First Fifty: New Traditions
June 3-July 11, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

This year we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. What did you make with your hands in 2020 + 2021? Gather up your latest project + plan to participate in our ninth First Fifty exhibition. The first fifty ready-to-hang works of art to arrive at the Hearst Center will be included in this exhibition. Are you a weaver? A quilter? Did you create something out of random materials you had on hand? An epic TikTok perhaps?

Any questions, please email Curator/Registrar, Emily Drennan.

Colloquy: Works by Solange Roberdeau
June 3-July 11, 2021

The Hearst Center for the Arts is featuring a selection of intimate works on paper by Bay Area artist, Solange Roberdeau. Roberdeau uses a variety of materials and techniques to create her work, including weaving with paper and yarn, delicate metal leafing, drawing with sumi ink, and the Japanese marbling technique suminagashi (also known as “floating ink”). The artist’s interests include the communications, abstract and literal, that occur throughout the process of artmaking, between viewer, materials and environment. The theme of the exhibition is the colloquy–or dialogue–between the artist and the viewer, as well as between sets of images displayed together, and the relationships between the materials they are made from. 

Solange Roberdeau lives and works in Northern California. She earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI. She has shown at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; the International Print Center, Manhattan, NY; Arcade Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; and the Institute Library, New Haven, CT. She has received Artist in Residence fellowships from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM; the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT; and Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain. She is represented by Municipal Bonds, San Francisco, CA.

For more information, visit the artist’s website here and check out the artist’s exhibition statement here.

“My aim is for the work I am making to communicate perceptual spaciousness, movement, and a visual fluidness through nuanced material tensions, form, and contrasting mark-making. In many cultural mythologies, the concept of a ‘creation space’ is expressed as an ambiguous event out of which perception expands and cultures are born, the outcomes unpredictable yet full of hope. I feel deeply the importance of pointing to that space—which is at once ordered and chaotic, controlled and serendipitous—as a positive place made of movement and change, creative potential, and possibility.” —Solange Roberdeau

Permanent Collection

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