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"A Question of Balance" at MSC

  • 27 Jan 2024
  • 26 May 2024
  • Museum of Sonoma County, 425 7th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

A Question of Balance

Exhibition Dates: January 27- May 26, 2024

Artist Reception: Saturday January 27, 3-5 pm, 5-7 pm

A call for entries invited artist members of Pacific Rim Sculptors to submit artworks addressing the balance-related theme to be juried for an exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County. The invitation included this common definition of ‘balance’: a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight or amount, or something used to produce equilibrium. Artists were also provided with additional parameters for the exhibition: balance can refer to gravity, mathematics, accounting, opposing ideas or components, balance of power, etc. Additional questions were posed: what does balance mean to you personally or in a larger context? What are the varied and multiple meanings and interpretations of “balance”? Artists used their own interpretations in materials, techniques, subject matter, or a combination of concepts to address the theme of balance.

The resulting exhibition features 45 sculptors representing a diverse range of approaches, techniques, and materials. Included are sculptural works in metal, wood, stone, mixed media, and installation in sizes ranging from nine inches to over 12 feet in height. 

Upcoming Events:

Artist Talks, First Saturdays: TBA

International Sculpture Day: Saturday, April 27

Artists: Don Ajello, Richard Alpert, Susan Amorde, Jerry Barrish, Barry Beach, Barbara M. Berk, Jan Blythe, Nancy Brown, Jay Capela, Cheryl Coon, Sena Clara Creston, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Rene Dayan Whitehead, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Rebecca Fox, Sheila Ghidini, Annette Goodfriend, Jane Grimm, Briona Hendren, Stan Huncilman, Rachel Karklin, Peter Keresztury, Jeff Key, Kathleen King, Terry Kreiter, Magels Landet, Oleg Lobykin, Jann Nunn, Moto Ohtake, Ucki Ood, Jeff Owen, Renee Owen, John Pashilk, Priyanka Rana, Ruth Santee, Rose Sellery, Vicki Jo Sewell, Charles Splady, Richard Starks, Kline Swonger, Leitha Thrall, Laura Van Duren, Mary White, and Alexander Yoshikawa. 


JEFF NATHANSON, Executive Director and Art Curator, Museum of Sonoma County (MSC)

Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director/Chief Curator, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art 

Juror Jeff Nathanson has had a distinguished career as a curator, arts administrator, and educator. He has served as Executive Director and Art Curator for Museum of Sonoma County (MSC) since 2017. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Arts Council of Princeton, a special projects curator for the Princeton University Art Museum, Director of the International Sculpture Center (publisher of Sculpture Magazine) and was Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center (Richmond, CA). In addition, Nathanson directed San Francisco Open Studios and has been a consultant, guest lecturer and guest curator with a range of universities, cultural and educational organizations including East Michigan University, California College of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, and others. Jeff studied fine arts and music at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz, and nonprofit management at Indiana University School of Philanthropy.  

Juror Kate Eilertsen has worked in the art world for many years as an arts advocate, curator, educator and museum director. She began her museum work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, moved to Boston where she opened a new museum for the Harvard University Art Museums and then to San Francisco where she was the Director of Intersection for the Arts, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Acting Director of Visual Arts for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Executive Director for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and currently Executive Director and Chief Curator for di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

Museum of Sonoma County is located at 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

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