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3 people smile as another woman takes a picture of them next to their artwork

Art from Here

February 9–March 15, 2024 

Main Galleries

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Cosmic Head by Diane Christiansen and Jessie Mott (detail)

Artists-in-Residence: Diane Christiansen & Jessie Mott

February 21–29, 2024 (Working Studio) and March 2–15, 2024 (Exhibition)

Studio Gallery

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Installation view of a Tarble Arts Center model from Studio Land Arts's Spring 2023 artist-in-residence exhibition


September 22, 2023–March 15, 2024


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FALL 2023

Ursula Biemann, Acoustic Ocean, 2018, Video installation, 18:50

Who Speaks for the Oceans?

September 22, 2023–January 27, 2024

Main Galleries and Studio Gallery

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light, charcoal, graphite, and gold leaf on wall

Falling Into Milk

September 23, 2022–May 6, 2023


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two paintings of hands, one is draped delicately over cloth; the other is caressing a bleached animal skull

2023 EIU Undergraduate Art Exhibition

April 1–May 6, 2023

Main Gallery

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Woven basket

2023 EIU Master of Arts in Studio Art Exhibition

April 1–May 6, 2023

Main Gallery

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Studio Land Arts

Artist-in-Residence: Studio Land Arts

January, 9–28, 2023 (Working Studio) and February 10–March 11, 2023 (Exhibition)

Studio Gallery

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 Orange coil pot with ceramic bumblebee on top.

Art From Here

February 10–March 11, 2023

Main Galleries

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FALL 2022

mark of time

To Bear the Mark of Time

September 23, 2022–January 28, 2023

Main Galleries

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Image: Jeanne Dunning, A grain of sand, 2022, Unique archival inkjet print

future sait

Future /saɪt/

September 23–December 10, 2022

Studio Gallery

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Watercolor on postcard paper of a beach landscape made by an elementary student

Art from Here

May 27–June 24, 2022

Main Galleries and Studio Gallery

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Yellow ceramic sculpture covered with green ceramic leaves from the 2021 Undergraduate Art Exhibition

2022 EIU Undergraduate Art Exhibition & 2022 EIU Master of Arts in Studio Art Exhibition

April 8–May 7, 2022

Main Galleries and Studio Gallery

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Lithograph from the Working Artists exhibition shows nine people harvesting wheat by hand throughout a field.

Marion Greenwood, Mexican Harvest, 1941, Lithograph, 1995.42.1

Working Artists

Selections from the Tarble Arts Center's Permanent Collection

February 14–March 26, 2022

Main Galleries

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Close photograph of a flat file cabinet.

Touch Me

A Flat File Exhibition

February 14–March 26, 2022

Main Galleries

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Photograph from Artist in Residence Studio

Artist-in-Residence: Rafael E. Vera

February 14–March 26, 2022

Studio Gallery

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FALL 2021

Rapture by Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, Rapture, 1999, Film still | © Shirin Neshat; Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Force Majeure

Hannah Black, micha cárdenas, Shirin Neshat, Pipilotti Rist, Janaina Tschäpe, and Carrie Mae Weems

September 24–December 4, 2021

Main Galleries and Outdoors

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bouquet of flowers in foreground with person in background

Yoko Ono,Mend Piece (Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City version), 1966/2015, Ceramic, nontoxic glue, cello tape, scissors, and twine, Dimensions variable, Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Installation view, rennie museum, Vancouver, 2018, photographed by Blaine Campbell; courtesy Rennie Collection, Vancouver | © 2015 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Organized by American Federations of Arts (AFA)

September 24–December 4, 2021

Studio Gallery

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rehab / resound

Re:hab / Re:sound

Brad Decker and Will Porter

September 24–December 4, 2021


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FALL 2020/SPRING 2021

Press play logo blue background

Press Play

The Tarble’s outdoor grounds are activated with Press Play, a site-responsive digital exhibition of video and audio artworks by 
Calvin Arsenia, Zlatko Ćosić and Brad Decker, Addoley Dzegede, José Faus, Jana Harper, Megan Kaminski, Marie Bannerot McInerney, Kyle Mullins, and Raffaela. Groves of trees, architecture, words, music, movement, and art play together, offering reflections on our sense of place in relation to both built environments and the natural world. 

Press Play QR codes and a call-in phone number are situated throughout the green spaces that surround the building, inviting those passing through to use their phones or smart devices to experience works contributed by artists, poets, dancers, musicians, healers, writers, and creative voices. This exhibition offers the opportunity to encounter art in an open-air, contactless environment.  

