2021 Exhibitions


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Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis
SF Museum of Modern Art
March - September 2021

2020 Exhibitions

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Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
November 14 - December 24, 2020
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What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next?)
Nancy Toomey Fine Arts @ MSP
San Francisco, CA
October 15 - November 30, 2020
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Death + Legacy + The Census:
Systemic + Visual Representations of our Shared Humanity

Presented by the Art+Action Coalition in partnership with Saint Joseph’s Arts Society

Sunday, November 1 at 2pm PST

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Villa SF, curated by re:riddle
September 1 - November 30, 2020
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Four Artists
Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco
Sept 16 - October 24, 2020

Latitude & Longitude

Solo Exhibition
Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College
Incline Village, NV 
Feb 13 - March 20, 2020

Strange Fruit

Solo Pop-Up Exhibition

Cathedral Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

February 8 - 28, 2020

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2019 Exhibitions


National Veterans Art Museum

Chicago, Illinois

May 2 - July 28, 2019


Museum of African Diaspora

San Francisco, CA 

May 10 - June 22, 2019


The Euphrat Museum, DeAnza College,

Cupertino, CA

February 4 - March 21, 2019


Cove Studio
Oakland, CA

February 2 - March 14, 2019

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2018 Exhibitions


Minnesota Street Project

San Francisco CA

December 1 - 29, 2018


Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, re:home is a For Freedoms exhibition and community action that examines how the broad societal crises of sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

3.9 Collective: "Space is a Place: A San Francisco Funk Lesson"

The Growlery

San Francisco, CA

November 10 - December 15, 2018 


140 Characters

Root Division

San Francisco, CA   


November 7 - December 1, 2018 


140 Characters examines the role of text-based art within contemporary society and its relationship to continually changing technologies and forms of communication. Text-based art is inherently in contrast between the explicit and the ambiguous; text conveys specific ideas while the ambiguity of language often leaves itself open to interpretation.

Various social media platforms allow participants to craft personal brands and find 24-hour audiences, which significantly affect the way we choose to communicate and take in information. This group exhibition questions how new technologies and various social media influence creative production, as well as highlight the ways in which we connect and communicate with one another.

​For Freedoms: Town Hall  *CCA Creative Citizenship in Action series

CCA Nave Alcove

San Francisco, CA

October 25, 2018

Organized by the California College of the Arts in conjunction with the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. For Freedoms believes art, and artists, play an important role in galvanizing our society towards a more representative and transparent government. 

Telling Stories

Throckmorton Gallery and Theatre

Mill Valley, CA

October 2 - November 4, 2018

Art & Activism: Drawing the LIne

Children's Museum of Arts

New York, NY

September 15, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Art & Activism: Drawing the line looks at art as a form of activism and considers different aesthetic strategies that artists have used to address the politically urgent questions of their time. The artists included in the exhibition draw from the emergence of protests and use contemporary art to rethink conventions of gender, sexuality, immigration and race.

Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits

Museum of Northern California Art

Chico, CA

September 6 - October 28, 2018

Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits: In conjunction with MONCA's main exhibition Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in America, MONCA presents Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits, organized by Ramekon O'Arwisters, artist and retired curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport.  

Silence Out Loud  features members of the 3.9 Art Collective, an association of African American artists, curators, and art writers dedicated to drawing attention to the San Francisco Bay Area's dwindling black population through their art, activism, and social engagement. 

This exhibit examines a non-traditional presentation of the Black image. The exhibition presents abstract and conceptual works of art, which reflects a boarder and an extremely personal look at identity, gender, and race through contemporary portraiture. Artists included in the exhibition are Ron Saunders, Virginia Jourdan, Cheryl Derricotte, William Rhodes, Mark Harris, Kristine Mays, Michael Ross, Rodney Ewing, and Nancy Cato. 


