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Palo Alto Art Center features Palo Alto Artist Walter Robinson
Contact : Ken heiman    650-617-3511
Fallen Mickey, 2006, acrylic on wood, 16 x 70 x 42 in. Image courtesy of Catharine Clark

PALO ALTO, CA The Palo Alto Art Center will present the largest survey exhibition to date featuring the work of artist and Palo Alto native Walter Robinson, whose expertly crafted and frequently humorous paintings and sculptures present a thought-provoking critique of contemporary culture and politics.

 The exhibition, Home Grown: Walter Robinson, will run June 20-August 30, featuring 24 pieces from private and public collections throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as well as one new large-scale sculpture made specifically for this exhibition.

”We are honored to present this exhibition of the work of Walter Robinson,” says Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “His compelling and provocative works delight and amuse, but also inspire deeper thought and consideration. This mid-career survey exhibition is well-deserved by the artist, whose work has been nationally lauded. We look forward to reintroducing home-grown artist Walter Robinson to our audiences.”

Walter Robinson has been described as an expert craftsman, finishing his works in high-gloss colors that evoke the polish found in advertising. A provocateur, he plays with scale and appropriates familiar imagery and forms such as corporate logos, street signs, cartoon characters, gas pumps and animal cookies.

Walter Robinson’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, Montalvo Arts Center, several group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Sheldon Museum of Art. His art has received critical attention from publications including Artforum, Vanity Fair and the San Francisco Chronicle. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art and his MFA from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. He recently located to New Mexico, where he now lives and works.

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, the Art Center will hold a free teen workshop with Walter Robinson on June 17, 2-5 p.m. Robinson will walk workshop participants through his solo exhibition, and then teens will work with the artist to create their own text-based embossed leather art.

The exhibition is free to the public and on view from June 20-August 30, 2015 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, Calif. A special Opening Celebration will be held on June 19, 7-10 p.m., at the Art Center, featuring live music, food truck fare and drinks for purchase and a text-based artmaking activity facilitated by Walter Robinson. Visit for more information. 

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 80,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to the Art Center through a public/private partnership that allows us to enhance our reach and impact in the community.