ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a sculptor who does public art installations, gallery work, and commissions. I work in a wide variety of media, including bronze, steel, wood, plastic, glass, ceramic, neon, adobe, and poetry. My goal is to nudge people out of their routines so they become more conscious of moments of variety and richness in daily life. Much of my work is site specific. The appearance of the site, its function, and the people who use it all have a huge influence in determining the nature of the art. For this reason, I welcome collaboration with local communities, developers, and with other artists.

 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS
  • Pence Gallery. SLICE, a cross section of regional art, juror DeWitt Cheng. Davis, CA. July 8 - August 21, 2016
  • Blue Line Arts, POLITICALLY CHARGED, Roseville, CA. August 26 - October 1, 2016
  • St Mary's College Museum Of Art. SOCIAL JUSTICE: It Happens To One, It Happens To All. Moraga, CA. September 18 - December 11, 2016
  • Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Magic Carpet Ride. Athens, Greece. San Francisco Pacific Rim Sculptors meet 12 Athenian Sculptors. September 22 – October 17, 2015 .
  • Grounds for Sculpture, Disruption. Hamilton, New Jersey. October 23, 2015 – April 3, 2016.
  • Richmond Art Center, California Now. Clay, glass and enamel. Richmond, CA. June 13-Aug 21.
  • Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Preview, Albany CA. April 11 – May 10, 2015.
  • Vessel Gallery, Artists; Women. Oakland, CA. February 19 - March 28, 2015.
  • Richmond Art Center. Pacific Rim Sculptors SCULPTURE! Juror, John Toki. Richmond, CA . June 14 - August 22, 2014
  • Berkely Art Center. SOAPBOX. Jurors, Boots Riley and Stephen Wolf. Berkeley, CA. June 28 - August 10, 2014
  • Epperson Gallery. ECCENTRIC. Jurors Maru Hoeber and Ruby Wolfman. Crockett, CA. July 7 -July 20, 2014
  • The Atrium. SOLO JOURNEY. San Francisco, CA. Jan 23- March 20, 2014
  • Blue Line Gallery and Art League of Lincoln. America's Clayfest. Juror Richard Shaw. Roseville, CA. May 2013.
  • Leslie Ceramics. The Potters' Studio. Berkeley, CA. April 2013.
  • WORKS Gallery. Beyond Gaga, Pacific Rim Sculptors. Jurors Dewitt Cheng and Lauren Baines. San Jose, CA. February 2013.
  • Falkirk Cultural Center, 2012 Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition. San Rafael, CA. September 14 October 27.
  • Vessel Gallery, Vessel 8: Charting the Waters. Berkeley, CA. May 1- June 30, 2012.
  • Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF) GICB Biennale 2011 International Competition. Sept. 22 Nov. 22, 2011.
  • Liberty Arts Gallery, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Yreka, CA. Sept.16 Oct 22, 2011.
  • Gladding, McBean Factory. Feats of Clay XXIV. Lincoln, CA. April 23 May 29, 2011.
  • Vessel Gallery, Sculpture. Oakland CA. Nov. 2-27, 1010.
  • Art at the Cheese Factory. Point Reyes, CA. March 12 May 31, 2010.
  • Cricket Engine Gallery, Earthy Pleasures. March 6 31, 2010.
  • Art Foundry Gallery, Ten-Year Celebration. Sacramento, CA. Nov. 8 Dec. 6, 2008.
  • City of Berkeley, Addison Street Window Gallery. Potters Studio Show. Nov. 2-30, 2008.
  • Potters Studio Gallery. Critters, Crocks and Crates. Berkeley CA. Sept. 25-Nov. 30, 2008.
  • City of Berkeley, Addison Street Windows Gallery. Nov. 2 30, 2008.
  • ACCI, National Fine Crafts Exhibition. Juried by Carol Beadle and Virginia Breier, Berkeley, CA. July 13 August 18, 2007.
  • Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Sixteen Years at Townsend, juried by Bob Brady, Atrium Gallery, San Francisco. July 27 Sept. 8, 2006.
