Sondra Schwetman

 

            (936) 662-0628

            sondraschwetmanart@gmail.com

            Web page: www.sondraschwetmanart.com

 

Education

MFA 1995 - The University of Houston, Houston, TX.

Major areas: Sculpture and Metalsmithing.

 

BFA 1986 - The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Major: Art - Visual Communications.

 

Teaching Experience

Current: Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Position: Associate Professor - Sculpture.

 

Research Grants Received

2016 – Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Humboldt State University, grant to support a lecture    and critiques, guest artist Alison Saar.          

 

Exhibition Record (*solo exhibition, + collaborative “Metal Pin Cushion” exhibition)

2020   

November 1 – December 26, 2020, Winter Juried Show, realART , Agoura Hills, CA, Juror Sylvia White.

 

July 5 – August 30, 2020, Summer Show, realART, Agoura Hills, CA, Juror Sylvia White.

 

October 1 – November 27, 2020, Madonna Play, Stichting White Cube Gallery,

Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

 

January 17 – February 21, 2020 Collectively Shifting, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, guest curator Ms. Cecilia Vargas. This exhibition featured one of my works and was intended for local, regional, national audiences and members of the profession.

 

January 4 – February 1, 2020, Red 2020, Bayside Post office, Bayside, CA. This exhibition featured two of my works and was intended for a local audience.

 

 

2019   

October 24 – 27, 2019, 100% Vrouw (100% Female), Stichting White Cube Gallery,

Alkmaar, the Netherlands. This exhibition featured one of my works and was intended for local, regional, national, international audiences and members of the profession.

 

Oct 7 – Nov 7, 2019, EnGENDERing Change, National Exhibition, Cloyde Snook Art Gallery, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO. This exhibition featured one of installations and was intended for local, regional, national audiences and members of the profession.

 

September 18 – October 19, 2019, Faculty Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, HSU, Arcata, CA. Featured two of my works and was intended for a local audience.

 

July 5 – October 24, 2019, 32nd September Exhibition, Alexandria Museum, Alexandira

LA, juror’s award. This exhibition featured one of my installations and was intended for local, regional, national audiences and members of the profession.

 

 

June 1 – June 24, 2019, WCA Exhibition, Umpqua Bank Gallery, Arcata, CA. This exhibition featured one of my installations and was intended for a local audience.

 

June 1 – August 1, 2019, Decadence and Desire, Gallery 114, Portland, OR. This exhibition featured one of my installations and was intended for local, regional, national audience and members of the profession.

 

            May 3 – May 26, 2019, Under a Dark-Wine Sea, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ.

This exhibition featured 2 of my works and was intended for local, regional, national audiences and members of the profession.

 

 

2018   

September 13 – October 12, 2018, Faculty Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, HSU, Arcata, CA. This exhibition featured two of my works and was intended for a local audience.

 

July 18 - August 26, 2018, RISE: Empower, Change and Action! Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, CA This exhibition featured one of my works and was intended for local, regional, national audiences and members of the profession, independent curator Karen Gutfreund.

 

           

April, 21 – May 19, 2018 Metamorphosis, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA. This exhibition featured four women sculptors. This exhibition features 3 of my large works and numerous small works. It is intended for members of the profession and local, region and national audience.

 

            February, February 22 – March 10, 2018, Art Speaks: Lend Your Voice, Santa       Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA. This exhibition features one work from a new            series: Bloodless Coup. This exhibition is intended for members of the profession, regional and local audiences.

 

            February 15 – April 28, 2018, Ka-Pow Heroic Women, Pacific Pinball Museum,

 Alameda, CA. This exhibition features one work from a new series: Bloodless Coup. This exhibition is intended for members of the profession, regional and local audiences.

 

                               

2017   

              October 14 – November 26, 2017, Underbelly, H Gallery, Ventura, CA. I exhibited my Red Line of Fate installation. This work was chosen by the gallery curator for exhibition. The exhibition was intended for the general public, community and members of the profession.

 

                October – November , 2017, Annual Faculty Exhibition, 

Reese-Bullen Gallery HSU Arcata, CA. I exhibited one new sculpture

from my Bloodless Coupe series. This exhibition was intended for a local audience.

