Artadia - Bay Area Awardees

Artadia - Bay Area Awardees is presented by the San Francisco office of Ascent Private Capital Management and curated by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. This exhibition features work by highly regarded Bay area artists who have been recognized with an Artadia award.

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards. In the past 18 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities. Support is offered through close collaborations with host cities to create exhibition opportunities, arrange studio visits with national curators, source residency programs, and make introductions in the field.

Paulson Fontaine Press specializes in limited edition intaglio prints and has worked with many Artadia awardee artists. Paulson Fontaine Press’s philosophy is to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work.

Both Artadia and Paulson Fontaine Press provide invaluable opportunities for artists, nurturing their work, developing professional relationships and providing exposure of their work to a greater audience.


Jessica Snow

Jessica Snow, Fold in Time (24 Dimensions), 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 60”, Courtesy of the artist


Amy Wilson Faville
Caravan, 2007 
graphite and collage on paper 
35 x 45"
Courtesy of the artist


Kara Maria
Pattern is the Mother of Memory, 2005
acrylic on canvas
60 x 80”
Courtesy of the artist


Pattern is the Mother of Memory

Artadia - Bay Area Awardees

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    Amy Wilson Faville is inspired by her surroundings and creates beautiful mixed-media imagery combining collage and drawing techniques. Carts is a series based on actual shopping carts of the homeless in San Francisco’s Mission District. Without the real-life grittiness, the carts in Amy’s series reveal unexpected beauty in the melange of color, pattern and shapes.

    Faville has had one person shows at the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art (Santa Rosa, CA) and Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco, CA). She is a faculty member at Diablo Valley College where she teaches drawing, painting, design and color theory.

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    Kara Maria combines abstraction and representation to address subjects that range from the personal to the political. While at first glance her paintings appear to be tumultuous and frenetic patterns, a second look will reveal a myriad of figurative references. Combining vibrant colors, geometric shapes and abstract marks with representational elements, the cheerful and inviting paintings belie their content.

    Maria’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA), Mills College Art Museum (Oakland, CA) and the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), among others. Maria is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA).








  Participating Artists     
Kota Ezawa
Amy Wilson Faville
David Huffman
Ruth Laskey
Kara Maria
Clare Rojas
Brion Nuda Rosch
Jessica Snow
Catherine Wagner



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