Visiting Artist Lectures

Clay Gibson

01/23/19

Please join us for a lecture with Oxbow Alumni Artist Clay Gibson (OS20).

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Clay Gibson is a tattooer and co-owner of the tattoo shop, Come What May. Prior to tattooing he attended Oxbow OS20 and later the California Institute of the Arts where he enlarged on ideas of building community through art-making and political praxis. He later went on to live in Mexico City where he attended the SOMA Summer Art Residency Program and began to work with the collective, Oa4s. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Judith Belzer

01/22/19

Please join us for a lecture with artist Judith Belzer.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First St

Artist Biography

Judith Belzer is an artist who lives and works in Berkeley, California. Using primarily oil paint on canvas, she explores human engagement with the natural world, often looking to the man-made landscape in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes fraught relationship.

Belzer's work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and has been acquired by numerous private and institutional collections. Most recently her work was included in group exhibitions at The Berkeley Art Museum, The San Francisco Jewish Museum and at the center for art + the environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. “Lana Turner a journal of poetry and opinion” published a portfolio of her work late last year and Terrain.com will do the same early this year. Belzer is a visiting lecturer in the department of Visual Art and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and is a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. She Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College with a degree in English and studied art at The New York Studio School.

judithbelzer.com

Visiting Artist Lectures

Shiva Ahmadi

01/21/19

Please join us for a lecture with artist Shiva Ahmadi.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography from Haines Gallery in San Francisco

Iranian-American, b. 1975

Lives and works in the Bay Area, California

Shiva Ahmadi’s practice borrows from the artistic traditions of Iran and the Middle East to critically examine global political tensions and social concerns. Having come of age in the tumultuous years following the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, Ahmadi moved to the United States in 1998, and has been based in California since 2015.

Ahmadi works across a variety of media, including watercolor painting, sculpture, and video animation; consistent through her pieces are the ornate patterns and vibrant colors drawn from Persian, Indian and Middle Eastern art. In her carefully illustrated worlds, formal beauty complicates global legacies of violence and oppression. These playful fantasy realms are upon closer inspection macabre theaters of politics and war: watercolor paint bloodies the canvas, and sinister global machinations play out in abstracted landscapes populated by faceless figures and dominated by oil refineries and labyrinthine pipelines.

Shiva Ahmadi studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; and Azad University, Tehran, Iran. In addition to recent solo exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (2017) and Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (2014), her work has been included in group shows including Home Land Security, For-Site Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2016); Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens, Greece; and Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists from Iran, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY (all 2016); Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2018); and Revolution Generations, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Asia Society Museum, New York, NY; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE; TDIC Corporate Collection, Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, among others.

In 2016, Ahmadi was awarded the ‘Anonymous Was A Woman’ Award and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Shiva, a new monograph of her work, was published by Skira in Spring 2017.

shivaahmadistudio.com

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Visiting Artist Lectures

Nicole Mueller

01/20/19

Please join us for a lecture with artist Nicole Mueller.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Nicole Mueller is a San Francisco based artist and painter. Through large scale collages, murals, and installations fusing color and light, she creates shifting environments and navigates spaces in flux. Mueller’s paintings are both exuberant and complex, with fluctuating figure-ground relationships, vibrant color, and pockets of deep space creating pathways that weave in and out of compositions both dense and open-ended. Her process-based works are painted, cut, collaged, arranged and rearranged through an additive process of layering, with the resulting works existing in a perpetual state of motion in between chaos and cohesion. With her installations, Mueller aims to give physical form to the abstract sensation of light, merge the tangible and intangible, and provide pathways for moving through liminal states that remain fluid over time. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Proyecto 'ACE (Argentina), and Creative Paradox (Maryland). Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, and Maryland. She earned her BFA in painting and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and recently was the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award given to emerging artists in California.

nicolemueller.com

Visiting Artist Lectures

Natan Daskal

01/20/19

Please join us for a lecture with artist Natan Daskal

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

When does Life become Art? Natan's interest lies in the performance of everyday life and how the artist mind and creative experience can aid us in living better lives. Primarily an educator, Natan is Teacher-As-Artist, approaching the classroom/studio as a laboratory of living, co-creating experiences with students that aim to deepen awareness and to open new possibilities for personal and worldwide change. A student of dance pioneer Anna Halprin's, he has been shaped by her approach to performance that merges the science of the moving body with felt experience, psychology, the natural environment, community, ritual, and the aesthetics of everyday activity.


