Beth Davila Waldman

BIO

Beth Davila Waldman was born in Princeton, NJ in 1975 to a Peruvian mother and a New York architect father. As a child, she quickly learned to define site as home as her parents moved her from Princeton to Cincinnati, Cincinnati to Houston, Houston to Florence, then back to Houston again. Deeply influenced by childhood memories to construction sites and museums, Beth pursued a career in the arts starting at the age of 15. She earned her 1st degree in art history and studio art with a concentration in cast bronze figurative works at Wellesley College in the Boston area. From east to west, Beth established her new and current home in San Francisco Bay Area 17 years ago. She continued her education at the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on site-specific public art and installation. During those years, her many travels to international urban sites as well as explorations of San Francisco alleys served as inspirations to her site work. She is currently working on a series of large-scale constructed mixed media paintings combining digital media with traditional paint inspired by her international travels.
Beth has exhibited her work throughout San Francisco including The Richmond Art Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Arc Studios & Gallery, The Design Museum, 111 Minna Gallery, and The Roll Up Gallery. In 2004, Beth was awarded the Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award for the best sculptural work amongst all current sculpture students by the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2005, she was selected by Shelly Willis to complete a 2007 temporary site-specific installation entitled “Alternate Visitors Center of Sonoma” comprised of six 6’wx8’hx6’d gates installed on the sidewalks. Each gate was an assemblage of two years of photographing, scavenging, and interviewing local families; this project was funded by the Sonoma Community Center. Simultaneously, Beth was selected by architect Daniel Altman to complete a permanent sculpture at the private east bay residential community International Lofts in Oakland in 2006.
Since, her current body of work has been recognized by James Bacchi of ArtHaus for a 2013 national juried show “Structure”, selected for the juried Art4AIDS 2014 Fundraiser by jurors such as DeWitt Cheng, James Bacchi and Tom O’Conner, as well as designated as one of the top ten ArtSpan Open Studios Artists by Vango’s CEO Nathan Appleby in 2014. In 2015, her work was selected for an annual international juried exhibition at the New Orlean’s based Jonathan Ferrara Gallery by jurors Max Fisko of ARTMarket Productions and Valerie Cassell Oliver-Senior Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston as well as by Gallery16’s Griff Williams for an annual exhibition at The San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera Gallery.
In 2016, three of Beth’s paintings were nominated for an exhibition “Selections” at San Francisco’s Midway Gallery by jurors Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery SF/NY, Noah Antieau of Red Truck Gallery and Heron Arts, Jilian Monribot of The Dryansky Gallery and Maria Naula of SFMOMA. This summer, Jack Fischer selected two paintings for the juried exhibition “Our Town” at the Richmond Art Center. In late summer 2016, Liz Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., selected her painting “City of Sillar No. 7” with an honorable mention for a nationally juried exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery entitled “American Landscapes” in Annapolis, MD. In addition, her work was selected by jurors Franklin Sirmans (Director of Perez Art Museum, Miami and Artistic Director of Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans), Anastasia James (Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum) & Lester Marks (Named Among Top 200 Collectors World Wide by artnet.com) for the 20th annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Exhibition at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
In the spring of 2017, Beth curated an exhibition including her own work entitled “Manual Digital” that has garnered the attention of two contemporary art blogs in New York ArteFuse resulting in an interview and a review by ArtNerdNewYork and was printed in the San Francisco Examiner. “Manual Digital” features the works of nine national artists who have developed new visual languages by embracing digital tools in their primarily analog work. Part of a genre The New Aesthetic, coined by James Bridle, this exhibition presents artwork that is defined by or influenced by computer technology’s increasing role in daily life. The technologically informed practices of these artists reveal new potential meeting points about the time and space in which we equally reside. While the intersections of art & technology have garnered attention in the growing and varied genre known as new media, the practice of many contemporary artists relies on technology in ways that are more subtle to the eye and accessible to a wider public audience. Co-hosted by the San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Association and WaldmanArts, curator, artist and SFAI Alum Beth organized and moderated a special panel discussion surrounding the exhibition focusing on how “Manual Digital” looked at the evolving technical, conceptual and theoretical merging of art and technology in art practice, including innovations in media such as painting as well as electronic media. Panelists included SFAI Associate Professor and Artist Meredith Tromble, Director of Fiction Science Gallery and Artist DC Spensley, and Head of Acquisitions at SFMOMA Maria Naula. Most recently, Kala Institute awarded Beth with the Parent Artist Residency for 2017-2018, new collaborative work from the studio DAY+WALDMAN will be featured at a group exhibition in September at Chelsea based Galerie Protégé, and her painting “Mollendo No. 5” was selected for the live auction of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art’s Annual Auction.
Beth’s home and studio are based in Mill Valley, CA.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art considers site, community, material and experience through paintings, collages and public art projects. Inspired landscape and the expansion of the idea of home as place, my work explores a site’s economic, political and social contexts through architecture. Using my own photography as source imagery, my paintings and collages are constructed through a subtractive process of realism, shifting perspectives with color fields and negative space to speak to the way we experience and register life. The fractured quality of my material and line constructions attempts to pervade intersections of past and present experiences.

