“Mari Andrews is known for delicate, haiku-like sculptures that she has been making for the past 20 years. Her “three-dimensional drawings” combine collected natural objects like seeds, leaves, moss and stones with linear man made materials, such as metal wire. Many of the materials are found on the artist’s frequent nature walks around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierras. Newer investigations in her studio practice include earth elements as well as tools or instruments of measuring time, distance and direction.

Andrews’ works are often small-scale and intimate worlds onto themselves, shown individually or in large groupings. As with all of Andrews’ work, elements are simple and pared down to what is essential. With such simplicity, the viewer is able to appreciate not only the sculptural details, such as the complementary nature of contrasting materials, but also the beauty and wonder offered by nature, which we often overlook.”

 

CV

EXHIBITION – SOLO

2017
Uncommon Botany, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Do You See What I See? Emeryville City Bus Shelter Commission (May – August 2017)

2015
Linear Exploration, The Cold Press, Holt (Feb.) and Norwich (March), Norfolk, England

2014
Gravitational Pull, Tayloe Piggott Gallery Jackson WY
Rounding the Corner, through Kala Institute, downtown Berkeley windows

2013
Over, Under and Inside Out, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Gathering Gravity, Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland CA
Bio-Botanical, The Cold Press, Holt, Norfolk, England

2012
Like a Language, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY

2010
Effloresce, Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post Street, San Francisco CA

2009
Paperless Drawings, JH Muse Gallery, Jackson WY
January Collection, Café Museo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2007
Elements of Nature, 505 Montgomery, San Francisco CA

2006
An Ongoing Inquiry, San Marco Gallery, Dominican University, San Rafael CA

2003
Luminous Debris, Paulson Press, Berkeley CA

2001
Recent Work, Refusalon, San Francisco CA

1999
Mari Andrews, New Work,” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco CA

1997
Mari Andrews, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco CA
Natural Selections, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

1995
Hive, Okeanos Press Gallery, Berkeley CA
An Installation, Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento State University of California

1990
Mari Andrews, University of Dayton OH

1989
Mari Andrews, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica CA

1988
Mari Andrews – Recent Works, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS – GROUP

2017
Marking Space, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
Interconnections, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA

2016
Exerpts from the Natural World, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland CA
Forma Natura, Arts Benicia, Benicia CA
Lucid Art Residency Exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station CA

2015
Nature’s Toolbox, America Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC
A Thousand Invisible Threads /  Mapping the Rhizome, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs OH
Linear Equations: Mari Andrews, Marc Katano and Sabine Reckewell, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park CA

2014
New Passages, Mari Andrews & Ann Holsberry, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara CA
Recent Work by Kai Samuels-Davis, Mari Andrews, Takashi Tomii, Akiko Hirai, Ka Tatebayashi, Tim Willey and Anne Ten Donkelaar, The Cold Press, Holt England
Nature’s Toolbox, University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery, Cedar Falls IA

2013
Beyond Nature, University of North Texas Gallery, Denton TX
Making Special, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery CA

2012
The Beginning, Beginnings Gallery. Brooklyn NY
First Cut, M. Herrington Gallery, Venice CA
Women in Print, Etchings from Paulson Bott Press, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA
Mari Andrews / Peter Harrington, Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects, Santa Fe NM
Organic Intentions, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael CA
Group Show, The Cold Store, Norwich England
Captured: Specimens in Contemporary Art, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA
Mari Andrews, Tabitha Soren, Gina Telcocci, 555 12th St. Oakland, through BayVAN

2011
Micro-Macro: Mari Andrews, Jenny Balisle, Emily Clawson, JK Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Systems of Collecting, Kala Institute, Berkeley CA
Hello Tomorrow, David Brower Center Gallery, Berkeley CA
Outlandish: Invitational, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA
Art on First, through Arts Council Napa Valley & Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Napa CA

