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Emily Shepard

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My work is about connection and communication. I construct my art from surfaces on which I’ve painted, marked, or drawn. I then cut out or “harvest” elements that seem most alive, that have an emotional honesty to them. These are the raw materials from which I build collages and assemble paintings. I look for unexpected relationships and poetic through lines. The marks and elements are players, in dialogue with one another.

I often use found paper from accounting ledgers, antique encyclopedias, flash cards, or index cards. I’m drawn to these sources for the authority or structure they imply, which I push against. My work offers instead an internal way to understand what is known, and to reflect on being present and embodied.

Text and letterforms interest me. My goal is to abstract them, to have their form disintegrate into merely a shape, divorced from it’s prior life. Elements of communication are reduced to rubble, and gestural marks stand in for words, existing below the surface of complete comprehension, like hearing a muttered phrase but unable to decipher its meaning, or misinterpreting the intent.

 

 

2024

 

Strictly Abstract (online exhibit)

Juror: Anthony Meier

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley CA

 

Monochrome Explored (online exhibit)

Juror: Tess Thackara

Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

2023

 

Women Artists Making Their Mark (online exhibit)

Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts , Mill Valley, CA

 

Mixing it Up with Mixed Media

Juror: Susan Press

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

 

Seen & Imagined

Juror: Jeremy Morgan

Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA

 

Winter Invitational Show

Invited by Michael Friedland & Susan Press

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

 

Objects of Agency (online exhibit)

Juror: Sonja Czekalski, Gallery Director

Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

 

 

2022

 

Small Works III

Juror: Julie Farstad

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition

 

Above + Below

Juror: Jennifer Perlmutter

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition

 

Choice

Juror: Jen Tough

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition

 

56th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show

Juror: Sharon Kopriva

Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

 

Your True Colors

Juror: Nicholas Wilton

Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA

 

 

2021

 

Director’s Invitational Exhibition of Mixed Media

Invited by Michael Friedland

Corte Madera Community Center, Corte Madera, CA

 

The State of Contemporary Drawing

Juror: Bob Swearengin

Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 

Summer Open Juried Show

Juror: Michael Friedland

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

 

A Moment of Reflection

Juror: Emebet Korn, owner/curator of Desta Gallery

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

 

 

2013

 

National Juried Exhibition


Jurors: Marc D’Estout & Suzanne Gray


ACCI Gallery, Berkeley CA



 

Out of the Blue


Juror: Ruth Braunstein


Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA

 

 




2012   

 



Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition


Juror: Michael Duncan 


Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA




 

AB 25/Collective Memories


Curators: Mark Eanes and Hedi Desuyo 


Arts Benicia, Benicia CA



 

 

2004  

  



CCASee (Alumni Exhibition)


Jurors: Stephen Oliver & Dale Lanzone


Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland CA



 

1 in 30 Gallery Group Show 


Curator: Michaela Peters


1 in 30 Gallery, San Francisco, CA




 

 

2002

     



Arts on Fire VI


Juror: Renny Pritkin


Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA


(Received Artist Merit Award)
    


 

In Other Words


Juror: Patt Morrison


The Second City Council, Long Beach CA
   

 


Pieces: Collage/Assemblage



Juror: Inez Storer

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA


(Received Coordinators Award)



 

 

1999   

 



Postcard Show


Four Walls Gallery, San Francisco CA




 

 

1996 

   



Text/Context
Arts

Benicia Center Gallery, Benicia CA




 

 

1995   

 



Faculty Exhibition


California State Summer School for the Arts


Cal Arts, Valencia, CA




 

 

1994   

     



MFA Group Show


Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland CA

 



CCA Annual Awards Exhibition


Barclay Simpson Gallery, Lafayette, CA

  


 

With the Earth


Gallery Route 1

Point Reyes, CA

      

 


Faculty Exhibition


California State Summer School for the Arts


Cal State Fresno, Fresno CA


 

 

1993 

 

This Space


Gallery Here, Oakland CA

      

 


Bay Area Book Arts


Irwin Student Center Galleries,

CCA, Oakland CA

      

 


Peripheral Vision (MFA Solo Show)


Door 3 Gallery, Oakland CA





 

 

1992 
   


 

CCAC at Mills


Mills College Library, Oakland CA

    



 

Honors and Awards



1993 
Barclay Simpson Scholarship

 





1993
 Master of Fine Arts, with Distinction


California College of the Arts, Oakland CA



 

1983 Bachelor of Arts, History


Middlebury College, Middlebury VT

 

 

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475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt