Current Exhibitions

March 14, 2014 to April 27, 2014

An awards program supporting the exposure and advancement of Sonoma County’s emerging artists

The Discovered Awards will be presented to four talented Sonoma County artists in the early stages of their career who exhibit exceptional creative excellence and individuality.  Award recipients will be honored for their contribution to Sonoma County with a cash prize, a catalogue and an exhibition at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. This exhibition, featuring the four award recipients, is presented in partnership with Community Foundation Sonoma County.

Upcoming Exhibitions

April 18 to April 27, 2014

The goal of this year's theme, Sense of Place was to connect students to a particular environment or geographic location, engage their visual and tactile senses, evoke memory, imagine new possibilities, explore personal connection to Sonoma, and challenge students to make and document an important discovery of their own. Artistic concepts and projects explored included: space planning, space visualization, perspective, proportion & scale, 2-d and 3-d designs in response to specific people/places/uses, real & imagined.

Initiated in 2000, Art Rewards the Student (A.R.T.S.) is the Museum's longest-running education program that places professional teaching artists in 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms throughout Sonoma Valley at no cost to the schools. Activities and current SVMA exhibition themes are integrated with the public school curriculum and the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework. Site + Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design provided the primary inspiration for this year's progjects.

A.R.T.S. 2014 is funded by grants from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, plus additional support from Rosemary and Kevin McNeely and Megan and Paul Segre, as well as contributions from SVMA members and friends.

May 10 to July 27, 2014

A politically, socially and ecologically committed artist, Wiley continues (at age 76) to use language and paint, collage and construction, to pull us into his world to experience his view. In this exhibition, guest curators Peter Selz and Sue Kubly will present Wiley’s recent political paintings, new abstract paintings, sculpture and works on paper of the 21st Century. To enhance the visitor experience and to connect more directly to the personality of the artist, a replica of one Wiley’s Woodacre studio walls will be installed as part of the exhibition. The studio wall will have drawings, watercolors, and various sketches as well as notes for his work.

August 8 to October 26, 2014

What is a "realistic" picture?  When does a painting seem deeply resonant of the real world, one that taps into our sense of lived reality?  These questions, which artists have long grappled with, continue to drive the explorations of many painters today. Realism, really? presents a selection of California artists who focus on diverse aspects of realism in their work: Chester Arnold, Guy Diehl, F. Scott Hess, Marina Moevs, Douglas Fenn Wilson, and Jeong Im Yi.  Guest curated by Jennifer Bethke, the exhibition explores the expansive boundaries of realism today, through this collection of powerful contemporary painters.

November 8 to January 25, 2015

Eleanor Coppola is a conceptual artist, documentary filmmaker, and writer based in Napa. Her artworks and collaborative installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe, including recent museum exhibitions in Oslo and Stockholm. She was an active participant in the Bay Area conceptual art movement of the 1970s, exhibiting and staging events at venues that included the San Francisco Art Institute, the Dante Hotel in North Beach, and other spaces. She has collaborated on installation works with fellow artists Lynn Hershman, Robbilee Frederick, Richard Beggs, and others. Eleanor Coppola’s sensibility and sensitivity to phenomena of the natural world is seen in her drawings, watercolors, photography, and sculptures that respond to and incorporate elements from her surroundings. As a documentary filmmaker, she is best known for her film “Hearts of Darkness,” which chronicled the making of her husband Francis Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now.” This exhibition is co-curated by Kate Eilertsen and Diane Roby.

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