About Agenda

About Agenda

agenda's founder, Jamie Wilson has been actively collecting art since the 1980s. In 2000 she opened her first gallery, Square Blue, in a tiny upstairs off-street location in Newport Beach, CA. The hard-to-find location quickly became a hub for some of the most cutting edge and experimental art going on in Orange County. Many of those then unknown artists went on to major gallery representation and museum collections.

Those early relationships have enabled the newest iteration of Wilson’s art endeavors to include some of the finest emerging and mid-career art available today. agenda’s main focus is educating collectors to become adept at spotting talent and engaging in the conversation that art exists within. You should never feel intimidated by questioning what art really is and agenda is comfortable having that dialogue with you.

Exhibitions at the gallery rotate about every 5 weeks and there are many other events that agenda participates in. Join the mailing list to be kept informed and to become involved.

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Core Values

  • Social Responsibility

    Artists that agenda represents are concerned with social justice and environmental practices. agenda endeavors to donate to noble causes whenever possible.

  • Education

    Knowledge is fundamental to making good buying decisions. agenda is committed to providing enlightening resources to collectors and contributing to the dialogue that art exists within.

  • Value

    agenda does not inflate prices in order to offer a perceived discount. We want art to move into collections to be enjoyed and appreciated. Prices are determined by history and we are always willing to work with collectors by taking payments on artwork.

  • Trajectory

    The development of an artist may mean that they have outgrown our ability to adequately represent them. This is a positive outcome that agenda strives to be a contributor to. agenda is adept at spotting talent early and helping an artist’s portfolio and CV propel them beyond our local reach.

Additional Services

  • Collection consultation
  • Portfolio reviews
  • Installation guidance
  • Curating alternate spaces
  • Art leasing

Jamie Wilson - CV

Gallerist, Curator, Occasional Writer
Exhibitions (selected)

Alyson Provax: Old Long Since
agenda, Portland, OR
January 16 – February 21, 2021
exhibition curator

Jeff Sheridan: The Desert is Coming
agenda, Portland, OR
November 14 – December 20, 2020
exhibition curator

Tactile Objects for a Non-Tactile Time: Vanessa Calvert and Chelsea Moss
agenda, Portland, OR
October 10 – November 8, 2020
exhibition curator

Color Theory
Urban Eye Gallery, Portland, OR
January 3 – January 30, 2020
exhibition curator

Favorite Finds: Art and Craft Discovered in 2019
YOU: (curated)
November 15 – December 7, 2019
exhibition curator

Bradford J. Salamon: Narratives and Portraits
Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Arts Center
September 6 – October 19, 2008
exhibition curator

Laura Siqueiros: Album de Familia
Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles, CA
November 17 – December 18, 2004
exhibition co-curator and co-sponsor

Duncan Simcoe: Black Drawings
Scope Art Fair, London, England
October 15 – 18, 2004
exhibition curator                              

Claremont Seven
[seven-degrees], Laguna Beach, CA
September 2 – October 30, 2004
exhibition curator

Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
July 24 – August 22, 2004
exhibition curator

Saddleback College Student Exhibition
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
May 2004
exhibition juror

Xawery Wolski: Povo/Proch/Dust
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
April 17 – July 10, 2004
exhibition curator

Nathaniel Price: Another Matter
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
April 17 – July 10, 2004
exhibition curator 

Forms, Fragments & Folly
[seven-degrees], Laguna Beach, CA
April 1 – May 29, 2004
exhibition curator 

George Herms: Assemblage Masterworks
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
February 28 – April 4, 2004
exhibition curator

John Paul Jones: The Oregon Years
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
January 9 – February 2, 2004
exhibition curator

Jay McCaferty: Recent Works
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
January 9 – February 2, 2004
exhibition curator

Gina Han: Recent Works (catalogue)
[seven-degrees], Laguna Beach, CA
November 6 – December 1, 2003
exhibition curator

Just One Word: ‘Plastics’
Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
November 1 – December 31, 2003
exhibition curator

Beefcake/Cheesecake II: Tastes of a Nation
OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA
September 9 – September 28, 2003
exhibition sole juror

Wendy Sussman: Looking Back
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
June 21 – July 28, 2003
exhibition curator

Orange County Tastemakers (catalogue)
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
May 17 – June 15, 2003
exhibition curator

On the Surface
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
March 22 – April 20, 2003
exhibition curator

From Mild to Wild: The Best of James Stombotne
[seven-degrees], Laguna Beach, CA
March 6 – April 13, 2003
exhibition curator

When Women Dream
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
February 15 – March 7, 2003
exhibition curator

New Talent for the New Year
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
January 11 – February 9, 2003
exhibition curator

So. Cal. Underground
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
October 12 – November 2, 2002
exhibition curator

