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 Heather Wilcoxon  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: cartoon narrative abstraction, graphics, art educator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted December 2005, is from the artist.                       
          
I received my MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988.  After several years of painting and searching for my own visual voice, I received several awards, including a Pollock/Krasner Grant in 1999,  two Marin Arts Council Grants. (1991-1998) as well as a Djerassi Artist in Residence Fellowship in Woodside California. 

My work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Houston, Denver and San Francisco.  I have also been included in several group exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Triton Museum of Art, and The Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.   I am honored to have my work be in several collections, such as the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in San Francisco, The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara  and Rene di Rosa in Napa, California.  I have taught Painting and Monoprinting at the San Francisco Art Institute,  College of Marin, California College of the Arts, Graduate Mentor Program, San Francisco Center for the Book, and am currently teaching at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco.  
 
I have been practicing the art of painting for over 20 years.  I am committed and passionate about my work. I have had a long-time preoccupation with the balance between abstraction and the narrative.
 
Since 9-11 my work has shifted.  My paintings and works on paper are commentaries about our current global situation.  Through my drawings, I have developed these characters that I feel reflect all of our concerns, our fears, our worries and our brutality towards one another. I see the world as a dangerous place.   However, I am seasoned enough to see the absurdity of it all.   My cartoon characters represent both the comedy and tragedy of humanity.  In their childlike iconography, they embody a sense of innocent playfulness, yet in their monstrous rendering a dark humor is reflected.  This dichotomy creates an interesting tension.  In my larger paintings, I invite the viewer in with nice colors and pretty surfaces. But if you look closer, the bite is there.


EDUCATION

1986    BFA  San Francisco Art Institute, Painting
1988    MFA  San Francisco Art Institute, Painting


AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS/ RESIDENCIES:

2004     Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Artist, Rollins College, Orlando, Fl.
2002     Stonehouse Residencey Program, Fellowship, Miramonte, CA.
1999     Pollock/Krasner Foundation, Fellowship, New York, NY.
1998     Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA.
1991-98  Marin Arts Council, Grant Recipient, Painting, Marin County CA.
1995    Trition Museum of Art, Purchase Award, Santa Clara, CA.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2002     Works on Paper, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
              San Francisco, CA

1995    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists Gallery, San Francisco,
           

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2004   “Hard Candy” San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose,CA
             Scope” Art Fair, Toomey- Tourell, New York, Miaimi, Los Angeles,
           “Big”  Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2003   “Legacy”  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.
            “Collections” Frensno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.

2002   “ Who We Are” Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
             Bank of America, “Artists Books” Trillium Prints, San Francisco, CA.

2001   “Artists Pages” Djerassi Artist Resident Program Collection, San
            Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS:
    
      San Jose Mercury News, Jack Fisher, “A Teacher’s Lagacy”Nov. 2004
      Strecther.com Meredith Tromble, January, 2003
      San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, August 2000
      Review Magazine, Visual Arts, New York, March 2000
      New American Painting, January, 1999
      Artweek, Frank Celbuski, October,1994
      Richmond Art Center Catalogue, Cover, September,1991

COLLECTIONS:
     
      The Fine Arts Museums, Auchenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts,
       Trition Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
       Rene Di Rosa Perseve, Napa, CA.
       Carl Djerassi, San Francisco, CA.
       David and Kathy Post, San Francisco, CA.
       Jack and Julie Huneke, San Leandro, CA.
       Aurberge Du Solie, Napa, CA.
       Monoco Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
       Unical Oil, Costa Mesa, Ca.
       Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, CA.
       San Francisco General  Hospital Foundation, San Francisco, CA.

TEACHING
      
       University of California Berkeley Extension, 2005
       San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Faculty, Painting- Printing, 2004
       College of Marin, Emeritus, Monoprinting, 2003-04
       San Francisco Center for the Book, Workshops, 2003-04-05
       California College of Arts and Crafts, Graduate Mentor Program,2002-03
       University of California Extention Workshop , Santa Cruz, Ca. 1990

LECTURES 
     
       Fresno Art Museum, Graphic Arts Council, Fresno, CA. 2005
       Rollins College of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Orlando, FL.  2004
       Sonoma State Visiting Artist Series, Rohnard Park, Ca. 2003
       Kennedy University Visiting Artist Series, 1998
      

   

      
 


            



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