Rosana Castrillo Diaz is interested in exploring the fine line that separates representation from abstraction. This duality is represented in her work. She transforms overlooked moments, places, and objects into the sublime and ethereal. Castrillo Diaz was born and raised in Asturias, a small province on the northern coast of Spain. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996 and an MFA from Mills College in 2003. She was one of four recipients of the 2004 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA award. She is represented by Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Reflecting his background in architecture, Modesto Covarrubias’ work is an investigation into the physical, psychological, and emotional connection to environments. He is interested in how a space can alter and be altered by one’s own mental state. He works in a broad range of media: photography, painting, installation, printmaking, and performance. In April 2010, Covarrubias installed Liminal, an immersive site-specific installation created specifically for the ICA in direct reaction to the gallery’s architecture and siting. A San Jose-native who lives and works in Berkeley, Covarrubias received an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College/2009 and a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Covarrubias’ work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and internationally.
Tim Craighead’s residency followed his 2011 solo exhibition at the ICA. His visual vocabulary includes repetition and duplication of marks, shapes and gestures which inhabit that precise space between the objective and the nonobjective world. His paintings and prints are a unique mix of abstraction and acute attention to representational detail. It is this dichotomy and tension that drives his work. He lectures in the Art Departments at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. He has a B.A. in Printmaking & Sculpture from UCSC and an M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University, New York where he was also a Post Graduate Fellow in Painting from 1992-93. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and is held in collections in the US, Mexico and China.
Lewis deSoto’s conceptually driven artwork brilliantly combines the past and the present and posits about the future. Culling from a range of influences including anthropology, sociology, history, religion, literature, music and personal memory, he utilizes a variety of media to provide commentary on his personal histories as they apply to contemporary culture. Born in San Bernardino, CA, deSoto received his MFA at the Claremont Graduate School and is a professor of photography at San Francisco State University. In 2009 the ICA featured the works deSoto in all three of our galleries in the Artist’s first solo retrospective exhibition.
For Christel Dillbohner art is visual research and dissemination. Her creative process is based on investigating events and concepts through uncommon viewpoints and tools, then transforming theses ideas through materials. She has worked with clay, paper, photography, wax and pigments to create her assemblages, collages, paintings and sculpture. In August 2009 at the ICA, Dillbohner will create Ice Floe: a large-scale site-specific installation. This "fictitious melting landscape" is inspired by the impact of global warming on Antarctica. Originally from Germany, Dillbohner received her MFA from the Cologne Art School. She has been based in the Bay Area for over 12 years.
Doug Glovaski’s residency coincided with his mid-career retrospective at the ICA in April 2008. His large-scale, intensely colored abstract paintings and works on paper are based on childhood memories, current-day observances, and experiences that evoke a strong sense of place and mood. Glovaski was born in Michigan and moved to the Bay Area as a child. His paintings are included in numerous public, corporate and private collections throughout the country. Glovaski is a recipient of the prestigious Pollack-Krasner grant and is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco and Sears Peyton Gallery, New York.
Romanian-born Ema Harris-Sintamarian is a San Jose-based artist. She has an MFA from San Jose State University and was the faculty choice for the ICA exhibition NextNew2007. In this edition of prints, Sintamarian evaluates consumer culture and its influence on politics. Images culled from magazine advertisements are coupled with a complex environment of her own devising to examine and comment on contemporary American human behavior. Harris-Sintamarian is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco and exhibits her work internationally.
Tony May’s residency coincided with his retrospective, Tony May: Old Technology. His edition Name In Lights takes the unconventional form of a lamp, making him the first AIR to create a three-dimensional object utilizing a print process. Known for his clever re-interpretations of familiar ideas, concepts and materials including books, lamps, and ordinary household items, May’s objects are imbued with his dedication to craft along with his unique sense of humor. Emeritus Professor of Art, May taught at San Jose State University from 1967-2005. His work has been shown widely in California including shows at SFMOMA, 80 Langton Street, Capp Street Project, SJMA and the deSaisset Museum. He has also exhibited internationally in England, France, Japan and Thailand.
Linn Meyers employs multiple circles placed in a symmetrical arrangement within horizontal and vertical axes. Her interest in this form is based in the ideal of perfection and the suggestion of wholeness. In her works each circle relates physically to the others. The lines flow and loop around the framework of the circle matrix to create an image which is simultaneously still and moving and alludes to perfection while being wholly imperfect. Based in Washington, DC, Meyers received a BFA from The Cooper Union, NYC and an MFA from The California College of the Arts, San Francisco. In spring 2008 Meyers created a site-specific drawing at the ICA as part of the exhibition, The Space Between.
Theodora Varnay Jones’ residency coincided with her solo exhibition Manifold at the ICA in 2010. A native of Hungary, Varnay Jones received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. While her training was steeped in formal instruction and the rigidity of communism, she fondly recalls the influence of her mandatory mathematics and geometry schooling in her artwork. When she moved to the United States in 1972, she discovered her kinship with conceptual and minimalist art. Her multi-layered work evokes an open-ended range of concepts from perception to relativity, invisibility and time. Varnay Jones has had solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, Germany and Japan. Her work is represented by Don Soker Fine Arts in San Francisco.
The delicate beauty of Pamela Wilson-Ryckman’s watercolors stands in stark contrast to her depictions of turmoil and disaster. Her brutalized landscapes with images of war and destruction are washed in pale pastel colors that create an intentional ambiguity in the work. Wilson-Ryckman’s residency took place during her participation in the ICA’s exhibition The Landscape of War in November, 2007. She is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.
Through the ICA Print Center’s Artist in Residence Program, artists are invited to participate in self-designed residencies to create a suite of monotypes, an edition of etchings, an artist book, or another print-based project of their choosing.
Prints from the Artist in Residence Program editions are available for sale. View prints on the Prints For Sale page, or call 408.283.8155 to make an appointment to view the works in the gallery.