  • Axis Gallery, Invitational. Sacramento CA. April 1 30, 2006.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Art as Environment, Sacramento CA, July 7-Aug. 6, 2005.
  • Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Obedient Nature, juried by JoAnne Northrup, Senior curator, San Jose Museum of Art. Atrium Gallery, San Francisco. July 28 Sept. 23, 2005.
  • Falkirk Cultural Center, Wit and Wisdom. Curated by Beth Goldberg and Nancy Legge, Jan. 27 - March 5, 2005.
  • Grounds for Sculpture, Sculpture Park. Off the Rim. New Jersey, May-Sept. 2004.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Maru Hoeber: Life as a Boat, one person show, Sacramento. Feb. 2004.
  • Art Gallery Foundry. Anniversary Show. Sacramento. 2003.
  • Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, California Dreaming. Juried by John Toki. San Francisco Feb. 2003.
  • Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Pacific Rim Outdoor Show. Juried by Brigitte Micmacker & John Denning of New Leaf Gallery). San Francisco, Aug. 2003.
  • Exploding Head Gallery, Inside Out. Sacramento CA, July 2003.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Maru Hoeber: Dog Park. Installation, one person show, Sacramento, Feb.2002.
  • The Sculpture Group. Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibition. Danville CA Nov. 2001.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Maru Hoeber: Fleeting Moments. One-person show. Sacramento. April 2000.
  • The Art Foundry Gallery, The Foundry Fifty, Sacramento. January 1999.
  • The Sculpture Group, Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Danville CA. September 1998.
  • 750 Gallery, Art for Tibet: Witness, installation, Sacramento, August 1998.
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Death and Desire, Sacramento. September 1998.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Self Expressions, Sacramento, June 1998.
  • Barton Gallery, Artists Art that is N.F.S., Sacramento. February 1998.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Toy Show, Sacramento, December 1997.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Celebrating 50 Years of Achievement: CSUS Faculty and Alumni Artists, Sacramento, October 1997.
  • Himovitz Gallery, Traveling show: Breast Art: Creative Empowerment after Mastectomy, Sacramento. May 1997.
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Self Expressions 1997, Sacramento. April 1997.
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Watermarks: A Collaboration Between Artists and the Cosumnes River, Sacramento. Developed in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy. April 1997.
  • California State University, Woman to Woman, Sacramento. March 1997.
PUBLIC COMMISSIONS AND SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS
  • Treasure Hunt. Site-Specific art for Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks at Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Swimming Pool Complex. Completion: Summer 2002.
  • Art for Tibet. Installation at 750 Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. August 1998.
  • The Violent Tenor of Life. Installation at Fairfield Civic Arts. In Conjunction with Where is Fairfield Fairfield, Ca. September 1997.
  • Landmark Forest. Sculpture for lobby of Landmark Building at Howe and Arden in Sacramento. August 1995.
  • Picnic, Crossword and Lab Coat. Three bronze works installed at University of California Davis Medical Center. Sacramento. February 1994.
  • Bannon Barn. Permanent site-specific installation in a Sacramento city park. October 1993.
  • Art on the Boulevard. Organized and participated in installation of 19 painted doors (38 sides) on boulevard median in north Sacramento. Directed work by community, local artists and students from sculpture class at Sacramento City College. 1993-94.
  • In Lak'Esh: Collaboration of Vision and Voice. Founder, coordinator and participant in a collaboration between 30 poets and 30 visual artists. Southern Pacific Railroad Warehouse, Sacramento. October 1991.
  • Bosque. Site-specific installation at Institute for Design and Experimental Art, Sacramento. October 1991.
  • I Believe in Yesterday. Bronze sculpture for a children's park (Natomas Station), Folsom, California. September 1990.
  • Sacramento. Permanent installation in Sacramento City Hall. February 1987.
  • Sculpture Sacramento. Site-specific installation located on the Sacramento River. September 1982.