All faculty, staff, students, and guests on campus must wear appropriate facemasks. Read EIU’s mask guidelines here.


Undergrad 20221

2021 EIU Undergraduate Art Exhibition 

Organized collaboratively by the 
Tarble Arts Center and EIU’s Department of Art + Design, the 2021 EIU Undergraduate Art Exhibition will be presented in four chapters to celebrate the debut of the new Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery located in room 1910 in Doudna Fine Arts Center. 

You are invited to come by during gallery hours, which are 2–5 pm on Monday–Thursday for the following dates: 

Chapter 1: NocturneMarch 22–25

Chapter 2: Emo DripsApril 5–8

Chapter 3: ViewfindersApril 19–22

Chapter 4: Color + Form, May 3–6


Mutual Grief

Sophia Reed, Mutual Grief, 2019 | Image Courtesy of the Artist





Alger Saldana, There’s More To It, 2018, Bronze cast from 3-D print-form | Image Courtesy of the Artist


Main Gallery / Online




Ann Coddington, Mother (detail), Ongoing, Mixed media fibers Image Courtesy of the Artist.


February 29-March 27, 2020

David Richardson + Kayla Warner (BFA, 2016)

Brainard Gallery
Patricia Belleville, Brad Olson, Debbie Nivens + Casey Wilen (MA. Ed, 2017)



Brendan Fernandes, Tumbler Assembly Drawings (detail), 2019. Image Courtesy of Norman Kelley Architecture & Design, New York & New Orleans.


January 18-March 8 2020

Main Gallery


Anne Coddington

Ann Coddington, Mother Memory (detail), Ongoing, Mixed media fibers Image Courtesy of the Artist.


January 18-March 8 2020

Jaclyn Mednicov (MA, 2012) + Bishal (Bhaikaji) Manandhar

Brainard Gallery
Justin Henry Miller (BFA, 2002; MA, 2003) +
Amanda Joseph Danielle Mužina (MA, 2014) + Levi Colton


FALL 2019


Rachel Monosov, The Space In-Between (detail), 2018 cacti, earth, copper, brass, plastic  
Image Courtesy of Artist 


October 26-January 5, 2020

Main Gallery



Chicago Protest Banner Lending Library, photo by: eedahahm


October 26-January 5, 2020

Brainard Gallery



Nicolás Guagnini, Hermaphrodite Drawings, 2016, Vitrified glazed ceramic, book
(Mike Kelley Hermaphrodite Drawings, Gagosain Gallery, London [2007], ISBN: 1-932598-44-8)
Image Courtesy of the Artist and Bortolami Gallery, NYC


August 17-December 8




Federico Solmi, The Grand Masquerade, 2019 Video painting- Acrylic and gold leaf on Plexiglas, painted wooden frame, LED screens/video loop


August 17-October 6

Main Gallery



Chris Kahler, Dialumen G1, 2018, Acrylic on panel
© Chris Kahler and Bruno David Gallery


August 17-October 6

Brainard Gallery




Sue de Beer, The White Wolf (still), 2018 Two-channel HD video © Sue de BeerImage Courtesy of the Artist & Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen


January 26-May 19

Brainard & eGallery


Jade Phillips, Lick, Oil on Board, 2018 | Image Courtesy of the Artist


April 23-May 19

Main Galleries


Whitney Bradshaw, Outcry
Whitney Bradshaw, Adia, 2018 from the series Outcry, Archival Inkjet Print, Image Courtesy of the Artist


April 26 - May 19

Gallery 1104

Artist, Whitney Bradshaw, embarked on a feminist social practice project she calls Outcry the night of the Women’s March in 2018. Outcry provides women with a safe space where they can be heard, supported, and encouraged to speak up and out for themselves and for one another. Bradshaw’s process involves inviting women who don’t know one another to her studio, focusing on community building while encouraging participants to support one another as they bravely let out feelings that have often been silenced or dismissed in our culture. To date, Bradshaw has made more than 250 individual portraits of women screaming. on March 21st, 2019 Bradshaw led one of her scream sessions, as she calls them, here at the Tarble. The resulting portraits depict a range of emotions and challenge stereotypes of women while demanding a reconsideration of what beauty looks and power look like. After this exhibition, these pictures of empowered students and staff members made here at the Tarble, will be integrated into Bradshaw’s Outcry project as it continues to grow and expand. 



