Bay Area Artist Legend Squeak Carnwath turns the mundane into thought-provoking art. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to exhibit works from Squeak Carnwath, one of the leading California artists of the last thirty years. This exhibition runs from November 1 - 29th. Squeak has received many prestigious awards and has been turning the mundane into thought-provoking art since 1972. You are invited to hear this renowned artist present a free and informal dialogue to discuss her work collaboratively on November 8 from 4-5:30pm.
Squeak’s collage esthetic is inspired by everyday activities and thoughts and are layered and removed and overlayed. The text, patterns, and identifiable images in her paintings carry such meaning and is meant to slow the viewer and bring thoughtfulness. Her paintings are both a thing and an action, physical and also mental. Squeak Carnwath is very bold and transparent as her inner-thoughts are depicted on canvas. Living in the present is a powerful discipline and Squeak refuses to let the everyday moments pass by without notice.
Born in Pennsylvania, she moved to the Bay Area in 1969 and enrolled at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Oakland (now California College of the Arts). While there she studied with Viola Frey, Vernon Coykendall, Arthur Okamura, Charles Gill, and Ron Dahl. She received her MFA and began teaching and exhibiting around the Bay Area. Numerous awards have been granted to her including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation. Currently Carnwath is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley and she lives and works in Oakland, CA.