Online bidding for Big Names, Small Art and the Silent Auction is open now at bid.crockerart.org, and tickets are still on sale for the Live Auction on June 3. With hundreds of works available for bidding, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.
Today, we want to share the artists from the Silent and Live Auctions who are also represented in the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection.
Mark Abildgaard received a B.A. degree in Art from San Francisco State University in 1979 and a M.F.A. degree in Art from the University of Hawaii in 1984. In 2015, he was awarded an individual artists grant from the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. He was the Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching Program recipient for 2022.
Abildgaard's sculptures have been included in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California, as well as numerous private collections.
A California native, Jack Alvarez is a retired designer, illustrator, layout artist, and studio photographer with Roseville Press Tribune and Raley’s Advertising. His exhibition history includes solo and group shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California, and New York, New York. Avarez's work is in the collection of the Crocker Art Muesum, Mexican Museum, Chicago and Crocker supporter, Joyce Raley Teel.
Rudy Autio (1926-2007), Montana artist and son of Finnish immigrants, was one of the most masterful and influential artists working in clay in the 20th century. He was a founding director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena in 1950 and headed the ceramics program at University of Montana for 28 years. He worked in clay, bronze, steel, and concrete. He won many national and international awards, the last being Master of the Medium at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museums, in 2007.
Hilary Baker grew up among Hollywood's film and music professionals. Her paintings document Los Angeles' past through depictions of its iconic architecture and native wildlife.
Baker received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from the Otis Art Institute. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including The Skulptur Projekt München, Germany and the Institut Franco-Amercain, France, and she has been awarded residencies at the Pont-Aven School of Art, the Ucross Foundation, Art Omi, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Her paintings have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Art and Cake, Artillery and New American Paintings. Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Crocker Museum, Broad Art Foundation, Temple University, and USC.
She lives and works in Ojai, California in the shadow of the Topatopa mountains.
Janet Barnes is a “social abstract“ inspired artist from Northern California. She creates vivid mixed media artworks that capture the important impact of daily family ritual and traditions. She has exhibited her work at various national locations, galleries, and art shows, receiving critical acclaim and awards for her artworks. She has artwork in the Crocker Art Museum Collection and is a resident artist at Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, California.
Sharon Louise Barnes is a visual artist born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her MFA in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design and has been awarded the MacDowell Fellowship and Residency; the City of Los Angeles Individual Master Artist Fellowship; the Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency; and the Spelman College Art Colony Residency at Taller Portobelo, Panama. Her work is included in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, the California African American Museum, and the UCLA Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies, among others. Barnes works through the medium of Social Abstraction across painting and sculpture.
Suhas Bhujbal was born in a small village in India. He creates compositions of colorful, overlapping forms and marks to describe various architectural facades. In his practice, architecture provides a tangible scaffolding around which to construct a specific mood or narrative. Many of his paintings depict the effects of modernization and population growth in Indian cities. These congested horizons are much different from those of US cities, where urban planning codes have regulated construction and preserved open spaces. The juxtaposition of old buildings and flashy new architecture, and the whirlwind of commercial signboards, banners, and colorful stalls where merchants sell saris and spices, provide the inspirational springboard for his compositions, which create harmony out of chaos and conflict.
Tavarus (Blackmonster) Blackmon is a California-based artist and father. His work explores themes of domesticity, including the role of the father to the family and the subtle but awkward complications that arise when balancing home-life with the studio practice.
Contemporary landscape artist Mark Bowles was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion for interpreting what he saw brought him to his studies at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California where he completed his studies with honors.
While Mark has remained dedicated in his professional career for 50 years, whether he is working with a still life, the human figure, or landscape, he is always fascinated by texture, form, and color. He does not limit himself in what he paints or how he might interpret what he sees. This freedom allows his work to move from representational to minimalist to abstraction.
Among the many solo gallery and museum exhibitions, Mark’s works are currently represented in galleries in Palm Desert, San Francisco, Tucson, Telluride, and Santa Fe, as well as in the permanent collections of museums such as the Crocker, Phoenix, Booth, Denver and Tucson Museum of Art.
Robert Brady was born in Reno Nevada in 1946 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from University of California. He was a professor of art at California State University, Sacramento and has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in museums and private galleries. Brady's works are in many Museum collections and countless private collections, and he has been the recipient of several National Endowment Art grants and other awards.
Steve Briscoe grew up in Stockton, California and attended Santa Clara University and the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his MFA. He has been an artist in residence at Public Glass in San Francisco, Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley, and the Bemis Center in Omaha. His work is in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum, San Jose Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the diRosa Foundation, among others.