Kaylee Fuentes, Character, pen and ink, Okaw Valley High School, Grade 10, Bethany, IL Instructor: Jeni Yantis

37th Annual Art from Here

March 23-April 7

Main Galleries

Presented by area school students grades kindergarten through the 12th grade and selected by the schools’ art teachers, this annual art exhibition showcases some of the best creations produced in area art programs. Representing approximately 45 area schools programs taught by certified art specialists, this beloved exhibition is a must see during the spring at EIU. The exhibition and reception program are sponsored in part by Consolidated Communications and are presented in cooperation with the participating schools’ art teachers.



Alicia Post, Transient, Oil on canvas | Image Courtesy of the Artist

2019 Undergraduate All Student Show

February 9-March 3

Main Galleries

 Open to EIU undergraduates that have taken courses in the past year in the Art and Design Department, this competitive exhibition features a diverse array of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. Each year, a panel of area-college and university Art faculty and art professionals selects the participants. This program is co-organized by the EIU Art and Design Department and the Tarble Arts Center. This year’s jurors are: Thad Duhigg, MFA, Professor and Sculpture Area Head Department of Art and Design (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) and Rosalyn D Schwartz, Professor Emeritus in Painting, School of Art and Design (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).



Zoë Buckman, Every Curve, 2016, Vintage lingerie slip with rap definition of feminine sewn in, Variable Dimensions | Image courtesy of the Artist and Gavlak Los Angeles/Gavlak Palm Beach

In the Eye of the Beholder

August 18-December 16, 2018


Juxtaposing the work of established and emerging artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, In the Eye of the Beholder is an exhibition featuring the diverse artistic practices of women artists from 1968 to present. The exhibition connects the work of established women artists with the work of contemporary emerging women artists, to create a dialogue about the nature and realization of “feminism,” from its past to the present, and the collective expectation for future progress. The work featured within In the Eye of the Beholder displays the achievements and challenges of the roles women have played and continue to perform within our society. The exhibition at times contains provocative imagery and subject matters, but also strives to create dialogue, reflection, and reconciliation about the roles of women in society past, present, and future. In the Eye of the Beholder was co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center and Erin J. Gilbert, Curator of African-American manuscripts, Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Artists included in the exhibition are: Marina Abramović, Laia Abril, Tanya Aguiñiga, Barbara Bloom, Lee Bul, Zoë Buckman, Tammy Rae Carland, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Judy Chicago, Bethany Collins, Maureen Connor, Ayan Farah, Jenny Holzer, Sheree Hovsepian, Yoko Ono, Mariu Palacios, Deborah Roberts, Martha Rosler, Amanda Ross-Ho, Berni Searle, and Lorna Simpson.


Cubby Control, 2012

David JienCUBBY CONTROL2012, Color pencil, graphite, gouache, abalone veneer, wood veneer, and gold leaf on panel | Image courtesy of the Artist and Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

David Jien Time Will Tell

February 24- May 20, 2018



Apprehension, 1976

Glenn HildApprehension1976, Mixed media collage | Image courtesy of Artist

The Way We Were

 February 24- May 20, 2018

Brainard Gallery


Gas Station, 2017

Marcos SerafimGas Station (still)2017, HD video, projection on found object | Image courtesy of the Artist.

2018 Graduate Art Exhibition

April 28- May 20, 2018

Main Galleries


2018 Children's show

Olivia Griffin, Kindergarten, Warhol Hands, Tempera Crestwood School, Paris, Instructor: Millie Arp

36th Art from Here Exhibition 

March 31- April 15, 2018

Main Galleries


Warhol Hands

Margaret KilbaneBeautiful Illusion (detail), 2016, Screenprint on paper I Image courtesy of the Artist

2018 Undergraduate All Student Show

February 24 - March 18, 2018

Main Gallery


Jiha Moon Double Welcome, Most Everyone's Mad Here

Main Galleries | November 18-February 4, 2017

Most Everyone's Mad Here

Jiha MoonMost Everyone's Mad Here (detail)2015, Ink and acrylic on Hanji mounted on canvas. | Image courtesy of the Artist.


