"RESTART" Juried Exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center

Published on May 31, 2022

RESTART logo in dark blue capital letters with a light-blue swish under the letters

The Palo Alto Art Center’s First Juried Show in More Than a Decade Opens June 25

Exhibition Runs Through August 20, 2022


PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center will address the question of how we restart and rebuild after the pandemic in a juried exhibition on view from June 25-August 20, 2022. RESTART showcases how art can promote healing and restoration, continuing themes explored earlier in the year with the exhibition Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration (on view January 21-May 21, 2022). RESTART includes work in a wide range of media by 44 artists from throughout Northern California. 

RESTART’s juror is Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Hickson oversees the post-war and contemporary art collection and acquisitions, organizes special exhibitions, and leads the MATRIX program, a series of changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Her thirty-plus MATRIX projects—three per year—have featured an international roster of artists. 

“What a delight it has been to serve as the juror for Palo Alto Art Center’s RESTART exhibition, which has reconnected me to the Bay Area’s distinctive contemporary art scene since working at the San Jose Museum of Art twenty years ago,” said Hickson. “In addition, the show’s relevant and timely theme—the transformative power of art during challenging times—serves to illustrate humanity’s strength, connection, and engagement through the visual arts.” 

Artists in the exhibition include: Heidi Alonzo, Ric Ambrose, Janis Anton, Erica Barajas, Katya Bloshkina, Shirley Bunger, Brian Corral, Valerie Corvin, Daisy Crane, Adrienne Defendi, John Eames, Donna Fenstermaker, Patrick Fenton, Janey Fritsche, Fiorenza Gorini, Ricky Gumbrecht, Ellen Gust, Michael Hall, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Alexis Javellana Hill, Joyce Hsu, Peter Ivanoff, Laura Johnston, Sarah Klein, Sammy Koh, Danym Kwon, Matthaus Lam, Charles Lee, Kristin Lindseth, Melissa Mahoney, Erin McCluskey Wheeler, Zoe Mosko, Mundi, Beril Or, Kaytea Petro, Ferris Plock, Misty Potter, Priyanka Rana, Alexander Rohrig, Miki Shim and Lance Rutter, Dennis Sopczynski, Nina Temple, Badri Valian. 

The Art Center invites the community to celebrate the exhibition at our free Friday Night at the Art Center event on Friday, July 1. The event will feature a members’ preview for Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members from 5-6 p.m., featuring a walkthrough with juror Patricia Hickson. The public event from 6-8 p.m. will include an opportunity to meet the artists, a cash bar provided by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation with a specialty RESTART cocktail, and hands-on art activities. 

About the Palo Alto Art Center

The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 150,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part with support from the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Community Fund, Acton Family Giving, The Morrison Foerster Foundation, SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, private donations, and members.


The full press release is available to download here(PDF, 171KB)


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