Michele Theberge

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Long Cold Look (take 3), 2006 Watercolour On Paper 17 X 16 Cm © Michele Theberge
Monkey & Cork, 2006 Ink On Paper 12 X 15 Cm © Michele Theberge
Untitled, 2003 Ink On Paper 11.4 X 11.7 Cm © Michele Theberge
Office Worker , 2009 Watercolor On Paper 8.5 X 11" © Michele Theberge
Personal , 2008 Watercolor On Paper 6.5 X 11.5" © Michele Theberge
Wilson's Warbler , 2006 Watercolor On Paper 4.5 X 4.5" © Michele Theberge
Strange Dream (detail) , 2009 Watercolor On Papers 13 X 12" © Michele Theberge
Family, 2007 Ink On Paper 5 X 6" © Michele Theberge
Translucent Sparrow, 2008 Watercolor On Paper 6 X 4" © Michele Theberge
Breathing Room , 2006 Mixed Media Installation 14’ X 15’ X 12’ © Michele Theberge
Seed Piece, 2007 Pins, Watercolor On Paper, Performative Installation 90” X 90” © Michele Theberge
Harmony in My Head , 2008 Water Color On Papers, Pins Dimensions Variable © Michele Theberge
The Natural Falling Down of Things, 2005 Mylar And Acrylic Paint On Glass Window © Michele Theberge
A Certain Tiny Ecstasy, 2004 Mixed Media Installation 10’ X 13’ X 11’ © Michele Theberge
Untitled , 2007 Watercolor On Paper 5.5 X 4.5" © Michele Theberge
Quick Facts
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco

With my art, I aspire to offer a sense of spaciousness, an opening, an invitation to contemplate the nature of life and explore what underlies the material world. My paintings and drawings feature figures, parts of figures, everyday objects, mysterious blobs, repetitive shapes and patterns. The images may be inspired by music, nature, the body, meditation. I use these images to construct installations, spawn interactive projects, build groupings, or display individually.

Every act involved in creating an artwork is of equal importance to me. I work best when I give mindful attention to each step: selecting the papers, tearing or cutting them, laying out my palette, blending new colors, applying the paint, creating groupings or installing the work. It seems natural to me that the artist’s state of being shines through the work as much as the physical materials used. My intent is to offer reflective state of being with each piece.

As I draw or paint, my mind drifts into another place. Images spring up, surprising me with their strangeness, humor, and curious, quiet power. Gleaned from perception of the quotidian – objects, animals, interactions, food, clothing, and emotions – the images defy logical interpretation. Another practice in my studio is to paint marks and shapes in careful, focused repetition. This calms my mind and slows my thoughts. Changing in size and scale and richly hued, the images hint at rhythms in nature.

When two or more of these pieces are grouped together, they may imply a narrative. A field of blue marks hints at another world or dimension, shiny red blobs are an object of intrigue for a bent-over woman, dark sandpaper with a hole invites a mysterious figure forward, small triangles may be trees…or are they a stairway to another dimension?



2004  M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
1988  B.A. cum laude, French, Tufts University, Medford, MA
1988  B.F.A. Painting & Drawing, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1985  Université de Strasbourg, France

solo exhibitions

2007  Harmony in My Head, Bocana Gallery, San Francisco, CA           
2006  Breathing Room, Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA
2005  Into the Open, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
2004  A Certain Tiny Ecstasy, MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts,
                San Francisco, CA
2003  Ten Hands, Slingshot Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2001  Recent Paintings and Drawings, Max Art, San Francisco, CA
2000  Paper Dreams, Montblanc Gallery, Hong Kong, China
1998  Inspired by Landscape, The Makeout Room, San Francisco, CA
1997  Neighborhood Windows Project, Oakland, CA

selected group exhibitions

2011 Tall Tales: Collaborative Projects by John Casey & Friends, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
           Chain Letter, 
Shoshanna Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Mail to, Drift Station Gallery, Lincoln, NE
2010  Proof of Purchase, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
           Vanishing Pollinators
, Marin Hall, San Rafael, CA
           21 Grand 10th Anniversary Art Sale
, Oakland, CA