Jackson Street Gallery

San Francisco, CA

September 14 - October 26, 2018


National Veterans Art Museum

Chicago, IL


May 1 - September 30, 2018 

Artifacts explores the material and speculative objects that hold personal, cultural, and political import for those directly and indirectly impacted by war.

The exhibition features The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by internationally celebrated artist Michael Rakowitz; Exit Wounds and What We Carried by the award winning photographer Jim Lommasson; Battle Beyond the Battlefield by former Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and veteran artist Alicia Dietz; Sum of My Father by former de Young Fine Arts Museum Resident and veteran artist Rodney Ewing; The Shrapnel Project by Purple Heart recipient and artist Phillip Schladweiler; and the award winning Combat Paper by veteran artist Drew Cameron.

Bringing together photography, sculpture, and installation, the artworks in Artifacts serve to expand the definition of “artifact” and examine the ways in which collected objects hold meaning and significance for people, societies, and history impacted by war.

Human Beings: Sanctuary City

​SFAC Art on Market Street

San Francisco, CA

May 1 - August 31, 2018


Six unique images by Rodney Ewing in bus kiosks along SF's busy commercial corridor.


With the current political climate of aggression toward Sanctuary cities and their constituents, along with federal reinforcement of this sentiment, the stories of immigrants and their families are being overlooked. The humanity of these individuals is being taken for granted, and as a result, our sense of empathy has also suffered.


In order to subvert this current state of suspicion, while also making individual narratives and identity paramount, I reconstructed institutional systems of identification to allow the participants in this project a platform to tell their diverse stories. My goal for this project is to move this discussion of immigration from being monolithic, to one that is complexed and nuanced as the people reflected in this art work.

PASS7: One Less Too Many


Lisboa Portugal

Pop Up Show: July 19, 2018

One Less Too Many, a group exhibition by Portuguese artists: Carina Martins, Catarina Aguiar, David Lopes, Filipa Martins, Joana Hintze, José Cunhal, Katie Lagast, Luís Barata, Maria Santo, Marta Amaral, Paulo Simão and American artist: Rodney Ewing.

PASS7: Build It_Here


Lisboa Portugal

Pop Up Show: June 26, 2018

Group POP UP exhibition with artists from Portugal, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, and the USA in Lisbon, Portugal.  This was the first Pop Up show at PASS7, an alternative art space in the Dos Capuchos neighborhood of LIsboa. Participating artists include: Gabriel Bott (SE), Alexandre Camarao (PT), Ricardo Dias Gomes (PT), Joao Dias (PT), Rodney Ewing (USA), Tore Hallas (DK), Donghwan Ko (KR), Anna Rettl (AT), Orly Ruaimi (USA), Joana Rufino (PT), Marta Sampaio Soares (PT), Caroline Valansi (BR), Maria Ana Vasco Costa (PT)

Days and Occassions: Moving Pictures

San Francisco, CA



The new work was a private commission in the Upper Haight and is a continued evolution of the artist's Days and Occasions project, on which he worked during his Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco.These text-based installations and works on paper question how we view time, memory, and history, as linear, isolated constructs, instead of concurrent moments. Physically, the work consists of text applied directly to walls with graphite. Each line of events / moments / observations is separated by increments of time that run parallel to each other, to emphasize the analogous nature of our reality. With this technique of documentation, Ewing records what happens between the minutes and seconds, the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and beautiful, in order to create an account that is infinitely more intimate than what we are subjected to in our daily lives. Along with several other works by Ewing, Moving Pictures resides among a collection including works by Enrique Chagoya, Fernando Guevara, Gregory Crewdson, Margaret Carey Timbrell Hiatt, Truong Tran, among many others.

UNTITLED ART FAIR: Southern Exposure

UNTITLED, ART San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts

San Francisco, CA

January 12 - 14, 2018


As the featured artist with Southern Exposure at the UNTITLED, ART fair, an international, curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. I will exhibiting two bodies of work that focus on how we interpret stories and information; "Days and Occasions" and "Fact&Fiction".

