January Artist-in-Residence: Jennifer Ewing

January 5, 2011January 30, 2011

Spirit Boat Directions – Totem boats for personal journeys

Jennifer Ewing is a staff artist at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a muralist, and a teacher. Since 2005 she has used the theme of spirit boats as a metaphor for her own journey in paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, and installations. The Kimball Gallery becomes a site for embarkation enhanced with directions and meaning. The west wall is symbolic of water and supports a “spirit boat harbor.” Boats hung in space to the south represent the element of air. The east wall exhibits paintings and drawings infused with the spirit of fire, while the north, representing the element of earth, hosts a sculpture that makes a connection between earth and air. The combination of the media and techniques bring about a heightened awareness of place and possibilities. Visitors are encouraged to explore their own paths by making boats in the form of a drawing, collage, or sculpture. A sense of identity can be forged by creating a tribute to a person or family as a totem or symbol.

For more information and images please visit www.jenniferewing.com


Friday, January 21, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Poetry reading by Al Averbach

Sunday, January 23, 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Storytelling--Boat and Ship Stories from the Bay, two boat captains (Jan Tiura and Charles Jennings) working on our bay will share watery tales and adventures.

Friday, January 28, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Closing reception in the Kimball Education Gallery
Celebrate the residency of Jennifer Ewing with light refreshments and live music.

 The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.  Thank you to Aveleda Wines for their in-kind support.