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Beth Fein

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Beth Fein
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Interdisciplinary artist, Beth Fein, lives in Berkeley,CA. She works as an artist-in-resident at KALA Art Institute in Berkeley and in her Oakland studio. Her practice includes printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her works are in the collections of the Yale University Library, the San Francisco Art Commission, and the Oakland Museum of California. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Basel, Cuba, Argentina, Switzerland, Vermont, New York, and California. Fein is a professional member of the California Society of Printmakers, the Los Angelos Society of Printmakers and the Boston Printmakers.

Artist Statement

My Travel Prints (unpacked from their portfolio-travel-suitcase) cross distances and borders seeking common ground among diverse cultures.
The places and experiences we share in travel and ordinary life are full of both chance and choice. I’m intrigued by the crossroads of unpredictability and necessity, the allure of new encounters and the distinct sense of place. Difficult decisions have long been a part of my work as I walk the line between the conceptual and the material worlds.

These prints began as moments captured casually on my phone. Transformed in Photoshop, and later made into etchings using a direct to plate technique, they are both an expression of chance and choice. While the destinations may seem exotic, I constantly found myself drawn to vignettes of the familiar and the ordinary. To me, the universality of simple moments across oceans, and cultures, and political divides is what travel is truly about.


California College of Arts, BFASan Francisco State University

Solo (recent) Exhibitions

2018 - 2019 Balancing Acts, Kala Art Institute, Milvia and Addision, Berkeley, CA
2017 When Words Fail, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA, August 4 - September 232015 Prints, Merced Cultural Center, Merced, CA
2013 Voices, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
2012 Rincón de Mi Memoria, 'Ace Proyecto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2010 Portraits, Alta Bates Gallery. Berkeley, CA
2009 Women of the Americas, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA


Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University, Mar Palacios curatorTaller Experimental de Grafica, Havana, Cuba
San Francisco Art Commission
Oakland Museum of California

Grants and Awards (recent)

2017 Speedball Purchase Award, 11th Biennial Miniature Print Exhibition, Center forContemporary Printmaking Juror Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Department ofDrawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2016 Juror’s Recognition Award, “Speak Truth to Power”, by Suzanne Gray of Seager GrayGallery
2016 Best of Show, “Shadows of Silence” video poem, Boundaries Exhibition, Sebastopol ArtCenter, by Paul Mahder, Paul Mahder Gallery
2015 Zellerbach Family Foundation2013 2014 Berkeley Civic Arts Grant2011 Berkeley Civic Arts Grant2010 Zellerbach Family Foundation


2019 Edition / Basel 2019, Druckwerk Printmaking Studio, Basel, Switzerland2019 In Cahoots Artist Residency, Petaluma, CA
2018 Taller Experimental de Grafica, Havana, Cuba
2017 Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2016 Chalk Hill, Healdsburg, CA
2014 Sianoja, Noja, Spain
2013 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2012 'ace Proyecto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007 - present Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA


2019 Aperturas, Iris Negra, 2019 Habana Biennial in Cuba; co-curated with Irena Cepero2005 - 2016 dance anywhere®
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2013 - 2015SFMOMA 2008 - 2013
Oakland Museum of California 2011 – 2015Asian Art Museum 2009 - 2010
Berkeley Art Museum 2009 - 2012, 2016
San Francisco Public Library 2013 – 2016
2014 Photo Exhibit, ODC Theatre Lobby, San Francisco, CA
2011 Handmade Books, Alta Bates Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Publications (recent)

2019 Handmade Magazine, Issue #25
2018 California Printmaker, The New Print: the Marriage of Technology and Tradition2017 Women’s Studio Workshop: Between Words and Press: Beth Fein in the Studio, Post Digital Printmaker
Art in Print, 2015, 2016, 2017
500 Handmade Books, volume 2, Juried by Julie Chen, Lark Books, 2013
California Society of Printmakers: One Hundred Years, 1913 - 2013