EARLIER EXHIBITIONS
  • American River College Art Gallery, A Room with Many Views: Some Matrix Artists at ARC, Sacramento. January 1997.
  • Weintraub Thomas, The Chair Show, Sacramento. December 1996.
  • Thomas Oldham Gallery, The Artists' Arcana, Sacramento. August 1996.
  • Artists Contemporary Gallery at the Sacramento Capitol Club, Sacramento. August 1996.
  • Phoenix Exhibition. Conceived, organized and participated in a 234-person show at two galleries in north Sacramento. February 1995.
  • Altares del Pueblo, Sacramento. October-November 1994.
  • Archival Framing, Cigar Box Art, Sacramento. August 1994.
  • Art Ark. Crocker Museum educational outreach, several portraits. Sacramento. 1994-96.
  • Pence Gallery, Journey, installation, Davis, California. May 1994
  • . Artists Contemporary Gallery, Conflict, Sacramento. March 1994.
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Growing Toward the Light, Sacramento. October 1993.
  • Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sculpture: Thirteen Views, Sacramento. July 1993.
  • Himovitz Gallery, Neon Constructions. One-person show. Sacramento, November 1991.
  • Center for Contemporary Art, opening show: America. Sacramento. September 1991.
  • In Lak'Esh: A Collaboration of Vision and Voice. Renovated Southern Pacific Railroad Warehouse, Sacramento. October 1991.
  • Himovitz Gallery Pavilions, Alchemy of the Book, Sacramento, March 1991.
  • Brockman Gallery, Time and Light. One-person show. Los Angeles. December 1990.
  • Institute for Design and Experimental Art, Public Art Concepts, collaborations with Alonzo Davis, Sacramento. September 1990.
  • Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College, Artist and Artists. November 1989. Michael Himovitz Gallery, Windows for Windowless Walls, one-person show, Sacramento. June 1989.
  • Himovitz at Brownie's, Maru Hoeber and Stephen Fleming, Sacramento. May 1989.
  • Sierra College, What a Group! Artists Teaching in Rocklin, Rocklin, California. September 1988.
  • Pence Gallery, Visions of Peace, Davis, California. December 1988.
  • Sierra College, The Bench Show, Rocklin, California, October 1987.
  • Shackelford and Sears, Manifestation, Davis, California. December 1985.
  • Artists Contemporary Gallery, Landscape Perspective, two-person show, Sacramento. October 1985.
  • Matrix Gallery, Curator for Three Dimensions Eight Ways, Sacramento. October 1985.
  • Stockton Museum, 34th Annual Stockton Art League Exhibition, Stockton, California. June 1985.
  • Chan Elliot Gallery, Cow Town Show, Sacramento. January 1985.
  • Davis Art Center, The Post 1984 Show, Davis, California. January 1985.
  • Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sculptural, Functional, Sacramento. October 1984.
  • California Women Artists, Sacramento, September 1984.
  • Matrix Gallery, Sculpture, one-person show, Sacramento. September 1983.
  • Birdcage Walk, Suburban Sculpture Show, Sacramento. September 1982.
  • NCA Show, Open Ring Gallery, Sacramento. November 1981.
  • Bank of America, San Francisco. March 1979.
AWARDS
  • Berkeley Art Center Association: membership show, honorable mention. Dec. 2006
  • Juncture: First prize for site-specific sculpture made of recycled materials. In collaboration with Sacramento City College Students. City and County of Sacramento with Uptown Arts/Phantom Galleries, 1997.
  • Berkeley Art Center Association: 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition. 1995. Mixed Media Award.
  • Community Artist Fellowship, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission,1995.
  • Innovating and Program Development Grant, Sacramento City College. 1992.
  • Alice S. Reynolds Memorial Award for Small Sculpture,Stockton Art League. June 1985.
  • Wltt Award,California State University, Sacramento. May 1982.
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
  • American Museum to Ceramic Art, AMOCA. Pomona CA.
  • Crocker Museum. Sacramento, CA.
MAJOR REVIEWS, ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
  • The Art Collection of the U.C. Davis Health System, Susan Willoughby. 2012.
