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December 12, 2011

SFAI awards 2012 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship to Judie Bamber

The San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to announce that artist Judie Bamber has been awarded the 2012 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the family of renowned painter Richard Diebenkorn, who studied and taught at SFAI beginning in the 1940s, the fellowship makes it possible for a contemporary artist to both teach at SFAI and pursue independent studio work.

An artist and educator with 18 years of experience teaching painting and drawing, Bamber comes to SFAI from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Graduate Fine Arts faculty. Bamber will receive $25,000 to teach two courses during the Fall 2012 semester, give a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, and engage with the SFAI community through individual student critiques and other academic programs and activities. She will also receive a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, which includes housing, an 800-square-foot studio, and the chance to participate in the dynamic creative community of the Center.

Bamber’s meticulously rendered drawings and paintings explore issues of gender representation and personal biography through a photo-realistic visual language. Her current exhibition, Are You My Mother? at Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, features work based on Polaroid snapshots of her mother taken by her father in the 1960s, including nudes and images inspired by fashion magazines.

Judie Bamber, Mom with Orange Underpants, 2006
Watercolor on paper, 16-1/2 x 12-3/4 inches

Courtesy of the artist and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Brian Forrest

A graduate of Cal Arts, Bamber has shown her work throughout the United States, and has been included in exhibitions such as The Visible Vagina at David Nolan Gallery and Francis M Naumann Fine Art, New York (2010); Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party in Feminist Art History, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles (1996); and In a Different Light, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (1995). She was awarded a California Community Foundation Fellowship in 2008 and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007.

Of her approach to teaching, Bamber says: “I am deeply committed to making the educational experience of meaningful value to all students. I feel it is important to make my students aware of their responsibility as cultural producers and citizens of the world by encouraging awareness of global politics and artistic activisms.”

The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship

The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of the distinguished painter Richard Diebenkorn. In January 1946, Diebenkorn enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts (now SFAI) as a student, and in September was awarded the school’s Albert Bender Grant, which allowed him to travel and work independently for a year. Diebenkorn went to New York, and when he returned the following year was offered his first teaching appointment at SFAI. He taught through 1949, and again from 1959 to 1966. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship was founded to honor his contributions as a teacher and to provide a similar opportunity to contemporary artists.

The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded, in alternate years, to Bay Area-only and then to national (excluding Bay Area) artists. Past recipients are Taravat Talepasand, Marlene McCarty, 
Josephine Taylor, Iona Rozeal Brown, Shaun O'Dell, 
Brett Cook, Darren Waterston, Whitfield Lovell, Fred Hayes, Monica Majoli, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, Polly Apfelbaum, and Brad Brown.

The fellowship is funded by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn.

Headlands Center for the Arts

The Headlands Center for the Arts is situated in a rehabilitated military fort in the Golden Gate National Park, 15 minutes outside of San Francisco. The Artists in Residence program awards residencies to artists from across the globe, working in nearly every artistic discipline. In addition, Headlands presents public programs including artist talks, exhibitions, community dinners, performances, and Open Houses, all toward the goal of facilitating meaningful interaction between artists and the public. For more information, visit www.headlands.org.