 

                 January 19 – March 24 Humboldt State University Department of Art Faculty and Staff Halden Gallery, Lake Tahoe Community College, Tahoe, CA. This exhibition was intended for both a professional as well as general audience.

 

            January 2 – February 2, Boxed, Bayside Post Office, Arcata, CA. I am exhibiting a

completed series. Intended for a local, general audience.

 

            January 2 – 15, SNAP! Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA. I exhibited one of a new series.    This exhibition was intended for both a professional as well as general audience.

 

2016   

            July 5 – July 29, Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA

            Exhibition sponsored by Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org. I am exhibiting      one installed sculpture entitled Plumb Boobs. (catalog) This exhibition was intended for both a professional as well as general audience.

 

            February 22 – March 21, HSU Faculty and Student Exhibition, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA. This exhibition addresses the relationship between students and faculty. I am exhibiting a partial installation entitled Red Line of Fate, my student, Milo Stasser, is

exhibiting a piece entitled Empty Words. Both works utilize body casting.

 

            January 15 – February 20, Trending: Contemporary Art Now, Online Gallery, Target        Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA. One of my installations entitled Threads will be represented as well as a smaller wall piece, Five Little Dresses. These      pieces were chosen by Elizabeth Garvey, co-founder and owner Garvey Simon Art Access. (catalog)

 

2015

            April 2 - 30, Voices: An Artist’s Perspective, in conjunction with Karen Gutfreund Art      and UniteWomen.org, the National Association of Women Artists in NYC. One of my           installations entitled Red Line of Fate will be featured. Awarded Juror’s Choice Award by Joan McLoughlin, a gallery owner based in San Francisco. (catalog)

 

            February 20 – April 30, Contemporary Women Artists XVII Reimagining Femmage an      international biennial exhibit juried by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director of the   Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM), one of my works will be featured in this     exhibition. (catalog)

 

            February 7 – 22 Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access, juror: Petra Kuppers, Westbeth Center for Arts, Chelsea, NY. One of my installation entitled: Red   Line of Fate will be featured in this exhibition. (catalog)

 

2014   

            December 8- December 31, 2014, Through the Eyes of the Mother in two parts: An Album for my Mother and Awakening Goddess, Baekryun Gallery, Seogu, Qwangju, South Korea. This exhibition was curated by Hye-seong Tak Lee.(catalog). This international exhibition featured one of my pieces and was intended for cultural exchange, the general public as well as members of the profession. (catalog)

           

            September 30 – October 24, 2014, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Firehouse

Gallery, Grants Pass, OR, This was a regional invitational for all artists who had shown at

the Firehouse Gallery during the last twenty years. It featured one of my pieces and was                 for the general public.

 

September 5 – October 5, 2014, Annual Faculty Exhibition, Humboldt State

University First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA. I exhibited one new installed sculpture

from my “Characters of a Lesser Mythology” series. This exhibition was intended for the             general public, campus community and members of the profession.

 

            June 6 – July 19, 2014 Disconnect, Transmission Gallery, Oakland CA, This

exhibition was a member exhibition for Northern California Women’s Caucus for

 Art. It featured one of my pieces. (catalog)

 

April 18 – May 16, 2014, HSU Annual Sculpture Walk, HSU Campus, Arcata, CA, This was an exhibition in the HSU Library that featured my work and the works of my students. This exhibition was intended for the campus community. (catalog)

 

            March 1 – April 12, 2014 Piante` Gallery, Eureka, CA, this was a collaborative two

person exhibition. Metal Pin Cushion exhibited collaboratively created works from a residency in Kentucky, and I exhibited a new installation entitled “We are connected by the red line of fate….” This local exhibition and was intended for the general public as well as members of the profession.

 

             March 1 – April 1, 2014, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Featured Artist Showcase,      Eureka, CA. I gave a lecture for OLLI about my work and brought samples of materials that I use for “show and tell”. This exhibition was composed of all of the artists in that particular speaker series. This exhibition was intended for the general public.

 

              February 1 – March 15, 2014 Korean Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, I was chosen for this exhibition from my website by a curator from South Korean. This exhibition was intended for the general public as well as members of the profession. It coincided with the Annual Women’s Caucus for Art and College Art Association Conferences in Chicago, IL. (catalog)

 

              Art of Fiber, Nov. 19 – Dec 31, 2014 Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA, Curator: Amy Lust.  This was a national exhibition featuring one of my fiber works, entitled “Scissor Damage”. Out of 200 entries 77 works were chosen to display. The exhibition space is an old prison renovated into a community, visual and performing arts center. This exhibition was intended for the general public as well as members of the profession.

 

               Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Annual Small Works Exhibition, Nov. 4 – Dec. 9, Loveladies, NJ, Juror: Michael Cagno. 230 works by 63 artists were chosen. This national level exhibition featured four of my small bronze works from the     “Wedge Series”. This exhibition was intended for the general public as well as members      of the profession.

 

            Junque Art Show, Oct.12 – Nov. 27, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.  This was an    annual local exhibition featuring one of my works. I entered this exhibition along with    my students as a community building activity. This exhibition was intended for the general public.

 

            Annual Faculty Exhibition, Sept. 13 – Oct. 4, Humboldt State University, Reese Bullen    Gallery, Arcata, CA, This was HSU’s Annual open exhibition for faculty featuring five of my works – one installation entitled Threads, and four small bronzes from the Wedge   Series. This exhibition was intended for a local audience.

 

             HSU Annual Sculpture Walk, Apr. 15 – May 14, HSU Campus, Arcata, CA. This exhibition featured one of my works. I participate in the exhibition whenever   possible as it helps validate my students’ efforts. This exhibition was intended for the general public and campus community. (catalog)

 

Publications (included in these)

            Trending: Contemporary Art Now! Exhibition Catalog, Torpedo Factory Art Center,                                 Alexandria, VA.

            National Juried Exhibition Exhibition Catalog, Westbeth Gallery, Chelsea, NY.

            Voices an Artist’s Perspective Exhibition Catalog, Gallery Nine-5, New York, NY.

            Through the Eyes of the Mother in Two Parts: an Album for my Mother and Awaking                               Goddess Exhibition Catalog, Baekryun Gallery, Seogu, Qwangju, South Korea.

            Meet a Board Member, Women’s Caucus for Art E-News, September 2014 Edition.

            Metal Pin Cushion: Sondra Schwetman and Patrick Williams Wed Their Artistic

                        Styles, by Ken Weiderman, Art Beat, The North Coast Journal, Feb 27, 2014.

            Through the Eyes of the Mother Exhibition Catalog, Korean Cultural Center,

                        Chicago Il, 2014.

            Structure Exhibition Catalog, Arc Studios and Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2013.

            Stories We Tell Exhibition Catalog, Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY, 2013.

            “Contemporary Female Artists”, by Victoria Dalkey, Bee Art Correspondent,                                           Sacramento Bee, Sunday, Aug 29, 2010.

            Contemporary Women Artist XV: Art As Activism Exhibition Catalog,

            St. Louis Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, March 2010.

           

Bibliography, Panels, Presentations, Workshops and Visiting Artist Lectures

2019    Sculpture Digest Article, “Easy Hardware Store Molds”, February 11, 2019. This article was about mold making.

2014

            Through the Eyes of the Mother Exhibition Tour, Korean Culture Center,

            Chicago, IL. This was an artist’s tour and lecture.

           

            Through the Eyes of the Mother Exhibition, Book Signing, College Art

            Association, Chicago, IL.

 

            OLLI Show Case Artist Lecture, Eureka, CA, This was a lecture about my work for an

            audience of 60 community members enrolled in the OLLIE program.

 

Workshops, exhibitions and lectures organized

2020 Guest Artist Kirils Pantelejevs, from Riga, Latvia, Figure sculpting workshop.

 

2019 Guest Artist Rik Lee Leipold,  from San Francisco, CA, Resin Workshop.

 

2018 Guest Artist Lesley Dill, from NYC, public lecture and student critiques.

 

2018 Reality Sandwiches exhibition with WCA, Young Women’s Caucus.

 

2016 Guest Artist from LA, Alison Saar, Saar is a major figure in the international art world.    She will be speaking on her life as an artist, and giving critiques on March 2 – 3. This            speaker was arranged on behalf of Women’s Caucus for Art, Humboldt.

