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CECELIA THORNER

550 Cedarberry Lane, San Rafael, CA  94903
520-548-8306

art4cece@gmail.com

 

ARTIST STATEMENT
Much of my inspiration as an artist comes from the harsh, yet tranquil landscape that surrounded me as a child growing up in New Mexico. I am particularly drawn to the elements that not only survive, but actually thrive in that landscape. And this tranquility has instilled in me a deep sense of reverence for nature. This dynamic has inspired many of my sculptural pieces in which I reflect this reverence by using materials found in nature—bits of bark, roots, branches, moss, and other “gifts”.

My most recent muse has been creating sculptures from what is considered society's trash. I spend much time combing the ground, junk bins, and stores for “great finds” and I have even been willing to pay for these treasures. I see the beauty in these castoffs, perhaps, because I too am in the aging process.

SOLO  EXHIBITS
Re-Membering, Performance Art, Sausalito, CA
Unfolding, Gallery Oboy, San Francisco, CA
Macy’s Window Display, Art.Rage.Us. Exhibit, Macy’s, San Francisco, CA
Warrior Woman, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Warrior Woman, A New Leaf Gallery, Larkspur, CA
Professional Artists Grant Exhibit, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
Warrior Woman, Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, CA
Warrior Woman, Glenn Cutter Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITS
Marinwood Art Exhibit, San Rafael, CA, October 2016
Assemblage Gallery, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Thinking Inside the Box:
     An Homage to Louise Nevelson    view exhibit
CAN DO:  Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA     view exhibit
INTERSECTIONS 5: Colors_Concepts_Contours, Presidio Officer's Club, San Francisco, CA
ART:
Healing Lives, Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
THE  NYLON  SHOW, Preston Contemporary Arts Center, Mesilla, NM
CRAFTSMANSHIP, 2ND  Annual Arizona Designer Craftsmen Juried Exhibition, Arizona State University Gallery 100, Tempe, AZ
TCA –FIRST JURIED BIENNIAL: PAPER, Tempe Center of the Arts, Tempe, AZ
INTERSECTIONS IV, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
THE HUMAN ELEMENT, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
EDGE, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA       view exhibit
MASS CONSUMPTION, Mesa Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ (Juror, Greg Escalante, founder of Juxtapoz Art Magazine)
REMAKE/REMODEL/REBOUND, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA     view exhibit
ARIZONA DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN, several juried exhibitions, Tucson, AZ
BAGS AND BAGGAGE, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA      view exhibit
INTERSECTIONS I AND INTERSECTIONS II, the Presidio, San Francisco, CA
OPEN CRAFTS AND SCULPTURE, Marin, Kentfield, CA, (Juror, Rene di Rosa)
TRANSFORMING TRASH, Turtle Bay Museum of Art and History, Redding, CA
FIBER ART, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
ART FOR A LIFETIME, Bedford Museum, Walnut Creek, CA
MARIN COUNTY FINE ARTS EXHIBITS, several exhibits, San Rafael, CA
FIBER WORKS, Urbis Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA
PLASTIC FANTASTIC, 1078 Gallery, Chico State University, Chico, CA
S-MOVA CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA
SHRINES, ICONS, AND MYSTICAL PLACES, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
MARIN ART SCENE INVITATIONAL, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

NATIONAL ART AND HEALING TOURS
ART.RAGE.US.
Art by Women Who are Living with Breast Cancer; Hong Kong, Los Angeles City Library, Newcomb College Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA; San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco, CA, Northwestern College, Travers City MI

HEALING LEGACIES TOUR, Art by Women Living with Breast Cancer; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada; U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C;  State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM; Webster University, St Louis, MO; Univ. of VT, Burlington, VT

HONORS AND AWARDS
First Prize, Marinwood Art Exhibit, San Rafael, CA, October 2016
Jurors Choice Award, Art: Healing Lives, Textile Center, Minneapolis MN
Honorable Mention, AZ Designer Craftsmen Juried Exhibition, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Best of Class, Marin County Fair Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA
Best of Class, Marin County Fair Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA
Best of Class, Marin County Fair Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA
Individual Artists Grant/ Crafts, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, CA
Honorable Mention, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Second Place, Arizona Designer Craftsmen Juried Exhibition, Tucson, AZ
Third Place, Napa County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Napa, CA

PUBLICATIONS
http://arizonadesignercraftsmen.blogspot.com/
Marin Independent Journal, Fine Living: Showcasing some fibers that inspire - http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_10635356
East Valley Tribune, Phoenix, AZ, “Mass Consumption”, June 12, 2008, ARTS
Arizona Daily Star, Do’s and Don’ts, Feb. 3, 2008, by Jane See White
The Las Cruces Bulletin, Artfest, March 2006
Pacific Sun, Personal Baggage, December 2004
Artweek, preview, ‘Bags and Baggage’, October 2004
Marin Independent Journal, review, what’s Your Bag? October 2004
Surface Design, Transformations: Trash to Art, winter 2002
Fiberarts, review solo exhibit, Unfolding, Jan/Feb 2000, by Nancy Nodelman
Artweek, review Transforming Trash, June 2001
Creative Healing, by Michael Samuels and Mary Lane, PPS. 156-60, 1998
ART.RAGE.US, Art and Writing by women with Breast Cancer, Chronicle Books, 1998
Artist’s Dialogue, Marin Arts Council Publication, A Place I Have never Been Before, By Cecelia Thorner, 1995
Women's Art Journal, Healing Legacies critique by Julie Springer, National Gallery of Art, 1994

EDUCATION
University of Colorado, B.A.
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, Fiber Sculpture Program
Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA.
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe., NM

AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE
Fiber Dimensions, Marin County, CA
EDGE Art Group, Marin County, CA
Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, CA
Board and Installation Chairman for ART.RAGE.US.Tour Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Marin General Hospital Humanities Council Arts Program, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
Arizona Designer Craftsman Guild, Juried member, Tucson, AZ, (vice president)
Friend of University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson, AZ
Contemporary Art Society at Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Friends of Fiber Art International
Juror, Marin society of Artists, Kentfield, CA
American Crafts Council

WEBSITES
www.fiberdimensions.com
www.edgeartgroup.com

 

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