  • 2010 International Competition: Gyeonggi International Ceramix Bieniale 2011. Catalogue, 2011.
  • Metaphoric Vessels are Both Natural, Artful. Victoria Dalkey. Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2000.
  • Exhibit drawing attention to plight of Tibet. Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee. August 2, 1998.
  • Death and Desire. Kimi Julian, Sacramento News & Review. September 17, 1998.
  • Nouvel Objet, Issue #3. Design House Inc. Seoul, Korea. 1997.
  • Artworks for Elementary Teachers. 8th edition. Don and Barbara Herberholz. McGraw Hill. October 1997.
  • Exhibit Lights up Downtown Gallery [Fairfield Civic Arts, Where is Fairfield] Amy Maginnis, daily Republic. September 19, 1997.
  • Watermarks: Cosumnes River Preserve Project at CCA [Center for Contemporary Art]. Cassandra Dearborne. "On the Town." March 18, 1997.
  • Interpretation of Tarot Cards at Thomas D. Oldham Gallery. Cassandra Dearborne, "On the Town." September 3, 1996.
  • 20O Artists Give Life to Phoenix. Victoria Dalkey, "Sacramento Bee." February 12, 1995.
  • In the Tradition: The Next Generation. Allen Gordon, "Artweek." August 5, 1993.
  • Maru, Art Guru. "Suttertown News." November 25, 1993.
  • Committing Life Through Art. One-hour documentary narrated by August Copola. KVIE-TV. May 1992.
  • In Lak'Esh. Catalog. 1991.
  • Art in the Park. "On the Wing.November 1990.
  • Personal and Public Expressions. Victoria Dalkey, "Sacramento Bee." October 28, 1990.
  • Art in the Right Places Victoria Dalkey, "Sacramento Bee." June 7, 1987.
  • A Contemporary Christmas Scene, Davis "Enterprise." December 19, 1985.
  • How Green is the Grass. Alfred Kay. "Sacramento Bee." October 27, 1985.
  • Local Artists Worth Watching For. "Executive Place." November 1984.
  • Gloomy Art. Ellen Schlesinger, "Sacramento Bee." September 18, 1993.
  • The Site-Specific Game. Jeff Kelley. "Artweek." October 16, 1983.
  • Sculpture Sacramento Catalog. September 1982.
  • Sculpture Sacramento. "Sacramento Bee." September 15, 1982.
  • Art on the Public Faces. A.G. Block, "Sacramento Magazine." September 1982.
  • A Rare Bird, Pat Grizzel. "Suttertown News," October 1981.
VISUAL ARTS EMPLOYMENT
  • Ceramics teacher, East Bay French American school, 2004-2007.
  • Teacher, Visual Arts and Language Arts, 1999-2005. Program in East Bay public schools.
  • Artist in Residence, Richmond Art Center, 2002-3. Richmond after-school program.
  • Instructor, Sacramento City College. 1989-1997. Courses taught: Introduction to Art, Sculpture A, Sculpture B.
  • Alice Aycock Mentor Program: One of two artists selected to facilitate fabrication and installation of a $300,000 Aycock piece in the Sacramento Convention Center. 1995-96.
  • Instructor, Sierra College. 1986-89, 1991. Courses taught: Gallery Management, Sculpture A, Sculpture B, Introduction to Art.
  • Visual Arts Consultant for City Life, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. 1987.
  • Substitute Teacher, Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (Short Center). 1986. Courses taught: Ceramics, painting, crafts.
ART BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
  • Member, Visual Arts Committee of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.1993-1996.
  • Member, Outdoor Art Committee, California State University, Sacramento. 1993-95.
  • Member, Art in Public Places Committee of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. 1987-89.
  • Co-founder in 1978 and past president of Matrix, a Workshop of Women Artists (nonprofit gallery.)
EDUCATION
  • Mills College, Oakland, Ca. Bachelor of Arts, Art History
  • California State University, Sacramento, Ca. Master of Arts