Memories and Dreams
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I have an endless fascination for the human figure. I am interested in the provocation of gesture as it relates to the paradox and contradictions of what it means to be human and the challenge of finding visual forms to hold emotion and the narrative of experience. I am primarily interested in the emotional and narrative content of the figure, using gesture and intensity as driving visual forces and observing the natural world and its relationship to the human psyche.
I am interested in creating image where beauty and bravery meet, and to tell the truth of what is haunting me, like a black hole that absorbs energy and then releases it as something new and alive.
Ultimately, I am fascinated by the distinguishing qualities of human nature - our relationships, our passions, how we choose to exist, believe, or interact. Everything refers back to that, no matter the object that I am discovering.
I have great empathy for human vulnerability.
2008-present -Full Time Artist
1967-2008 - 41 year teaching career in the Visual and Performing Arts
1976-2008 - Ventura High school...Advanced Placement Studio Art, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Original Book Making, 2 and 3D Design and Illustration, Sculpture, Film, Computer Graphics - All levels of Visual Arts Grades 9 - 12 - Director of Campus Dance Company
1971-1976 - Visual Arts/Crafts/Dance Team/Parade Float Construction/World Geography Instructor, De Anza Middle School, Ventura , CA.
1970-1971 - Visual Arts/Crafts/Creative Writing/Dance Team Instructor, Merced High School
1967-1970 - Dance and Director of Teen Programs for the Santa Barbara Girls Club
1967-1970 - Teacher for Psychotic and Autistic Children 5-17, Santa Barbara County Mental Health Program
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
UCSB: BA in Art/Sociology 1965-1969
UCSB: Secondary Teaching Credential with Honors 1970
Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education 1970
South Coast Contemporary Dance Company 1972-4
UCSB SCWript Writing Fellowship Summer1996
Additional post graduate study with UCSB, Creative Studies, Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara Adult Education Program
SELECTED GALLERY/MUSEUM EXHIBITION Summary 2008- present
Ventura Arts Council, Atrium Gallery, Ventura CA.
Mayor’s Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook CA. - Transferring Ink 3, Printmaking Exhibition
Northridge University-National Exhibition-LA Printmaking Society
Los Angeles Design Center - Los Angeles Printmaking Society
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art- -Printmaking Exhibitions
Westmont College Museum of Art - Montecito, CA, Invitational Exhibitions
Featured Artist for Focus on the Masters 2011, Documentary and Archival Project, Ventura, CA.
2nd City Art Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA.
Long Beach Arts Gallery , Long Beach, CA.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center Gallery, Cal State Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA.
Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Blackboard Gallery, Old Town, Camarillo, CA.
Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara,
CASA Magazine Gallery, Santa Barbara , Ca.
Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tours
CHALK Gallery, Carpinteria CA.
Gallery 855 at Linden, Carpinteria CA.
Gallery 113, Santa Barbara CA.
Faulkner Gallery, Santa BarbaraCA. - Santa Barbara Art Association
Santa Barbara Printmakers Exhibitions
Meisel Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.
Jewish Community Center, Santa Barbara CA.
Buenaventura Art Association Gallery, Ventura CA.
Kim Kieler Gallery, Santa Barbara
Ventura County Arts Council, Ventura CA.
Ojai Center for the Arts , Ojai CA.
Artist Union Gallery, Ventura CA. - guest Juror exhibitor
Solo Exhibitions with:
Buenaventura Gallery, Ventura California,
Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo CA.,
Gallery 113, Santa Barbara, CA.
CASA Magazine Gallery, Santa Barbara
AWARDS and RECOGNITION
Finalist in Visual Arts in the Disney Channel American Teacher Awards
Winner BRAVO Award for Excellence in Fine Arts Education, Los Angeles Music Center
Winner Otis Award for Excellence in Arts Education presented by Otis Parson School of Art
Winner Teacher of the Year, Ventura Unified School District
California Teacher of the Year Nominee from Ventura Unified School District
Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award presented by the Ventura Arts Council
Winner Ventura Living Treasure Award
Creative Teacher of the Year, Ventura High School
Golden Wings Award for Teacher Excellence, Ventura Unified School District
South Coast Writing Project Fellowship - UCSB (SCWript)
Recipient Hall of Fame Award, Ventura High School
Recipient Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Recipient Educator of the Year, Earth Charter Summit, Ventura Chapter
Featured Master Artist for Ventura Focus on the Masters Program including an In-Depth Documentary.
Gerd Koch & Carole Milton-Ventura Arts Council- Recognition for Artistic Vision and on going prominence in the Arts in Ventura County and beyond.