de Young Artist Studio

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

Gold Inside. Photo by Bon Stender

August 6, 2014August 31, 2014

Adela Akers: Traced Memories
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday nights until 8:45 pm

Artist Reception Friday, August 29, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments.

Textile artist Adela Akers is moving her studio to the de Young. Visitors to the new studio will learn how each choice in her art-making process contributes to the unique character and quality of her work.

Throughout her residency, Akers will invite visitors to engage in hands-on activities that explore her creative process—from inspiration and research to preparation of the materials she has selected to convey her concept to creation and final presentation of the finished artworks. Akers’s original, to-scale small sketches, color drawings, and brown-paper drawings, which served as templates for her work, will accompany most of the finished pieces on display.

Akers’s work has been influenced and informed by pre-Columbian textiles and, most recently, paintings by women of the Mbuti people of the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journeying from one point to another has been a physical and transformative reality in her life, increasing her self-confidence and expanding her vision of the world. Akers feels fortunate to have made these geographical voyages and to have experienced country living’s broad horizons and quiet strength, the power of nature, and the palpitating rhythm of cities. While travel has enlarged her perspective, her work expresses the sense of journey itself, rather than alluding to a specific site or sense of place.

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Artwork by Adele Crawford
September 3, 2014September 28, 2014
Artwork by Viviana Paredes
October 1, 2014November 2, 2014
yarn-covered train seats
December 3, 2014January 4, 2015

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program. Additional support is provided by Hang Art Gallery.

 

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 Cynthia Inaba on June 24, 2010 - 2:43pm
On June 18th, during the Cultural Encounters evening event, I sat down with current artist-in-residence, Michael Horse, to find out more about his background and artistic influences. Born near Tucson, Horse is of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni, European, and Hispanic descent and comes from an artistically talented family of jewelers, potters, and painters.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 24, 2010 - 12:58pm
Today had both frenetic and soothing aspects. I had breakfast with one of our amazing poets on the bill for Friday: devorah major, poet laureate of San Francisco emerita, amazing performer and above all friend. We ate frittata in Hayes Valley before making our way to the museum. THE FOG IS HERE. It must be summer, eh? Everyone celebrate.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 18, 2010 - 9:03pm
You may be in for a fun day when you find a hawk feather coming in to work. You may be in for a fun day when your first visitor in the studio asks great questions and listens to the answers. It's been a fun day when a mom tells you that you 'made everyone happy' with some oil pastels and butcher paper (grinning kids and interesting drawings and all).
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 17, 2010 - 11:27am
Ok, so we aren't always brilliant are we?

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