Selected Exhibitions

2020 Kala Art Auction, Berkeley, CA
2020 Los Angeles Printmaking Society presents the ImMigration Project
Self Help Graphics and Art, Los Angeles
2019 39th Annual Connect & Collect Art Auction and Exhibition, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
2019 Perception of Place, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA, curator: Marianne McGrath
2019 imMigration, a collaboration with Los Angeles Printmaking, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
2019 Durchscicht, Through-Seen, Druckwerk Exhibition, Schweizerisches Museum für Papier, Schrift und Druck, Curated by Brigitte Corda, Basel Paper Mill and Eveline Schüep, Art Historian
2019 Aperturas, Iris Negra, Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
2019 2019 National Small Works Exhibition, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C. juried by JD Talasek, the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences
2019 Bay Area Prints 2019, Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA
Colleen Terry is associate curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at theFine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2019 Sweet Earth/ Bitter Earth at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA
2019 The Boston Printmakers Traveling Flat File, Printing Arts Fair, The Museum of Printing,Haverhill MA
2019 The Boston Printmakers Traveling Flat File, SCGI 2019, Dallas Texas
2019 SCGI Traveling Exhibition, Gallery at the The University of Texas Arlington, TX
2019 imMigration Exhibition, Los Angeles Society of Printmakers, SCGI, University of North Texas, Denton at UNT Union Gallery
2019 Kala Annual Exhibit, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2019 Beyond 72 DPI, Exchange Portfolio, SGCI, Dallas, TX
2018 Impact 10, Santander, Spain
2018 Climart, Academy of Art University Cannery Galleries, San Francisco, CA
Juried by Gail Wight Associate Professor, Stanford University
2018 The Print Effect 2018: Small Works/Big Impact, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY,
Juried by Lothar Osterburg
2018 International Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition and Forum 2018, Luxembourg
2018 6th Biennial Footprint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT,
Juried by Susan Tallman, Art in Print Editor-in-Chief
2018 Thinking Outside the Frame, New Museum Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Juried by Cathy Kimball, Executive Director and Chief Curator of San Jose Institute of Contemporary
2018 Air, Water, Earth, The Muckenthaler Cultural, Los Angeles Printmaking Society Center, Fullerton, CA,
Juried by Kim Abeles
2018 Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Juried by Jill Munoz
2018 Artist's Annual Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2018 Works on Paper, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Juried by Ric Ambrose Executive Director of Richmond Art Center
2018 Valdosta National 2018, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, GA
Juried by Linda Hall
2017 3rd New York International Miniature Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY,
Juried by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Prints and Illustrated Books at the Metropolitan Museum, New York
2017 NOD to MOD, H Gallery + Studios, Ventura, CA
Curated by Yessíca Torres
2017 Gems IV, Arts Benicia, Benecia, CA
Juried By Donna Seager, Seager-Gray Gallery
2017 The Falkirk Galleries 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Printmaker’s Exhibition, San Rafael, CA
Juried by: Sirima Satama
2017 11th Biennial Miniature Print Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk,CT,
Juror Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2017 POP
! The Power of Printmaking, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA
2017 30th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Shearman Fine Arts Center Annex: Grand Gallery, Lake Charles, LA
Juried by Gia Hamilton Director of the Joan Mitchell Foundation
2017 Currency: 11th Turner National Print Competition, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA
Juried by Erin Sullivan Maynes, Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints, University of San Diego
2017 Adaptable: Facing the Future, Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition,Lee Gallery, Clemson, SC
Juried by Sydney A. Cross, Former President of the Southern Graphics Council
2017 Valdosta National 2017: All-Media Juried Competition, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, GA
Juried by Bryce Speed, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Alabama
2017 5th Biennial Footprint: International Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking,The Project Space, NY, NY
2017 Beneath the Surface, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
2016 A State of Mind: Boston Printmakers, Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH2016 Second Glance, Ohringer Gallery, Rochester, NY
