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What Knot?

Presented by the Richmond Art Center in partnership with the Northern California Surface Design Association, What Knot? features contemporary art by Californian artists working with fiber and textile construction techniques, and offering new twists on traditional processes, materials and concepts. The exhibition is juried by Camille Ann Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, D.C.

About the Juror: Camille Ann Brewer joined The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum as its first full-time curator of contemporary art in October 2016. This new curatorial position is supported by a five-and-a-half year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance the museum’s contemporary art initiative. Since joining GWU, she has been the coordinating curator for three exhibitions at the museum: Ebony: Fifty Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (2017), Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse (2017), and The Box Project: Uncommon Threads (2017). Camille comes to the museum from the University of Chicago, where she served as executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She formerly served as an assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and as an art consultant and curator for her own company, CAB Fine Art, building collections and organizing exhibitions for public museums, corporations, and private collectors. A former East Bay resident, Brewer was the Artist-in-Residence at the Richmond Art Center in the late 1980s.

About the Northern California Surface Design Association: The Surface Design Association was founded in 1977 to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions and conferences. With the Surface Design journal, awards for student excellence, member grants, a biannual conference, and networking opportunities, SDA seeks to encourage innovation and advocate for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. Northern California SDA, one of numerous regional groups, connects to its local community with newsletters, meetings featuring nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, and juried exhibitions.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art with a special emphasis on the Bay Area. The exhibition will feature work by twenty artists and collaborative groups, and is curated by Michael Dear and Ronald Rael.

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and a private donor.

Image: Julio César Morales, Day Dreaming Series (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

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