SHerry karver

California based artist Sherry Karver earned her MFA from the Newcomb School of Art at Tulane University and has shown in major cities including London, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles. Notable shows among her long exhibit history are The National Jewish Museum in D.C., The Morris Graves Museum of Art, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art ( curated by Peter Frank). Her work reflects on human individuals experiencing life in a “sea of sameness,” by combining various materials with the artist’s original photographs taken in high foot-traffic areas.




M.F.A.                            Tulane University, Newcomb School of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

B.A.                                Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

                                      School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Teaching Experience

1987 - Current              Laney College, Oakland, California, Art Instructor

1986                             Chabot College, Hayward, California, Drawing Instructor

1985-1988                    University of California, Berkeley, California, Art Instructor, A.S.U.C. Studio

1981-1984                     California State University, Chico, California, Assistant Professor 

1980-1981                     San Diego State University, San Diego, California, Visiting Assistant Professor

1979 Summer               University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Visiting Instructor    

1979                              Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, Art Instructor, Glass technician


Exhibitions: Invitational Solo (Selected)

2017                               Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

                                       Susan Lanoue Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

2015                               Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

                                       Susan Lanoue Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

2014                               Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England

                                        Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2013                                Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                                        Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

2011                                Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                                        Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, California

2010                                Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                                        Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2009                               Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

2008                               Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

                                        Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                                        Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2007                               Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California

                                        Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California,

2006                               Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2005                               Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2004                                LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                                        Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

                                        Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

2003                               Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2002                               LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico   

2001                              Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2000                               LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                                        Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

1999                                LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1998                                Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

1996                                Hebrew Union College, New York, New York

1995                                Berkeley Hillel, Reutlinger Center, Berkeley, California

1993                                Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1992                                Marin Civic Center, First and Third Floor Galleries, San Rafael, California 


Exhibitions: Group Shows, Invitational and Juried (Selected)

2016                               Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

                                        Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, “Electron Salon”, Los Angeles, California

                                        Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, TeXtMe, Santa Ana, California

                                        Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas

                                        Black Box Gallery, Narrative – People, Places, and Things, Portland, Oregon

2015                                Laguna Art Museum, “Palette to Palate”, Laguna Beach, California

                                        Kim Foster Gallery, “Heavy/Lite”, New York, New York

                                         Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, ‘Electron Salon’, Los Angeles, California

2012                                Peninsula Museum of Art, Visions and Visionaries, Belmont, California

                                        Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, curated by Peter Frank, Los Angeles, California

                                        Monmouth Museum, Photography, Lincroft, New Jersey

                                        Triton Museum, California Photography, (Juror, Brian Taylor), Santa Clara, California

                                        Rarity Gallery, Salon Show, Mykonos, Greece

                                        Lisa Harris Gallery, “Wandering”, Photo Exhibit, Seattle, Washington

2011                                 Orange County Contemporary Art Center, “Deep”, Curated by Grace Kook Anderson, Santa Ana, California

                                        Performance Art Institute, Curated by Hanna Regev, “Surveillance”, San Francisco, California

2010                                Kim Foster Gallery, “Anonymous” curated by Dominick Lombardi, New York, New York

                                        Cerritos College, “inscription:Text-Image-Action”, Norwalk, California

                                        Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York

2009                               Axiom Gallery, Riders on the Train Project, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

                                        de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, “New Media”, Santa Clara, California

2008                               Islip Museum of Art, “Text Messaging”, Long Island, New York

2007                               Ft. Collins Museum Of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado

2006                               Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                                        University of Wisconsin, “SuperVision”, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

                                        LewAllen Contemporary, “Diptych “ exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004                               Reversing Vandalism, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California

2005                               Kidder Smith Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

2003                               Greenwood/Chebithes Gallery (Inaugural exhibition), Laguna Beach, California

                                        Center for Photographic Art, juried by Tim Wride and Barbara Sinsheimer, Carmel, California

2002                               Jan Baum Gallery, “Figure It Out”, Los Angeles, California

2001                                Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2000                               Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley 72st Biennial Exhibition, Sacramento, California

                                        Triton Museum, Shenson Gallery, “Bittersweet Legacy”, Santa Clara, California

                                         Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1999                                Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

                                        Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1998                                Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley 71st Biennial Exhibition, Sacramento, California

                                        San Francisco Art Commission Galleries, San Francisco, California

                                        Stanford University, Center for Integrated Systems, Stanford, California

1997                                Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California

                                        The National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.

                                         Lisa Parker Fine Art, New York, New York

                                         Pacific Rim Sculptors Exhibition, San Francisco, California

1996                                 University of Judaism, Platt Gallery, Los Angeles, California

                                        The National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.

