Bio: Rodney Ewing

Rodney Ewing is a working artist living in San Francisco. He has been a resident of the Bay Area for the last 18 years, relocating here after completing his undergraduate degree in printmaking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and a Master’s degree at West Virginia University. As an artist, his drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact, to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. As an art educator he has six years of experience teaching youth in such diverse environments as West Oakland, San Francisco, and the West Bank of Palestine.  He teaches 2D at California College of Art (CCA) to their freshman class.  This fondness and ability to work in varied surroundings stems from living abroad with his military family in the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Rodney’s philosophy for teaching art has always been about engaging the students in assignments that not only involve building creative skills, but also work that involves critical thinking because art can be an instrument for more than just creating aesthetically appealing objects, but also for engaging social issues.

Curriculum Vitae:

EDUCATION

1992     Master of Fine Art:  Printmaking, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

1989     Bachelor of Fine Art:  Printmaking, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010

“Rodney Ewing: Keep in Cool Dry Place”  Pacific Felt Factory Lofts #107, San Francisco, CA

2008
“Public Safety” Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009
“Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art”  De Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
Art Dubai, Dubai Art Fair-Frey Norris Gallery, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

2008
“Discursive Acts: African American Art at UD and Beyond” Mechanical Hall, University of Delaware
“Banned and Recovered: Artist Response to Censorship” African American Museum and Library, Oakland, California
“Quorum Group Exhibition” LIMN Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Los Angeles Art Show, Frey Norris Gallery, Los Angles, CA
“Days and Occasions” Project Space, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Code-Switching” Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Code-Switching” Red House Gallery, Venice, CA
Art DC Frey Norris Gallery, Washington DC

2006
Red Dot Art Fair Frey Norris Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
“Who’s Afraid of San Francisco?” Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Black Arts Quarterly Exhibition, Stanford University Harmony House, Stanford, CA

2005
“Rituals In The Journey Of Life and Death” SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
“Cartography 101” Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago, IL
Lisa Dent Gallery, Group Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

2004
McNeese National Works on Paper, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

2003
Bay Area Currents-Group Exhibit, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Pro Arts Juried Annual Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2002
“Afro Solo 9” African American Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Cultural Identity Western Oregon University, Manmouth, OR

2000
“Race, Culture, and Ethnicity” Second City Council, Long Beach, CA

1999
“Day of the Dead: Labyrinth of the Dead” SOMA Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Re-Creating America” New College of California, San Francisco, CA

1998
“Altered Beliefs: Re-thinking the Black Aesthetic” City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA
“One Drop of Blood: Black Art in America” Fine Arts Center En Taos, Taos, NM

1997
“Printwork 97” National Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Barrett House Galleries,
Poughkeepsie, NY
“National Printmaking 1997” The College of New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey

1997
“Peripheral Visions” Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
“Contemporary African American Art” Lynn House Gallery, Antioch, California

1996
“Printmakers 96” University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
“Light Aberrations II” Univ. Texas at San Antonio, UTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1995
11th Annual National Juried Exhibitions Part II, Works on Paper, Berkeley Art Center Assoc., Berkeley, CA
Fellowship Group Exhibition, Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA

PRESS

2008
Artillery Magazine, November/December “Banned and Recovered,” by Dewitt Cheng
Artweek, September “Rodney Ewing: Public Safety at Frey Norris Gallery,”  by Dewitt Cheng
Artweek, February “Code Switching,” by Lindsey Westbrook

2006
Art News, December “Who’s Afraid of San Francisco,” by Lea Feinstein
Black Arts Quarterly, Spring/Summer “Art Gallery,” Stanford University,

PANEL DISCUSSIONS/VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2009
Doing the Work: Panel Discussion, College Art Association Annual Conference
Los Angeles, CA

2007
Activating Communication and Community, California College of Art, Oakland, CA

AWARDS
Bay Area Now 5 Semi- Finalist
Yerba Buena Center for Art, SF, CA 2008
SECA Nominee
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2008
SECA Semi-Finalist
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2005

AFFILIATIONS:
QUORUM San Francisco                                                              http://www.quorum-sf.org

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