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LYNNE-RACHEL ALTMAN is best known for her sculpture and site specific public art.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Altman has mastery over a variety of durable and temporal media including soap, chocolate, paper, sound, concrete, light, and 30 years of experience working with glass. She has a b ackground in installation, design, and considers herself a 709.2 artist, the Dewey Decimal classification for "artists not limited to or chiefly identified with a specific form . . “terazzo sprial

Her work is frequently a response to struggles, assists, and collaborations she has experienced with deceased and spiritual beings.

Altman enjoys painting, and is still trying to learn how to draw. She writes, makes books and videos, and takes great pleasure in her garden, hikes, home, friends and family.

A resume of her accomplishments includes:

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

KONO Utility Box Murals, 2015, Telegraph and 20th Streets, Oakland, CA. Commissioned by the Korea Northgate Community Association. Murals on being present. $900

KONO Utility Box Mural, 2012, Telegraph and 20th Streets, Oakland, CA. Commissioned by the Korea Northgate Community Association. Unique pattern combining national flower of Korea, Meskal Daisy from Ethiopia and Coastal Oak, stencil painted onto utility box. $700

Fairy Music Farm, 2008, Oakland Children’s Fairyland, commissioned by the City of Oakland Measure DD. Lead artist in an interdisciplinary team creating an interactive musical environment for young children. Project includes a narrative, musical instruments, murals, a theme song, landscaping, seating, gates, and lighting. Instruments: Daniel Schmidt; Murals: Biliana Stremska, Musical composition: Richard Jennings; Wrought Iron: John Rogers; Lighting: Alan Reeves at Borden Lighting.       $70,000
      
Praise the Children, 2004, Santa Clara Central Park Library, Santa Clara California, commissioned by the Santa Clara City Library.  Located in the children’s garden, these steps, which serve as amphitheater type seating, feature the motto “Praise the Children and they will grow” in ceramic tiles, plus mosaics of passion vines and cast glass disks with gold leaf bugs. $12,000

Make Art, 2000, Addison Streetscape, Berkeley California, commissioned by the City of Berkeley.  Located in the sidewalk of Berkeley’s art district, the piece features two 100 square inserts of cast concrete and brick.  One features “speaking mouths” and the other “listening ears.”  They are surrounded by bricks imprinted with the imperative “make art” in 16 different languages.  $10,000
               
Desert Life Mural, 1998, Arad Israel.  Commissioned by the Arad Arts Project
Orchestrated a group of five other artists and about 30 elementary school children to create a lush desert scene for an exterior wall at an Israeli primary school.  Material Budget: $60.00

ARTIST INITIATED PROJECTS + COMMUNITY ARTS PROJETS

Seasonal Foraging Guide to Indigenous Edibles 2013--on going Arts integrated learning project with students of John Muir Elementary School, Berkeley, CA.

Heads on Posts, 2012,  Reinstallation of sculpted heads onto decapitated parking meter posts in Berkeley, CA.

Botanical life-cycle fence mural, 2012, Arts integrated learning project with students of John Muir Elementary School, Berkeley, CA.

             
MORE COMMISSIONS
Floating Heads, 2004, Parking Lot Fountain, Palace of Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.  Commissioned by the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum , Artists in Residence Program.  Temporary installation of illuminated paper mache heads. $1,000

Phoenix, 1992, Commissioned by a private client, Oakland, CA.  Cast glass phoenix in commemoration of the East Bay Hills fire. $2,000

Glass Wall, 1998, Commissioned by Papacito Restaurant, Huntington, WV.  Sand etched glass wall for a restaurant. $1,000

height in space sculpture

SOME GROUP EXHIBIITIONS

2015
Shattered:
Defying Expectations in Glass, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA (group show of artists working in glass)

GLANC Member Show, Higher Fire Gallery, San Jose, CA (Glass Artists of Northern California concurrent with GAS conference)

2013
Edible Ephemera, Root Diviison, San Franisco, CA. Series of cast sugar phatom feet

2012
Foundry Nights, Berkeley California. Fashion Show and installation of Sugar based work

2011
San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2009
Small Works, Minatures, and Maquettes John Natusoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2008
Double Vision,
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA,

2007
Chroma, Gensler , San Francisco, CA,
CCA: A Legacy in Studio Glass, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, CA           

2006
Artists from Pilchuck’s Glass School, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
LUCID; Contemporary Quarterly Project Space: www.contemporaryquarterly.com    

2005  
SubAnatomy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA    

glass food pyramid2003
20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ 

2002
Various Vessels,
San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA
Blue Plate Special, experimentations in glass, Works, San Jose, CA

