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An example of work by Heather Wilcoxon
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|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.
1986 BFA San Francisco Art Institute, Painting
1988 MFA San Francisco Art Institute, Painting
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
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.
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
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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