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About

ROZANNE HERMELYN DI SILVESTRO

I am a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist working in the disciplines of printmaking and painting. As long as I can remember, I have painted, drawn, and followed my passion for the arts. Growing up in Los Angeles, I attended UCLA and Art Center College of Design, receiving a BA in design as well as a BFA in graphic and package design with distinction. I moved to San Francisco to begin my creative career, starting Arc & Line Communications and teaching design courses at the Academy of Art University. After twenty years of owning a successful design business, I felt it was time to transition and express my voice through fine art. I have been awarded Best of Show and 1st place in numerous exhibitions over the years. My work has been shown in Triton Museum of Art, Janet Turner Print Museum, The Art Complex Museum, Museum of Los Gatos, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress.

ABOUT ARTWORK

The power of visual language has always intrigued me. I am interested in exposing the connections and struggles between self, society, and nature, inviting the viewer to start a conversation. When painting, I work to uncover what is hidden inside my subjects.

 

I have a special romance with monotype printmaking. The monotype is an additive and subtractive technique, a give and take process where the subject slowing emerges. I begin by creating a mix of bold, quiet, and dynamic strokes and then proceed to remove paint in search of the light source. The movement and emotion of every mark is recorded onto the plate, documenting what is the added, the removed, and the altered. This open, creative space is both uncomfortable and addicting.

RESUME

Education

Art Center College of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Awarded with Distinction and Full Scholarship1987
UCLA, Bachelor of Arts, 1983

 

Professional

Palo Alto Art Center, Volunteer Mentorship Program for the Paula Kirkeby Press Studio, Palo Alto CA, 2017 to present
California Society of Printmakers, Board Member, 2015 to present
Arc and Line, Principal/Creative Director, 1989 to 2014
Sunnyvale Elementary School District, PTA Art Program Director – Updated and managed art program curriculum, developed parent-docent training, and instructed art and art history lessons for grades K to 5th, 2003 to 2010
Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA, Faculty, 1994 to 1998

 

Selected Collections

• Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA 
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art, Washington D.C.
Bank Street Arts Gallery, Sheffield U.K.
Canary Foundation, Redwood City CA

 

Notable Achievements and Awards  

• Aquisition into the Permanent Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Curator: Elizabeth M. Rudy, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints, 2020
• Awarded Recognition of Achievement in the Art of the Unique Print,
5th National Monotype/Monoprint, The Art Complex Museum, 2018
• 3rd Place
, Pacific Prints, PAL Main Gallery, 2017
• Best of Show
, Politics (Not) as Usual, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, 2016
• 1st Place, Pacific Prints, PAL Main Gallery, 2016
• Juror’s Merit Recipient, New Grounds Gallery, 2015
Selected for the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress, 2014
• Best of Show, Yosemite Renaissance XXIII Exhibit, Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery, 2008
• Honorable Mention, LGAA Exhibit, Museum of Los Gatos, 2008
• 1st Place, Beyond Cancer Exhibit, Canary Foundation & Palo Alto Art League, Three Exhibitions: Stanford University, PAL Main Gallery, and San Jose Grand Prix, 2007
• Selected for on-line exhibit Silicon Valley Art Museum, 2007 www.svam.org

 

Juried Exhibitions

2021
Salon at the Triton 2D Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2020

• Socially Distanced, Jen Tough Online Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Selected for – 31 Women, Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
Curators: Marianne McGrath, MKM Art Curator, Karen Gutfreund and Suzanne Whitney-Smedt
• First Impressions, Davis Arts Center Tsao Gallery, Davis, CA
2019
• 2019 N
orth American Print Biennial, Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA
Juror: Shelley R. Langdale, Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Art Santa Fe, Jen Tough Gallery, Invited Artists Collective, Santa Fe, NM
Selected for – Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking, Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, CA
Regional Collective, Janet Turner Print Museum, CSU, Chico CA
Juror: Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
13th California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition, Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced CA
Juror: Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum Jamey Brzezinski, Professor Emeritus at Merced College
2018
• ClimArt – 2018 Climate Action Summit Exhibition, 
Academy of Art University Cannery Galleries, San Francisco CA
Juror: Gail Wight, Associate Professor, Stanford University
RISE: Empower, Change and Action!, Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos CA
Juror:  Suzanne Whitney-Smedt; Marianne McGrath, Curator of New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU); and Gutfreund Cornett Art
5th National Monotype/Monoprint, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA
Juror: Judith Brodsky, Board Chair, New York Foundation for the Arts; Founder, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper 
2017
• 2017 North American Print Biennial
, Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge MA
Juror: Judith Brodie, Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Pacific Prints, PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA
Juror: Alice Wu, Kala Art Institute
• Figures and Faces, PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA
Juror: George Rivera, Executive Director & Senior Curator at the Triton Museum
Artists (Not) as Usual, 4 Person Exhibition, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City CA
Juror:  Michael Pauker and Martha Branner
2016
Artist United!, Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery, Washington D.C. 
Politics (Not) as Usual, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City CA
Juror:  Michael Pauker and Martha Branner
Pacific Prints, PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA
Juror: Andrea Voinot, Kala Art Institutet
2015
International Exhibition, New Grounds Gallery, Albuquerque NM
Juror: Wesley Pulkka and Regina Heldt
5th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts Gallery, Sheffield U.K.
2014
• Landscapes, Seascapes & Urbanscapes, 
PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA
Juror: Sara Kabot, Cantor Center for Visual Artist
Selected for the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress, Curator of Fine Prints: Katherine Blood
2013
100 Years in Print, SF Center of the Book Gallery, San Francisco CA
2012
Pressing Matters, PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA
Illuminating Herstory, PAL Norton Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art, Palo Alto
2009
Control Exhibit, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco CA
Perspective, Purpose and Passion, Art Object Gallery, San Jose CA
2008
Systems of Sharing: On the Surface, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont
Inner Landscapes, Martin Luther King Library, San Jose
Yosemite Renaissance XXIII Exhibit, Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park CA
Los Gatos Art Association Exhibit, Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA
Juror: George Rivera, Executive Director & Senior Curator at the Triton Museum
Personal Impressions, Pacific Grove Art Center, Gill and Boyer Gallery, Pacific Grove CA
2007
• B
eyond Cancer Exhibit,Canary Foundation, Palo Alto, Exhibited at Stanford University, PAL Main Gallery and San Jose Grand Prix
• S
elected for On-line Exhibition, Silicon Valley Art Museum
• F
igures-Human & Anatomical, PAL Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA

 

Group Exhibitions

2021
Extraction: Response to the Changing World Environment, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
2020
First Impressions, Davis Arts Center, Tsao Gallery, Davis CA
2019

• Art of Healing, 
Enso Gallery, Half Moon Bay CA
2018
• California Society of Printmakers Annual Exhibition, 
Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont CA
2017
Selected Group Exhibit, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City CA
California Society of Printmakers Annual Exhibition, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont CA
2016
California Society of Printmakers Annual Exhibition, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont CA
2015
CTL Z, Solo Exhibition, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Los Altos CA

 

Publications

REED California’s Oldest Literary Journal, Juried, Published Artwork, 2020
The California Printmaker Journal, Juried, Published Article Between Image and Text and Selected for Front and Back Cover Images, 2019

 

Art Residencies

• 2021 In Cahoots Residency, Petaluma CA
2019 In Cahoots Residency, Petaluma CA