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Kelly Detweiler

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Lives in
Santa Clara

Works in
Santa Clara

Website

Statement

Kelly’s work is varied in content and in media. Having started as a ceramist, the mentality creating multiple objects still resonates in his work. The connection to his ceramic past is echoed in subject matter such as vases and vessels throughout the work. The floral and landscape imagery often refer back to his childhood in Colorado and to his extensive travels as an adult. Aside from the obvious influences of his teachers, the work of many European painters informs his work. Picasso and the cubists, Balthus, Bosch, Bocklin, Beckmann and many more can be seen in various pieces. The overriding sense of the  work is a fun loving and optimistic approach to making art and experiencing the world around us.. 

Kelly Detweiler grew up in Colorado and moved to the San Diego area as a teenager. He attended Grossmont College, before transferring to California State University at Hayward. Teachers such as Clayton Bailey, Mel Ramos, Raymond Saunders, Harold Schlotzhauer, Misch Kohn and Kenji Nanao helped shape his artistic sensibility that was primarily focused in ceramics when he arrived. Slowly this focus broadened to include painting and drawing. Graduate school followed and he was fortunate enough to attend University of California Davis which included faculty members Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, and David Gilhooly. During the summer between the two academic years of graduatre study, he was chosen to go to Skowhegan School in Maine.

After graduate school, Kelly spent some time in Oregon with DeForest’s famous dogs Ratu and Dido. This was followed by a period living and working for Robert Arneson in Benicia. He moved to Berkeley in 1979 and worked in a studio in West Oakland. During this period he taught at Diablo Valley College and at American River College on a part time basis. In 1981 he was married and his oldest son was born later that same year. In 1982 he began his teaching career at Santa Clara. He has taught at Santa Clara since that time with the one exception of 2002 when he taught for Gonzaga University in Florence while on sabbatical from Santa Clara. He has five children Christopher, Elly, Julia, Colleen and James.

Kelly has forged a long term relationship with a group of artists in Japan and has traveled there many times to exhibit his work. He has also shown his work in Germany and is included in the permanent collection at the Villa Haiss Museum in Zell. He has curated many exhibits in the San Jose area with the most recent being the “Pacific Rim Art Now 2003” at Works, San Jose.

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Education

Grossmont College, 1971-1973, A.A.

California State University at Hayward, 1973-1975, B.A.

University of California at Davis, 1975-1977, M.F.A

Skowhegan School, Summer 1976


Teaching Experience

2002-03 Gonzaga University in Florence , adjunct faculty

1982-present Santa Clara University Professor of Art

1979-80 Diablo Valley College , adjunct faculty

1978 American River College , adjunct faculty


Solo Exhibits

2005 Kelly Detweiler, Imaginary Landscapes, 45 Fremont St. San Francisco, Ca.

2004 Kelly Detweiler, Hunting and Gathering,The Art of the Still Life,
Bank of America Building, Concorse Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2004 Kelly Detweiler, Imaginary Landscapes, Plaza Gallery,
Bank of America Building, San Francisco, Ca

2003 Kelly Detweiler, Centre D’art en L’ile, Geneva, Switzerland

2002 Kelly Detweiler, Collage Work, Art Department Gallery,
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Ca

2000 Kelly Detweiler, New Work, Tapio Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

1999 Kelly Detweiler, Selections from the Bau Wau Haus,
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Ca

1998 "Kelly Detweiler," Language Pacifica, Student Lounge, Palo Alto, CA

1997 "Kelly Detweiler, New Work," Gallery Tapio, Sapporo, Japan

1996 "Kelly Detweiler," D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose CA

1995 "Kelly Detweiler, New Work," Gallery Tapio, Sapporo, Japan

1994 "Kelly Detweiler New Work," Gallery Tapio, Sapporo, Japan

1993 "Kelly Detweiler New Work," Art Amon Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1991 "Kelly Detweiler," Exit Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1991 "Kelly Detweiler New Work by California Artists," Triton Museum of Art,
Santa Clara

1991 "Kelly Detweiler," Braunstein-Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991 "Kelly Detweiler, Paintings and Assemblage," Eulipia Restaurant,
San Jose, CA

1990 "Kelly Detweiler: People, Places, and Things," Allegra Gallery, San Jose, CA

1989 "Kelly Detweiler," L'Helium, Paris, France

1988 "Kelly Detweiler," American Center, Sapporo, Japan

1988 "Kelly Detweiler," Allegra Gallery, San Jose, CA

1987 "Kelly Detweiler: Sea Hunt," Works San Jose, San Jose, CA

1987 "Kelly Detweiler," Natsoulous-Novelozzo Gallery, Davis, CA

1986 "Kelly Detweiler: Bowls," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
Rental Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

1986 "Kelly Detweiler," Allegra Gallery, San Jose, CA

1983 "Kelly Detweiler," Works San Jose, San Jose, CA

1983 "Kelly Detweiler," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1982 "Kelly Detweiler," Diablo Vallery College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA

1981 "Kelly Detweiler," Postcard Palace, San Francisco, CA

1979 "Kelly Detweiler," Siegfried Gallery, Athens, OH

1978 "Kelly Detweiler: Introductions '78," Hansen Fuller Gallery,
San Francisco, CA

1977 "Kelly Detweiler," Master's Exhibit, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

1976 "Kelly Detweiler," Candy Store Gallery, Folsom, CA


Group Exhibits

2005 “Faculty for Art”, Heritage Bank, San Jose, Calif.
Curated by Jane Salvin

2005 “Over the Edge”, Gallery of Urban Art, Emeryville, Calif.
Curatred by Tony Natsoulos

2005 “Fifth Anniversary Exhibit”, Art Object Gallery, San Jose, Calif.

