Thursday, December 08, 2005

November 10th General Meeting

Lorraine Rosenblatt Administrator
It wasn’t surprising with such renown speakers, that the attendance at our November 10th meeting at Fort Mason, was over 40 people. There was a mixture of people - members, artists who are not yet members, and art students.

Daniel Keegan, Director of the San Jose Museum of Art, gave a very delightful slide presentation and talk on the clay history and works that are in the San Jose Museum of Art collection.

An engaging shaman with clay, Arthur Gonzales, Department Chair at CCA, presented slides of his work and spoke about the methods he has developed to craft his clay sculptures.

John Toki is a well-known clay sculptor whose pieces have been displayed all over the Bay Area. John’s insightful talk along with his slide presentation, concentrated on the thought processes he goes through to make the large scale pieces he executes so well.

After the speakers, there was a very lively question and answer concentrating on the state of clay art and its impact on society.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

"Obedient Nature" Show at 600 Townsend

Opening Reception for "Obedient Nature"
July 28 5:30 - 7:30 juror JoAnne Northrup will speak
JoAnne is Senior Curator of the San Jose Museum of Art
Exhibition runs July 28- Sept 23, 2005
600 Townsend Atrium (at 7th St)
San Francisco

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"Strange Days" Show at 600 Townsend

Our current exhibition, "Strange Days" juried by Tara McDowell, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, opened June 9, 2005. Tara gave a wonderful talk about her experience chosing the work and spoke with the attending artists included in the show.

Tara's curator statement:
In the process of viewing slides submitted for this exhibition, I was deeply struck by the emergence of a particular sensibility that pervaded much of the work: a kind of self-aware, at times cheeky brand of surrealism that appeared more often than not, begging the question of further examination. This strain of surrealism is far removed from that of the 1930s, though certain works share with those classic examples an uncanniness that led Man Ray to describe them as “disagreeable objects.” Rather, on view here is something that taps into the uneasiness, abjection, disillusionment, and absurdity that is the flip side of a society obsessed with homeland security, primetime titillation, brand-name belongings, and Stepford values. With this substrata of daily life informing the work of each of these artists—either consciously or not, an element of Pop often emerges by use of, for example, materials such as giant Lincoln logs or flags. Equally present is a latent, though sometimes dark, spirituality evident in angelic wings that also resemble lungs or the grotesque yet beautiful portrait busts of goddess figures. Perhaps what unites all of the works in the exhibition is an engagement with the symbolic and an ability to, as Hal Foster once described the not unrelated work of Robert Gober, sustain enigma.

The Bancroft Garden Sculpture Show

The Bancroft Garden sculpture show has been more successful every year for the past ten years. For the last 3 years, it is an exclusive Pac Rim show, so long as we organize it for the all-volunteer garden foundation. In return, sculptors donate 30% of all sales to the garden.

This June 17-19, there were $16,734 in sculpture sales, distributed between 13 sculptors. 38 pieces sold. The average sale was $440, and one sculptor, who does this show every year, sold 14 pieces. The highest price work to sell was $1500, and there were 5 sales over $1000.

Huge kudos to Pac Rim’s David Mudgett, the one-man organizer, fund raiser, design director, promote, curator, set-upper, take- downer, sculptor’s advocate, liaison to the gardeners, chief helper and head coach of this event!

By Joe Bologna

Bancroft Show dates for 2006

Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 noon-5pm with an artists reception on Friday evening.

Monday, June 20, 2005

News Flash! Blog-tech for PRSG site

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Web log, or blog, technology has come to PRSG, promising to simplify website maintenance for this organization of West Coast sculptors and their associates. The development crew anticipates separate sections for up-to-date announcements and core background articles (e.g., membership information, resource listings).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

April/May 2005 Exhibition Committee Report

By Susan Peterson

600 Townsend Exhibitions
June 9 - July 22, 2005.
July 28 - September 23

Our San Jose exhibition was a big hit. We have a full page review in the March issue of ArtWeek. You may view images on a website I put together at:

Other important items we are working on are sending a PRSG proposal for a show at next years National Ceramics Conference (NCECA) that will be held in Portland Oregon next March. We are also working on Theme shows for upcoming 600 Townsend shows. Themes we are considering are:
· BIG (sculpture 4 feet or larger)
· Environmental Art/Nature
· Found Object Sculptures (Dumpster Chic)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Dec/Jan 2005 Newsletter

Exhibition Committee Report

By Susan Peterson

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, January 14 - March 11, 2005
Juried by Cathy Kimball, Curator of SJICA.

Falkirk Art Center, January 27 - March 5, 2005

The artists included are:
Nuala Creed, Peter Hiers, Maru Hoeber, Ralph Holker. Coille McLaughlin Hooven, Jane Johnson, Debra Koppman, Allen Lavee, Timothy Rose, Victoria R. Skirpa, Gina Telcocci, Lynne Todaro, Ellen Vogel

Next 600 Townsend Exhibition June 2005.

