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Carol Ladewig

Grand Prize Award Recipient
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Carol Ladewig
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Carol Ladewig is a painter working non-figuratively in oil and acrylic paint. Painting surfaces range from paper, wood, or canvas. Her sources of inspiration are drawn from everyday events, memories, and reading. Ladewig received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from CCAC (now California College of the Arts) where she was awarded a Barclay Simpson Graduate Award and Exhibition and nominated for a SECA Award. She has exhibited locally and nationally. Her paintings are held in public and private collections in the US and Europe. In 2001, Ladewig co-founded the Oakland Art Gallery, a non-profit art space. As Co-founder and Curator of the gallery, she developed the gallery’s programming, curated exhibitions, and designed the installation of each exhibition, thru 2007. She taught at Diablo Valley College, CCAC and currently is the Gallery Director at Los Medanos College. Since 2009, she has been a board member of the Kala Art Institute. She served as Chair of the UC Art Alumni Group Symposium committee 2008-2016. Ladewig is originally from Southern California and lives and primarily works in Oakland. She maintains two studios one in Oakland, CA and the other in Monterey, MA.

Artist Statement

The focus of my practice is to create visual narratives of time and memory. I work in series and each series leads to the next, answering different questions regarding the structures and perceptions of time and memory. My paintings most often are composed of many smaller paintings. The parts together, each distinct, form a whole. I am interested in the way in which the separate paintings relate one to the other. The images’ meanings shift and change when placed in conversation with each other. I change the scale and depth of individual elements to create shallow 3-dimensional paintings. I find color intriguing in its range of expressiveness, tonality, and ability to engage. I work using a primary palette, of reds, blues, yellows, and whites. I mix the colors that you see in my work.

My painting process balances between chance and my intention. Depending on the series, I use a variety of tools, brushes, rollers, string, cloth, paper towels, almost anything at hand in the process of applying paint to a surface. Now in my studio, there are two concurrent series: “Year in Color” and “Time and Place”. Both series are emerging after covid in different ways. The structure and conception of the “Year in Color” series is changing to more organic forms and “Time and Place” is moving to include elements of text and images seen in my earlier work.


Carol Ladewig, Selected Works, Café Umami, Oakland, CA

Carol Ladewig: Painting & Prints, Panorama Framing, Oakland, CA

YEAR IN COLOR/LUNAR CYCLES: new work by Carol Ladewig, SLATEcontemporary, Oakland, CA
Carol Ladewig, Rhythm, Bocanova, Oakland, CA

2001 Carol Ladewig Notations, The Loft, BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Carol Ladewig, Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA

1999 Carol Ladewig, Recent Work, 456 Montgomery Plaza, Lobby, San Francisco, CA

1995 Structure and Memory, Paintings by Carol Ladewig, Air Touch, Walnut Creek, CA
Carol Ladewig, Paintings, Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Structure and Memory, Paintings by Carol Ladewig, Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, CA 1993 Carol Ladewig, Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

1990 Introductions, Carol Ladewig, Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA


Phenomenon: Contemporary Abstraction, ArtistAlliance.space, online, Juror Mark Ashworth
Kala Online Artists’ Annual and Holiday Sale, Artsy, 12-3-2020 to 1-31-21

2020 The Breakfast Group – Virtually in Alameda, K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Center, Alameda, CA
The Breakfast Group – A Second Cup of Coffee, Carl Cherry Center, Carmel, CA

2019 Pushing Boundaries, Carol Ladewig and Kim Thoman, Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA
Abstract Diversity of San Francisco, PARC 55, Curator: Josefin Lundahl
Art | Kala 2019, Auction & Gala, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2018 Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition & Exhibition - November 3, 2018 – January 20, 2019, Juror: Kevin B. Chen
The Breakfast Group - the Liberty of Jive-the Art of Java, Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, CA, June 27 to July 29
Equilibrium, Work by Donna Fenstermaker, Carol Ladewig, Kim Thoman, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA
Generation - The 2018 UC Berkeley Art Alumni Exhibition, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Juror: Farley Gwazda
2018 Juried Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery, Juror: Betty Cuningham, New York, New York

2017 “AbstrAction”, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Juror: Catherine Clark, Novato, CA
Pressing On-Contemporary Printmaking, Richmond Art Center, Juror: Karin Breuer, Curator, Achenbach Graphic Arts, Richmond, CA
stARTup Art Fair LA, Highland Gardens Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

2016 philARThropy, Slate contemporary, Oakland, CA
MOCA Fall National Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
MOCA Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

2015 Color Charts, SLATE contemporary, Oakland, CA
5 from 415, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT
Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
Bay Area Abstract, American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA

2014 Salon, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Axis Invitational, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
9th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
The Breakfast Group: A Half-Century of Java and Jive, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA Collect! Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Kalassal, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Kala 40, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2013 Kala Artists' Annual, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Where to from There? ProArts, Oakland, CA
Array, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Big is Beautiful, Art Contemporary Marin / Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA
The Breakfast Group: A Half-Century of Java and Jive, Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA 50/50 V, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
Slice! A Cross-Section of Regional Art (Second Place), Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
Kala-fornia: State of the Art 3, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Dualities, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA Introductions:
New Artists at SLATE, SLATE contemporary, Oakland, CA

2012 Kala Artists’ Annual / Fresh Work, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
WONDER, Berkeley, Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Keeping Time, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Year in Color, 2011 (52 weeks and a day) San Francisco Fine Art Fair, SLATE contemporary
Left to Chance, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

2011 Shine, Artist's Annual, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Artist's Annual Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Small Miracles, San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, CA
Art Passages, "The Faculty Exhibition" at Gallery 651, Contra Costa County Admin Bldg, Martinez, CA
CCA Alumni Exhibition Series at the Brava Theater, San Francisco, CA

2010 Kala Artists’ Annual/Fresh Work, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
On View, New Work from KALA, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

Equilibrium Review by DeWitt Cheng, ArtOpticon.us
The Breakfast Group - the Liberty of Jive-the Art of Java, at Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, CA, catalog, 2018
Coverage: stARTup Art Fair LA Tour with Cartwheel Art, Cindy Schwarzstein, Los Angeles
View From the Easel, Philip Hartigan, Hyperallergic, Feb 26, 2016
Notes from the Studio: Carol Ladewig, CCA Glance Magazine, Spring 2016
"Carol Ladewig," by Elise Morris, The Studio Work, February 2014
"Alumna Carol Ladewig: My Life as a Pardee Artist," by Jim Norrena, California College of the Arts News, December 2013
Art-Vetting, reviews by Adrianne Rubenstein (Director, James Fuentes Gallery, NY) and Dan Peyton, (Principal, Art-Vetting), April 2013
PAINTING TIME Carol Ladewig, exhibition catalog featuring essays by DeWitt Cheng and Danielle Fox, Oakland, CA the Breakfast Club, Berkeley, CA
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE BARCLAY SIMPSON AWARD, CCA, California College of the Arts, 2012
STUDIO VISIT MAGAZINE, Volume 17, June 2012
FACTOR XX catalog, Los Gatos Museum of Art, November 2012
“Disasters in Perspective”, by Berin Golonu, Artweek, February 2002
“Reality Check, Bay Area Artist Respond to September 11”, by Sara Zaska, Urbanview, 12.11.01
“Hidden Treasurers, The Pardee Artists at the Oakland Art Gallery”, by Christin Brennemann, Artweek, 11.11.01

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