A Conversation with Stacey Carter, exhibiting artist: Giants in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of Airships

Stacey Carter was born in Cape May, NJ and received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. In 1991 Carter moved to San Francisco, CA where she currently lives and works. Through creative observation, Carter's work offers insight into the changing urban environment. Her artworks are layered multi-media compositions based on photographs, which are then transformed using a unique combination of skilled printmaking techniques and spontaneous expressionistic painting. 

For over fifteen years she has made work that draws from the site of her studio: the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco.  After working on paintings based on her photographs from this same source, she came across 30 negatives of the airship the USS Akron in Sunnyvale in 1932. Her mind was transported to the time of the ships and the airships, the marvelous engineering and the heroically ordinary workers who built and operated and maintained the day-to-day activities of the giant vessels. In these paintings she aims to create a sense of scale, give the viewer an appreciation of the achievements  the workers and freeze time, allowing individual histories to be recalled and shared once more. Layered and compositionally rich, her body of work is a study of how experiences define one's environment; it is an acknowledgement of what has passed and its importance to the present. 

Carter has exhibited her mixed media paintings and works on paper in a solo and group shows at galleries and museums throughout the United States, including George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco; the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA; and the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA. She has been the recipient of many awards and honors including a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Golden Image Award of Excellence in Serigraphy from the International Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association; a Trustee Award selected by artist Nathan Oliveira for the National Steinbeck Center; and a nomination for the Fleishhacker Foundation’s prestigious “Eureka Fellowship Award”. Major commissions include an ongoing series of paintings for the NFL team Baltimore Ravens. 

Free with admission. Talk begins at 7:00pm.