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TRAVIS SOMERVILLE

 

Biography

Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad.

Somerville's work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, TX; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA; Florida A&M University, Tallahasee, FL; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.

Travis Somerville has garnered critical attention in numerous publications including The Washington Post, Art in America, FlashArt and The Los Angeles Times.
His work is included in numerous Museum collections, including SF MoMA; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego CA; the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY; the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia, 1963

Lives and works in San Francisco, California

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1984   San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1983   Independent Study with Jane Hammond, Baltimore, Maryland

1982-3  Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018   Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland (upcoming)

            Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, AL (upcoming) 

2017    Homeland No Security, CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain

2016    The New World, Ponce+Robles gallery, Madrid, Spain

2014    American Rhetoric, Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, AL

2013    Rainbow Warrior, Earthbound Moon Project, Moriarty, New Mexico

            Rebirth of a Nation, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

            A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

2011    Places I’ve Never Been, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco California

2010    Rededicated to the proposition…Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

            …a portion of the field., Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2009    Dedicated to the proposition…Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles,  California 

2008    Authentic Facsimiles of a Nation, Caren Golden Fine Art Gallery, New York, New York

2007    The Great American Let Down, Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2006    American Cracker Too, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton    Rouge, Louisiana

            American Cracker, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

            Peckerwood Nation, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, California

2004    More Songs of the South, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, California

2003    More Songs of the South, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California (catalogue)

2002    Another Song of the South, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

2000    Song of the South, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

            Travis Somerville: New Work, University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

1998    The Land of Cotton, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

1996    I’ve Never Been to Aceldama: New Work (125th San Francisco Art Institute Anniversary Exhibit), Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

1994    Introductions, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, California

1993    Travis Somerville, Mace, San Francisco, California

1992    Travis Somerville, Mace, San Francisco, California

1991    Travis Somerville, Mace, San Francisco, California

            Travis Somerville, Show N Tell, San Francisco, California

1990    Travis Somerville, Mace, San Francisco, California

1989    Travis Somerville, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California

            Travis Somerville, Show N Tell, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIONS

 

2017    Political Gestures, Heike Strelow Gallerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2013    Pulp3, Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, AL  

            White Boys, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha Logan

2012    Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Cultural Centre Mechelen, 

            Scheppers Institute, Academy of Fine Arts, Town hall, The Old Meat Market, Museum Hof of

            Busleyden, Lamot Conference and Heritage Centre, Brussels, Belgium. Curated by Katerina     Gregos

            Well-Division, On-Site Installation, Texas Contemporary 2012, Houston, Texas

            Portraiture Post Facebook, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

2011    Reconsidering Regionalism: Images of the South 1951-2011, Jule Collins Smith Museum of   Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

2010    Art Shack, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

            Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California

            PAPER!AWESOME!, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, California

            Altered States: The Collection in Context, Gatehouse Gallery, di Rosa Reserve, Napa, California

            Collecting California, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

2009    Lincoln: Man, Myth, and Memory, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford, Connecticut

2008    Reality Check, Overtones, Los Angeles California

            The Audacity of Hope, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

2008    Portraying Lincoln, Madden Arts Center, Decatur, Illinois

2007    Civil Twilight, Electric Works, San Francisco, California

            The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San   Francisco, California(catalogue)

            A House is Not a Home, curated by Beth DeWoody, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, New York

            smART, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

            Martin Luther King Jr: Life, Times, and Legacy, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford,   Connecticut

            Breaking Ground Breaking, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

2006    Strictly Graphite* with a little bit of gouache, College of Marin Art Gallery, Kentfield, California

2005    Art of Engagement, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California (catalogue)

            Worth a Thousand Words; The Book as Image, University Library Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park,California

            The Other Mainstream: Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona (catalogue)

            Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, San Jose   Museum of Art, San Jose, California (catalogue)

2003    Spectrum, Access Institute, San Francisco, California

            Au Naturel, di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Napa, California

            What Lies B’(N)eath, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida (catalogue)

            Sprout, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

            Cut, Copy, Paste: The Art of Contemporary Collage, de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

            Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Exhibition traveled to University of Virginia Art Museum,                 Charlottesville, Virginia (catalogue)

2002    In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Exhibition traveled to Charles Wright                 Museum, Detroit, Michigan; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Brooks                 Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama (catalogue)

            The Lost Frontier: SD02, Spruce Street Forum, San Diego, California

2001    10th Anniversary Exhibition, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

2000    Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)

1999    Collector ~ Curator, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

            Spinal Epidural, Please! Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

1997    Above the Border/Below the Border, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (catalogue)

1996    (Small) Discards, Secession, San Francisco, California

            Consumption, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California

1995    Shades, Consejo Mundila de Artistas Visuales, Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Mark Mace

1994    Something for Everyone, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, California

            Bibliophilia: Books by Artists, Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, California

1991    Fresh Squeezed:Forty Artists from California, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

            The Collage of St.Catherine, Catherine G. Murphy Galleries, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

 

 

AWARDS/LECTURES/RESIDENCY

 

2012    Artist Lecture Series: Travis Somerville, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

            Artist Lecture: Travis Somerville on Well Division, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Texas

2011    Artadia Fellowship Residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York

            Sirius Arts Center Residency, Cork, Ireland

2010    Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, New York

2010    Dedicated to the proposition. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California.

            Issues and Artists. The Arts, University of California Santa Cruz Media Theater, Santa Cruz, California

