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Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Featured Artist: 

Jane Kim, details from From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Diversity and Evolution of Birds, 2014–2015. Acrylic and house paint on wall, 70 x 40 ft.

June 1, 2016July 3, 2016

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
Artist Reception: Friday June 24, 2016, 6–8:30 pm

Inspired by the flora and fauna of Golden Gate Park, Jane Kim explores the ecology of San Francisco’s urban environment. More than a century ago, the park’s builders transformed what was originally a sand dune ecosystem into a beloved urban green space by introducing species such as Australia’s eucalyptus tree and Asia’s cherry blossoms. San Francisco’s largest and most popular park represents flora from all corners of the world, with origins as diverse as the people who visit. Yet animals native to San Francisco—ravens, foxes, coyotes—have also found a way to thrive. Today the city’s urban environment continues to experience change that is just as dramatic as explosive growth reshapes our human communities. In her residency, Kim incorporates artifacts from the industries impacting San Francisco into works that spotlight the adaptive abilities of both native and non-native species. She creates a world map showing the origins of some of the park’s most popular plants. Each day she mixes a batch of paint based on the color of the sky, which visitors can use to mark their own home—a living infographic of human origins.

Jane Kim is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, an art studio created to inspire people to love and protect the Earth one work of art at a time. Kim specializes in creating large-scale public murals and installations. In 2015 she completed a 3,000-square-foot mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology depicting the evolution of birds. Honors include artist residencies at Recology and Facebook, a fellowship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and a Science Visualization Fellowship at Yosemite National Park. Her work can be seen publicly at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and at the Mono Basin Visitor Center in Lee Vining, California, and is also in collections including the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Posted by Andrea Martin on June 6, 2012 - 7:49am
Diptych
This month, Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope begin their year as de Young Artist Fellows by setting up a research studio in the Kimball Education Gallery. Roth and Hope will use this time in the Artist Studio to design the third piece in a triptych of tapestries, which will be known as The Conflicts . Here, the artists articulate the ideas, inspiration, and foundation of this...
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on March 30, 2012 - 4:09pm
For the past month, March Artist-In-Residence Joy Broom has been creating extravagant, multilayered, three-dimensional specimen boxes. Combining her intricate line drawings of organic elements with actual insects, seed pods, branches, body references, antique maps and biological medical sources—all covered with purified beeswax—she presents a unique cabinet of curiosities that...
Posted by Andrea Martin on January 27, 2012 - 12:46pm
Todd T. Brown
In continuation of our series Museum Without Walls, we visited Todd T. Brown’s studio as he prepares for his final exhibition as an Artist Fellow at the de Young. Inheritance and Dreams will be on display in the Kimball Education Gallery February 1–12.
Posted by Andrea Martin on July 21, 2011 - 5:34pm
Commissioned by the de Young Museum’s Cultural Encounters Program during Todd Brown’s July 2009 tenure as Artist-in-Residence, Invisible Passage is now back on display in the Kimball Education Gallery as part of his current Artist Fellows project. The painting, measuring 33 feet by 9.5 feet, is Brown’s largest work to date.Todd Brown working on Invisible Passage in July 2009

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