His work has taken many forms, with bodies of work in constructed sculpture, photography, and works on paper. Part personal history, part cultural critique, and part poetic fiction, his explorations of materials and processes are wide-ranging and open-ended. He and his wife, artist Lynn Beldner, are based in Woodland.
Bruce Temuchin Brown’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum and was featured in the Brought to Light: Masterworks of Photography from the Crocker Art Museum exhibition. He was first collected by Rene di Rosa and works as a photographer and filmmaker in the Napa valley.
Jamie Brunson studied painting at the California College of the Arts (BFA, 1978) and at Mills College (MFA, 1983). Her work is represented by Turner Carroll Gallery (New Mexico), Anne Loucks Gallery (Illinois), and Robischon Gallery (Colorado). Her paintings are in the Neiman Marcus Collection; the United States Embassy in Doha, Qatar; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; and New Mexico State University Art Museum, Las Cruces. In California, her work is the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art; the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the di Rosa Art Preserve, Napa; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the Triton Museum, Santa Clara.
Before relocating to New Mexico in 2014, Brunson lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching in the painting and graduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, the California College of the Arts, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Brandon is incredibly curious by nature, and over the years his outward curiosity has created countless unique opportunities to connect and photograph a wide array of people, places and things. In particular, he is often drawn to subjects that are important to society, but just out of view or overlooked by most. His coverage of the San Francisco cable car workers during the pandemic is one such example. Through his cultivated connections, he finds inspiration and determination to do his best work.
Beverly Cavagnaro has a studio at her house in Napa Valley. She has been in many shows such as Natsoulas Trompel’oeil show; Feats of clay in Lincoln; Crocker Art Museum's Art Auction and Big Names, Small Art; Napa Country Fair; Palo Alto Art center; Palo Alto glass and clay; Cakebread Winery food and wine. She is a proud member of ACGA.
Annette Corcoran came to ceramics after many years as a graphic designer. This, and her interest in horticulture and birds, constantly influences her work.
Fred Dalkey has work in the Crocker Art Museum's collection, and he had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum in 2002.
Chris Daubert is an artist, teacher, and curator who lives in California’s Central Valley. He has exhibited his drawings, paintings, and large multi-media installations locally, nationally, and internationally for many years. He has organized and curated over one hundred exhibitions in non-profit, college, and university art galleries. He served as the chairman of the exhibition committee at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento and as the Director of the Gregory Kondos Gallery in the Department of Art and Art History at Sacramento City College, where he taught for twenty years.
In Dean De Cocker’s works, surfboards, mailboxes, aircraft structures, wings, propellers, heavy machinery, and architectural works are conceptual elements, transformed first into drawings, then into fabricated objects of inner structures and outer coveringsvia techniques of aircraft construction. These finished structures create volumetric enclosures. Like the artists who inspired him, De Cocker employs technologies of the Southern California-based engineering and aerospace industries to develop these sensuous, light-filled sculptures. Suvan Geer appropriately describes his art as, “whimsical, impractical devices--eccentric experiments in lighter-than-air craft or furniture hybridized into non-utility.”
Dean DeCocker is also a Professor of Art at California State University, Stanislaus; he is also the Director of the University Art Gallery and the Art Space on Main Gallery. As an artist, he has had 50 solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions.
Matt Duffin was born in 1968 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Houston. He never practiced as an architect, choosing instead to become an artist. Through art, he found that he could easily combine his tendency toward right angles and perspective drawing with the more human themes of solitude and irony. Over time, his medium has evolved from charcoal to encaustic wax, but he continues to dwell in the realm of dark recesses and stark contrasts.
Kurt Edward Fishback, name-sake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940s and 50s. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of California, Davis in the 1960s. Photographs of artists and the landscape are his current focus.
John Yoyogi Fortes explores a physical and psychological landscape of self, culture, and identity through a bicultural lens.
John has exhibited nationally and internationally and his paintings are held in numerous collections including the Asian American Art Centre in NY, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art, and the Crocker Art Museum. His work was included in the International Arts & Artists exhibition Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity which traveled to museums and universities throughout the Eastern U.S.
Fortes has received grants from Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He was nominated twice for the Alliance of Artists Communities, Vision from the New California Project. John attended residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, John lives with his wife and daughter in Sacramento, California.
Kim Frohsin is a versatile fine artist working in painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. She has work in museums and many corporate and private collections. She is currently represented by Andra Norris Gallery, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, and Thomas Reynolds Gallery.
Oliver Gagliani (1917–2002) was a California fine arts photographer. Gagliani studied with Ansel Adams and other contemporaries and is known for his technical expertise with printing using the Zone System.
Christopher Georgesco is an American sculptor. He is the son of modernist architect Haralamb H. Georgesco. He began his career in Venice, California in 1968, where he worked until 1980. His studio was located on Abbot Kenny, formerly West Washington Blvd. His first show was at Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, where he was primarily represented for more than 35 years along with exhibiting at Jan Turner Gallery in West Hollywood and Fred Hoffman Gallery in Santa Monica. He now lives on the outskirts of Palm Springs, where he maintains a studio. His first solo show was deemed an overnight success by William Wilson, critic for The Los Angeles Times, and was picked up by L.A.'s top collectors. Wilson also cited Christopher Georgesco as "pushing the art world's masterpiece button".
Mark Steven Greenfield’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the California African American Museum. Internationally, he has exhibited in Thailand at the Chiang Mai Art Museum; Naples, Italy at Art 1307; the Blue Roof Museum in Chengdu, China; 1333 Arts in Tokyo, Japan; and the Gang Dong Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. His work deals primarily with the African American experience. He is a recipient of the L.A. Artcore Crystal Award (2006), the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA 2012), The California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship (2012), the Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency Fellowship in Salvador, Brazil (2013), and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Anne Gregory has been making art for 80 years. She taught art for 27 years at Sacramento City College and other institutions. Gregory has her MFA from the University of Iowa in drawing and painting and has been represented by Jay Jay Gallery and Michael Himovitz Gallery for many years. Her large mixed media works are in many private collections.
Matthias Merkel Hess is an artist based in New York City. Working primarily in clay, he makes copies of everyday plastic vessels in ceramic. His work is in the collection of the Crocker, along with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, Kansas.
Wosene Worke Kosrof is an Ethiopian painter and mixed-media artist. Wosene was awarded his B.F.A. from the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa in 1972, and received an M.F.A. from Howard University in 1980.
David Ligare is affiliated with Hirschl & Adler Gallery. Ligare’s work is in museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Uffizi Gallery, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum where he held a solo exhibition in 2015.
Emma Luna is affiliated with The Passdoor. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Fulbright Scholars Grant. Luna’s work is in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, the Ohio Craft Museum, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Arizona State Museum, and the White House Collection.
Pat Mahony was born in 1951 in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in 1973.
Her work hovers between abstraction and representation. Saturated tones, lush abstraction, and a brevity of strokes suggest an absence of wasted motion. Her work emphasizes color, composition, and drama, and her subject matter includes urban scenes, river landscapes, still lifes, and figures. Her ultimate goal is to create a lush, abstracted view of the subject matter that creates perfect balance of light and dark.
Mahony’s work has been collected by numerous museums, corporations and private collections across the United States.
Constance Mallinson has exhibited widely throughout California. Her most recent critically acclaimed solo exhibitions include Pomona College, UC Riverside, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Angles, and Edward Cella Galleries in Los Angeles. Notable group exhibitions include “Pattern and Decoration” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship as well as a City of Los Angeles Artist’s grant. Reviews and essays on her work can be found in major art publications from Artforum, Art in America to Artillery Magazine. She was awarded the commission for the EXPO Line MTA Bergamot Station’s permanent artwork installation. She has also taught every aspect of art at all the major universities and colleges in Southern California. Her paintings can be seen in major private and public art collections from MOCA and LACMA to the San Jose Museum.
Beverly Mayeri is a studio artist living in the Bay Area. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in sculpture at San Francisco State University. She has had solo shows in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and St. Louis. She was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Individual fellowships, a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, two Marin Arts Council Fine Arts Individual Artist Grants, and a residency at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.
Her work is in the permanent collections of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, Detroit MOCA, Fuller Museum of Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Racine Museum of Art, and others as well as many collections.
Janina Myronova is a sculptor who creates narrative through figurative forms and composed backdrops. Myronova received her PhD from the Department of Ceramics and Glass at Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in 2019. Continually developing her work and practice, Myronova has attended numerous residencies including opportunities at the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, United States), Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, United States), New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei, Taiwan), Clayarch Gimhae Musem (Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea), Lefebvre and Fils (Paris, France), and the International Ceramic Research Center (Guldagergaard, Denmark).
Myronova also has work in numerous public collections including those at Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, USA), Porcelain Museum (Riga, Latvia), the Mark Rothko Art Center (Daugavpils, Latvia), Museu Ceràmica (Alcora, Spain), and the National Museums in both Wroclaw and Krakow (Poland).
