"I am a multidisciplinary artist, working in mixed media, photography and paint, as well as performance. Much of my work deals with memory and the tension between the specificity and universality of place."
"My abstract paintings, mixed media and photography are inspired by my interpretation of the colors, light, smells, textures and spirit of place, whether it be Sicily, Zambia, Japan, India, Cuba or Yosemite National Park. Often I use my photography as a sketch tool and artifact in the collage process. My photographs have a painterly quality often playing with a perception of realty. As a playwright, performer and collaborator my attention is in the intersection of these diverse forms and their influence upon each other."
My career spans more than three decades working in the arts with cultural institutions. I served as Deputy Director at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in charge of External Affairs including marketing, development, communications and visitor services. My years in New York were enhanced by my long tenure at the New York Public Library as Vice President for Development. Now my firm BLAM! (Bonnie Levinson Arts Management) works with cultural organizations creating public programming and consulting in development, marketing and strategic planning. I currently am the Curatorial and Cultural Consultant for the Visual Arts at Federal Hall in NYC, part of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. In addition, I am directing an Arts Education and Artist Residency program commissioning artists to create public art for the campus at the Making Waves Academy, a charter school in Richmond, CA.
BLAM! also works with individuals bringing art into their lives through active looking, aesthetic education and the joy of collecting.
I received my BA cum laude from Kenyon College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Museum Education from George Washington University. I was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship and an NEA travel grant for photography. I am a founding Board member of the Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and served on the Executive Committee of San Francisco Art Institute where I currently am Trustee Emeritus. I served on the Board of the Kenyon Review and now am on the Board member of the Gund Gallery of Kenyon College and the Artemis Rising Foundation.
I have furthered my art making studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Anderson Ranch Art Center, City College of San Francisco and Colorado Mountain College. This summer 2019 I will attend a workshop residency at La Napoule Foundation in Nice, France.
"There’s something about water that attracts me over and over again." The Alaska Pole series captures the interaction between water and sky, and the inherent abstraction and design that we create as interloper. An installation at The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco consisted of ten individual photographs, dye infused pigment on aluminum. The images were taken while on a small fishing boat in the Inside Passage in Alaska, where I felt immediately drawn to capture the reflection I saw in the water. Through documenting this otherwise fleeting moment, I revealed the character of nature and thus the dynamic and evolving relationship between our environment and ourselves. The dramatic contrast of colors play on the dichotomy of light and dark that is found within both water and sky, and the abstraction that becomes an object once it is a reflection on the water."
This piece published in the KENYONreview Online documents my first encounter with a "real artist", Mark Rothko. That encounter helped shape my career and has become the centerpiece of my theatrical performance piece, You Complete the Picture.
You can hear my reading of the interview by clicking above. Do you agree with Mark Rothko?
Do you believe YOU COMPLETE THE PICTURE?
RECENT EXHIBITIONS, ETC
"The Life of Water", Juried Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins. CO
Artspan, Juried Exhibition and Benefit Auction, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. Major fundraiser.
“Time”, Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition, Arc Gallery & Studio, San Francisco,CA
“Diptych”, Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition, Arc Gallery & Studio, San Francisco,CA
"Mixed Media", Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE
Anderson Ranch Art Auction, Curator’s Choice, Snowmass, CO
"Purely Abstract, Vision in Line, Form and Color, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg. CA
"Water", Juried Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins. CO
"Strokes of Genius", 2018 Calendar collaboration of art and home from Artspan and Zephyr Real Estate
“Resistance", Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition, Arc Gallery & Studio, San Francisco, CA
“Images 2017", Juried Exhibition of Photography Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael
H2O McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Identity”, Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition, Arc Gallery & Studio, San Francisco, CA
Artspan, Selections: Juried Exhibition, Midway Creative Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Displacement” Third Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Artspan Open Studios, SOMA, San Francisco, CA
LIM Gallery, Commission and installation, San Francisco, CA