Gathering features our civic, institutional, and commercial work, basically, the exceptional spaces where we gather. And with Gathering, we wanted to develop a book that explores the collaborative, iterative process from which these spaces evolve and bring you a book that celebrates our shared sense of community. While we cannot come together at present, we believe in the enduring power of these places and in our fierce desire to return to them. In honor of these places, we began the year by hosting a series of conversations that we dubbed the “Year of Gathering.” It’s a forum to convene people and ideas; to think, connect, and build community. Today we’re honored to be joined by friends and colleagues from the San Francisco arts community as we consider the relationships between art, place, space, and community.
Josh is a senior associate at architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Since joining in the practice in 1999, Josh has served as project manager, architect, and adviser on a variety of award-winning projects, including numerous Apple retail stores worldwide and the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park. Outside of the office Josh is teaches in architectural and art departments of Bay Area colleges and has his own conceptual art practice.
Carissa Potter is an artist who lives and works in Oakland, California. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, is a founding member of Colpa Press, and is the founder of People I’ve Loved. Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, and the De Young Museum, to name a few, and has also served as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. I like you, I love you, Carissa’s first book, was published with Chronicle Books in 2015, and her second book, It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply, was published in 2018. Currently, Carissa is working on If You Were Here Now, a project presenting guided videos by artists that can help people navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic
Jeannene Przyblyski, Ph.D., is an artist, historian, and educator, working on questions of people, place and representational regimes, most recently focused on the U.S. and China. She received her B.A. in Visual Art from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. in the History of Art from UC Berkeley. Przyblyski has published widely on photography, media, visual culture and urbanism. Her art and urbanism think tank, the Bureau of Urban Secrets, has conducted time traveling experiments and media-based psycho-geographic mappings in locations across the United States. The Some Place Chronicles, a multi-year art and community engagement project was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to map in bilingual artist’s books the history and culture of LA’s unincorporated areas, with Przyblyski as lead artist (2014-2017). She has two current projects: an artist’s book tracing the afterimages of Robert Smithson woven through her own work and that of other artists, and a not quite fictional travelogue charting the paths of foreign explorers in China. Dr. Przyblyski has spent her entire teaching career at art schools, as Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute (1996-2012), as Provost and Faculty in the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (2012-2018), and returning to SFAI in 2019 as Dean Emerita and Distinguished Professor Emerita. She also holds international professorships at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai.
Andy Rappaport is the co-founder of the Minnesota Street Project, a San Francisco organization offering economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits. Previously, he was a partner at August Capital, a leading venture firm, and spent more than 30 years founding, investing, and guiding transformative start-up companies. Andy and his wife Deborah are long-time art collectors and supporters of Bay Area artists and arts organizations. In 2014, the couple created the Minnesota Street Project in response to the rising rents and business costs in the arts community. Andy is also an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and video artist. He and Deborah live in Northern California and have three adult children.
Eleanor Harwood studied Film and Video Production and Theory and American Studies with an emphasis in Visual Culture at UCSC. She also holds an MFA in Painting from CCA. Her work background includes documentary film work, video art preservation, and later onto special effects producing. She curated the Adobe Books backroom gallery from the end of 2002-2006. She then opened Eleanor Harwood Gallery in 2006. Harwood has worked on various curatorial projects in the Bay Area. Her eponymous gallery exhibits painting, drawing, textile, photo and sculpture, specializing in work with complex craft and concept. The gallery’s aesthetic often includes meticulous work not so much for its order but for its integrity of purpose.