CV

EDUCATION
2005 B.F.A. in Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute
1997 B.A. in Art History and Studio Art, Wellesley College

AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
2017 Parent Artist Residency Award, Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA
2016 Honorable Mention, “City of Sillar No. 7”, AMERICAN LANDSCAPES, Circle Gallery, Annapolis Maryland, Juror Liz Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions, The Phillips Collection
2014 “Top Ten SF Open Studios Artists”, ArtSpan, Ethan Appleby of Vango
2011 ArtSlant, Showcase Winner in Round #2 of the 2011 Showcase competition cyc
2006 Accepted as Associate Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts with Resident Master Steve Badanes
2005 Individual Art Grant for ALTERNATIVE VISITORS CENTER OF SONOMA, Public Art Project, Sonoma, CA: Puffin Foundation Ltd., Teaneck, NJ
2004 Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1997 Studio Art Honors recipient for successful completion of Studio Art Thesis: Transposing Time and Cultures: Personal and Abstract Interpretations of Inca and Pre-Inca Art, Wellesley College Art Department
1997 Art History Italy Scholarship Recipient, Wellesley College

EXHIBITIONS

2018 (Upcoming), Kala Institute Art Residency Group Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2017 (Upcoming), Group Exhibition, Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 (Upcoming) Live Auction: Connect & Collect, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2017 Natural Selection, Galerie Protégé, New York, NY
2017 Kala Art Gala, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2017 48 PILLARS, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 MANUAL DIGITAL, Space151, San Francisco, CA
2017 3rd ANNUAL ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE ARTISTS, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Vedder Price, Solo Exhibition, Arc Fine Art Consulting, San Francisco, CA
2016 ALMOST LIKE FAMILY, Fiction Science Gallery, San Francisco
2016 URBANSCAPES, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA
2016 ANNE & MARK’S ART PARTY, San Jose, CA
2016 20th ANNUAL NO DEAD ARTISTS, Jurors Franklin Sirmans, Director of Perez Art Museum, Miami and Artistic Director of Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans, Anastasia James, Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum & Lester Marks, Named Among Top 200 Collectors World Wide by artnet, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016 AMERICAN LANDSCAPES, Maryland Federation of Art: Circle Gallery, Juror: Liz Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions, The Phillips Collection, Annapolis, MD
2016 OUR TOWN, Richmond Art Center, Juror: Jack Fischer Gallery, Richmond, CA
2016 SELECTIONS, ArtSpan, Jurors: Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery SF/NY, Noah Antieau of Red Truck Gallery and Heron Arts, Jilian Monribot of The Dryansky Gallery and Maria Naula of SFMOMA, Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Marin Open Studios, Greenbrae, CA
2016 MACCA Fundraiser, Studio Gustavo Ramos Rivera, San Francisco, CA
2016 SELECTIONS, Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 CONCENTRATE, Juror Griff Williams of Gallery16, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2015 NO DEAD ARTISTS, Jurors Max Fisko of ARTMarket Productions and Valerie Cassell Oliver-Senior Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2015 stART Up Art Fair: WaldmanArts, San Francisco, CA
2015 Passion Projects, Heron Arts, San Francisco, CA
2014 SOMARTS: ArtSpan Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
2014 RED, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
2014 IMPULSE, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 STRUCTURE, Arc Studios & Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 SOMARTS: ArtSpan Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
2013 BAY AREA WOMEN ARTISTS, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts: Juried Show by Donna Seager of SeagerGray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2013 National Juried Show by James Bacchi: STRUCTURE, Arc Studio & Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 GRAPHIC INSPIRATIONS, Roll-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009-2012 SpaceCraft, CELLspace Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Bonfire Communications, San Francisco, CA
