fig. 41: In Memory 1380-1997" Karen Carpenter,"
14" laser etched glass plate
© Robin Lasser with Kathryn Sylva
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Art at San Jose State University. I have been curating community based art projects and exhibitions, creating installations and public art for social transformation, and teaching in the Bay Area since 1985. My art is concerned with environmental, social and health issues.
I have had more than forty solo exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions. In the past five years, I have exhibited nationally and internationally at museums such as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Triton Museum, the De Young Museum, the Ansel Adams Museum, the Osaka World Trade Center in Japan, and the Academy of Film in Prague, Czech Republic. My work has been published in numerous articles including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Afterimage, and Artweek. In 1997 I received a grant from the LEF foundation for a community based garden/earthwork to be produced in Northern California in collaboration with community and local "youth at risk." I also received a California State University Research Fund Grant to work on research applicable to our project, "Eating Disorders in a disordered Culture." In 1996 I received an Artist Fellowship/Grant for Photography from the Santa Clara County Arts Council. In 1993 I received a fellowship and residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Headlands promotes artists whose work reflects a concern for the environment.
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