Parasnis balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. In his recent paintings, he continues to mine the intersection of art, manmade structures, and landscape, filtering reality through his imagination and unconscious, layering shapes and building upon regions of luminous color, from turquoise to coral to brick-red. His compositions, infused with light but often spiked with sharp angles, convey complex emotions even as they outwardly depict calm scenes, such as boats on a seashore. It is telling that the artists Parasnis cites as influences—Willem de Kooning, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn—are those he admires for the quality of expression in their art.
Mel Prest is an American abstract artist whose work is focused on color and perceptual visual relationships. Prest’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in many public collections, including the Crocker Art Museum; Berkeley Art Museum; Mills College Art Museum; Schneider Museum of Art; Apple; and Google. As an independent curator, she's organized numerous shows across the Bay Area, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and from Amsterdam to Zagreb.
Juan Carlos Quintana was born (1964) in Lutcher, LA. He has been working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 30 years, most recently Oakland, CA. Infused with a sense of irony and satire, his work often speaks of current events, ideological conundrums, and lost idealism. He has exhibited in many venues internationally including solo exhibitions at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Germany; the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana, Cuba; and various group shows in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Nationally, he has shown in many San Francisco Bay Area venues as well as venues in Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant award and recently was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
The late artist, Kurt Runstadler (1955-2006) had over 25 years experience creating works of metal, glass, and stone. He had over 30 national and international art exhibitions and was awarded numerous commissions for large scale site-specific works including at UC Med Center, Sacramento; Royal Park Hotel, Tokyo; Sheraton Singapore Hotel; Brandies University,Carol Mott-Binkley is an avid, self-taught iPhone street photographer in Sacramento affiliated with Archival Gallery. Mott-Binkley has exhibited her photographs in galleries in Sacramento, Davis, and Roseville, and she has won numerous awards in California State Fair photography competitions; and Butterworth Foundation, Grand Rapids. Kurt chose to make sculpture because he liked the idea of its three dimensions and the ability to capture and hold space. In his final years, he created what he called, "Light Sculptures" where science meets art. The main focus was on the dI-choric filters, made up of several layers of metal oxides. The glass has no color but transmits colored shadows that change with your viewing perspective. Kurt said," Perspective rules our life as each person perceives the whole world from their point of view."
Satava Art Glass was established in 1977. The art glass Richard Satava creates is based in nature themes and motifs using ancient techniques and modern equipment to create original designs in hand-blown glass vases, bowls, paperweights, and sculptures. The studio has produced pictorial nature scenes with designs like the Harvest Moon, Mt. Shasta, florals, as well as Native American drawings. In the 1990s he started to focus more attention on ocean life and nautical themes, creating the Moon Jellyfish and Nautilus series. After a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which enabled him to view jellyfish in an exceptional setting (much like viewing art at a gallery), he knew then that he needed to capture the nature of the jellyfish in glass. After spending years experimenting with various formulas to achieve the translucent colors needed to make the jellyfish, the series was ready for display by 1995. The Jellyfish series fast became one of his most successful creations.
Andrew Schoultz has a pictorial approach to social and political commentary. He is known for his densely layered artworks exploring patterns in history related to war, natural disasters, and globalization. Schoultz’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as over 80 group exhibitions. In 2003, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Academy of Art University, California. Born in 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Andrew Schoultz currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Nancy Selvin is affiliated with Patricia Sweetow. Selvin has won multiple awards for her work.
Shimo is the owner of Shimo Center for the Arts. He is trained in painting and is a master of traditional Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. Shimo divides his time between Sacramento and China and serves as dean of fine arts at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. His work is included in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum.
“I approach making a painting, as though I am making a sculpture out of flat shapes. It just so happens that those shapes are made from paint. They are built from the ground up with a layer of clear resin between each color. This process creates depth, shadow and at times the illusion of movement. I developed this process 18 years ago, and I have been doing it ever since. I am influenced by imagery in nature; deep sea geography, space photography, the microscopic, woodgrain, etc... So many forms in nature overlap, and it’s that familiar connective tissue I am trying to tap into with my work.”
Barbara Takenaga is an abstract painter living and working in New York City. Solo museum exhibitions include a 20-year Survey at the Williams College Museum of Art and wall installations at Space/42 of the Neuberger Museum and MASS MoCA. Public works include the MTA Arts mosaic and glass installations at the Metro North Station in White Plains, NY and a 30’ mosaic wall at NYU Langone. She is represented by DC Moore Gallery, NYC; Robischon Gallery, Denver; and print publishers Shark’s Ink and Wingate Studio. A 2020 recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Takenaga is an Emeritus Professor at Williams.
