Simple Art Collecting
(Or: How I Stopped Fearing the Gallery and Learned to Love the Art)
Sat, Feb 23, 2–4pm
Get past the white walls and behind the scenes of commercial galleries with inside advice about how to collect art on any budget (yes, any budget), learn why collecting is so important, and discuss how to get the most out of the gallery experience. Join art professional and longtime gallery worker (and YBCA:Youer) Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen for a roundtable with an artist, a collector, and a gallery owner in a discussion on collecting for everyone!
A San Francisco native, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is an artist, writer, and curator, as well as an independent consultant for artists, small institutions, and budding collectors. Having over 15 years of in-depth experience in the arts with a wide skill-set that ranges from art-making to installation to marketing and management, Rhiannon has recently focused her knowledge toward projects that promote accessibility in the arts. In 2012 she founded A Simple Collective, a group dedicated to fostering creative independence for professionals, and professional independence for creatives. For more information, visit www.asimplecollective.com.
Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute. His large-scale oil paintings incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. An exhibiting artist for more than twenty years, his work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, TX; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA; Florida A&M University, Tallahasee, FL; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. Travis opens two solo exhibitions in March of this year: Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco (opening March 2) and The Crocker Museum in Sacramento (opening March 8). www.travissomerville.com
Mauri Skinfill is a collector and the director of Unspeakable Projects, an alternative exhibition space showcasing emerging artists across a range of media. Unspeakable launched in 2010 to advance risk-taking work, bring visibility to early-career artists and connect them with collectors at the early stages of collection building. The gallery is run out of a 3000-square foot SOMA loft residence whose ground floor has been converted into a permanent exhibition space. Today, Unspeakable offers continuous monthly programming and represents a roster of local, national and international artists working at the forefront of art practice. www.unspeakableprojects.com
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
The James Irvine Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts' Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM's Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation