Exhibition Shows 20 Years of Annabeth Rosen’s Ceramic Sculptures

Artist Annabeth Rosen and Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator
Annabeth Rosen, left, with Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator. Photo by Ronald Jones.
Annabeth Rosen's exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. It opens July 25 in San Francisco.
Annabeth Rosen's exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. It runs July 25 - Jan. 19 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The first survey exhibition of UC Davis Professor Annabeth Rosen’s groundbreaking ceramic sculptures opens in San Francisco July 25. “Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped,” a 20-year-survey composed of 85 sculptures and drawings, will be at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through Jan. 19, 2020.

The exhibition was organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and was also shown at the Cranbrook Art Museum at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Rosen earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan.

“Exhibitions offer you opportunities to engage in a conversation with other artists,” said Rosen, co-chair of the art and art history department and Robert Arneson Endowed Chair.

Valerie Cassel Oliver, exhibition curator, discovered Rosen’s work while organizing another exhibition. Rosen and Cassel Oliver started out with a much smaller exhibition in mind, but it kept expanding.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is getting to give artists a larger platform to have them better known,” said Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “Annabeth is an artist’s artist; she has been an inspiration to generations.”

New work by Rosen will be shown at the Virginia Museum starting in November in conjunction with the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts taking place in Richmond, Virginia.

A free opening reception will be held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. A talk by Rosen and Cassel Oliver for museum members only will take place earlier that evening. Several programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, including an Aug. 15 performance by oboist Kyle Bruckman, who teaches in the UC Davis music department.

Read a more in-depth story about creation of the exhibition. 

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