Project News

I am off to Vermont Studio Center for a much-needed stint to make work!

I have a painting in Kala’s Artists Annual Exhibition, October 20, 2022 – January 13, 2023. Stop by the Kala Gallery Tues-Fri, 12-5pm to check out the incredible work of Kala’s creative community. 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

Thank you to Torine Helland and Hissing Contemporary Art Magazine for the artist interview with reflections on art-making, my time at the Rauschenberg Residency, Kala, and more.

I am still thankful to The Rauschenberg Residency for a special two-week residency for artists working as full-time arts administrators at an artist residency organization. I’m grateful to have been a part of Residency #34.

Big thanks to all the funders for Bench Projects – Zellerbach Family Foundation and appreciation to earlier funders: Alternative Exposure, The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Keep Oakland Beautiful, and The Clorox Company Arts Mini-grant, for funding Bench Projects. Here’s the Bench Projects artists to date.

Lynn Beldner and Steve Briscoe, Bench Projects, Feb 1 – April 30, 2015
Lori Fischer and Ronnie Sampson, Bench Projects, May 1 – July 31, 2015
Andrea Brewster and Seyed Alavi, Bench Projects, Aug 1 – Oct 31, 2015
Erin Colleen Johnson and Kari Marboe, Bench Projects, Nov 1, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016
Tony Bellaver and Mary Marsh/Quite Contrary Press, Jet Martinez, Kelly Ording, Lisa Solomon, Bench Projects, January 31, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Macy Chadwick, Stephanie Dennis, Karen Gallagher Iverson, Kelly Ording, Amy Snyder, and Brooke Toczylowski , Bench Projects, June 30, 2017 – present

Bench Projects jEarlier Bench Projects included working with artists at NIAD in Richmond, CA. Thanks to California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities for funding this collaboration with NIAD.


Artists Taking Over Bus Benches in North Oakland, by Alex Mak, Broke-Ass Stuart, March 17, 2016.

East Bay Express, This Weekend’s Top Five Events, by Sarah Burke, March 20, 2015.

To read about the launch of Bench Projects, here’s an Artist Proof I wrote for Oakland Art Enthusiast, February 26, 2015.

Other Noteworthy Past Projects

I was happy to have work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory in Contemporary Art. You can check out my video Downtown that was part of The Yud Video Project on display in the Stephen and Maribelle Leavit Yud Gallery from November 25, 2016 to July 9, 2017.

Going back a little further in time, I am a big fan of The Vault, Slate’s history blog, and was thrilled when Rebecca Onion wrote this story highlighting a couple of the vintage home movies in my film collection. “Having A Baby” in 1942: One Couple’s Utterly Charming Homemade Documentary, December 3, 2013.

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