Chris Cohoon In All Around I See

Brainard Gallery | November 18-February 4, 2017

Documentropy 2

Chris CohoonDocumentropy 2 (detail)2013-2014, Biological residue on unprepared canvas | Image courtesy of Artist


Cream Co. Living Room

eGallery | November 18-February 4, 2017

living table

Cream Co.Living Table (detail)2016, Mixed media and plants| Image courtesy of Artist


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Japanese Prints from the Taubman Museum of Art's Permanent Collection

Brainard Gallery | August 26-October 29, 2017

Heron Maiden

Tsukioka YoshitoshiHeron Maiden (detail)1898, Woodblock print | Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art: The Peggy Macdowell Thomas
Japanese Print Collection 1996.062

Featuring twenty-three woodcuts by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the artist’s most representative and well-known series: New Forms of Thirty-Six GhostsOne Hundred Aspects of the Moon, and Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse. The exhibition highlights the artist’s unparalleled skill and creativity, as well as traditional East Asian mythology. Known for his imaginative depictions of Chinese and Japanese folklore, culture and history, especially Kabuki—a classical Japanese art form of dramatic dance and song, Yoshitoshi presented the intensity and height of action in his woodblock prints. 

2017 Art & Design Faculty Biennial

Main Galleries | August 26-October 29, 2017

Friar's Lantern

Alan PocaroFriar's Lantern (detail)2016, Screenprint with torn and pasted screenprints on paper | Image courtesy of Artist

Beginning this fall the Tarble Arts Center will proudly present a bi-annual exhibition of current works by the studio faculty of Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Art and Design. Every two-years, this special Tarble exhibition will feature the diverse styles, talents and media from members of the Art and Design department. Co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator and Mike Schuetz, Assistant Director of the Tarble Arts Center, this biennial presentation was selected during various studio visits and serves as a reflection of the conversations that took place during those individual meetings. 


No More Mr. Nice Guy: Ben Venom

eGallery | August 26-October 29, 2017

Fly by Night

Ben VenomFly by Night (detail)2013, Handmade quilt with recycled fabric | Image courtesy of Artist

On a crash collision course between subculture symbolism and your grandmother’s sewing circle, the works of Ben Venom continue to push the boundaries of the gender-based medium of quilting. Riffing on found imagery from vintage tattoos, the occult, motorcycle gangs, heavy metal bands, and pop culture, Venom’s quilts seek to expand and challenge pre-meditated meanings and associations with craft, low, and popular culture. His works assault the senses with their jilted and aggressive use of these icons, while working within traditional quilting methods and materials to underscore the broad appeal of and fascination with these various subcultures.


35th Children's Art Exhibition

Main Galleries | May 13-May 28, 2017

Birds on a branch

Belle Shriver, Grade 4, Birds on a branch, Watercolor | Riddle Elementary School, Mattoon, IL | Instructor: Rob Niemerg

Presented by area students grades kindergarten through high school and selected by the schools’ respective art teachers, this is an art exhibition that showcases all media. This show features some of the best creations produced in area art programs and represents approximately 45 area school programs taught by certified art specialists. The exhibition and reception program are sponsored in part by Consolidated Communications and presented in cooperation with the participating schools’ art teachers.

2017 Graduate Art Exhibition

Main Galleries | April 15-May 7, 2017

Grad show

2016 Graduate Art Exhibition installation view

Each spring, the Tarble Arts Center and the EIU Art Department proudly present the annual thesis exhibition of work by the current MA candidates in Eastern Illinois University’s Studio Art program. Every year a wide range of styles, media, and approaches to art making are on view.  


Mythic Macrocosm: Stewart Goldman Paintings

Brainard Gallery | February 25-May 14, 2017


Stewart GoldmanSplat (detail), 2010, Oil on linen | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Throughout a career that spans over 45 years, Stewart Goldman’s paintings have depicted the artist’s unique perspectives: riffs on Ruben, painstakingly detailed and atmospheric interiors, or colorfully abstract and bucolic natural settings. Some of these images come from Goldman’s world travels and others are of his home, devoid of its furnishings. Mythic Macrocosm displays a combination of the artist’s natural abstractions from the early 2000s and a selection of his more recent series of abstract paintings, based off of observed landscapes in New Zealand, Sicily, and Capri. 


Jacco Olivier: Cosmology in Flux

eGallery | February 25-May 14, 2017


Jacco OlivierRevolution (detail), 2010, HD animation on Hard Disc | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Marianne Boesky Gallery

In Cosmology in Flux, Dutch painter, Jacco Olivier illustrates the vivacity of painting and his ability to realize his subject matter in rich animation. The artist paints, photographs, and collages his abstract and figurative images to create fluid paintings and narratives. This exhibition will display two of Olivier’s signature works Landscape and Revolution, both from 2010. While the works show disparate environments, they also allude to the idea that these ecosystems are constantly in flux, whether we are aware of it or not. 