2006 Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
2006 The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX
2005 Walter McBean Gallery: Senior Show, San Francisco, CA
2005 Walter McBean Gallery: Book Art Show, San Francisco, CA
2005 UC Davis: Ceramic Symposium, Davis, CA
2005 ATA Gallery: Robotic Performances, San Francisco, CA
2005 Effections Show: Retrospection, San Francisco, CA
2004 Catasta Gallery: Circus, San Francisco, CA
2004 Yerba Buena Center of the Arts: Playshop Artech Occupation, San Francisco, CA
2004 Effection Collective: Boundaries, San Francisco, CA
2004 Crucible Steel Gallery: Assembly, San Francisco, CA
2003 RX Gallery: Mark Making Mechanisms, San Francisco, CA
2003 Sun Gallery: Day of the Dead Installation, Hayward, CA
2002 111 Minna Street Gallery: Chill, San Francisco, CA
2002 New Langton Arts: Local Patron Group Show, San Francisco, CA
2002 SomARTS Gallery: Open Studios Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2002 Mission Cultural Center: Solo Mujueres 14th Annual Show, San Francisco, CA
2000 Mission Cultural Center: Latina Women 2000, San Francisco, CA
1997 Boston University Fuller Building Gallery: Shifting Grounds: A Dialogue In Prints, Boston, MA
1997 Jewett Arts Center: RESONANT HIVE, Solo Exhibition, 1997 Studio Art Thesis Exhibition, Wellesley, MA
1996 Jewett Arts Center: Advanced Sculpture Show, Wellesley, MA

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2016 Tent City No. 1, Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2007 Alternative Visitors Center of Sonoma, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, CA
2006 International Lofts, Oakland, CA
2005 Duality of Nature, Lake County Public Art Walk, Middletown, CA
2005 Circulate and Exchange, Mint Street, SOMA, San Francisco, CA
2005 Memory of The, SFAI Campus, San Francisco, CA
2004 Too Close, San Francisco, CA
2004 Come As You Are, SFAI Campus, San Francisco, CA

PUBLICATIONS
2017 Martin, Alison, “Natural Selection Comes Together at Galerie Protégé”, New York City: ArtNerdNewYork, September 21, 2017, http://art-nerd.com/newyork/natural-selection-comes-together-at-galerie-protege/
2017 Laluyan, Oscar, “Only The Naturally Selected Survive”, New York City: ARTEFUSE, September 14th, 2017, https://artefuse.com/2017/09/14/natural-selection-at-galerie-protege-125169/
2017 48 PILLARS Catalog, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 Curiel, Jonathan, “Manual Digital”, San Francisco: SF Weekly, March 23rd, 2017, http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/art/ghosts-and-goldfish-at-matisse-diebenkorn/
2017 Lambert, Audra & Zimmer, Lori, “MANUAL DIGITAL Curated by Beth Waldman at Space151”, New York City: ArtNerdNewYork, March 15, 2017, http://art-nerd.com/newyork/manual-digital-curated-by-beth-waldman-at-space-151/
2017 Martin, Alison. “Interview with Artist/Curator Beth Waldman”, New York City: ARTEFUSE, February 23rd, 2017, https://artefuse.com/2017/02/22/interview-with-artistcurator-beth-waldman-124955/
2017 Katz, Leslie. Feb. 23-24: Manual Digital, Robert C. Merton, Tara Velarde, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Tennyson, Hank Lazer, Andrew Maxwell, BadBadNotGood, Laugh for Lives Comedy Show”, SF Examiner, February 23rd, 2017, Page 2, http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/f/0/f0fcdfd3-5b78-4aa2-8b1f-0b5e859c60dc/page.pdf
2016 Bookhardt, Eric D., “20th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Essay”, INSIDE NOLA, August 11, 2016 https://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/review-no-dead-artists-at-jonathan-ferrara-gallery/Content?oid=3021260
2015 MFA Never, RootDivision, San Francisco, CA
2015 Bookhardt, Eric D., “19th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Essay”, Sept 3, 2015
2014 ArtforAIDS, ArtBusiness.com, Alan Bamberger
2013 Structure, Juried by James Bacchi & Arc Studios & Gallery
2010 SF Chronicle: Artists Suffer For Their Work
2007 Sonoma Tribune: Putting art in public places
2007 The Column: Temporary Public Art Projects
2004 Eleven Eleven: Featuring sculpture DJ Draw
2003 Viv and A Movie: Artist Interview
2002 US Airways Attache Magazine, September Issue

