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Djerassi: A Legacy

Djerassi: A Legacy is presented by the San Francisco office of Ascent Private Capital Management and curated by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program was founded in 1979 by Stanford University Professor Emeritus Dr. Carl Djerassi (1923-2015). Its mission is to “support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the Program is situated.”

The Djerassi Program is internationally recognized and has provided over 2,000 artist residencies over 36 years. It is the largest artist residency program in the Western United States, considered among the best in the country and attracts a diverse range of artists.

The artists presented in this exhibition have all participated in the Djerassi residency program. They have experienced - each in their own way - the vision, patronage and generosity of founder Carl Djerassi and his family.


Djerassi: A Legacy
Val Britton, Collapsible City, 2011, graphite, ink and collage, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco 

Val Britton
Collapsible City, 2011
graphite, ink and collage
78.5 x 90.5"
Courtesy of the artist and
Gallery Wendi Norris,
San Francisco


John Wehrle 
Sunset Lassen Street, 2013
stitched digital photography
12 x 40"
Courtesy of the artist

Collapsible City
Sunset Lassen Street

Djerassi: A Legacy

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    Collapsible City, 2011, graphite, ink and collage, 78.5 x 90.5", Courtesy of the artists and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

    Val Britton creates abstract, collaged works on paper and site-specific installations that explore the artist’s interest in memory, maps and history. Britton's two-dimensional and three-dimensional works share an explosive, fragmented quality that extends beyond the natural confines of the paper or space.

    Britton was born in Livingston, New Jersey. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship.Her work has been included in museum exhibitions throughout California and in New York.  She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

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    Sunset Lassen Street, 2013, stitched digital photograph, 12 x 40", Courtesy of the artist

    California based artist John Wehrle is best known for his murals and site-specific public art. He has painted two murals on the outside of the De Young Art Museum, San Francisco, and one on a downtown Los Angeles freeway for the 1984 Olympics, in addition to artworks for libraries, firehouses, schools and train stations. In these works history, portraiture and local landmarks combine to form a surprising and unusual visual language.

    Wehrle has also created significant bodies of work in sculpture and photography using digital image stitching programs to create large photographic prints.

    Wehrle received his BA from Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX) and a MFA from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY). He currently resides in Richmond, CA.





  Participating Artists     

Seyed Alavi
Val Britton
Suzie Buchholz
Judy Dater
Jessica Dunne
Kara Maria
Carol Setterlund
Linda Simmel
John Wehrle
Heather Wilcoxon



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