Peculiar Institutions Exhibition

About the Artists

Stacey M. Carter is a San Francisco artist and artist advocate who has maintained a studio at Hunters Point Shipyard since 1998.  She is a Board Member and former Vice President of The Shipyard Trust for The Arts (STAR) a California 501c3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to conserving affordable San Francisco art studios and work space, supporting Bayview/Hunters Point community art programs, and creating educational and exhibition opportunities. Stacey, an artist-advocate, has maintained a studio at Hunters Point Shipyard since 1998.  She is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art having studied in Rome, Italy.  She is an accomplished visual artist with a 20-year career in painting and printmaking. She is an urban archaeologist, conjuring up lost or forgotten visions of time and humanity in the Bay Area. Stacey Carter has shown work at the George Krevsky Gallery, the Lancaster Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the National Steinbeck Center, and the New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU). Her clients include the NFL football team Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Linh Nguyen, illustrator, animator, and photographer was born in Vietnam. Her artworks illustrate emotion, imagination, and reality from daily life. While studying illustration/animation at City College of San Francisco, she has been volunteering and is an Arts Administration Apprentice with ArtSeed since September 2017. Her goal is to develop her skills and use them to help the Bay Area community through art.

Paola Perez is 14 years old. Her hobbies are sports, art, singing, and playing piano. She started off sketching animals from her obsession with the pattern of their fur and their movement/behavior and how they react to things in their environment. As an ArtSeed Apprentice for 5 years, she grew from a shy, timid girl who wouldn’t talk to other people, to become a leader: smiling more, being energetic, and encouraging other people. She now teaches younger kids who are having trouble finding their inspiration and helps her mentor organize ideas for ArtSeed programs as a member of the Youth Council. Her goal, ever since 5th grade, has been to become an animator. She was awarded a position as a freshman at the Ruth Azawa School of the Arts to begin fall 2018 and is hoping she will be able to apply her talents and training to teach others some of the things she has learned.

Josefa Vaughan, Executive Director, credits free private art lessons that guided her through a tumultuous childhood and teenage homelessness for the success of the arts education nonprofit ArtSeed which she founded in 2000. Her formative classical art training in Houston resulted in two decades of exhibitions before 1989 when her art shifted into more collaborative projects connecting gifted and vulnerable communities. She has lectured widely, is a Djerassi Resident Artist Program alum, has won Awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, and has been a juror for the California Arts Council. www.josefa.com, www.artseed.org

William Scott is a self-taught artist who graphically renders his imagined public and private worlds with remarkable accuracy and meticulous detail. William draws, paints, and re-builds his native San Francisco in search of the elusive “normal life,” one of Baptist-sermon ideals and gleaming, safe, artistically franchised city centers. San Francisco re-emerges as “Praise Frisco,” a place where Scott’s public longing for wholesome, peaceful interactions take place within re-developed idealized neighborhood landmarks. Through a series of drawings and ceramic sculptures Scott recreates images of the women who attend his Bayview-neighborhood church, an expression of his social longings. The work communicates his desire for a romantic relationship with a “popular, tolerant woman,” one who will share a life with him in his re-imagined city. William Scott creates a complete and fantastical urban world. With sincere enthusiasm and a highly developed painting and drawing style the artist questions the hard edge that contemporary city life often creates, and offers us a convincing glimpse of an alternative future. Scott has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York and has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London, Berkeley Art Museum, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, The Museum of Everything, London, Gallery Paule Anglim, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Ricco|Maresca Gallery, New York. Scott’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and is included in the private collections of David Byrne, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg among many others.

Jacob Spies, an ArtSeed Teaching Artist living in San Francisco, is originally from Memphis, Tennessee.  He is currently attending the Academy of Art University where he is a student teacher working towards a degree in arts education. He is honing his skills in a number of media. These include painting, printmaking, lithography, sculpture, ceramics, bronze casting, and digital arts. Jacob’s latest works draw inspiration first from his life as a professional musician, who also painted scenes from his tours around the country with rock, hip-hop, and bluegrass bands. He is currently producing cityscapes and landscapes of Northern California. Some works are symbolic and satirical. Most recent works speak to current events with humor and with a deep concern over social and political issues.

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Peculiar Institutions

 

Left: Olivia / Right: Iris from Saint Brigid School, ArtSeed Workshop on Fugitive Slaves, (2018), Cray-pas & Watercolor on Paper, 12″ x 9″.

Peculiar Institutions at Think Round Fine Arts
May 19 – June 30, 2018
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 5-7PM

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The Food Chain
Jacob Spies, (2018), Lithograph, 10” x 7.75”

Think Round Fine Arts is pleased to present Peculiar Institutions, an exhibition featuring current ArtSeed artist and student works plus related earlier pieces from founder Josefa Vaughan’s childhood and her Houston artist friends. The exhibition will open on May 12, 2018, with a public reception on May 19 from 5-7PM. The exhibition will be up through Saturday, June 30, with a closing reception from 5-7PM.

Three Mile Island, Stacey M. Carter, (2018), Ink, Pigment, and Acrylic on Wood Panel, 12” x 18”

ArtSeed artists and children have concerns: Together we are grappling with tough subjects such as the evolution of slavery and its various contemporary manifestations. After studying history, and looking at the challenges faced by democracies around the world, what might be our own enslavements and aspirations?

Separate Kisses, Linh Nguyen, (2018), Digital Print, 11” x 14”

This exhibition at Think Round Fine Arts serves ArtSeed as a curriculum-building tool for our upcoming Summer Intensive activities. In addition, it seeks viewer response to help guide our choice of works to be included in ArtSeed’s upcoming larger Fall exhibition at Tides Converge in the Presidio, Thursday, September 6 – Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Pamela Blotner, Derek Boshier, Stacey Carter, Pamela Djerassi, Claudia Grubler, John Hammond, Charles Trey Houston, Marissa Kunz, Caroline Liddell, Raoul Martinez, Linh Ha Khanh Nguyen, Paola Perez, Ann Reesman, William Scott, Victoria Shen, Jacob Spies, Josefa Vaughan, Michelle Vignes, Students of Saint Brigid School and San Francisco Montessori Academy, ArtSeed Spring Intensive participants and more…

Forest, Paola Perez, (2018), Watercolor on Paper, 7.5” x 5.25”

 

 

View more photos from opening reception on Flickr.