Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard

Exhibition
Posted on February 13, 2019

San Francisco, January 29, 2019 - Creativity Explored, the premier nonprofit visual art gallery and studio for artists with developmental disabilities, is proud to announce Five and Two Others, a new group exhibition curated by Mildred Howard.

Curator and acclaimed artist Mildred Howard believes, “Art is art, regardless of who makes it.”

In this forthcoming group show, Howard presents selected artworks of five Creativity Explored artists, Vincent Jackson, James Miles, Selene Perez, Evelyn Reyes, and Lance Rivers, alongside two contemporary Bay Area artists, Oliver Lee Jackson and John Moore. Addressing inequities in curatorial practices in the art world, Howard aims to open up a dialogue about artistic representation by presenting groupings of small format works by artists with and without developmental disabilities, with an egalitarian vision and exceptional grace.

Mildred Howard worked as a Visual Arts Instructor in the Creativity Explored studio in the late 1980s during the formative years of the organization. Since that time, Howard has become known for her activism as well as intricately designed installations uncovering what is seldom seen in the realm of art history with a critical focus on race, social justice, and identity. Recently, Howard unveiled a new installation at the Oakland Museum of California entitled Tap: Investigation of Memory.

In returning to the Creativity Explored studio, Howard was struck by the incredible talent and vision of artists with developmental disabilities, and thus, the lack of representation of these artists in the world of contemporary art. Working with the exhibitions team at Creativity Explored, Howard hand-selected small works of five artists, each representing unique visual vocabularies, artistic styles, and personal backgrounds.

In an effort to level the playing the field, Howard has included works by John Moore and Oliver Lee Jackson to share walls of the Creativity Explored gallery, a space typically reserved for artwork produced in the studios. Five and Two Others poses challenging questions to the art world: Why is art produced by artists with developmental disabilities relegated to spaces like Creativity Explored? When will institutions simply appreciate, collect, and exhibit “good art” for what it is?

Join us as we celebrate Howard’s new exhibition, steeped with a contemporary activist aesthetic. The opening reception for Five & Two Others will take place on March 14, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Creativity Explored gallery. Creativity Explored donors will enjoy a VIP Meet & Greet with Howard from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. At the opening, Creativity Explored will release a new catalog of Five and Two Others, memorializing Howard’s activist vision and this groundbreaking exhibition. The catalog will include additional artwork not featured on display as well as a curatorial statement from Howard outlining her process and vision.

Artwork on display by Creativity Explored artists will be available for sale to the public with 50% of proceeds benefitting the artists directly. Inquiries for works by John Moore and Oliver Lee Jackson will be directed to curator Mildred Howard.

About Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard (b. 1945), installation and mixed-media artist, teacher and educator has received numerous awards including, the 2004/2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the 2003 California Arts Council Artists Fellowship, Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Arts, Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship, An NEA Grant in sculpture, a Rockefeller Artists Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Fleischhacker Fellowship.

She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), Neuberger Biennale in Public Art (Purchase, New York), Walcott Chapel (Bath, England), Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), and Gallery Paule Anglim (San Francisco, CA). Her work is included in collections of the De Young Museum, Oakland Museum of California, San José Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, Connecticut), Washington State Art Commission and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Howard received her MFA degree from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. She is known for her large-scale installations invoking both collective history and persona narrative, such as Tap: Investigation of Memory, Blackbird in a Red Sky, AKA Fall of the Blood House and the 1991 Adaline Kent Award, for which she created her moving tribute to the children of the Soweto massacre, Ten Little Children Standing in a line (one got shot, and then there were nine). In January, 2019, Howard received the Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art of the University of Oklahoma.

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