The Art of Liberty Station Conference Center
Simultaneous with the renovation of the Liberty Station Conference Center, the owners decided to make the art and photography in the building more personal and intimate than ordinarily found in an event center. They intended to have a clear emphasis upon San Diego and to develop an overall theme as one visited the building.
Today, the art and photography of the Center is broken down into four specific areas and themes.
Administrative Building - Entrance M
Visitors to the Administrative functions and offices of the Liberty Station Conference Center (LSCC) use Entrance M, which faces the lovely Marriott Courtyard and Hilton Homewood Suites Hotels. Entering the building, one sees both photography and art that portrays important landmarks of the Point Loma community. There is a 1928 historical photograph of the Point Loma Lighthouse during its long period of abandonment and neglect that is then accompanied by a 2008 photograph by professional photographer Jacob Willis. Also present is a contemporary oil painting of the Lighthouse completed by San Diego physician and artist Dr. Joseph Allen. Finally, there is a full color panoramic photograph of the historic Greek Theatre at Point Loma Nazarene University taken by professional photographer Marcus Emerson. All of these works join together to ensure that any visitor knows that the Liberty Station Conference Center proudly and prominently celebrates its Point Loma roots and heritage.
Main Hall and Fountain Doors – Entrance A
Visitors coming to the Liberty Station Conference Center for an event usually enter the large foyer area adjacent to the fountain and the spacious parking lot. Once entering the newly renovated foyer, they are greeted by contemporary art from Dr. Joseph Allen, who views his art as part of a remedy to help people. The theme in the foyer is to present art by San Diego artists, of issues, visions, ideas and topics of concern and interest to the community. Dr. Allen’s art on display focuses on the sea, and its many shapes, colors and objects on display.
Throughout his life, Joseph Edward Allen has come to understand and appreciate multiple cultures and perspectives and this is reflected in his art. Although born in Vietnam during the conflict of Saigon in 1966, shortly after his birth Dr. J. Edward Allen’s father relocated the family to the United States, bringing Joseph’s Vietnamese mother with them. His father’s work required the family to live in multiple places, including California, Valdez, Alaska, Sar Chesmah, and even Iran. Throughout his formative years, Dr. J. Edward Allen engaged every new experience with a curious hunger, becoming tri-lingual, and personally coming to understand multiple cultures.
One of the most significant events of Dr. J. Edward Allen’s life occurred in 1975, at the age of eight. As the war in Vietnam reached its end and the people of Saigon evacuated, Dr. J. Edward Allen’s father risked all to travel back to Saigon and rescue his wife’s family. The subsequent responsibility of integrating 15 Vietnamese family members into American culture gave Dr. J. Edward Allen a profound awareness of the challenges faced in converging cultures. Much of his art conveys a deep understanding of cross-cultural tension, difference, and similarity.
Continually evident in his works of art is the energy and passion with which Dr. J. Edward Allen tackles life and the practice of medicine. In his early stages as a professional artist in 2003, his abstract expressionist paintings attracted numerous buyers and were exhibited internationally in private collections in France, Mexico, and the West Indies. Locally, the San Diego Rowing and Yacht Clubs have featured his paintings, and today, Dr. J. Edward Allen paints numerous works for commission clients. In both 2008 and 2009, his abstract paintings earned first place at the competitive Del Mar Fair Exhibition of Art.
Western Hall and Passageway
Transitioning from the Western Hall, one enters a portion of the Liberty Station Conference Center that is focused upon learning and education. Point Loma Nazarene University, founded in 1902, is recognized as an institution of prominence and importance. With its main campus located at the top of the peninsula on the grounds of the former Theosophical Society, Liberty Station Conference Center hosts some elements of the PLNU Nursing, School of Business and other professional programs at its site. Therefore, one experience's scenes of student and educational life, in all of its richness and diversity.
The majority of photography in this area is the amazing work of Marcus Emerson, and will be supplemented in the future by PLNU student and faculty art. It is intended to help stimulate reflection, continuity and connection to PLNU and to one another, faculty, staff and student. The display of art is intended to draw the visitor of Liberty Station Conference Center into the process and activities of lifelong learning.
Marcus Emerson is a San Diego based photographer and graphic designer whose creativity is fueled by a love for the ocean and everything that reveals a higher power. He began his career as a graphic designer in 1996 with a degree in advertising art direction and quickly realized his abilities with photography and simultaneously pursued success in both disciplines. The Liberty Station Conference Center display is clearly a beneficiary of this multi-discipline approach.
Emerson is employed by Point Loma Nazarene University as a senior graphic designer, and in this role Marcus has worked passionately to master the craft and the spirit of photography, supporting the many marketing and promotional needs of PLNU. His style is photojournalistic and he loves to capture the moments when the world is as it’s supposed to be, but to also portray within many of his pieces a surprise or special moment for the observer to experience. He says “God’s invisible qualities, eternal power and divine nature are all around us—this I hope to capture.”
Complementing and interacting with Emerson’s own vision and creation is Lauren White, who has her own unique story, vision and approach to the craft and art of photography.
Lauren's work is a photo-journalistic perspective of life in San Diego, featuring the unique people and diverse locations that make up America's Finest City. Her approach to photography is to use natural light - nothing overworked, no filters, just pure and clean photographs. The collection of photos takes visitors everywhere in San Diego, from an exciting day at the Del Mar Fair to a lazy afternoon under our famous eucalyptus trees. This is life in San Diego as Lauren sees it! As a San Diego transplant from a rural town in Central California, it's no wonder her photos with softer colors and warm hues, make you feel as though San Diego is a place where you can enjoy a slower way of life.
In addition to travel and photography, Lauren spends her time working full-time as an Events Manager for UC San Diego and encouraging people to Live a Life of Love through a non-profit she co-founded (livealifeoflove.org). By filling up another cup of her favorite Guatemalan Antigua coffee, Lauren finds the energy and inspiration to put the finishing touches on her thesis in order to complete the MBA program from Point Loma Nazarene University. To decompress, Lauren spends time dabbling in guitar and singing, learning Spanish, and trying to convince her friends that the mountains are just as much fun as the beach.
Now in to her sixth year as a photographer, Lauren has found her niche in wedding photography, but often takes time to capture the beauty of San Diego and the uniqueness of its people."
North Hall and Small Foyer
Transitioning from the Western Hall, one enters a portion of the Liberty Station Conference Center that is focused upon learning and education. Point Loma Nazarene University, founded in 1902, is recognized as an institution of prominence and importance. With its main campus located at the top of the Point Loma peninsula, the grounds of the former Theosophical Society, the Liberty Station Conference Center hosts some elements of the PLNU Nursing, School of Business and other professional programs at its site. Therefore, one experience's scenes of student and educational life in all of its richness and diversity.
The majority of photography in this area is the amazing work of Marcus Emerson and will be supplemented in the future by PLNU student and faculty art. It is intended to help stimulate reflection, continuity, and connection to PLNU and to one another, faculty, staff, and student. The display of art is intended to draw the visitor of Liberty Station Conference Center into the process and activities of lifelong learning.
Welcome to Liberty Station Conference Center and enjoy the experience!