John Tarahteeff is currently represented by Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has been showing his paintings since 2007. Tarahteeff has been painting and showing locally since the late 1990s, primarily represented by Solomon Dubnick Gallery, but also shown at Elliott Fouts Gallery, John Natsoulas Gallery, J Willott Gallery (Palm Desert), and other local venues. His work is in the Crocker Art Museum Collection and has been featured in American Art Collector, Juxtapoz, New American paintings, and many other periodicals.
Yoshio Taylor has worked in clay for over four decades and has become one of Sacramento Valley’s foremost artists in the field of ceramics. Taylor received his Master’s degree in ceramic from California State University Sacramento in 1979. He went on to University of California Berkeley where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in sculpture while studying with Peter Voulkos. Currently, he is retired from 38 years of teaching but still very active with public art projects and exhibitions.
Some of Taylor‘s major exhibitions Include: Triton Museumof Art, Santa Clara, California; The society for contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; Dorothy Weiss gallery, San Francisco craft and folk art museum, San Francisco California and Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
Camille VandenBerge has exhibited in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. VandenBerge’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Crocker Art Museum and The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Tokyo, among numerous private collections.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Livermore, California, Mark Dean Veca received his BFA in painting from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has exhibited throughout North America, Europe, and Japan at institutions such as the San Jose Museum of Art, The Orange County Museum of Art, MoMA PS 1, The Crocker Art Museum, The Drawing Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Katherine Venturelli is recognized for creating unique books and fine prints produced from her Amador County and Santa Fe printmaking studios. Her works are held in numerous museum collections which include the Palace of the Legion of Honor; Getty Museum Research Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, Walker Art Center, Crocker Art Museum, and Janet Turner Print Museum. Her print work was exhibited in the 2001 California Palace of the Legion of Honor’s “Contemporary California Works on Paper” and Urawa Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
The vastness of the Montana landscape where Anne Veraldi grew up had a major influence on her work. The endless space and rugged beauty made her feel very insignificant and small, and she had the distinct feeling of being very isolated and distant from the rest of the world. In her work, she tries to create a feeling of physical detachment and separation that comes with the passage of time.
Wang Jian is a Chinese-American artist born in 1958 in Dalian, China. In 1986, he went to the Sacramento City College, where he studied with Fred Dalkey, and later he attended the University of California, Davis, to study with Wayne Thiebaud and many great modern masters. In 1994, Jian got the California State University Master of Arts degree under the direction of Oliver Jackson.
Since 1987, Jian Wang have held over 60 solo exhibitions in many cities in the United States and China, such as Sacramento, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Beijing, Wuhan, and Dalian.
In 2007, he had a retrospective show at California State University, Sacramento called "Jian Wang, Two Decades in America."
In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, the Director of the National Art Museum of China, Fan Di An, curated Jian's solo exhibition, "Return journey - the Art of Jian Wang's Oil Paintings."
Mary Warners' work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, The Drawing Center, Louis K Meisel Gallery NYC, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, L.A. Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, Nevada Museum, Reno, etc. Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Crocker Art Museum. She graduated with a Masters from Sacramento State College, and taught at the University of Montana, Missoula and University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1978-2012. She was represented by Jennifer Pauls Gallery - JAYJAY Gallery in Sacramento and was the recipient of the 2011 Governors Art Award (Nevada) and National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship.
Ken Waterstreet is a California artist with many solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Sacramento, and New York, and his work is included in major collections around the world.
Jessica Wimbley is an artist/curator based in Sacramento, California. Wimbley utilizes the literary term biomythography, defined by poet Audre Lorde as a combination of “biography, myth, and history” as an interdisciplinary visual arts practice and framework for curatorial inquiry. Her art practice incorporates the building of visual archives via a variety of photographic/material culture. With these images, she creates interruptions and juxtapositions within histories of identity, digital photography, video, performance, and collage. Her works are included in academic, museum, and public art collections including CA Public Digital Art Collection, Crocker Museum of Art, and LACMA.
Yoram Wolberger (b. 1963, Tel Aviv, Israel) uses everyday domestic items to create his large-scale sculptures, foregrounding the latent symbolism and cultural paradigms of these objects that so subtly inform Western culture. By enlarging this ephemera to life size, Wolberger emphasizes the distortions of their original manufacture disallowing any real illusion and conceptually forcing the viewer to reconsider their meanings.
Wolberger earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute's (CA) New Genres Department. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and his works have been acquired and featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), deCordova Sculpture Park (MA), the Aldrich Contemporary Museum (CT), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (IL), the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (CA), the McNay Art Museum (TX), and the Crocker Art Museum (CA).