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Lance Rivers

Lance Rivers’ (b. 1967, San Francisco) art practice emphasizes the idea, above all others, of the local as monumental. No aspect of the processes that make a city function escapes him, and the attention he gives to the beauty of simple, industrial compositions shows an authentic love for the Bay Area. "My work is about landscape, architecture, bridges, tunnels, and transportation. I am inspired by BART, MUNI buses, streetcars, and trains. I like nature, too. These things are interesting to me," Rivers explains. 

Rivers was nominated for SFMOMA’s prestigious SECA Art Award in 2016 and his has been exhibited internationally, including in prominent exhibitions such as the People's Biennial at Museum of Contemporary Art, in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014; and Create, a traveling exhibition that first opened at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011. (See below for a complete list.)

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Samples of Rivers' work





Selected Exhibitions

2017
Lance-scape Architecture, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2016
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

2015
Here, There and Everywhere, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014
People's Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Create, Museum of Art at Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Create, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
artMRKT, Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA

2012
(Pre)Fabricators, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Create, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Worcester, MA
Spanning the Bay, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA

2011
Outlandish, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Shadowshine, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Sacred Places, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Vessels, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Mindful, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Wear to Go, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Critters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Heads n' Tails, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2003
Fired and Wired, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Japanese Rock n' California Roll, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA