Jeffry Mitchell at the Sheldon Museum of Art

Jeffry Mitchell has a solo exhibition at Sheldon Museum of Art from July 22 through November 27, 2016. 

A cast of animal, plant, and human characters make regular appearances in Jeffry Mitchell’s ceramic works. They might be seen as stand-ins for the artist himself, or possibly as representing facets of Mitchell’s experience growing up gay in a working-class Catholic family.

The objects on view in Sheldon’s Focus Gallery come from a larger series by Mitchell of twenty-four works referencing the hours in a single day. The forms resemble those of intimate-scale dioramas or theatrical stages and are also reminiscent of medieval reliquaries.


Heidi Schwegler review in Oregon Arts Watch

Art critic Jennifer Rabin has written an in-depth review of Heidi Schwegler‘s exhibition at the Portland Biennial titled, “Portland2016: The cellular memory of place, Part One.”

Read the article here.

Click here for installation shots of Schwegler’s exhibition.


Allison Schulnik acquired by Crocker Art Museum

The gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition by Crocker Art Museum of Allison Schulnik‘s work Eager Red Big Guy (2013). 

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art. The Crocker Art Museum is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a recognition given to less than 800 of the nation’s 17,500 museums. AAM accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly, and provides quality service to the public.

Born in 1978 (San Diego, CA), Schulnik earned her BFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA). She has had solo exhibitions at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Rokeby Gallery (London), Unosunove Arte Contemporanea (Rome), Division Gallery (Montreal), and ZieherSmith Gallery (NY), in addition to her inclusion in film festivals around the world. Her work has also been shown at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Hammer Museum (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), Contemporary Arts Museum (LA), and Hangar-7 (Salzburg), among many others. Allison Schulnik’s work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Santa Barbara Art Museum (CA), Museé de Beaux Arts (Montreal), Farnsworth Art Museum (ME), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Montreal Contemporary Art Museum (Canada), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Heidi Schwegler at the Sheldon Museum of Art

Heidi Schwegler is part of Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Fluxat the Sheldon Museum of Art.

This exhibition brings together major paintings, photographs, and sculptural works by contemporary artists who choose to depict the body as a point of examining mortality, transience, and identity. Uncommon Likeness includes loans from artists and prominent private collections, as well objects from Sheldon’s permanent collection, that speak to the human condition of negotiating both literal and figurative borders of geography, society, psychology, gender, and spirituality in today’s world.

Click here for more information on the exhibition.


Jean Shin in the New York Times

Jean Shin is highlighted in the New York Times review of the group show “Game On,” at the Children’s Museum of Art.

Click here to read the article.




Chris Duncan Acquired by the Berkeley Art Museum

The gallery is please to announce the acquisition of Chris Duncan’s major work, “White Cinderblock,” by the Berkeley Art Museum, for their permanent collection.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s comprehensive collection—more than 19,000 works of art and 17,500 films and videos—is characterized by artistic excellence and innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary. Representing a tremendous diversity of global cultures and historical periods, the collection has particular strengths in Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese painting, Mughal dynasty Indian miniature painting, Baroque painting, old master prints and drawings, early American painting, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century photography, Conceptual art, and international contemporary art, classic and international cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, international animation, Soviet cinema, early video art, and the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan. BAMPFA’s Modern collection is built around a remarkable core holding of fifty paintings by the Abstract Expressionist painter and teacher Hans Hofmann and includes significant works by Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Clyfford Still.

Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive and negative, loud and quite, solitary and participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Time’s physical and psychological effect have become paramount in these experimental endeavors.

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Josh Azzarella at UC Riverside

Josh Azzarella is part of “For The Record… Contemporary Videos from the Permanent Collection of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery,” at UC Riverside.

Culver Center of the Arts
July 23 – December 24, 2016

For The Record… presents a series of single-channel video works, each addressing recent social, political, or economical conflicts through an artistic lens. HONG-AN TRUONG merges visual appropriation with found footage of Viet Nam during the French colonialism in 1954. The collaborative team, JEFF&GORDON explore the housing crisis in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street national movement through an analogy to the racket sport of squash. Using computer applications and programs, JOSH AZZARELLA radically reconstructs  iconic footage from the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989.

For The Record… exemplifies the breadth of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery’s holdings that range from drawings, installations paintings, photography, sculpture, and video by emerging and mid-career artists in contemporary art.

For The Record…Contemporary Videos from the Permanent Collection of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery is curated by Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR ARTSblock. UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside have provided support. Gift represented in the exhibition include those from the artists, along with collectors Mark and Hilarie Moore.

E X H I B I T I O N   S C H E D U L E


Explosions in the Sky, 2007. Running time: 6 minutes
The Past is a Distant Colony, 2007. Running time: 6 minutes


Temporarily Embarrassed #13 – Pumpkin, 2011. Running time: 2 minutes
Temporarily Embarrassed #3 – Car Wash, 2011. Running time: 2 minutes


Untitled #27 (Unknown Rebel), 2006. Running time: 1 minute, 11 seconds