RALPH BORGE: A SYMBOLIC REALIST AND HIS CIRCLE
Ralph Borge (1922-2009) was one of the most influential artists ever to teach at California College of Arts and Crafts, now California College of the Arts, in Oakland. In addition to his comprehensive retrospective, many of his most influential students and colleagues have submitted a signature work of art to the exhibition in tribute to their beloved professor.
Oakland-born Ralph Borge taught at CCAC (CCA), where he received his M.F.A., for 38 years, beginning in 1949. He was awarded a Guggenheim in 1956. His paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Oakland Art Museum, the Crocker Museum, and the California College of Arts and Crafts Museum.
Highlighting the exhibition opening is a panel dicussion, featuring artists Phil Linhares (chief curator of the Oakland Museum of California), Jack Mendenhall, Richard McLean, and moderated by Vince Perez, on Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m., in the Soda Lecture Center. Ralph Borge's son, Jason Borge, will join the artists to talk about his father's work and impact on CCA and the Bay Area art community. The presentation is free and takes place across the road from the Hearst Art Gallery. A celebratory reception with live music follows the panel in the Kyran Art Room adjacent to the Gallery.