"Days and Ocassions" is a text based body of work that documents what happens between the spaces of time. The origin of the text is from my observations of the world around me as well as conversations. With this technique of recording the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and beautiful I am creating account that is infinitely more intimate than what we are subjected to in our daily lives.

"Fact&Fiction" employs fiction-based literature to create a new narratives for the lives of actual individuals. These classic tales of the imagination are tools that frame these people as human beings who made decisions and may have been forced into events that we would all find challenging. The fiction is meant to establish empathy and invite introspection upon the actions of these persons.


Between Walls and Ceilings

San Francisco, CA 

October 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

While at Recology, Rodney explored San Francisco's history and changes. He created mixed-media works combining text with photographic portraits from the early 20th Century. Rodney used lath - the material, along with plaster, that composes the walls of old San Francisco homes - as backgrounds for pieces to reference the people who once lived in the structures currently being remodeled or torn down for new construction. A series of lath cube sculptures connected by rope act as buoys, offering physical objects to grab onto to keep diverse San Francisco stories afloat.

Using materials all new to his practice, Rodney incorporated clock parts, a weather vane, kitchen drawers, ledger paper and basketballs found at Recology. Fragments of language paired
with altered photographs suggest traces of disappearing personal stories, and draw attention to a changing Present, by connecting it to a disappearing Past.

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2017 Exhibitions

Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot

Southern Exposure

San Francisco, CA

October 6 - 31, 2017

Rodney Ewing's installation Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot takes shape on the street-facing wall of Southern Exposure, visible to passersby on Alabama Street. Like a traditional West African griot, Ewing is a collector and conveyor of neighborhood oral information. Traditionally griots perform the role of community historians – public speakers or singers of stories documenting local history for social gatherings and public ceremonies.

Ewing’s work often reflects upon and layers intersecting social histories, and in The Unexpected Griot he weaves together overheard conversational fragments with notations of time, memorializing and elevating ephemeral moments of social engagement. He catches and holds these shards of conversation as they roll past, recording them over the course of a year or more. By stenciling this found text in powdered graphite directly onto the gallery wall, he fills the wall with a dense, cacophonous, smeared sociality.

With Liberty and Justice for Some?

Berkeley Arts Center

Berkeley, CA

September 1 - 30, 2017

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

San Francisco, CA

March 25 - April 8, 2017


​Walter Maciel Gallery

Los Angeles, CA 

January 7 - March 4, 2017


​Our country needs us now more than ever. Communities are finding themselves under duress, attack and even deportation. Many artists urgently feel a call to arms. Curator Monica Lundy asked working artists from across the country to create at least one, 8x8” portrait of an individual who came to the United States as an immigrant: the portrait(s) could be of anyone, spanning from historic to contemporary individuals, a stranger, someone you know personally or even a self-portrait. These individual portraits are assembled in an installation depicting the American Flag.  


Arc Gallery

San Francisco 

August 24 - September 14, 2017


One of sixteen pieces made for Arc Gallery's FourSquared exhibition in August, the series Strange Fruit is a response to the murders of Black men, women, and children by police and entitled civilians in America. This piece is dedicated to Sandra Bland.


San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art  

San Jose, CA

June 25 - September 10, 2017


Detritus explores the leftover scraps and byproducts of the art-making process that artists do not discard for a number of compelling reasons. What is the significance of a wall marked by an accumulation of paint and fingerprints spanning a lifetime of studio work? What does a jar full of eraser shavings reveal about the studio practice of an artist who draws? Taking inspiration from the field of forensics, this exhibition—guest curated by Kevin B. Chen, Lisa Ellsworth, and Lordy Rodriguez—examines the detritus from a multitude of Bay Area artists’ studios in order to shift the focus from art as commodity to the core value of art making.