2001
Interact, interactive sculpture, Moxie Bldg., San Francisco, CA

2000    
Future of the Body, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Mostly Glass Sculpture, New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Pilchuck Emerging Artists in Residence Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

1998 
What’s in Your Bag? Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Intersection Aleph: five artists intersecting Jewish identity, Cloud Cliff Artspace, Santa Fe, NM
Artists of Arad: Israel Celebrates 50, Arad Arts Project Participants, Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver, CO

soap collection1997  
Working from the Body, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
A Gathering of Glass, national artists working with Glass, Sable V Fine Arts Gallery, Wimberly, TX
Pilchuck Glass School 1996 Fall Artists in Residence Exhibit, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA                
Ear Art, an international exhibit of sound art, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA
Arad Arts Project, Arad Museum, Arad; Arta Gallery, Tel Aviv, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel      

1996    
Turning the Page, 1996 international book arts exhibit, Academy Art Center Gallery, Honolulu, HI
A Gathering of Glass, national artists working with glass, Sable V Fine Arts Gallery, Wimberly, TX

1995 
Glass Analogies; From Sculpture to Weight,group exhibit by former CCGA fellows, Millville, NJ
Tribute to Light, Contemporary Glass Works, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
Cast in Light, Group Exhibit of Glass Sculpture, Ohlone College Art Gallery, Fremont, CA                 

1993
Drawing First, Drawing Show Juried by Ann Philbin, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Drawing the Line, Exhibition of New Year’s Cards, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA

1991
The Designers of Pukesberg, work by designers from Pukesberg Glass Factory, Nordiska Kristall, Stockholm, Sweden        

1990
Glass and Sten, Two person exhibition, Gallery Ikaros, Gotenberg, Sweden  

1989
CGCA: A Ten Year Legacy, Work by former CGCA Fellows, Grohe Glass Gallery, Boston, MA

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

Sinter, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA 2014

Illuminated Heads, DeYoung Art Center, San Francisco, CA, 2004

Oh Baby (its not what you’re expecting...) in collaboration with Peter EV Allen, Chi-Chi Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1999

Gathering data for the Third Moment, CCAC MFA Exhibit, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA, 1995

Occupation, Solo Installation, CCAC, Oakland, CA, 1994

Volume≥ 60 LITERS?, CCAC MFA Exhibit, Door III, Oliver Art, Oakland, CA, 1994

Glass and Sten, Two-person exhibition, Gallery Ikaros, Gotenberg, Sweden, 1990

GRANTS AND OTHER PUBLIC SUPPORT

2013    BERKELEY PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANT supporting arts integration projects at John Muir Elementary School, Berkeley CA
2012     FOUNDRY NIGHTS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Berkeley, CA
2012     MORE FOR ART GRANTsupporting arts integration projects at John Muir Elementary School, Berkeley CA
2004     FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, San Francisco, CA   1996     PILCHUCK EMERGING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA,
1996     THE ARAD ARTS PROJECT, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE,  WUJS Institute, Arad, Israel,
1993     NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN, EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP,
1992-93     CCAC GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP, Oakland, CA,
1992-93     GEORGE AND DOROTHY SAXE CCAC GLASS DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP, Oakland,
1986     CREATIVE GLASS CENTER OF AMERICA FELLOWSHIP, Millville, NJ

FEATHERS IN MY CAP
2013     Cesar Chavez Community Art Finalist, City of Oakalnd
2008     JUROR, City of Oakland Artist Selection Panel
1992     THE AMERICAN INTERFAITH BRONZE AWARD

PUBLIC EVENTSbody cast demo in Rodin room + RELATIONAL GESTURES

Slide lectures + Panel discussions

Panel Discussion moderated by Jim Della with artists from Shattered Exhibition, 2015

Artist Talk at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, Wednesday May 14, 2014

FIGURATIVE GLASS CASTING WORKSHOP LEADER, California Glass Exchange, Oakland, CA, 2012

FASHION SHOW, of artist uniforms, Foundry Nights IV, Berkeley, CA, 2012

VISITING ARTIST, The Urban School, San Francisco, CA, 2012

Artist Talk w Sheila Ghidini and Anthony Pinata at Chanadra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland June 2012

Lecture on Public Art, CCA, San Francisco, CA 2006,Glass Arts department

Panel Participant SubAnatomy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA , 2004

Betzael Art Academy, Jerusalem, Israel, 1997

In honor of International Women's day, WUJS Institute, Arad, Israel

Lecture on Volume/Volume, CCAC, Oakland,CA

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 1994

Demonstrations
Sculpting Heads, (Paper-mach, clay figure sculpting and direct body casting) Rodin Room, Palace of Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, 2004
Hand rolled sheet glass, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 1994