2004 “Depth of Field”, Art Object Gallery, San Jose, Calif.

2004 James F. Byrnes Institut, The Art of Exchange, Stuttgart, Germany

2003 Tapio Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

2003 Continental Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

2003 "Pacific Rim Art Now, 2003," Otaru City Museum, Otaru, Japan

2003 "Cut, Copy, Paste," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2002 "Art and Flowers," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2002 "Annual Art Auction," San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art,
San Jose, CA

2001 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist's Gallery, Eighth Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

2000 "Kelly Detweiler, Don Fritz, David Huffman,

1998 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery, Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

1998 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Valentine's Exhibit and Auction, San Jose, Luke Bartels, Kan Shimada, Gallery Tapio, Sapporo, Japan

2000 "Pacific Rim Art Now, 2000," Otaru City Museum, Otaru, Japan

2000 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

2001 San Jose Downtown Association, "Shark Attack," Collaborative piece with Sean Boyles, Sponsored by IBM, Assisted by Downtown College Prep Students, San Jose, CA

2000 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art,
Annual Art Auction and Exhibit, juried, invitation

2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist's Gallery, CA

1997 "Pacific Rim Art Now, 1997," Otaru City Museum, Seventh
Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

1999 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction,
San Jose, CA Otaru, Japan

1997 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery, Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

1997 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Valentine's Exhibit and Auction, San Jose, CA

1996 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery,
Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale

1996 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art,
Annual Valentine's Exhibit and Auction, San Jose, CA

1995 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

1995 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery, Annual Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

1994 "Pacific Rim Art Now, 1994," Otaru City Museum, Otaru, Japan

1994 "Spirited Canvases," D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA

1990 "California Painters," Gallery Lalanu, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1990 "Art Document 1990," Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan
Exhibit and Warehouse Sale, San Francisco, CA

1989 "California Painters," Gallery Lalanu, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
Organized through Allegra Gallery.

1988 "California Painters," Gallery Lalanu, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
Organized through Allegra Gallery.

1994 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

1993 KTEH, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

1992 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

1991 "TB-9 Show," Natsoulous Gallery, Davis, CA

1988 "The Art of Eating," Monterey Peninsula Museum, Monterey, CA

1988 "My Funny Valentine," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1988 "Works on Paper," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
San Francisco, CA

1988 "A Faculty For Art," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1988 "Hokkaido Gendai Sakkaten," (Hokkaido Modern Artist Group),
Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan

1988 "Come As You Art," De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

1987 "Pro Arts Annual," Pro Arts Gallery, juried, Oakland, CA

1987 "Café Degli Artisti," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1987 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, San Jose, CA

1987 "Help I'm A Rock," Gregory Ghent Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1987 Annual Art Auction, Creative Growth Center, Oakland, CA

1986 "California Painting," J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

1986 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Annual Art Auction, invitational,
San Jose, CA

1986 "Airport Café," San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA

1986 "Jesuit Spirit in the Arts," St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

1986 "Recent Drawings from Northern California,"
Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

1986 "Anniversary Show," Allegra Gallery, San Jose, CA

1986 "San Jose Biennial," Works San

1985 "Chain Reaction," San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery,
San Francisco, CA

1985 "16th Annual 2-D Art Regional," juried, San Jose, CA

1985 "San Jose Museum Art & Wine Auction," invitational, San Jose, CA

1985 "New Work-New Look," Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

1985 "Bay Arts '85," Belmont, CA

1985 "West Coast Works On/Of Paper," Reese Bullen Gallery,
Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA

1985 Art Auction, Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, CA

1984 Art Auction, Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, CA

1984 "Café des Artistes," De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1984 "Portraits," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery,
San Francisco, CA

1984 "Reviewing the Figure," Hayward State University, invitational,
Hayward, CA

1984 "Reviewing the Figure," Clorox Building, invitational, Oakland, CA

1984 "Crocker Kingsley Annual," Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1984 "Graduates of Davis, Works on Paper," Memorial Union Art Gallery,
Davis, CA

1984 "Crime and Punishment," Triton Museum of Art, invitational, Santa Clara, CA

1982 "Alumni Show," Hayward State University, invitational, Hayward, CA

1982 " Miniatures 1982," Triton Museum, invitational, Santa Clara, CA

1980 "Paintings: Lucy Childs-Kelly Detweiler," A Fine Hand, San Francisco, CA

1978 "Ceramic Invitational Show," Hayward State University, Hayward, CA

1977 "Northern California Artists '77," juried, Sacramento, CA


Curatorial Experience

2000 "Life From Clay," a contemporary ceramics exhibit including work from six ceramic artists Don Fritz, Lisa Marie Barber, Sun Koo Yuh, Arthur Gonzales, Monica Van Den Dool, and Lori Holland at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.

1999 "Northern Exposure: New Art From Japan." Applied Materials and the Institute of Contemporary Art collaborated to bring a multi-venue exhibit from Japan. Santa Clara University Art Department Gallery also exhibited a small selection of work from the artists in the exhibit.

1993 "Arinori Ichihara," Master Printmaker of Japan, Triton Museum of Art,
Santa Clara, CA 

Recent Exhibits

Kelly Detweiler participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 Gallery Group Show
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
 
Nov, 2013 Solo Exhibition of Kelly Detweiler
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
 
Aug, 2013 Works San Jose Benefit Auction
Works/San Jose
 
Jun, 2013 Davis Transmedia Art Tours
Transmedia Art Walk
 
May, 2011 Fiesta Night: Art Gala & Annual Benefit Auction
Triton Museum of Art
 
May, 2010 Kelly's Tales
Sandra Lee Gallery
 
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