About the Student Exhibition
Almost Home: Community and Collaboration at Creative Growth represents another facet of the close collaboration between MA students at SFAI and the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. Work from the artists at Creative Growth is exhibited in our Diego Rivera gallery in an effort to further connect our neighboring artistic communities. With this objective in mind, the pieces chosen for this show are emblematic of Creative Growth’s synergetic community. Mainly, artworks are displayed that are a product of collaborations, such as the pieces produced in the video workshop. In addition, artists whose work expresses their own personal notion of “home” are exhibited in order to remind the viewer that individual subjectivity is essential to community formation.
The selection of textile works in this exhibit includes upholstery, quilts and clothing, all of which represent different aspects of the collaborative process. Through the creation of these dynamic pieces, individuated expressions are stitched together into an interwoven whole. The thematic concerns of home and community are also embodied in works of individual artists. Aurie Ramirez portrays the intimate relationships that occur in the domestic space of home, evoking the desire for human connection. While Ramirez’s drawings portray the private realm, Donald Mitchell’s repetition of similar figures evokes the idea of community in the context of the crowd. His black and white drawings reference feelings of both belonging and isolation. George Wilson allows his figures and faces to overlap, at times conjoining them with a common line, suggesting the inseparability from one’s environment and relationships. Almost Home ultimately aims to showcase not only the ethos of connectivity and cooperation that occurs at the Creative Growth Studio but also the diversity of artistic perceptions that make those relationships so fruitful.
Malic Amalya, Kira Dralle, Christina Elliott, Joël Frudden, Danielle Gravon, Aimee Harlib, Angelica Jardini, Zoe Martell, Carolyn Jean Martin, Zach Mitlas, Amy Mutza, Manuela Ochoa Ronderos, and Saher Sohail.
About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.
The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events