PRSG has had an excellent review of our group with good images of the Grounds for Sculpture exhibition in the November issue of Sculpture Magazine.

Grounds for Sculpture catalogues are only $1 each. Contact Susan Peterson for copies: "susan AT mudgrrl DOT com"

The exhibition committee is currently working towards more opportunities for shows around the Bay Area as well as travelling exhibits. If you want to get involved, or have contacts, please contact Peter Hiers "peterhiers AT neteze DOT com" or Susan Peterson at "susan AT mudgrrl DOT com"

Monday, January 31, 2005

About Us

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Pacific Rim Sculptors Group was formed in 1988 by six San Francisco Bay Area sculptors who wanted to establish a new forum for their peers to meet, exchange ideas and exhibit their work. The first newsletter was published in August of 1990. The ongoing exhibition relationship with the Contract Design Center (now 600 Townsend) was also begun in 1990. The organization wrote its by-laws in 1991, “to ensure we remained a democratic organization,” and by 1993 Pacific Rim had grown to the point that an administrator was brought on to handle day-to-day affairs and publish the newsletter.

The Pacific Rim Sculptors Group maintains an active slide registry containing slides of the works of its members. The registry is available to members as well as curators, gallery owners and collectors.

Pacific Rim publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing announcements of organization exhibitions, programs and activities, members news, minutes of the meetings, exhibition, grant and commission opportunities, and other information of interest to its members.

Pacific Rim sponsors informal slide nights where members gather to view slides and discuss work.

Pacific Rim sponsors 4 juried exhibitions per year at 600 Townsend in San Francisco, as well as other exhibitions at venues throughout the Bay Area.


You may notice this is outdated.  It's nice for historical purposes, however for up to date information about Pacific Rim Sculptors, come see our new website  Thanks!

  • Upcoming Show PRSG Members show at Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA. May 3-27, 2010. Curated by Carin Adams of the Oakland Museum. Artists Opening Reception Saturday, May 8 from 5-8PM.

  • Earthy Pleasures, PRSG Members Maru Hoeber, Susan Peterson, Chris Dworin, and Ralph Holker show at Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA. March 6-March 31, 2010.

  • Members show, Cherry Art Center Carmel, CA
  • Members show, Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa, CA
  • Snooze Button, Members show, Richmond Art Center, juror, Stephen Wolf, owner of Stephen Wolf Gallery, 49 Geary. SF
  • 16 Years at Townsend, Final Members Exhibition, Atrium 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA; juror, Robert Brady, sculptor
  • Objects of Engagement, Atrium 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA; juror Michelle Rowe Shields,
  • Strange Days, Atrium 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA; juror, Tara McDowell, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA
  • In the Round, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; juror, Cathy Kimball, curator
  • Wit and Wisdom, Falkirk Art Center, San Rafael, CA; juror, Beth Goldberg, Director of Falkirk
  • Off the Rim, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, juror: Brooke Barrie, Director
  • Winter Members Show, California Dreaming, juror John Toki, owner of Leslie Ceramics, Faculty of CCA, Oakland, CA
  • Members Exhibition, Kenneth Baker, juror
  • Fall Members Show; juror Cheryl Haines, owner of Haines Gallery, 49 Geary, San Francisco, CA
  • Annual Outdoor Exhibition; juror Brigitte MicMacker, John Denning, owners of A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • 2003 Summer Exhibition; juror Steven Oliver, owner of Oliver Ranch, Sonoma Valley, CA
  • Shaping Possibility; Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Invitational, Gallery 555 & Museum of CA Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA
  • Members Exhibition; juror Karen Tsujimoto, curator of Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
  • 4th Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial; juror Rene Yañez, co-founder of La Raza Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Steamie Crème with No Theme; juror Rene Di Rosa, director of DiRosa Sculpture Preserve, San Francisco, CA
  • Natural Selections; juror Susan Cummins, owner of Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
  • The Promise of the New: Becomings; juror Donna Schumacher, curator, architect, artist, San Francisco, CA
  • Members Exhibition; juror Rene De Guzman, curator of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
    San Francisco, CA
  • Best Friends; juror Susan Hillhouse, curator of Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
  • Bay Area Student Sculpture Bienniel; juror Catherine Clark, owner of Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Spring 2000; juror David Middlebrook, Professor, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Tribute to the Founders/Members; juror Ruth Braunstein, owner of Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Mission Statement

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The PRSG mission is to promote cultural vitality and artistic diversity necessary for a healthy society in the following ways:
  • Increasing public awareness of sculpture through public and private sculpture exhibits, education, and resource & outreach programs;
  • Encouraging artistic diversity and excellence by providing a network in which artists meet, show their work, exchange their ideas, and address issues of common concern;
  • Providing collective opportunities and resources for members;
  • Fostering development of all sculptors.

Friday, January 28, 2005

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Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feed of the PRSG web site is now available via this URL:
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Saturday, January 01, 2005

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