Ramekon O’Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters

Continuous Flow, 2011-13
Fabric, Safety Pins
52 x 86 x 7 in.

Ramekon O'Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters

Compose, 2013
Fabric

Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Education

1989
Yale University School of Art, Summer Painting Scholarship Program

1986
Duke University, Durham, NC, Masters of Divinity

1985
Duke in Israel, Study Abroad Program, Fellowship Program

1982
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013

Sugar In Our Blood: The Spirit of Black and Queer Identity in the Art of Ramekon
O’Arwisters, (working title), African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC), San Francisco, CA

2012
Communing With the Unseen: African Spiritual in Contemporary Art, The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

2010
Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art, African American Art & Cultural Complex, San Francisco, CA

2009
Decoding Identity: I Do It For My People, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, CA
Retractions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2008
Missings, Artists’ Television Access (ATA) San Francisco, CA

2007
American Cuisine, Luggage Store Annex, San Francisco, CA

2001
Transformations, LGBT Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
Inventors And History Makers, Richmond Health Clinic, Richmond, CA

2000
Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke University, Durham, NC
John Adams Campus Library, San Francisco City College, CA

1997
Ethnic Voices: A National Invitational Exhibition, Community College, NV

1996
La Dolce Vita, Oblivion Magazine, San Francisco, CA

1993
Bay Area Artists, Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992
African American Historical & Cultural Society, San Francisco, CA

1990
Paul Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Itoki Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Kato Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Mary Lou Williams Center Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

1985
Flowers Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012
ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation, A Reunion of QCC Visual Artists, Curator: Jonathan D. Katz, SOMArts Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010
Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art, African American Art & Cultural Complex, San Francisco, CA

2009
Decoding Identity: I Do It For My People, Museum of the African Diaspora, (MoAD), San Francisco, CA
Retractions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
Threads, Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA
Blurring the Line, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA

2006
Black Artists' Expression of Father, San Francisco Main Public Library, San Francisco, CA
Flaming: Art from LGBT Communities, The Women's Cancer Resource Center Oakland, CA
Hoping & Healing in Times of War, Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA
The Art of Living Black, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

2005
Duke University LGBT Center, Durham, NC
Frenzy II, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003
EG: [R]Evolution of Gender, Visual Arts Exhibition Examining Identity in the Queer Community, SOMARTs Gallery, San Francisco, California
hey! Orange, Oakland, California, curator: Robert Ortbal
Comic Relief, Ardency Gallery, Oakland, CA
BloodShow, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
On the Level: A Chain Reaction Show, curator: Rupert Jenkins, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002
B/GLAM: The Black Gays/Gaze, National Queer Arts Festival, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA
! hey ! Orange, Oakland, California, Curator: Robert Ortbal, Oakland, CA
AfroSolo, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Passing: Why Is It People Feel The Need To Pass For Something They Are Not?, Curators Candi Farlince and Jan Rindfleisch, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
NEXT, ESP Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995
Found Objects As Art, Juror, Peter Frank, Long Beach Art Center, Long Beach, CA
Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
(MOCRA), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

1993
Bay Area Artists, Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
University of Maryland, Asia Division, Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, Yokohama, Japan
Hankyu Gallery, Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, Japan

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2014
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2012
Creative Capacity Fund (CCF) Quick Grant Program

2011
San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant

2010
Nominated for the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award (SECA)
Nominated for Fleishhacker Foundation Award

2006
San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant

2005
San Francisco Foundation Grant

2002
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Award, New York, NY

Residencies

2012
The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

2003
Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA

2002
Public Glass ASAP, San Francisco, CA

1999
WORKS, San Jose, CA

1991
Vermont Studio Center, Fellowship Programs, Johnson, VT

Lectures and Public Speaking Engagements

2010
Artists’ Talk, Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art, African American Art and Culture Complex, San Francisco, CA

2009
Artists’ Talk, Decoding Identity: I Do It For My People, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, CA

2004
Graduation Celebration Guest Speaker, Duke University, LGBT Center, Durham, NC
Panelist, Intersection of Three Worlds: Gay, Black, and Christian, San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

2001
Reclaiming Memories,San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Richmond Health Center, Richmond, CA

2000
Duke University, Mary Lou Williams Center, Durham, NC
John Adams Campus Library, San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA

1999
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, 12th Annual Creating Change Conference, Panel Session: Art & Activism--What is it?, Oakland, CA
Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA

Curatorial Experience

2012
Curatorial Committee, Root Division: A Community Arts and Educational Organization, San Francisco, CA

2010
Panelist, Organization Project Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission

2009
Panelist, Organization Project Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission

2008
Panelist, Individual Artist Commissions, San Francisco Arts Commission

2007
Panelist, Individual Artist Commissions, San Francisco Arts Commission

2003
Juror, Murphy And Cadogan Fellowship Awards, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Juror, Revealing Influences: Conversations with Bay Area Artists, Curator: Rachel Osajima, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

1994
North by Northeast II, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Alternating Currents: An Exploration in Technology and Spirituality, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Collections
Duke University, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Durham, NC
Itoki Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Haley Charitable Foundation, Point Richmond, CA
Richard and Patricia Macias, Collection, Chico, CA