2011
Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids MI
You Can’t Make Art by Making Art, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland CA
Beyond Tradition: Art Legacies at the Richmond Art Center, Part II, Richmond CA
One Thing Leads to Another, San Jose Institute of Arts, CA
Soil to Site, Montalvo Project Gallery, Saratoga CA
Fall Exhibition, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY
Cross Section, Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland CA

2010
Factor XX, Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos CA
For the Love of Paper, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY
A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland CA
2-D, 3-D, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley CA

2010
Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Intimate Nature, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA
Visiting Artists, Richmond Art Center CA

2009
Mari Andrews, Maya Kabat, Ari Solomon, SFMoMA Artists Gallery, CA
Elemental, Thoreau Gallery, San Francisco CA
Terrior, A Sense of Place, through Ecoartspace, Petaluma CA
Monotype Marathon, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA

2008
Summer Group Show, Knoedler Gallery, New York NY.
Rock Paper Scissors, JH Muse Gallery, Jackson WY
Artist as Collector, Oakland Airport, curated by the Oakland Museum, CA

2007
Culture of Nature: Uncommon Botany, ArtSpace, Jackson WY
Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley CA
Area – Blurring the Lines, California State University Sacramento, Library Gallery
Champagne and Chocolate, JH Muse Gallery, Jackson WY

2006
Wall Works 2, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley CA
Drawn, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland CA
The Shape of Things, Artisans Gallery, San Rafael CA

2005
Leaf and Nets, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Wabi Sabi, O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley CA
When the Smoke Clears, CELLspace, SF CA – as part of the BAYENNALE Art Fair

2004
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley CA
Artist’s Valentines, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley CA
Interim, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland CA

2003
Visible Rhythm, San Jose Museum of Art, CA
Re Thinking Nature, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino CA
The Big Tree Show, Bedford Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA
Organic, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai CA,
Small Works Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley CA
Behind the Scenes, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village NV

2002
Visual Alchemy, Oakland Art Gallery CA
Bay Area Printmakers, SFMoMA Art Gallery, San Francisco CA
Baker’s Dozen, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley CA
First Impressions: Paulson Press, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA

2001
Current Holdings: Bay Area Drawings/Bay Area Collections, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
Walk the Labyrinth, Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto CA

2000
High Touch/High Tech, Refusalon and KALA Institute, SF and Berkeley CA
Life Signs, Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto CA

1999
Mi Casa es Su Casa, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Artist’s Pages, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
Natural Selection, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, CA

1998
Nothing but Time, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF CA
Translucent, Trans America Pyramid Gallery, SF CA
20th Anniversary Show, San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery, CA
Group Show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, SF CA
Revolver, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley CA
Inside/Outside,” Trans America Pyramid Gallery, SF CA
Paulson Press Prints, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley CA

1997
Land Value, Euphrat Museum of Art Cupertino CA
Stirred, Not Shaken, Refusalon, SF CA

1997
Perception, Sunnyvale Creative Arts Center, Sunnyvale CA
Emeryville Annual Exhibition, Emeryville CA

1996
Natural Phenomena, Bedford Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA
Nothing Matters, Refusalon, SF CA
Re Found, San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery, C
Emeryville Annual Exhibition, Emeryville CA
Here, SOMAR Gallery, SF CA
Interior Lines, Palo Alto Cultural Center, CA

1995
Gallery Nobara, Fujiyoshida City, Japan
The Breast Project Exhibition, San Francisco CA
Emeryville Annual Exhibition, Emeryville CA

1994
Tokyo Bunkamura Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Sign Language, City Without Walls, Newark NJ
10th Annual, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA
Gallery Art Salon II, Chiba, Japan  (June)
Gallery Sansaido, Kofu, Japan
Emeryville Annual Exhibition, Emeryville CA
Alphabet Show, Okeanos Press Gallery, Berkeley CA
Gallery Art Salon II, Chiba, Japan (October)
Gallery Ism, Hamamatsu, Japan

1993
Introductions, Gallery Paule Anglim, SF CA,
One Nail, 1529, Susan Landau, Los Angeles CA
Object, Intersection for the Arts, SF CA

1992
Mari Andrews, Rike Gallery, Dayton OH

1991
Takada Gallery, S.F. CA

1990
City Without Walls, Newark NJ

1989
Josephine Press Prints, Christopher John Gallery, Santa Monica CA
Venice Art Walk and Auction,” Venice CA
Art and Soul, Pence Gallery, Santa Monica CA

1988
Works on Paper by 5 Los Angeles Artists, Art Space Gallery, Woodland Hills CA
Taking Liberties, Loyola Law School Gallery, Los Angeles CA

1987
15 x 15, MOCA, Los Angeles CA
Group Show, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica CA
Black Lines, Gwideon Gallery, La Jolla CA

1986
New Faces, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Kindred Spirits, Barnsdal Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA

1983
Nine Women Artists, Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles CA

1980
Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ

1979
Group Show, Broadloom City Gallery, Tucson AZ

EDUCATION

MFA – Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design, Los Angeles CA
BFA – University of Dayton OH

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015-16 Creative Ecology Art & Science Residency at the Palo Alto Art Center, and Junior Museum and Zoo, Palo Alto CA
2015 Lucid Art Foundation, Point Reyes CA – Residency
2014 The Cold Press, Norfolk, England – Residency
2013 City of Emeryville Purchase Prize, Emeryville CA
2010 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside CA – Residency
2008 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside CA – Residency
2007 California State University, Sacramento CA – Sculpture Department Residency
1998 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside CA – Residency
1993 Art of California Discovery Award – Gold Prize – Works on Paper
1989 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Palo Alto Art Center – Resident Artist’s Lecture
2013 San Jose State University CA – Guest Lecturer
2013 Richmond Art Center CA – Guest Instructor
2012 Richmond Art Center CA – Guest Instructor
2011 Richmond Art Center CA – Visiting Artist
2010 California College of Art, San Francisco CA – Guest Panelist
Bay School, San Francisco – Guest Instructor
2008 Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA – Guest Instructor
2007 Environmental Protection Agency, S.F. CA – Guest Lecturer
2006 Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA – Guest Lecturer
College of Marin, Kentfield CA – Guest Lecturer
2004 California College of Art, San Francisco CA – Graduate Studio Practice Advisor
2004 California College of Art, San Francisco CA – Guest Lecturer
2003 San Jose State University CA – Guest Lecturer
2001 Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA – Guest Lecturer
2000 San Jose State University CA – Guest Lecturer
1986-87 Los Angeles County Museum CA – Education Department – Instructor

COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

Nancy and Edward Kienholz, Hope ID
De Young Museum, San Francisco CA
San Jose Museum of Art, CA
De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara CA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME
Eli Broad Foundation, Los Angeles CA
Israeli Consulate, San Francisco CA
3 COM Corporation, Santa Clara CA
Marko Lacin, Geneva, Switzerland
Jacquelynn Baas, Sea Ranch CA
Agnes Bourne, Jackson WY
Kay Kimpton, San Francisco CA
Deedie Rose, Dallas TX
Swig Company, San Francisco CA
Swiss Re Corporation, San Francisco CA
City of Emeryville CA
2017-18 City of Emeryville Bus Shelter Commission
Kaiser Permanente, CA

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Meg Daly. “Culture Front: A World of Words at Tayloe Piggott,” Planet Jackson Hole (December 23, 2014)
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Dewitt Cheng. “The de Saisset Museum Highlights the Power of the Handmade Artifact,” The Stanford Daily, (May 9, 2014)
Jessica Zimmer. “The Artists and Materials Behind “Making Special,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, (December 10, 2013)
Charlie McCollum. “Summer Shows at ICA,” San Jose Mercury News – Eye Openers, (August 22, 2013)
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