College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery supports the curriculum of the Art Department through exhibitions of emerging and established artists, who hold a strong vision, engage in a critical dialogue and are globally relevant. The study and experience of art provide exceptional learning opportunities for both students and our greater Marin community. While art museums generally have an educational component, few art galleries have taken as their central mission the active learning experiences of undergraduate students. The College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery will offer access to and a focus on fine arts education and important learning experiences. The Gallery serves as a classroom, providing College of Marin students hands-on experience and job training in the fields of exhibition installation and gallery management.
The Fine Arts Gallery hosts five to six exhibits each academic year, beginning with the Faculty exhibit in the fall and culminating with the annual juried student show in the spring. The Fine Arts Gallery does not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals. If you wish to support the College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery your donation will help to ensure that our students and the greater community have an enduring, meaningful and creative means of teaching, learning, exploring, questioning and engaging with the world of fine arts.
2017 Student Show
May 1 – 18, 2017
The Artist Within: A Cedars Collection
Andy Buchwald, Harold Boxer, Kristen Barter, Tony Hyde, Glenna Cooper, Jeff Haines, Samantha Bowers
March 10 – April 6, 2017
Curated by Rebecca Simoneaux
As one of California’s original programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Cedars has provided services to over 2,500 individuals and their families since 1919. The organization has consistently been a leader in the field, pioneering the creation of programs in education and work training. Innovative services and programs honor and respect each individual and support a full life for everyone at Cedars.
The artists represented in this exhibit work at Cedars, where they express their creativity and develop their own professional art skills. Artists in this program receive guidance and mentoring from professional artists in the fields of fine art, expressive art, music, and jewelry making.
Artists in the Cedars art programs are encouraged to explore art creation through various media to produce pencil sketches, abstract paintings, portraits, jewelry, dyed fabric, three-dimensional sculpture, and more.
The artists here are professionals and create gallery-ready portfolios for participation in Bay Area exhibitions and juried shows throughout California.
Artists also sell and demonstrate their works at Artist Within - a Cedars Gallery located in downtown San Anselmo.
January 23 – February 23, 2017
POINTS. James Sterling Pitt
November 14 — December 16, 2016
George Demont Otis: American Impressionist
October 1 — 27, 2016
Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibit 2016
August 22 – September 8, 2016
Contemporary Photography: A Survey
February 16 — March 10, 2016
Photo: Christopher Woodcock
Robert Ellison Maquettes
November 23, 2015 — January 28, 2016
Paul Harris: Some Works
October 5, 2015 — November 5, 2015
2015 Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibit
August 17, 2015 — September 17, 2015
Chester Arnold, Carol Beadle, Tron Bykle , Nate Castillo, Jason Dunn, Lisa D'Agostino, Elisabeth Doermann
Patricia Hulin, Suzanne Lacke, Carol Lefkowitz , Heather Murray, Barbara Obata, Jack Scott, Polly Steinmetz
Christopher West, Al Widenhofer, Logan Wood , Brian Young
2015 Juried Student Show
April 27, 2015 — May 14, 2015
Willard Dixon: Portraits
December 8, 2014 — January 29, 2015
Robert Brady: Selected Works
November 3–26, 2014
Squeak Carnwath: Works on Paper 1979 – 2013
September 22 to October 16, 2014
Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibit 2014
Bill Abright, Chester Arnold, Duane Aten, Carole Beadle, Tron Bykle, Nate Castillo, Michael Chaille, Lisa D'Agostino
Jason Dunn, Georgia Goldberg, Patricia Hulin, Suzanne Lacke, Carol Lefkowitz, Heather Murray, Jack Scott
Polly Steinmetz, Katrina Wagner, Al Widenhofer, Christopher West, Logan Wood, Brian Young
Alexander Levin (1961-2013)
Alumni Exhibit Celebrates the Work of Four Emerging Artists
The alumni artists—Barbara Obata, Mary Huntsman, Evan Hobart, and Malena Lopez-Maggi—all studied art at the College and return at different places in their professional careers.
Obata, who combines sculpture and performance into a hybrid drawing practice that explores and celebrates the power of mark making, earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland.
Huntsman, who has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley and later studied sculpture with Carole Beadle at College of Marin, uses traditional and modern materials and techniques to express ideas of sanctuary, strength, fragility and journeys. Imagery often reflects her biology background.
Hobart draws inspiration for his work in ceramics from the surrounding environment and a desire to create narrative, thought provoking works. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in Spatial Art from San Jose State University where he also taught ceramics. He is a teacher and artist in residence at the Mendocino Art Center.
Lopez-Maggi is a graduate student at Mills College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. She works with multiple mediums and is most intrigued by the intersection of art with other disciplines and the materiality of light and color.
Agathe Bennich – Selected Works
The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992
Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition 2013
The faculty show held in the newly remodeled Fine Arts Gallery at the Kentfield Campus. The exhibition showcased the many art disciplines taught at the College. Fine Arts faculty members include Chester Arnold, Bill Abright, Katrina Wagner, Rick Hall, Polly Steinmetz, Carol Lefkowitz, Carole Beadle, Tron Bykle, Christopher West, Suzanne Lacke, Jack Scott, Logan Wood, Michael Chaille, Merav Tzur, Jason Dunn, Hwei-Li Tsao, Georgia Goldberg, Allan Widenhofer, Heather Wilcoxon, and Nate Castillo.
Rubbings – Drawing on the Past
By Bill Abright
This is a retrospective show of 15 large format drawings from two periods of concentrated work in 1990 and 2005 by College of Marin Fine Arts Professor Bill Abright. The exhibition title is “Rubbings- Drawing on the Past” and refers to Bill's method of starting the drawing by rubbing a graphite stick over the worn plywood texture of his studio floor.
Bill Abright Artist Statement
The twist of an individual’s imagination is one trait that accounts for our different perceptions of reality. As a child I would fall asleep seeing faces in the wood grain wallpaper of my bedroom. Throughout my education artists who were unique in their approach to creating unusual and somewhat dark work inspired me. From the writings of Edger Allen Poe to early monster movies, I have always been interested in the things of Art and life that are mysterious and unusual. Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s inventive portraits, Leonardo da Vinci’s grotesque faces and the bold expressions of Francisco Goya made it clear to me that “Art” does not have to be tame stuff. I was attracted to the surrealist Max Ernst for his use of Frottage (rubbings), Salvadore Dali for his melting atmospheric landscapes and to Francis Bacon, for his gutsy emotionally twisted portraits. In college I became interested in psychology, the Rorschach inkblot test, caves, and Maurits Escher’s reversals of space and form.
For the last 38 years, I have been teaching Art and producing ceramic sculpture in an abstracted figurative style. As a respite from my clay work, I have periodically returned to my roots in drawing.
This retrospective exhibition represents two periods in which I have concentrated exclusively on drawing, 1990 and 2005.