Vanishing Point: 3.9 Collective Reflects on Black Communities in San Francisco

Katz Snyder Gallery, JCCSF 

San Francisco, CA

May 7 – September 14, 2017


With creeping gentrification in the twenty-first century, the African-American population of San Francisco is increasingly marginalized and invisible. Curated by John Zarobell, Vanishing Point explores proposals for the survival of black people and artists in the city and seeks to open a conversation about black history and the future of black populations here.


Joan Mitchell Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

April 1 - 30, 2017

JUROR: Gia Hamilton 


Salena Gallery, Long Island University

Brooklyn, NY 

April 3 - 28, 2017


Artists: David Baskin, Rodney Ewing, Lawrence Mesich, Sylvia Schwartz,
Brett Wallace, Elizabeth Riley, Simona Prives, Michal Gavish, and Etty Yaniv
Curated by: Michal Gavish and Etty Yaniv

Reconstruct, the new group exhibition at the Salena Gallery of Long Island University emanates from its location at the revamping district of downtown Brooklyn. Fully visible from the outside through large glass panes, the exhibition is placed at the intersection between public and private domains, where the artworks are concerned with the urban changes of the surrounding city. Through its location, transparency, and passageway structure, the exhibition functions as an agora, a meeting point for ideas on urban life in a changing political landscape. In this space the artists relate to urgent subjects, such as consumerism, gentrification, architecture, and race through a diverse range of media, including installation, animation, photography and painting, aiming to open a dialogue on diverse aspects of changes in the fabric of the city. Rodney Ewing examines Afro American narratives. In Rituals of Water he explores the impact of water on the African American Diaspora. In Fact and Fiction (Pugilist-Emile Griffith) he creates new narratives for marginalized individuals.

Beyond Printmaking 5

Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

March 1 - 30, 2017  

An exhibition of contemporary prints. Rodney Ewing's piece was selected by the curator, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría.

Justice For All? ​

Euphrat Museum of Art

Cupertino, CA

February 1 - March 23, 2017 


Justice for All? looks at issues of justice and injustice with an exploration of inherent bias.  

Call for Beauty

Root Division Gallery

San Francisco, CA

January 14 - February 18, 2017

Call for Beauty,  A curated exhibit by 3.9 Art Collective challenges assumptions about the concept of beauty while honoring the historical and ongoing creative presence of black artists in the Bay Area. Curated by 3.9 Art Collective, Call for Beauty addresses traditional and emergent notions of beauty through the manipulation of materials, forms, and space. The 3.9 Art Collective is an association of black artists, curators, and art writers of African descent who live in San Francisco. Expanding beyond the reach of their group for this exhibition, the 3.9 Art Collective invited members of the black artist community from around the Bay Area to respond to the call to expand the dialogue around historical and contemporary notions of beauty. Featuring 33 artists working in a variety of media, Call for Beauty offers a wide range of definitions and approaches to the beautiful.

​​Never Alone: Exploring the Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces  

SF Art Commision Main Gallery

San Francisco, CA


November 9, 2016 - March 4, 2017 

ARTISTS (* denotes a veteran artist): Rodney Ewing*, Michael HallMonica HallerJason Hanasik & Blake Montgomery, Jessica Hines,Amber Hoy*, Jennifer KaradyAmanda LucierWhitney LynnSuzanne Opton, Althea Thauberger, and Ehren Tool*; The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project organized Aaron Hughes* & Jeanne Dunning, featuring dozens of Bay Area artists and veteran artists

The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families. The artwork in the exhibition highlights the family members, veterans and artists that actively seek out opportunities to connect and support their loved ones, friends and strangers. Rodney Ewing's work is dedicated to his father, who was a Vietnam War veteran, and a member of the USAF for over 20 years. The work consists of 20 military blankets folded in the style of an American flag that is given to families at funerals. Each blanket has a star printed on in the center and an engraved name tag that refers to a memory or aspect of Ewing's father's values and personality. With this piece, Ewing creates a narrative of the different parts that made his father who he was, and still is to his son. Not Alone is curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and artist, curator and journalist Jason Hanasik.​

