Macro | Micro: Site to Psyche
Beth Davila Waldman
October 17 – November 12, 2017
Beth Davila Waldman
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
David Avery continues to exploit the constraints inherent in traditional black and white line etching in his studio in San Francisco for his own suspect purposes. His work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Stanford University Library among others, and has been noted in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Originally trained as a classical musician, he discovered etching almost by accident in a class at the local community college. After learning the basic techniques, he intently pursued his own course of discovery, developing an exceptional technique and creating a remarkable body of finely wrought miniature etchings and drypoints. Even though “black and white doesn’t sell”, he has eschewed the use of color, finding the subtleties and tonalities of black and white most capable of creating the psychological mood that allows his work to be effective.
We seem to live in an age where words, images and objects have been looted of meaning. So I have come to think of the etchings I make as being miniature Rorschachs, acting upon the experiences and senses of both the careful viewer and the artist. Even a simple nursery rhyme, once you start picking at it, will reveal layer upon layer of associations and further meanings. And so, I find myself both consciously and unconsciously striving towards images receptive to being endowed with meaning, those able to engender a capacity for receptivity to the mysterious and the ambivalent.
AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Purchase Award, Currency, 11th Turner National Print Competition and Exhibit; Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA.
Kristy & Dr. Carl Cates Sponsorship, 2016 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Honorable Mention, 36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition; Bradley UniversityGalleries, Peoria, IL.
Second Place Award, 2017 Fine Arts Exhibition; Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.
Purchase Award, 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition 2017; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT.
Second Place Award, 2017 Printmaking National Exhibition; Mark Arts, Wichita, KS.
Purchase Award and Juror’s Award, Sixty Square Inches 18th North American Small Print Exhibition; Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN.
Lindquist Purchase Award, 2016 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Grand Prize (solo exhibit), National Small Works 2016; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC.
Juror’s Choice Purchase Award (x2) and President’s Choice Honorable Mention, Ink & Clay 42; Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA.
Purchase Award, 24th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; University of Wisconsin-Parkside Galleries, Kenosha, WI.
Third Place Award, The Fine Arts Exhibition, Decatur Arts Festival; Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA.
Juror’s Award, Ink& Clay 41; Kellogg University Gallery, Pomona, CA.
Third Place Award, International Miniature Print Exhibition; Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY.
Honorable Mention, 18th Annual National Small Works Exhibition; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC.
Honorable Mention, PLU National Print Exhibition; University Gallery, Tacoma, WA.
Chancellor’s Purchase Award, 2014 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Purchase Award, Lilliputians March National Small Works Competition; Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN.
Juror Award, Ink & Clay 40; Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
First Place, Paperchaser 2014; 308 Gallery, Muncie IN.
Awarded one person show, International Juried Print Exhibition; New Grounds Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.
Purchase Award, Ink, Press, Repeat 2013; Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, William Patterson University, Wayne, IN.
Lindquist Purchase Award, 2013 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Juror’s Merit Award, Pat & Roger Carlisle Sponsorship, 2012 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition;Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Lakeview Museum Purchase Award, 33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition; Bradley University, Peoria, IL
1st Place, San Francisco Open Studios Exhibition; San Francisco, CA
4th Place, National Small Works 2011; The Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
Purchase Award, 23rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition; Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA
Best of Show and 1st Place in Printmaking and Drawing, Affaire in the Gardens; Beverly Hills, CA
Otis Philbrick Memorial Prize, Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial; 808 Gallery at Boston University, Boston, MA
Awarded solo show, 3rd Annual California Centered: Printmaking 2009; Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA
Purchase Award, 32nd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition; Heuser Art Center, Peoria, IL
Honorable Mention, Marin Society of Artists Third National Exhibition; Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA
Juror’s Choice Award, Artspan SF Open Studios 2009 Exhibition; San Francisco, CA
Honorable Mention, Twenty-second International Juried Show; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Purchase Award, 21st Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfolio at the New York Public Library; New York, NY (artist’s work noted in the New York Times, Dec. 4 )
Awarded Best in Show, Angels & Demons: Blessed or Possessed; A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Purchase Award, 10th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
First Place in Printmaking, KTEH Art Auction Juried Exhibition; McPherson Center for Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Solo Exhibition, Pursuing Invisible Reflections: The Etchings of David Avery; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC.
Global Matrix IV; Purdue University Galleries, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
30th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition; McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA.
Creation and Resistance: Printmaking in Dark Times; Juan Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina, San Francisco. CA.
