The fifth installment of Scion’s Installation Art Tour is all set to launch in October with a host of great artists. 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, and Los Angeles.  For the first time, the tour will pass through the Detroit, Phoenix and Washington D.C. markets.

This year each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’.  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), 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 Miami show will take place December 4-7, 2008 during the prestigious Art Basel. Art Basel, the largest art event in North America, gathers galleries, art collectors,artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world.  All Scion Installation artists will have the opportunity to attend Art Basel and take advantage of its offerings.

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 Installation4 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.