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2016 Exhibitions


Jersey City University Center for the Arts

Jersey City, NJ

November 7 – December 15, 2016


A web-like installation, curated by Etty Yaniv and Michal Gavish, links nine artists who mine and copy segmented narratives from collective histories to reflect on the Zeitgeist of our internet-obsessed culture. Featuring artists: Rodney Ewing, Michal Gavish, Ben Godward, Peter Gynd, Ruth Hardinger, John O’Connor, Sylvia Schwartz, Ben K. Voss, and Etty Yaniv.

Then & Now (Again)    

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA

November 7 - December 1, 2016


Then & Now (Again) is a group exhibition featuring artists dating from the 18th century to the present, who have been recording and providing a platform about societal inequalities in their artworks. Exhibiting artists include Sandow Birk, Enrique Chagoya, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix, Rodney Ewing, William Hogarth, Michele Pred, Favianna Rodriguez, John Sloan, and Travis Somerville.

​Untethered: Stories of Life in the Fillmore District  

Nancy Toomey Gallery  

San Francisco, CA  

​October 1 - November 19, 2016  

With an interest in unearthing stories from one of San Francisco’s most historically diverse neighborhoods, Bay Area artists Monica Lundy and Rodney Ewing’s exhibition focuses on images from the early to mid 20th century, when the Fillmore District was a Japanese neighborhood, through the Japanese Internment during World War II. As the Japanese left, the area became a thriving African American neighborhood and musical epicenter known as Harlem of the West, ultimately terminating with the Redevelopment Period that displaced the entire community and destroyed thousands of San Francisco’s oldest homes.

Ewing says, “Our work focuses on the Fillmore District’s history of displacement: Japanese Americans in the 1940s, African Americans in the 1960s. It will be in two parts: Trace Drawings, based on photographs of the homes that were destroyed and individuals who were displaced, will focus on the actions of being adrift and erased. Haint (ghost) Houses will be scaled down versions of the structures, constructed out of discarded building materials, suspended in space. The houses’ corporeal forms will be transparent, as if they are apparitions.”

5 Hour Sculpture, Escapist Group

Montalvo Center for the Arts

Saratoga, CA

July 22, 2016

Between Worlds

Arc Gallery

San Francisco, CA  

July 9 - August 11, 2016  


Co-curated by Michael Yochum and Jack Fischer, Between Worlds features work created by artists who have been directly or indirectly impacted by displacement. The work included in this exhibition is titled Portals. The installation is a documentation of the African American Diaspora, from Trans-Atlantic slavery through the Civil Rights movement. Each of the four doors represent the individual actions of being captured, escaping, establishing a home, and creating a political presence to defend civil and human liberties. I am proud to be included in this exhibit with established artists such as Maja Ruznic, Carlo Abruzzese, Michal Gavish, and Wanxin Zhang.

Rodney Ewing: Selected Works

Jack Fischer Gallery

San Francisco, CA

June 25 - August 6, 2016 

Rodney Ewing's solo exhibition with Jack Fischer Gallery represents several bodies of work: drawings and mixed media on paper, and two large installations. Featured in the show are Ewing's most recent project Fact&Fiction, and earlier works such as Rituals of Water, and the Port Chicago series. This is the first overview of Ewing's work as whole and an opportunity to reflect upon his practice as a project-based artist.


SRO Gallery 

Brooklyn, NY  


June 3 - 30, 2016

Overlord, curated by artist Kenny Cole, is part of a series of pop-up exhibits called "Narratives," where Cole uses local globally-sourced art that address the ongoing narratives of our times. My contribution is from my series Days and Occasions, where I am documenting observations and conversations that occur between the seconds, minutes, and hours of our lives.