Natan is on faculty at the Tamalpa Institute, an internationally recognized training program in movement-based expressive arts; teaches creative movement classes to children; and has taught movement workshops in a variety of settings. Natan studied ballet at the Joffrey School in New York City, received his BFA in Communication Design at Parsons the New School for Design, and received an MA in Education from Goddard College where he studied the intersection of somatics, creativity, and education.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Lydia Glenn-Murray

08/31/18

Please join us for a lecture with Oxbow Alumni Artist Lydia Glenn-Murray (OS20).

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Lydia Glenn-Murray is an artist, educator and organizer. She attended Oxbow OS20 and had a transformative experience there that confirmed her commitment to art and interdisciplinary learning. She ran an experimental art space in Highland Park, Los Angeles called Chin's Push, an ephemeral project mostly captured through third party documentation including press in Art in America, Artforum, LA Times, LA Weekly, ArtReview, ParisLA, Artsy, and others. Most recently, she moved to her hometown of Berkeley, California to direct 2727 California Street, a non-profit art and education initiative and residency program in an old corner store in South Berkeley.

Visiting Artist Lectures

James Sansing

08/31/18

Please join us for a lecture with artist James Sansing.

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

James Sansing’s films have shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival among others.

His work has also been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ampersand International Arts, Mark Wolfe Contemporary as well as other venues, nationally and internationally.

Awards, residencies, and fellowships include the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Pirkle Jones Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, Recology, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation and others.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute.

jamessansing.com

Visiting Artist Lectures

Josh Faught

08/31/18

Please join us for a lecture with artist Josh Faught.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Reveling in the suburban panic punctuated by a hysterical self-help culture, compulsion toward decoration, and docudramatic tragedy, Josh Faught's current work uses elements of textiles, collage, sculpture, and painting to triangulate between a space that negotiates the history of textiles, a social/political history, and personal history.

These mythologized reconfigurations respond to ongoing interests surrounding possibilities in narrative between object, ornamentation, sexual difference, desire, and the site of domestic dysfunction. The objects in Faught's work are often twins, explicit or sometimes tacit doppelgangers shadowing each other.

Performing or sublimating a “fabulous” sense of isolation or disconnectedness, these objects borrow an expressive vernacular from the art fabric movement; a moment where threads were not to be walked upon or worn but could, by contrast, ventriloquize a sense of political urgency and delineate the presence of our bodies and our neurosis.

Faught has exhibited his work in numerous venues internationally. Recent solo museum exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Neptune Society Columbarium as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award Exhibition; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (both 2013); and the Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with his Betty Bowen Award (2009). Solo exhibitions also include Kendal Koppe Gallery, Glasgow (2014), and Launch Pad, London (2014), Lisa Cooley, New York (2010 and 2012) and Western Bridge, Seattle (2010). His work appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Emily Foundation for the Arts, New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (both 2014), Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, Oakville Galleries, Ontario (both 2013). Currently his work is in the group exhibition, Fiber: Sculpture 1960- Present at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, which will travel to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines Art Center, Iowa. His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art as well as the Rubell Family Collection. Faught is the recipient of the 2009 Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award, the 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant and the 2012 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award.

His work has also appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, ArtReview (UK), The Studio Reader, Crafts (UK), and the New Yorker

joshfaught.com

Visiting Artist Lectures

Jesse Fleming

08/31/18

Please join us for a lecture with artist Jesse Fleming.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Fleming is an artist, filmmaker, educator, and co-founder of the artist collective Gatherall. He is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists innovating the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Fleming's motivation is to transmute, and at times lower our perceived boundary between self and other. To do this, he takes inspiration from contemplative maps where a practitioner is given systematic techniques to explore their world, perception, consciousness, and relation to other through direct experience. This is seen in Fleming’s artistic research and development — a hybrid output of his media art, installation, and filmmaking, lectures, and contemplative workshops.

jessefleming.com

Visiting Artist Lectures

Rebecca Manson

08/31/18

Please join us for a lecture with artist Rebecca Manson.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Rebecca Manson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has received a Windgate Fellowship Award and a Windgate Project Grant. She has been a resident artist and Zentrum Fur Keramik and California State University Long Beach. Through her sculpture work and in the classroom, Rebecca is interested in clay as a metaphor for community and the body. The spherical form, a recurring theme in her work, celebrates the idea that small parts together amount to something impactful. Her work is frequently comprised of thousands of tiny, handmade porcelain parts which on their own may appear trivial, but in mass depict the power of togetherness. Through her upcoming interactive public outdoor sculpture, she challenges ideas about fragility.

rebexman.com

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