2000    The Art Council Grant

            Artist in Residence, University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, Texas

 

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Gregos, Katrina and Sorokina, Elena (Eds.). Newtopia: de staat van de mensenrechten (Exhibition   publication). Mechelen,Belgium, Ludion: 2012 Ed. .“Participating Artists: Travis Somerville..” Newtopia: The State of Human Rights Contemporary Art Exhibition in Mechelen and Brussels. Mechelen, Belgium,     Newtopia, 2012

Glentzer, Molly. .“Texas Contemporary Art Fair walks a fine line..” Houston Chronicle (online), October 18, 2012

< http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Texas-Contemporary-Art-Fair-walks-a-fine-line-3961401.php&gt;

Sussman, Matt. .“Uncomfortable Truths..” Guardian, October 12 .– 18, 2011

Reed-Davidson, Travis. .“Renewing our Dedication to the Proposition..” ROMAG (Otis College of Art and Design – Magazine), Vol 8, 2010

Scarborough, James. .“Travis Somerville at Charlie James Gallery..” Artillery, Volume 4, May/June 2010

Turner, Cherie Louise. .“Travis Somerville..” Visual Art Source, 2010

Stallings, Tyler. .“Collecting California Selections from Laguna Art Museum..” 2010

Linton, Meg, Mickalene Thomas. Travis Somerville, Dedicated to the proposition…2010

Melrod, Gerorge, Christian L. Frock, Universities Galleries..” Art Ltd, January 2010

Buckley, Annie. .“Artforum.com: Critics.’ Picks..” Artforum (online), October 27, 2009 <www.artforum.com>

Burgard, Timothy Anglin, Karin Breuer, and Jill D.’Alessandro. .“Keeping Up with Traditions, Contemporary Drawings in the Besser Collection..” The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2007

Bisbort, Alan. .“Honesty at Last The Wadsworth Amistad Center Gets Maniacal About Lincoln..” Hartford Advocate, April 8, 2009

Young, Paul. “Home of the Brave.” Art Ltd, November 2008

Ed. “Art Day Part II.” http://www.napanest.typepad.com (online), July 2, 2008 <http://napanest.typepad.com/flourish/&gt;

Wolff, Rachel. .“Artist Travis Somerville has the World.’s Creepiest Basement..” http://www.nymag.com, January 10, 2008 < http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/01/10/&gt;

Eastman, Dale. “A collector’s guide to the exploding art market.” San Francisco Magazine, January 2008.

SND. .“Travis Somerville, Clayton Murdach at Overtones..” http://www.uber.com, December 8, 2007 <http://uber.com/snd&gt;

Tibbits, Ashley. .“Clayton Murdach and Travis Somerville: The Great American Let Down..” Flavorpill Los Angeles (online), November 3, 2007 <http://flavorpill.com/losangeles/events/2007/11/3/the-great-american-let-down-works-by-claytonmurdach-and-travis-somerville&gt;

Burgard, Timothy Anglin, Karin Breuer and Jill D.’Alessandro. The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection. San Francisco, California. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: 2007

Feinstein, Lea. .“Grand Opening..” SF Weekly, June 13, 2007

Frock, Christian. Breaking Ground Breaking. San Francisco, California. Catharine Clark Gallery: 2007

Stuart, Reginald. .“The Ongoing Struggle to Finance Black History..” The Crisis, January/February 2007

Smith, Brianna. .“Cultural Stimuli in SF..” Flavor Pill (online), May 30 .– June 5, 2006

<http://sf.flavorpill.net/current_mailer.jsp#cracker&gt;

Singer, Matthew. .“Question Authority..” Ventura County Reporter, February 2006

Featured Artist. San Jose Museum of Art Brochure. January 2006

von Busack, Richard. .“No Blood for Oils..” Silicon Valley Metro, November 23 .– 29, 2005

Selz, Peter. Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. Berkeley, California. University of California, Berkeley Press. San Jose Museum of Art, October 2005

Moore, Deborah. .“Southern Hospitality..” Montgomery Advertiser (online), November 2, 2004

<http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/NEWS/StoryLifestylecopydeborah05.htm&gt;

Campbell, Rob. .“A Year in Review..” Santa Barbara Magazine, September 2004

.“Urban Life: Best Cultural Happenings..” San Francisco Magazine, July 2004

Bing, Alison. .“Hitting Home: The Work of Travis Somerville and Jessamyn Lovell..” Kitchen Sink, June 2004

Selz, Peter. .“Reviews: Travis Somerville at Catharine Clark..” Art in America, March 2004

Woodard, Josef. .“No Holds Barred with this Exhibit..” The Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2004

Campbell, Rob. .“Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah: Travis Somerville Rips Apart Racism while Whistling Dixie..” Ventura Country Reporter, January 29, 2004

Laramendy, Nathan. .“More Songs of the South..” Voice, January 19, 2004

Phelps, Jesse. .“More Songs of the South: Socio-historical with Bite..” Ojai Valley News, January 7, 2004

Takhar, Amrieka, .“Whiteness, A Wayward Construction..” Stretcher (online), January 3, 2004

<http://www.stretcher.org/reviews/rev6.php&gt;

Spalding, David. .“Outside the Lines: Conversations with John Bankston and Travis Somerville..” Artweek, November 2003

Campbell, Clayton. .“The Last White Art Show..” FlashArt, October/November 2003.“