Juried by Art Werger, Professor of Printmaking, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2016 Standout Prints, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN
Juried by Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum
2016 Wild / Mind, Gear Box Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juried by George Lawson, George Lawson Gallery2016 Boundaries, Sebastopol Art Center, Sebastopol, CA
Juried by Paul Mahder, Paul Mahder Gallery
2016 Pressing Matters 2016, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR
Juried by Karen Kunc of Constellation Studios and University of Nebraska in Lincoln
2016 Innervisions: New Prints 2016, International Print Center, New York, NY
Juried by Dan Walsh
2016 Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA
Juried by Suzanne Gray of Seager Gray Gallery and Michelle Nye of SFMOMA ArtistGallery
2016 5th Biennial FootPrint International, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
Juried by Andrew Raftery
2016 Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Juried by Charlotte Eyerman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art
2016 California Future, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA,
Juried by Karen Fiorito
2016 Edinboro National Printmaking, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Juried by Karen Kunc
2016 Print Austin, Flatbed Press Gallery, Austin, TX
Juried by Mary Heathcott, Executive Director, Blue Star Contemporary Museum
2015 New Members / Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Azusa Pacific University, Darling Hall Gallery, LA, CA
2015 Hand Pulled Prints: the Current Practice in Printmaking, Onsite: Brooklyn, NY
Juried by Ruth Lingen, Director of Pace Paper
2015 Pressed: A Printmaking Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CAJuried by Andrea Voinot, KALA Art Institute Prints: CA
2015 LA, and Beyond II, 2015, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juried by Michelle Murillio, Assistant Professor in Printmaking CCA, Oakland, CA
2014 - 2015 Ebb / Flow, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Juried by Cesar Garcia, Founding Director / Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, LA, CA
Juried by Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY2014 Obras Realizado en Sianoja, Noja, Cantabria, Spain
2014 California Centered: Printmaking, Merced County Arts Council, Merced, CA
Juried by Francisco Alonso
2014 Re/Appropriate, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Juried by Colleen Terry, Assistant Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts,FAMSF
2014 RECONNAISSANCE, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Curated by Brian Karl, Headlands Program Director
2012 Mini Print International, Olive Branch Press, Ithaca, NY
Juried by Andrea Inselmann, Curator of Modern Contemporary Art &Photography/Johnston Museum/Cornell University
2012 Royal Society of Printmakers, Banks Gallery, Bankside Gallery, London, England
2012 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2011 Light / Dark, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA,
Juried by Enrique Chagoya
2011 CAA Marriage of Opposites, Alameda Public Library, Alameda, CA
2010 It’s Our Nature, Thoreau Center, San Francisco, CA
2010 Printing from Perception, Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley, CA
2010 Through the Lens & Beyond, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Juried by Drew Johnson Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at the OMCa
2008 PCBA BookWorks, San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco, CA

Conceptual / Performance Installation Art / Public Art (partial list)

2016 Vuelta Verde / Performance Installation / Chalk Hill Artist Residency, Healdsburg, CA
2015 Reflections / performance installation, Jesse Square, San Francisco, CA
2014 Figures in Flux / performance installation, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014 Rock Bisque / performance installation, YBCA, San Francisco, CA
2013 Tangetta / performance installation, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
2012 6, 7, 8 / Keeping Time, Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2012 Downtown / performance installation, Shattuck Avenue & Addison, Berkeley, CA
installation of four commissioned visual collages / Earth Islands “Sixty Boxes”
2012 Performance Installation, Powell Street Bart, San Francisco, CA
2011 Unspoken / performance installation, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2011 Distortion / performance installation, Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
2010 Geary to Togonon, Togonon Gallery, 77 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
performance from the street to the gallery / set by Marion Grey and Connie Harris
2009 Across the Bridge / performance installation with the bridge as the stage, Highway 80, Berkeley, CA
2008 Che Vuol Dire / performance based on Italian hand gestures, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

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