 

2015 (Dis) Comfort, Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA. I organized and sponsored this national exhibition for the Young Women’s Caucus of Women’s Caucus for Art.

 

           

Professional, University and Community Service (Committees, etc.)

University

 

State

2015 – present Course Reviewer for C-ID (course identification numbers) through the           California Community College Senate. The C-ID was created to aid in articulation from           California community colleges to the CSU and UC systems. Comparisons of Student

Learning Outcomes and proposed course content are based on Course Descriptors created by committees of UC and CSU professors (I also served on this committee). 10 hrs./year

 

University

 

2018 – present (3 year Term) Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Standards and Criteria

Committee. I was elected to serve on this committee that reviews and accepts or declines departmental RTP standards and criteria. We review RTPSCs for various departments and give suggestions for making the standards, clearer, more precise and therefore more usable. I am on the CAHSS subcommittee

 

2018 – present (3 years 2020) Student Grievance Committee

 

2017- 2019 Planning Committee for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

 

2016 – 2018 Awards Selection Committee

 

 2014-2017 Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Standards and Criteria Committee. I was      elected to serve on this committee that reviews and accepts or declines departmental RTP     standards and criteria. We review RTPSCs for various departments and give suggestions for making the standards, clearer, more precise and therefore more usable. I am on the CNRS subcommittee.

 

2014 - present HSU Art Department Executive Committee, Arcata, CA. This year the executive committee is working on our reaccreditation document for NASAD (National        Association for Schools of Art and Design). My sections are “Community Involvement” and “Articulation with Community Colleges”.

 

 2014 – present Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory Board This committee was     formed in accordance with the revised CSU Policy for the Provision of Accommodations            and Support Services to Students with Disabilities (Code: AA 2002-35, July 2002). The committee meets when needed to review policies and procedure related to services for      students with disabilities.

 

2014 – 2016 General Faculty, Treasurer, I was elected to this position. The charge is to            attend meetings, help orchestrate General Faculty elections and other general faculty matters    and draft resolutions for the Academic Senate. I also keep a record of the general faculty funds. Miscellaneous other tasks include planning General Faculty socials and recognition of      retiring faculty. (second) Two-year appointment.

 

2014 – present Accessible Technology Steering Committee, Coordinates Accessible                 Technology sub-committees (indefinent term)

 

2014 – 2019 ATI/IMAP Committee (Chair), This IMAP sub-committee meets once a month     to discuss Accessible Technology and the Instuctional Materials Accessibility Plan.

      For the last three years I have written the ATI – IM report that goes to the Chancllars Office. 15 Hrs/fall semester and 2 Hrs/month spring semester.

 

2014 - 2015 Professional Leave Committee, This committee reviews sabbatical leave

applications and considers questions related to the quality of proposed sabbatical

projects. We carefully read and consider each application Sabbatical leaves are     competitive so applications must be weighed against each other for feasibility and merit.   The committee discusses each application and votes whether they are “not recommended”, “recommended”, or “highly recommended”. The committee then writes a letter to each candidate. This is a recommending body only. The Provost makes the ultimate decision.

 

2014 – 2019 Accessible Technology Initiative/Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan        (ATI IMAP) Committee. This committee meets once a month to discuss Accessible   Technology and the Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan. The plan is updated once a            year. The ATI is an initiative from the Chancellor's Office to make HSU's Information technology accessible to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. Instructional   Materials (IM) are considered to be forms of communication and must therefore be           delivered in a manner that is equally effective for persons with disabilities. Communication is considered to be equally effective when it is comparable in quality to those received by students without disabilities, comparable in timeliness of delivery and   availability, and provided in a manner and medium appropriate to the students. Materials (IM) are considered to be forms of communication and must therefore be delivered in a manner that is equally effective for persons with disabilities. Communication is students without disabilities, comparable in timeliness of delivery and availability, and provided in a manner and medium appropriate to the students.

 

Department

2014    RTP Criteria and Standards Committee, HSU, Arcata, CA, This was an art

            department committee charged with revamping our Retention, Tenure and Promotion for

            resubmission to the appropriate committee (RTPSC Committee).