           Art for Haiti: Auction and Gala, Raleigh, NC
2009  Altered States, Gatehouse Gallery, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
           Auction 2009 POP NOIR, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
           Mixed Metaphors and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, Michael Rosenthal Gallery,
                 San Francisco, CA
           4 x 4 Painting Project, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008  Summer Group Show, McCaig-Welles & Rosenthal, Redwood City, CA
           Monotype Marathon 2008, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
           Art Now, (Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art)New York, NY
           Whatsup, Swift Pigeon Studios, Oakland, CA
           Art Sale 12, The Lab, San Francisco, CA   
2007  WorkAday, Blank Space Gallery, Oakland, CA
           Best Friends Forever, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Childish Things, Bocana Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Marks, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
           Seed Project, Artworld Digest. online and printed exhibition, New York, NY
           Faculty Exhibition, Coffee Gallery, City College of San Francisco Continuing Education,
                San Francisco, CA
           Moshi Moshi! Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2006  Gift, 301 Bocana Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           $99.95 Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
           Community Virology, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
           Monotype Marathon 2006, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
           Mail Me, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
           Sakai-Berkeley Art Exchange Exhibition, Sakai Cultural Hall, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
2005  $99.95 Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
           Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR curated by Laurie Reid
           International Mail Art Invitational, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2004  $99.95 Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove
           Visual Aid’s Big Deal SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Holiday Arts Festival Auction, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2003  99 Bottles, Build Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Landing (as part of a collective, The Aesthetics), Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA Juror: Manray Hsu
           Artists with Heart, benefit for BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency), Berkeley, CA
           Collectively, Long and Pollack Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA
           Fifty Below, Long and Pollack Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA
2002  Blood Show, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Visual Aid’s Big Deal, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Unwearable Art: Clothing in New Media, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
           Mad River Post Summer Show, San Francisco, CA
2001  Silent Night, WORKS, San Jose, CA
           Think Again, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA Juror: Miwon Kwan
           Visual Aid’s Big Deal, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Regarding the Figure, Fig Tree Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2000  The Glitter Reminder , Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
           Visual Aid’s Big Deal, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           California Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA Juror: Carrie Lederer
           Garments, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, IL Juror: Fern Samuels
           Ten Into Two Thousand, Hollis Street Project, Emeryville, CA
1999  Thirteen Artists, Exilio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998  December Exhibition and Sale, Grossman Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
           Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA Jurors: Yolanda Lopez, Mary Lovelace O’Neal
           Civic Arts Education: 35 Years of Distinguished Teaching Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts,
                 Walnut Creek, CA
           The Light is Diverse in California, Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA Juror: Enrique Chagoya
           Passing on the Flame: Artists Who Teach, Museum of Children’s Art, Oakland, CA
1997  Studio One Faculty Exhibition, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA
1996  Emotional Baggage, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA Jurors: Rene Yanez, Carlos Villa, Lenore Chin, Laurie Lazer
1995  California Dreaming, Bayfront Gallery, San Francisco, CA Juror: Phil Linhares
1994  Figuration ‘94, Eddie Rhodes Art Gallery, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA
1993  Open Studios, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
1992  Amador County Arts Council Juried Annual, Sutter Creek, CA
           Studio One Faculty Exhibition, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA
1991  Artist’s Equity Members Exhibit, SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, CA

awards, residencies, lectures

2010  Artist talk, Portland Community College, Art Beat, Portland, OR
           Alameda County Arts Commission’s Site-Specific Artist Registry
2009  Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
           Headlands Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
           Portfolio Preparation, San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA
           Visiting Artist Lecture, Washington State University, Pullman WA
2008  Senior Painting Seminar, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2007  Professional Practices: Studio Art, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
2006  Morris  Graves Foundation residency, Loleta, CA
2004  Painting Seminar, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, CA
2003  Morris  Graves Foundation residency, Loleta, CA
2000  Judge’s Choice Award, California Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, Juror: Carrie Lederer

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