This exhibition will trace Richard Kamler's career using art as a catalyst for social change with early sketchbooks, installation works, drawings and photographic documentation. To create his works, Richard Kamler has collaborated with individuals and groups as far reaching as death row inmates, interfaith communities and the United Nations.
Throughout his career, Kamler has maintained his strong belief that “art can make the world a better place….art is an agent for social change…our fuel and our glue.” Through his close examination of the penal system, he created the central works of his career: the “Table of Voices,” a sound installation giving voice to both victims and perpetrators that was instrumental in developing a victim/offender reconciliation program at the San Francisco County Jail.
Kamler's art has been exhibited in a range of venues, from Alcatraz to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, from the East Jerusalem Cultural Center to the Art Space in New York. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, he is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.
Fri, Jan 27, 7-9 pm, “Four Decades of Art Activism” a fishbowl conversation with Bay Area luminaries, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission
Thurs, Feb 2 and Wed, Feb 8, 2:30-3:30 pm, Conversation with arts writer Robert Atkins, McLaren 250, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street
Thurs, Feb 2, 4-6 p.m., Opening reception and birthday celebration, Thacher Gallery at USF, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center