Self Portraits
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
August 31 – September 28, 2002
exhibition curator

Abstract Ideas
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
July 27 – August 17, 2002
exhibition curator

Constructing the Still Life
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
June 15 – July 7, 2002
exhibition curator

Painter’s Painters
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
May 4 – June 2, 2002
exhibition curator

Laura Siqueiros: Storyteller
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
March 9 – April 7, 2002
exhibition curator

Can You Take It?
Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
January 26 – February 24, 2002
exhibition curator

Fundraising Events

Square Blue Gallery Fundraiser
September 30, 2004

Solicited and coordinated donations by more than 80 artists including Ann Hamilton, Chris Burden, Squeak Carnwath and Carlos Estrada-Vega to help overcome fire loss of 2003.  All tickets sold ensured a piece of artwork to the buyer in a lottery situation.

Orange Coast College Benefit Auction
May 3, 2003

Coordinated donations by more than 60 artists including Don Bachardy, the estate of John Paul Jones, Lita Albuquerque and Tony DeLap to assist in raising funds for the OCC Arts Pavilion building fund.  Artworks live-auctioned by Stephen Tourell of Toomey-Tourell.

Writing & Publications

“Out of Site, Out of My Mind” review of Site Santa Fe’s 2004 Biennial
Coagula Art Journal, Issue #70, October 2004, pg. 22
(written under pseudonym Jenny Berg)

“Jeffrey Valence: Curator of Blight”
essay response to CSUF Thomas Kinkade exhibition, April 2004
(Referenced by Peter Clothier in May 2004 ArtScene review)

Juror’s statement: Saddleback College student show essay
Saddleback College, May 2004
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

Juror’s statement: “Beefcake/Cheesecake II: The Tastes of a Nation”
OCCCA, September 2003
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

“Orange County Tastemakers” exhibition catalogue essay
Bradford J. Salamon publication
Newport Beach, CA, May 2003

Lectures & Panels (selected)

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Getting Your Art Seen by the Art Scene
Guest Lecture Series for Art 131AC, Painting II
January 2005 – March 2006

Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Roundtable: How to approach gallery representation
Panel member
July 10, 2004

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The 6 C’s: How to Recognize ‘Real’ Art
Docent Council Lecture
March 2003

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Approaching Galleries for Representation
Guest Lecturer for Art 108, Women in Art
February 2003

Articles & Reviews (selected)

Brunner, Jessie. “Underground art exposed at local gallery.” Coast Report, 16 October 2002: 1, 4.

Carasso, Roberta. “John Paul Jones.” ArtScene (January 2004): 24.

Carasso, Roberta. “Artists on call.” Laguna News Post, 2 October 2003: 22.

Carasso, Roberta. “InnerVeiw.” .ism quarterly (Spring, 2003): 31-34.

Carasso, Roberta & Walsh, Daniella. “New Talent for the New Year.” ArtScene (February 2003): 19.

Chang, Richard. “The fine art of controversy.” Orange County Register, 3 April 2004: News 1, 4.

Chang, Young. “Not for the Meek of Art.” Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot, September 2001.

Gilbert, Rick. “So. Cal. Underground at Square Blue.” Artweek (December 2002 / January 2003): 22-23.

Gloria, Marian. “Scene in O.C. On the Square.” Riviera (January 2004): 82

Goldner, Liz. “Square Blue Gallery: works that challenge common codes of consumption.” OC Metro, 8 January 2004: 116.

Goldner, Liz. “Intuitive Collages.” OC Metro, 2 October 2003: 134.

Goldner, Liz. “Authenticity or Imitation.” OC Metro, 25 July 2002: 91.

Mendenhall, Lauri. “Legendary Imagery.” Coast (November 2002)” 152 – 154.

Pena, Louis. “A smoking new creation.” Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot, 10 October 2003: A6.

Schoenkopf, Rebecca. “Submitted for your approval.” OC Weekly (16 – 22 April 2004): 110.

Schoenkopf, Rebecca. “Magically Delicious!” OC Weekly (19 – 25 March 2004): 94.

Schoenkopf, Rebecca. “Fall of the legend.” OC Weekly (27 February – 4 March 2004): 36.

Schonekopf, Rebecca. “Portrait of the art critics.” OC Weekly (30 May – 5 June 2003): 31.

Schoenkopf, Rebecca. “Fear factor- what do women really dream?” OC Weekly (28 February – 6 March 2003): 36.

Stallings, Tyler. “Salon Society.” Riviera (January/February 2003): 158 – 160.

Walsh, Daniella. “Tastemakers.” ArtScene (June 2003): 23

Walsh, Daniella. “Hip to be square.” Riviera (November 2002): 76.

Walsh, Daniella. “From Passion to Commerce.” Orange County Register, August 2002.