 

20014– 2018 (committee disbanded) Art Department Safety Committee, Committee charged with writing departmental safety procedures.

 

2014 – 2015 IUPC, Art Department Initiating Unit Personnel Committee for the Art      Department, meets as needed for personnel matters .

 

            Interim Jewelry Professor Search Committee, HSU, Arcata, CA. This was a successful search to find an interim jewelry instructor to replace our current chair during the duration of her position.

 

Sculpture Area

            I did a complete re-write of the sculpture curriculum to go into effect when 3D Design is in place as the 3D component of the major core curriculum.

 

            MSF request for safety gear written by me and accepted.

 

Profession

2016 – present Advisor YWC

2016 – 2018 Interim Chair and advisor, Young Women’s Caucus (a sub caucus of WCA)

           

2016 – present National Director of Student Programs, Women’s Caucus for Art, New         York, NY. As a charge is to create and involve more campus chapters with this aging           organization. I have been working on a packet to send to selected university art programs that includes a letter by me. We have also been working on starting a Latina Caucus.

            5+ Hours /month.

 

2014 – present Faculty Advisor, Women’s Caucus for Art Club, HSU, Arcata, CA. In 2014    I helped students found a Women’s Caucus for Art Club. The mission of the Women's          Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. The     club is having a field trip to the WCA Conference in New York, NY in February 2015.    The club is also involved with a variety of projects from making a “zine” to “Art Tag”. 2+ Hours/week

 

2014 – present Faculty Advisor, University Sculptors Alliance, HSU, Arcata, CA.

 

2014 – present National Board, Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY. I was invited to join the national board for WCA. The board is the governing agency for WCA.        

50+ Hours/year

 

2014 – 2016 National Membership Chair, Women’s Caucus for Art, New York, NY. As a      charge is to create and involve more campus chapters with this aging organization. I have             been working on a packet to send to selected university art programs that includes a letter             by me. We have also been working on starting a Latina Caucus. 7+ Hours /month.

 

2014 – present Advisory Board for the Young Women’s Caucus of the Women’s Caucus for Art. This is a national organization that provides resources, opportunities and support for      young women artists. I am on the board with three other women. We work together to create exhibition opportunities and help universities create local chapters. 5 Hours/semester

 

Department

            IAS III Search Committee, Chair, HSU, Arcata, CA., This was a successful search for a new ISA III Sculpture Technician. 10 hrs.

 

3 Design Committee This committee’s charged was to build 3D Design curriculum and sample syllabus. 3D Design will be in place fall 2015 and will charge our major core requirements. 1         hr/week for 5 weeks

 

Professional Conferences

2020 - Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Chicago, This is WCA’s annual conference. We have several  sessions in conjunction with the annual College Art Association, visit local galleries and network. Participated in annual Winter Exhibition.

2019 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board Meeting, Exhibition LA

2018 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board Meeting, Exhibition NYC

2017 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board Meeting, Exhibition Chicago.

2016 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board Meeting, Exhibition NYC.

2015 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board Meeting, Exhibition LA.

2014 - Women’s Caucus for Art Portland Visioning Leadership Retreat, Portland,

OR. This two day facilitated retreat was for WCA board members. We devised workable  goals to move the organization forward.

2014 - Women’s Caucus for Art bi-Annual Board Meeting, Portland, OR.

2014 – Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Board meeting, Exhibition, Chicago.

 

Areas of Specialization: Sculpture, Installation.

 

Technical Skills

Ceramic Shell, Standard Investment, Bonded Sand for Bronze, Iron and Aluminum Casting; Water Based and Urethane/Epoxy Fiberglass-Reinforced Resin Casting; Gas/Stick/MIG/TIG Welding, Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, Plasma Cutting, Steel Fabrication, Gas Forge Operation and Techniques; Slip Casting, Silicon/Plaster/Urethane/Latex Molds, Body Molds, Fabrication/Casting/Raising/Forming Non-Ferrous Metals, Forge Tool Making, Lapidary, Aluminum Anodizing, Plating, Enameling; Stone Carving, Wood Fabrication; Fabric Dyeing and Fabrication. I currently teach or have taught all of these.

 

Professional Memberships

International Sculpture Center

Women’s Caucus for Art

Art Table

Gallery