Janet Norris, Art Exhibitions, Installations, Participations, Publications
Paintings and Mixed Media, Selected Exhibitions:
2017 Mythos Gallery, Group Exhibition
2017 GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA, Group Juried Exhibit (Jack Fischer, Juror)
2017 Santa Clara University Art & Art History Gallery, Honoring The Legacy of David Park, Juried Exhibit
2017 Far Out Gallery, San Francisco, CA Solo Exhibit
2016 226 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA Solo Exhibit
2016 Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA, Group Exhibit
2016 GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA, Two Person Exhibit
2016 Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Group Exhibit
2016 Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA, Group Exhibit
2015 Mythos Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Group Exhibit
2015 Garage Gallery, Oakland, CA, Solo Exhibit
2014 Arc Studios & Gallery Juried Group Exhibit, San Francisco, CA
2013 Works Gallery, San Jose, CA, Group Exhibit
2013 Piedmont Center For The Arts, Oakland, CA Group Exhibit (Rene De Guzman, Juror)
2012 Group Exhibition, CK Gallery, Oakland, CA
2010 Group Exhibition, Cabrillo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA (Ruth Braunstein & Shannon Trimble, Jurors)
2006 Marin Society of Art Juried Group Exhibit, Ross, CA (Rene De Guzman, Juror)
2004 Berkeley Art Center Group Exhibit, Berkeley, CA
2000 Mountain View, CA, Solo Exhibition, Mountain View Center For Performing Arts, Paintings
1997 University of California at Santa Cruz, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery Exemplary Contemporary Paintings, Group Painting Exhibition
1997 Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), San Jose, CA, Group Exhibition: Chest-of-Drawer Piece
1993 San Jose Art League 21st Annual 2-D Competition – Paintings (Phil Linares, Oakland Art Museum Curator, Juror)
1992 Harmony of Cultures Juried Exhibition, San Jose Downtown Association -Mixed Media Paintings
1991 Wilder Gallery, Los Gatos, CA, Group Book Exhibition - "Live for Mystery" Book
1991 San Raphael, California, Falkirk Cultural Center Group Exhibition: "Shrines: A Place of Worship"
1979 Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA, Solo Exhibit: Installation: “These Piney Woods Are My True Home”: The exhibit used puns, allusions and asides: Altered furniture (a chest, small table, bed, chair, lamp) enhanced with pine needle-laden latex) and other mixed media, including railroad spikes, dime store framed prints, and pine “drawings”.
1978 San Jose Museum of Art, Works Gallery Installation: Found Object/Gift -Toy Plastic Shovel Piece.
1978 Union Gallery, San Jose State University, Group Exhibition: Alcove Installation/Performance: Lemon Tree Pruning Piece. Lemon leaves were stapled to a rectangular space in an alcove in the gallery. They gradually changed from flat to curled in appearance.
1976 San Jose City College Art Gallery, San Jose, CA Solo Exhibit, Installation, titled,
“Duration”: A Three segment Installation/Participation: 1– “Strawed” – I spent one week in the gallery slowly stapling straw obtained from a horse stable to a wall, 2- “Piled” – a small group of artists installed soil from a construction site in the gallery, forming two conical piles, and 3- “Stripped” - tree limbs which were collected by children from a homeless encampment (they had been cut down by order of the San Jose PD) were stripped of bark and displayed on a white sheet in the gallery.
1977 Gallery activity-a happening: Founding member and served on the Board of Directors, and as first membership chairperson of Works San Jose Art Gallery. Participated in gallery construction, coordination, installations, membership development and materials solicitations. For Works’ founders this began as a grass roots "happening," which later evolved into a gallery. Works Gallery continues as a gallery in the South Bay.
1976 Happening: As a student of Tony May’s “Community” class, I participated in the site-specific daylong “Julian Café”. A small group of graduate students “performed” a breakfast, lunch and dinner, a complete day in the life of a downtown San Jose eatery. A small storefront space in the downtown area was rented. We utilized a nearby restaurant supply store, and from that supplier and others, obtained equipment and furnishings to set up a restaurant business. We painted the interior, put a sign in the window and created an elegant menu folder. Lunch was Mexican, dinner Continental/French, and breakfast eggs and toast. The famous R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders performed for dinner guests as participants waited tables, served wine, and cooked in the kitchen. It was a success, meaning that it was well attended because we had advertised effectively, we took our various roles seriously, and held out until the end.
2017 Huffington Post Interview: Janet Norris 'Living Dangerously' at Far Out Gallery, San Francisco, by John Seed, February 14, 2017
2017 Aesthetics Today Review: 'Living Dangerously, Janet Norris At The Far Our Gallery, San Francisco', by Thomas Leddy, February 13, 2017
2016 Oakland Magazine, Fall Art Guide mention, Janet Norris and TaVee McAllister Lee, two person exhibition, titled “Rowing By Byzantium”, by DeWitt Cheng
2015 San Francisco Gate interview: “Janet Norris’ Tiny Shadow Boxes at The Garage Gallery”,
by Kimberly Chun, May 13, 2015
1979, January 20 Issue: Artweek review, Material and Idea in Contrast, solo show at the Montalvo Center For The Arts, by Dorothy Burkhardt
1976-1994 Taught studio art classes and art appreciation and art history at South Bay community colleges as an adjunct lecturer.
1978 Art Gallery Director at San Jose City College.
1975-76 BA and Master of Arts, San Jose State University.
Upcoming: January 2018, 226 Guerrero, San Francisco, CA Solo Exhibit