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 (Upcoming) Artist Talk, Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Evolution of An Art Collector”, Organized and Moderated by Beth Waldman and co-sponsored by ArtSpan, Pacific Felt Factory Art Complex and WaldmanArts
2017 CURATED EXHIBITION: “Manual Digital”, Curated by Beth Waldman including Waldman’s Work and the work of 8 other national contemporary artists, Space151 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 PANEL DISCUSSION: “Manual Digital”, Co-hosted by the San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Association, Space151 and WaldmanArts,
Panelists: SFAI Associate Professor and Artist Meredith Tromble/Director of Fiction Science Gallery and Artist DC Spensley/Head of Acquisitions at SFMOMA Maria Naula, Moderator: Curator, Artist and SFAI Alum Beth Waldman, WaldmanArts. “Manual Digital” looks at the evolving technical, conceptual and theoretical merging of art and technology in art practice, including innovations in media such as painting as well as electronic media.
2016 POP UP EXHIBITION, A celebratory inaugural California retrospective exhibition of Romeo Galdámez‘s brilliantly composed collage serigraphs and mixed media works from 1990-2010, Palo Alto, CA
2016 HOW TO SELL YOUR ART WORKSHOP, Co-sponsored by WaldmanArts & ArtSpan organized and facilitated and led by Beth Waldman with participating artists Robin Denevan & Joshua Nissan-King, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
2016 STUDIO TOURS: 1890 Bryant Building, Co-sponsored by WaldmanArts & ArtSpan and organized, facilitated and guided by Beth Waldman, San Francisco, CA
2016 PANEL DISCUSSION: Buying Art Directly from Artists Pacific Felt Factory, Co-Sponsored by WaldmanArts, ArtSpan, & Pacific Felt Factory organized, facilitated and led by Beth Waldman with participating artist Rodney Ewing and Collector Laura Hazlett, San Francisco, CA
2016 PANEL DISCUSSION: Jon Glidden’s Political Landscape and Artist Talk led by Beth Waldman, Michael Martin Gallery Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2016 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Zener Schon Contemporary Art. Moderator: Julie Zener. Panelists: Chérie Louise Turner, Art Critic and Writer, Art Beats Bay Area, Foster Goldstrom, Gallerist, Art Dealer & Collector, Beth Waldman, Artist & Art Consultant, WaldmanArts. Mill Valley, CA
2016 ARTIST STATEMENT WRITING WORKSHOP, SOMAArts, Co-sponsored by WaldmanArts & ArtSpan and led by Beth Waldman, San Francisco, CA
2016 CURATION/PR/MARKETING Apocalyptic Narratives: Jon Glidden, Michael Martin Gallery Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2014 PANEL DISCUSSION: From the Making to the Marketing of Art led by Stephen Wagner with panelists Beth Waldman, WaldmanArts and Martha Zlater, Art Match, Arc Studios & Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Avenue 12 Gallery

 

1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue

San Francisco CA 94118

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