2017 Undergraduate All-Student Show

Main Galleries | February 25-April 2, 2017

UASS installation view

2016 Undergraduate All Student Show installation view

Open to EIU undergraduates; this competitive exhibition features a diverse array of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. Each year, a panel of area college and university Art faculty and Art professionals select the participants.  This program is presented by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center. 


Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies 

Main Galleries | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017

Vessels of Genealogies

Firelei BáezVessel of Genealogies (detail), 2016, Acrylic, graphite and ink on paper | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Gallery Wendi Norris

Vessels of Genealogies 
presents works by Firelei Báez—an artist known for depicting individuals who move across regional, national, and racial boundaries and are influenced by a wide range of imagery from various cultures. Báez’s intricate large-scale works are evidence of her labor-intensive processes. Her work evokes both the beauty and political implications of decorative elements and body ornaments such as hairstyles, fashion, textiles, and tattoos. She employs these signifiers as a means to celebrate cultural prowess and as a way to assign previously disenfranchised individuals, political agency and authority. Encouraging new ways of being in the present and the future, Vessels of Genealogiespresents radical, fluid figures that offer alternative realities to those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture. Vessels of Genealogies is co-curated by Perez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz, curator of Báez’s nationwide traveling exhibition, Bloodlines. 


Reaching Into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn 

Main Galleries | November 19-February 9, 2016-2017

Reaching Into Infinity

Chul Hyun AhnPortal (detail), 2013, Plywood, acrylic, changing LED lights and mirrors | Image Courtesy of the Artist and C. Grimaldis Gallery 

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Tarble Arts Center will present an exhibition of work by Baltimore-based artist Chul Hyun Ahn called Reaching into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn. Ahn uses light, color and illusion to create sculptures that serve as explorations of infinite space. His curiosity about the boundaries between the conscious and unconscious inspire him to build contemplative environments that defy spatial planes. Ahn’s sculptures urge viewers to ponder the limitlessness of the human capacity for metaphysical growth. 
Chul Hyun Ahn was born in Busan, South Korea, Ahn moved to the U.S. in 1997 to study at Eastern Michigan University before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2002. Since 2003 Chul Hyun Ahn has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections such as the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, the Hearst Foundation Collection in New York, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, Florida, the McDonald’s Corporation in Washington, DC and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California. Ahn is represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery. 


Eli Craven: P.S. 

Brainard Gallery | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017


 Eli Craven, Naïve Object #2 (detail), 2014, Archival inkjet print and perforated aluminum sheet | Image Courtesy of the Artist

As part of this year’s Artist in Education Residency, the Tarble Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Eli Craven called P.S.. Craven’s work explores the role of images and objects within the development of identity, memory, and desire. The acts of looking and collecting are central to his process. Each project begins with a search for redeemable sources at estate sales, thrift stores, and other second hand markets. Through various methods of manipulation, the materials brim with new possibilities—engaging viewers’ senses with the familiar, the bizarre, the mundane or the erotic . Using photography, sculpture, and collage, the reclaimed materials become installations and assemblages intended to provide new narratives. 

Eli Craven is an artist born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He currently lives and works in Champaign, Illinois, where he teaches photography at the University of Illinois. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, most recently at the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, BC and in the book Unlocked published by Atopos CVC in Athens, Greece. 


Blackbox Series | Phantasmagoria  

eGallery | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017


Ranu MukherjeeHome and the World (still), 2015, Single-channel animation (Hybrid Film) | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Gallery Wendi Norris

The second presentation of Blackbox will be an exhibition entitled Phantasmagoria, an immersive video experience of “hybrid films” by Ranu Mukherjee. Mukherjee’s works layer animation, drawing, found imagery, painting and still photography to produce vibrantly hued, moving collages. This Blackbox presentation corresponds to this year’s exhibition them of nature as the artist’s work frequently juxtaposes landscape as both a stage and an activated form. 

Ranu Mukherjee is a San Francisco-based artist, who has shown nationally and internationally. She holds an MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA in painting and film from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She taught for many years at Goldsmiths College, London. Mukherjee is currently an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, where she teaches studio art and social practice. Mukherjee is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, has nine-year-old triplets and almost fully grown tentacles. 




Main Galleries | August 13-October 30, 2016




Brainard Gallery | August 13-October 30, 2016




eGallery | August 13-October 30, 2016




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