbie MC Donna Davis, Gregangelo’s American Icon & Ken, the Jenn Kerr band, Roaddawgz homeless youth organization, Cynthia Tom’s A Place Of Her Own: an arts organization fostering the growth and development of women artists in San Francisco and much much more!  



The Artists Process: A Conversation

6:30pm - 8:30pm   

The artists will reveal how and why they alter Barbie. This will be a fun filled eye opening

 evening into the inner workings of these most creative and fun artists.



Dinner & Fashion Show

7:30pm-10:30pm $45.00 a person

A romantic dinner hosted by Chef Shawn Miller featuring his Altered Edibles.

The intimate evening will include a set gluten free dinner, a no-host bar, music, ending with chocolates from xocia.  The evening highlights are a fashion show directed by Marque Cornblatt and Hester Michaels.  This will be a What Would AlteredBarbie Wear Fashion Show?  Tickets for this event will be available on http://alteredbarbie.com



Barbie Poetry Night

7pm -10pm

With Sean Labrador y Manzano.  Contact: kahilisun@hotmail.com



Film night featuring Barbie




Closing Artist Reception


 Kitten on the Keys, Ethel Merman Experience and much, much more.


**100% of proceeds from sales of all Roaddawgz created AlteredBarbies is given back to the youth.  


Exhibition = sculptures, photography, painting, performance, film shows, video installations, fashion, jewelry and poetry.


Sponsors: Shotwell 50 Inc., Gregangelo’s Velocity Circus, ChatterBox Arts Intl., Donna Davis, Jennifer Jacobson consulting,  Tea Party Magazine, Blick Art Materials, Mendels, Cole Hardware, Thirsty Bear Brewery, Kickstarter,


Julie Andersen and CHATTERBOX INT’L have hosted the Altered Barbie shows since 2003.  The organization is dedicated to creating multidimensional exhibitions that bring emerging and established artists of all ages and all cultural backgrounds together.


Shotwell 50 Inc- promotes the exhibition and exchange of art as a common dialogue between diverse local and international artists to advance the understanding of cultural traditions, human welfare, and the impact on the global environment.  


Julie Andersen

Executive Director

AlteredBarbie 2011