In the Artist’s Studio: Featuring George Rivera and Kristin Lindseth
January 19, 2018 – June 17, 2018. Free admission for all visitors
With this first installation of In The Artist’s Studio, visitors are invited into the studios of George Rivera and Kristin Lindseth for an introduction to their work, creative process and lives as artists. In this virtual studio visit, a selection of the artists' works, art making tools and personal items, along with rarely seen photographs of private studio spaces - rarely open to the public - are on view.
An artist’s studio is both a sacred creative space and a functional workshop, each as unique as the individual artist. The studios of artists provide a treasure trove of insight into their practices and personas. Examples from art history include painter Francis Bacon, known for working amongst a disheveled hoard of creative material. Georgia O’Keefe’s adobe home studio is filled with found bone fragments and rocks, and punctuated with windows that provide magnificent views - all informed and inspired her creative process. Constantin Brancusi’s workspace was chock-full with not only his sculptures, but also his own handmade furniture.
George Rivera and Kristin Lindseth, like O’Keefe and many other artists throughout time, work in their home studio and the adjacent outdoor spaces. The studio space, where Rivera does most of his work, is full with a collection of things, almost like a living collage or assemblage, along with guitars, amps and motorcycles. For Kristin Lindseth, she is most often working just outside the studio or in the foundry, venturing up the mountain trails near her home where ideas come to her as she hikes. Both artists bring to their studio practice their life experiences, skill, imagination, passion, memorable responses to works from art history and, most importantly, the magic that occurs only in the artist’s studio.
George Rivera was the Executive Director and Senior Curator at the Triton Museum of Art from 1985 – 2013. Prior to the Triton, from 1982 – 1985 Rivera was the Executive Director and Curator of the San Jose Art League. Since 1977 he has organized and curated close to 400 local, state, national and international exhibitions, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections.
Rivera’s broad experience includes serving as a juror for exhibitions, competitions, fellowships and programs, as well as serving on numerous art community boards and advisory committees for non-profit organizations and educational programs. He is also a respected and beloved educator, teaching studio art and art appreciation courses at San Jose State University, San Jose Art League, Pacific Art league, DeAnza College and Triton Museum of Art School. He is currently an Associate Faculty Instructor of Art at Mission College in Santa Clara and an Extension Instructor for the University of California, Berkeley.
Rivera has been a recipient of numerous awards in the field of art, art education, curating, arts administration and community service. We was twice nominated for the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Artist Award and was honored with the Artist Laureate Award, Legacy Laureate from the Arts Council Silicon Valley in 2013.
Rivera’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries nationally and internationally including the San Jose Museum of Art; the De Saisset Museum; the Art Museum of Los Gatos; National Steinbeck Center; Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts; Olive Hyde Art Gallery; San Jose ICA; WORKS/San Jose; MACLA; San Jose Art Center, among others. His work has been represented by several Bay Area art galleries, and now currently with the Sandra Lee Art Gallery, San Francisco.
Kristin Lindseth is a sculptor, printmaker and educator, living and working in the South Bay. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: California Sculpture Slam, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2017; Brushstrokes, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2017; and a solo exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art, Inner Alchemy; Bronze Sculpture by Kristin Lindseth, 2016. Lindseth is an Instructor of Art at Mission College in Santa Clara where she teaches Digital Art and Drawing. She is also Instructor of Art in Life Drawing and Sculpture at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.
Lindseth’s sculptures and printmaking have been represented in galleries throughout the Bay Area, most currently at Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, and the Morris Graves Museum Collector's Gallery, Eureka. Her work can be found in numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe, and in the permanent collections of the Morris Graves Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Triton Museum of Art, Fayed University, Dubai, UAE, and New Museum Los Gatos. She is a member of the International Sculpture Society, Pacific Rim Sculptors, and Nordic Five Arts.