Performance Based and Relational Gestures

Sugar Coated Bag Lady, Kaiser Richmond, 2014
Art Heath Fair, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA 2003
The Cookie Project, Documented submission of art work and made cookies for artists of Southern Exposure’s annual non-juried show, San Francisco, CA, 1995

REVIEWS/PRESS (ABRIDGED)

GALLERY SPOTLIGHT, Article on Chandra Cerrito and Sintered, 2013

•REEL MEDIA CLUB: KONO utility Box Poject Video http://vimeo.com/43485186 2012

BERKELEYSIDE.COM ,
March 3,2012,
“Artist Adds Fun to Berkeley Streetscape,” Tracey Taylor

SFGATE.COM , March 7,2012,
“New Pop Up Art Appears in Berkeley,” Tracey Taylor

•THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE, August 23,2008,
“Tunnel to take kids on an instrumental journey at Fairyland,” Martin Snapp

•THE MONTCLARION,
August 22,2008,glass ears taped to wall
“A Unique Musical Experience,” Martin Snapp

EXAMINER.COM, Jan 29, 2005
 “The Wonders and Possibilities of Glass” Sasha Vasilyuk,

ARWEEK, July/Aug, 2007
 “SubAnantomy, and Nathan Lynch at MOCA” Colin Berry

BERKELEY DAILY PLANET, May 31, 2002 
“Working Artist” David Scharfenberg,       

•THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE,
December 31, 2001,
“Berkeley Arts District Gets a  Mouth and Earful,” Angela Hill, Cityside,

•THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE
, June 16, 2000
“Bodies of Work Get a Whole New Meaning,” Jolene Thym

•ARTWEEK,
September, 1999,
“Domesticity,” discussion of “Oh baby , it’s not what you’re expecting”
Barbara Kahn

JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, January 2, 1998
“Berkeley Diaspora artists see...,”

•THE DENVER POST,
June 25, 1998,
“ Avant Garde Reminders,” by Jeff Bradley, Review of Mizel Museum Show

MA’RIV (Jerusalem), May 29, 1997, Photo of soap sculpture
“YUD” and mention of exhibit.

FABULA, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1, 1998,
“Material Manipulation, “by Therese Bogan, Article and photos on work

mouths from Addison Streetscape, BerkeleyACHBAR, HA’IR (Tel Aviv), May 23, 1997,
Photo of soap sculpture “YUD” and mention of exhibit.

•SEATTLE SIDEWALK,
HOMEPAGE, July 3, 1997
review of work at Linda Canaan Gallery by Barbara Kahn

SVENSK DAGBLDET (Stockholm), March 1991
,“Kristallen den fina...”Exhibition review

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGAPHY

CCA: A LEGACY IN STUDIO GLASS,
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, CA, 2007volume/volume text sculpture by Altman
    
LUCID, Contemporary Quarterly Volume 5, 2006
    
CITY OF BERKELEY DIRECTORY OF PUBLIC ART, 2002
Image/description of “Make Art”
    
A GUIDE TO THE ADDISON STEET SIDEWALK ART 2002
City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program “Make Art”       

ARAD ARTS PROJECT, Arad, Israel, 1997
Exhibition Catalog, WUJS Institute
     
TURNING THE PAGE: 1996
International Book Arts Exhibition, Hedi Kyle
    
ARTISTS CONFRONTING THE INCONCEIVABLE, 1992
Book, American Interfaith Institute, Photo and artists statement
    
•THE CREATIVE GLASS CENTER OF AMERICA: AN OVERVIEW,
1987 Survey of  CGCA Artists

RELATED PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE
PUBLIC ART, (1998-present)
ART TEACHER, (Public Glass, 1998-2001, Studio One art Center 1995-1997, Teaching assistant CCAC 1993-1994)
WINDOW DISPLAY, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, 1995-1998
PRODUCT DESIGN, Someday, San Francisco, CA, 1994taped head
MUSEUM AIDE, Judah Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA, 1991-1995
DESIGNER/ARTIST, Pukesberg Glasbruk, Nybro, Sweden, 1990-1991
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, Pilgrim Glass Company, Ceredo, WV, 1989-1990
APPRENTICE (AKA studio slave and/or punty girl) to Eva Englund, Estaban Prieto, Shaun Weisbach, John Lewis, Roger Nachman

GRAPHIC DESIGNER, The Sharper Image, San Francisco, CA, 1
984-1986

EDUCATION

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, MFA Sculpture and Glass, with Distinction 1994
COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO, Industrial Design, 1986
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, BA English, 1983
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, Glass/Art Major,1979-1982