Take This Hammer: Art+Media Activism From the Bay Area

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

San Francisco, CA  

March 11 - August 14, 2016 ​

Three Point Nine Collective: Vision Statement: "The 3.9 Art Collective aims to encourage the city and region’s general population to re-examine its current definition of diversity and what a dwindling population of Black residents in San Francisco will mean for a city that prides itself on varied ethnic groups. Given that “3.9 is no less a statistical reality than a transformative moment in American culture, San Francisco now bears witness to one of the more dramatic and debilitating forced migrations in contemporary life,” the Collective has adopted this demographic as a banner of support and resistance to address issues of a declining Black middle class and champion alternatives that enable more resilient platforms of African American identity." 

Google Commission

January 2016


Commissioned artwork at the Google SF office building at 1 Market Plaza

Hiraeth: the 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

April 21, 2015


San Francisco’s Fillmore district was once a vibrant African American community, known as “the Harlem of the West.” But in recent decades the Fillmore—like San Francisco as a whole—has witnessed a startling black exodus. A group of artists known as the 3.9 Art Collective are responding with work that both reminds us of San Francisco’s more diverse  past and expresses their resistance to present trends. Their name comes from the percentage of African Americans that some predict will remain in the city by the time the next census takes place, in 2020.  The Welsh word Hiraeth roughly translates to a longing for a far-off home—one that may not even exist or has been changed by time or idealized by memory.

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2015 Exhibitions

N/Q/C at ASC Projects

December 2015 


NQC: Nigger/Queer/Cunt is a group exhibition exploring and unpacking the usage, weight and history of these words. For my installation titled A Six Letter Word, I have created a loose acronym of the word “Nigger,” by assigning a different definition for each letter in the word. Along with each letter and definition is an image of an African American who most likely encountered the word and its negative effects during their lives. With this installation I am not reclaiming the word, because at this point it has become an entity with a life of its own. But with this work I can briefly redirect its course to serve a new purpose beyond bigotry, sensationalism, and entertainment. 

Art Basel: Miami What's Inside Her Never Dies. Yeelen Gallery

Dec 1 - 6, 2015


Art Basel exhibition exhibition at Yeelen Gallery

Voices: Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

October 22 - Dec 5, 2015


Group show Kala Art Institute

Place/Displaced, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA

October 2015


Rodney Ewing creates a mural-sized wall drawing using graphite to quote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish's poem Under Siege. Darwish consistently offered humanist and universalist messages in his poems, despite having witnessed pivotal moments in Palestine's history marred by brutal oppression, displacement and loss.

The Security Question The David Brower Center

May 28 - September 10, 2015


The exhibition creates a platform to exam the idea of security in the 21st Century. My contribution is from a larger body of work called Public Safety. The project examined the technology, techniques, and language we have acquired in a post 9/11 world, and questioned if these tools made us physically and spiritually safer. The work was divided into three sections: Disarm, Countermeasures, and Meditations. The "B-2 Mandala" is part of Meditation, stealth bomber re-structured into an object that would cause the viewer to ponder our place in the universe, the objects we use to sustain our existence, and at whose expense we are allowed to thrive.

Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Examines Home, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco

March 9th - April 21, 2015


A group show with the African American art collective, 3.9. The name of the show is called Hiraeth, The 3.9 Art Collective explores Home. Hiraeth is Welsh term that means longing for home, homesickness, or longing for a place that does not exist. For this exhibit, the collective is examining this concept from an African American perspective. My contribution for this exhibit are four doors (Portals) that are representations of African Americans losing, searching, finding, and the continued fight for a home. 

EBB / FLOW PRO ARTS: The Annual 2015 Exhibit

December 2, 2014 - January 16, 2015


Ebb / Flow brings together work by fifteen artists in response to a Jean Genet quote on the potentiality of creative expression to depict and amount to lived realities. Jurors Garcia and Keith selected this quote to draw together a group of artists who explore the role and function of art in moments of conflict and intensified difference.

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