                                         Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1995                                 Fletcher Ceramic Challenge, International Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

                                        Exploring a Movement: Feminist Visions in Clay, Downey Museum, Downey, California

1994                                Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

                                        Downey Museum of Art, Ceramics Now 1994, Downey, California               

1993                                Jewish Museum, "About Face" Exhibition, San Francisco, California

                                        Everson Museum of Art, 29th Ceramic National Exhibition,  Syracuse, New York

1992                                San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, 8th Annual Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, Texas

1991                                 ART of CALIFORNIA Magazine, Discovery Award Exhibition, Los Angeles, California

                                        Downey Museum of Art, Ceramics Now 1991, Downey, California                                                           

1990                                Oakland Museum, "Oakland's Artists", Oakland, California

                                        Judah A. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, Personal Landscapes - Universal Visions


Published Recognition - Photos, Articles, & Reviews (Selected)                                             


2017, March                       Nashville Arts Magazine, by Karen Parr-Moody

2016, September              Ennyman’s Territory, Interview, Art and Life in the City

2015, June                         Cover and Review, ArtScene, (Southern California), by Daniella Walsh

2014, June                          NewCity Art by Michael Weinstein

2014, May                           What Will You Remember by Elin Spring

2013, May                   and by Janet Alexander

2012, December       , Newcastle, England

2012, October                     Cover, Coast Magazine, Southern California

2011, November         (Global Art Laid Out) by Nicole Bonosccuro

2010, August                        The Seattle Times, Review by Michael Upchurch

2010, September                 The Best of World Wide Mixed Media, Volume 1, Kennedy Publishing

2010, August                         Visual Art Source, Review by Laura Macomber

2009, October            , Interviewby Lorenzo Dominguez

2009, September                 Cover, Coast Magazine, Orange County, California

2009, May-June                    Art Ltd. Magazine, “Under the Radar”, Review by Roberta Carasso

2008, September                 Orange County Register, Review by Roberta Carasso                                                

2008, April                            New.York.Art.Crit: John Haber’s Art Reviews, “Rush Hour”, New York

2008, April                            Chelsea Flaneur,

2007, February                      North Coast Journal, Eureka, CA,  Review by Katherine Almy

2006, August                         American Art Collector, National Magazine, Arizona

2006, Summer                      Cover, Orange County Kids Magazine, Orange County, California

2006, January                       San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, San Francisco, California

2006, Winter                          LILITH Magazine, New York

2005, December                   HOMEOWNER HAIKU, Co-author w/Jerry Ratch

2005, September                  THE Magazine, Poetry/Photo Issue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005, Fall                                LILITH Magazine, New York

2005                                       Cover, CITY ECONOMICS by Brendan O’Flaherty, Harvard University Press

2005, Feb.-March                   THE Magazine, Photo Issue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004                                        Cover, LET’S DO, by Rebecca Meacham, University of North Texas Press

2004, July                                The Boston Globe, Boston, MA

2004, April                               SLATE, on-line magazine, Reversing Vandalism, by Lisa Davis

2003                                        100 ARITISTS OF THE WEST COAST, Douglas Bullis, Atelier Books

2003, August                           LOS ANGELES TIMES, Review by Bobbie Allen

2003                                        Cover, POPULATION CHANGE IN CANADA, Beaujot & Kerr, Oxford University

2003                                        SOCIOLOGY, John Macionis, Prentice Hall                                                 

2003 May                                SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, Review by Victoria Josslin                            

2002, Fall                                LILITH Magazine, New York

2002, May                               The New Mexican, Pasatiempo, Review by Lynn Cline

2002, June                              THE Magazine, by Jon Carver, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002, June                              The New Mexican, Pasatiempo, Artwalker by Hollis Walker

2001, Dec.-Jan.                         ARTWEEK, Cover & Review, by Victoria Josslin

2001, Oct.                                  ART ACCESS, Review by Molly Rhodes

2001                                          Cover, WILD DREAMS OF REALITY by Jerry Ratch, Creative Arts Books

2001                                          Cover, AGAINST ESSENTIALISM, by Stephen Fuchs, Harvard University Press

2001                                          Cover, The Green Hills Literary Lantern        

2001                                          Bittersweet Legacy by C.Brody                                       

2001, Spring                              Cover, LILITH magazine, New York                             

2000                                          NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Pacific Coast edition

2000, Nov.                                  THE magazine, Review by Diane Armitage, Santa Fe, NM                                      

1999, April                                   Santa Fean magazine

1998                                            NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Pacific Coast                                           

1998, April                                   Sacramento Bee                                                 

1998, April                                   Sacramento News & Review                                            

1997, Fall, Spring 1996                LILITH magazine, New York                                                          

1997, October                              Oakland Tribune

1996,  1994, 1991                          Ceramics Monthly

1994, Sept., 1993,  1990, April      Artweek


Lectures, Workshops, Awards (Selected)                                            

2017                               Photography Juror, Alameda County Fair (Upcoming in May)

2016                               Triton Museum of Art, Award Winner painting, Santa Clara, California

                                       Visual Arts Alliance Award Winner, Houston, Texas

2015                               Crocker Art Museum, Lecture, Sacramento, California

2014                               Top two Finalist, Cherryland Fire Station, Cherryland, California

2012                               Honorable Mention, Triton Museum, Photography show, Santa Clara, California

2007                              Santa Cruz Museum Of Art, Lecture, Santa Cruz, California

                                       Ft. Collins Museum of Art, Lecture, Ft. Collins, Colorado

2005                              Short List Finalist, Los Angeles Metro Station Project, Los Angeles, California             

2004                              Short List Finalist, Oakland Airport Project, Oakland, California

2003                              Chosen to be part of “100 Artists of the West Coast” by Douglas Bullis

1998                               Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley Biennial, monetary award, Sacramento, California