Solo Exhibition, Abstracting the Quintessence; Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Ink, Press, Repeat: National Juried Printmaking and Book Arts Exhibition;University Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ.
The Printed Image 6; Alice B. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS.
2015 Selections (Artspan); Somarts Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Boston Printmakers Exhibition at Childs Gallery; Childs Gallery, Boston, MA.
The Future: Los Angeles Printmaking Society International Exchange Exhibition; Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy.
Solo Exhibition, The Mysterious Conspiracy of Existence—Etchings by David Avery; New Grounds Gallery,Albuquerque, NM.
Ethereal Visions; Three Person Exhibit, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition; Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, IL.
New Prints 2014/Winter; International Print Center New York, New York, NY.
27th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition; Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA.
The Boston Printmakers Selects: a Distillation from the 2013 North American Print Biennial; SGCI 2014, Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
New Prints 2014; Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries, New York, NY.
Print Facets: Five Centuries of Printmaking; The Curator Gallery, New York, NY.
Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial; 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, Il.
24th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition; Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition; Ambercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA.
3rd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints; New York Society of Etchers, National Arts Club, NY, NY.
New Prints 2012/Autumn; International Print Center New York, New York, NY.
From Dublin to LA and Back; Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
Global Matrix III; Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN
2nd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints; New York Society of Etchers, National Arts Club, New York NY
Ink and Clay 38; Kellogg Art Gallery, CSPU, Pomona, CA.
In Extremis, Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing; Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1st National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints; New York Society of Etchers, National Arts Club, New York, NY.
2011 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Ink and Clay 37; Kellogg Art Gallery, CSPU, Pomona, CA.
Solo Show, Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA
The Parkside National Small Print Exhibition Retrospective: Works from the Permanent Collection of Purchase Awards; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Miniprint Finland 2010; Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland.
Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition; Campus Center Gallery, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI
22nd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Washington Printmakers National Small Works 2009; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC
Relevant Traditions; Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA
Art for Democracy: War and Empire: Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Selections 07, a juried exhibition of work by artists from the 2006 San Francisco Open Studios; 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Printmakers Bay Area; Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
The Printed Image; the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS
First Annual Juried Exhibition; Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Back to Basics, Traditional Printmaking; Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Works in Ink and Light; Two-person exhibit, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Printmakers of the Golden Gate; Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
Printmaking and Process: an Overview of Contemporary Practice; Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
Ink and Clay 30; W Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
17th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Night Shift (Aspects of the Night); Collector’s Gallery, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Scratching the Surface; Three-person exhibit, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA
Four Artists Four Directions; Sanchez Gallery, Pacifica, CA
Proof of Life, Fiftieth Anniversary of the Graphic Arts workshop; Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fourth International Miniprint Triennial; Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland
Imprints; Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
David Avery, Etchings; B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ
14th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Inside the Eye; SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Pacific Prints 2000, 10th Biennial; Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA
Merit Award, Things with Wings; Artisans, Mill Valley, CA
12th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Juried Exhibition of the California Society of Printmakers; Institut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France
Beyond Boundaries, the North American Printmaking Exhibition; Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
Selections, a juried exhibition of work by artists from 1995’s San Francisco Open Studios, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
1996 Print Biennial; Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Traditional Techniques/Contemporary Prints; Stanwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Selected Works, Members of the California Society of Printmakers; Memorial Union Art Gallery, U.C. Davis, CA
Pacific Prints 1992, 6th Biennial; Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA
Contemporary Printmaking Invitational; the Turner Print Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA
Images and Objects 1991; ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Works on Paper ’90; Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA: Honorable Mention
4th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Pacific Prints 1990; 5th Biennial; Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA
Tenth Mini Print Internacional, Cadaques; Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain and other locations in Spain and Japan
David Avery, etchings, a one person show; Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Miniature Print Biennial, International Graphic Arts Foundation; John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
U.S.-U.K. Impressions, California and Los Angeles Society of Printmakers and British Printmakers Council; Barbicon Art Center, London, U.K.
Third Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; Communication Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
MUSEUM AND LIBRARY COLLECTIONS:
Library of Congress
The Fogg Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA
Stanford University Library, Special Collections, Stanford, CA
The Turner Print Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA
The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
San Francisco Public Library, Book Arts and Special Collections Center
Lakeview Museum Permanent Collection, Peoria, IL
Arkansas State University Permanent Collection, AR
Purdue University Galleries
Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, AR
Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
You can often find her work included in shows at the Studio Gallery and the Arc Gallery here in San Francisco and at the Bright Side Gallery on Kauai, Hawaii. She was recently included in shows at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts and the Yosemite Museum. Nationally, she is represented by Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC, who have placed her altered books in the Shakespeare Collection in the Library of the University of Denver and the McCabe Library, Swarthmore College Library, Swarthmore, PA.. Annually, she participates in Artspan Open Studios and features her North Beach Drawing series at seasonal festivals including both the North Beach Festival and the Festa Italiana Coloniale.
One of her altered books from the Word Garden series, Oh Henry (II), has been published in 36th Edition Berkeley Fiction Review.
In addition to the altered books, Elizabeth works in a variety of other media such as painting, drawing and mixed media collage.
The Dissected Library is the title I have bestowed upon my ongoing series of altered books. I find the literal board-paper-thread-glue-ink-word essence of the book offers a unique platform to cut into, build onto and burst out of in both two and three dimensional forms. The process is quite intimate, not unlike the reading of a book, where pages are touched, pierced, cut and sewn; words scanned and considered. There is something deeply satisfying about physically carving into the depth of a book; about taking an existing work of art and giving it a new context; about bringing together found words and images from disparate sources and to orchestrate them intonew creative relationships. The duality of the book as both a visual object and a conduit for ideas is a source of constant inspiration.
I use every facet of the book as a building block to create both wall and freestanding sculptural pieces. In the Open Bookseries, I peruse the pages and choose words and phrases to cutand fold and spill out of the permanently fanned open book leafs – my own form of editing if you will. An opportunity to create a new fluttering narrative of randomly chosen segments of someone else’s story – not a formal narrative but one where one’s eye flicks among the words, finding unique links between the strips, and thus in turn, connecting and reconnecting into subsequent narrative tiers. In addition to the essence of the word play, their physical presence creates interesting spatial relationships, patterns and shadows.
In the Word Garden series, I’ve culled words from within the books and brought them out of the book to hover on slender stems like flowers growing in a garden of ideas. Themes are variously inspired by the book titles, words that catch my eye again and again, a phrase that randomly forms as the culled words lay in juxtaposition to each other on the word palette….I like the tension as they float above the surface alongside small patches of color that thread their way among, beside and around the words adding visual melody while their shadows create ever changing patterns below.
The Puzzle Book series are composed of discarded library books donated to me by the Francisco Middle School librarian. Many of these out-dated books had covers of primary colors – I found myself especially drawn to the many shades of red and those with vintage patterns. I proceeded to cut them into pieces and then repurposed them as building blocks to form abstract configurations.
1983 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, BFA, Printmaking
Macro I Micro: Site to Psyche, Avenue 12 Gallery, SF, CA
Squared Alumni 2017, Arc Gallery, SF, CA
City Scape, Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Boundaries & Balance, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Snap, Arc Gallery, SF CA Night Light, Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Artspan Juried Auction, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF, CA
New Museum Los Gatos Store, Los Gatos, CA
Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Delicious, Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Plus One, Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Look! Book Art, the Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Solidarity-Unity-Acceptance, 111 Minna Gallery, SF, CA
Artspan Juried Auction, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF, CA
Curated State, Exhibition & Real Estate Staging, SF, CA
Four Squared 2015, Arc Gallery, SF, CA
Bound & Unbound III: Altered Book Show, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Yosemite Renaissance 31, Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA
Artspan Juried Auction, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF, CA
Absence and Presence, SF Center for the Book, SF, CA
In Other Words, Pop-Up Gallery @ Autobody Fine Arts, Alameda, CA
ABZ etcetera, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
The Dissected Library, solo show, Market Street Gallery, SF, CA
Smithsonian American Art and Portraiture Gallery Library, Art Book Collection, Washington D.C.
University of Denver Library, Shakespeare Collection, Denver, CO
Swarthmore College Library, McCabe Library, Swarthmore, PA
2012 College of Arts and Sciences Award, 34th Annual Mini Works on Paper Show, Jacksonville, FL
2010 Certificate of Honor, Community Artist & Visionary, SF Board of Supervisors
2009 “Best of the Bay” Award for “Art in the Alley”, Bay Guardian
2005 Fior d’Italia Prize, North Beach Festival
2001-2010 Founder, Organizer & Exhibitor, “Art in the Alley”, SF, CA
2001-2004 Art columnist, The North Beach Journal
Avenue 12 Gallery
1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94118