1998                               Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Panel, San Francisco, California

1994                               Silver Award in mixed media, Art Of California Magazine, Napa, California


Public / Corporate Collections & Commissioned Works (Selected)

My work is in over 175 private and corporate collections

Triton Art Museum                                                             Santa Clara, CA

Crocker Museum of Art                                                     Sacramento, CA

Rockford Art Museum                                                       Rockford, IL

Hyundai Corporation                                                         Seoul, Korea

Peninsula Art Museum                                                       Belmont, CA                                       

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History                                 Santa Cruz, CA                                   

City of Richmond, City Hall                                                 Richmond, CA                                    

Earthcam Inc.                                                                      Hoboken, NJ                                       

Alameda County Art Commission                                     Oakland, CA                                       

Merck Pharmaceutical                                                       Philadelphia, PA                                 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center                       Seattle, WA                                          

Deloitte & Touche                                                              Seattle, WA                                          

San Francisco City Hall, Asst. City Attorney                       San Francisco, CA                              

Copan Corporation                                                            Seattle, WA                                          

Voyager Capital                                                                  Seattle, WA                                          

Rhoda Goldman Plaza                                                       San Francisco, CA                              

Corporate Net Leasing at City Commons                         Orlando, FL                                         

United Airlines                                                                    San Francisco, CA                              

Apple Corporation,                                                             Cupertino, CA                                     

Adobe Corporation                                                            Mountain View, CA                           

Temple Sinai                                                                       Oakland, CA                                       

Kaiser Hospital                                                                   Martinez, CA                                       

AT&T                                                                                    Houston, TX                        

Temple Isaiah                                                                      Los Angeles, CA

Pacific Gas & Electric                                                           San Ramon, CA

Kaiser Hospital                                                                    Mountain View, CA

Harrison Museum of Art                                                      Logan, Utah

Boston Medical Center                                                       Boston, MA                         

Shoreline Office Center                                                      Mill Valley, CA

Willow Pass Rec. Center                                                     Concord, CA

DPR Construction                                                                Redwood City, CA

Life Scan Corporation                                                         Milpitas, CA

ESL Corporation                                                                  Santa Clara, CA

Cal. State Teachers Retirement Assoc.                               Sacramento, CA

Kemper Tool Company                                                       Chino, CA

Bemidji State University                                                      Bemidji, MN

Louisiana Craft Council                                                       New Orleans, LA

Varian Corporation                                                             Palo Alto, CA



My photo-based work originates from photographs I have taken on city streets in New York, Paris, Milan, and in iconic buildings such as Grand Central Terminal and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. I am expanding and shifting the parameters of traditional photography by combining it with oil painting, narrative text, and resin surface on wood panels. By blending these mediums, it enables me to push beyond their conventional boundaries to create a new hybrid. These are one-of-a-kind works, not photo editions, and all of the color is hand-painted with oils.

I have always lived in large cities, so my work is informed by the multitude of issues we encounter living in a metropolitan area: loneliness and alienation in our fast-paced society, the concept of personal identity and the loss of it, the passage of time, the individual as part of the crowd, and how we can stand out from the ‘sea of sameness’, since we each have our own unique voice and stories to tell.

I began writing text over some of the figures in my photos as a way to personalize or individualize them, and make them stand out from the crowd.  These brief stories about the people are from my imagination, based solely on their appearance or stance. By using text in my work, it adds another layer, and gives the viewer a chance to “experience” the artwork, and become part of the process by reading it. There is a light humor to my work but I ask the spectator to go further and deeper.  I want them to dissolve the narrative and address the experience.  

I superimpose these ”biographies” on top of the individuals, almost as if they are wearing their stories like an article of clothing.  I try to give a little bit of history about the person; where they are from, their age, what they do, their hopes, their dreams, and often something embarrassing or personal that they would rather not have revealed. The figures are often caught in movement, conveying our individual journeys, where we are all "collectively alone".

I see a connection between photography and history, sometimes combining vintage B&W photos with my contemporary shots, and incorporating ‘ghost-like apparitions’. These figures represent the passage of time – all the people that have been in the exact same place but at a different moment – maybe only five minutes before, or ten years in the future. We are all connected in this time continuum, even if we aren’t aware of it. My work embraces the contemporary non-linear view of time with its randomness, spontaneity, and chance occurrences.

The concept of juxtaposing the past and the present, has led to my interest in photographing people among the ancient sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum, including giving anthropomorphic qualities to the sculptures themselves.

In my work the documentary nature of the B&W photograph merges with the painterly qualities of oil, establishing a dialogue between the two.  I mount my black & white images on top of 2” deep wood panels, and hand paint them with numerous layers of oil glazes to build up the color. The final surface has a glossy UV resin coating so the viewer can see their own reflection, and become ‘part’ of the photo-based work.