A Question of Balance: Selected Works from Pacific Rim Sculptors


The Museum of Sonoma County (MSC) is pleased to present A Question of Balance: Selected Works from Pacific Rim Sculptors. Artworks for the exhibition were selected by jurors Jeff Nathanson, MSC Executive Director and Art Curator, and Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.


A call for entries invited artists who are members of Pacific Rim Sculptors to submit artworks addressing the balance-related theme. The invitation included this common definition of ‘balance’: a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight or amount, or something used to produce equilibrium. Artists were also provided with additional parameters for the exhibition: balance can refer to gravity, mathematics, accounting, opposing ideas or components, balance of power, etc. Additional questions were posed: what does balance mean to you personally or in a larger context? What are the varied and multiple meanings and interpretations of “balance”?


Artists used their own interpretations in materials, techniques, subject matter, or a combination of concepts to address the theme of balance. The resulting exhibition features 45 sculptors representing a diverse range of approaches, techniques, and materials. Included are sculptural works in metal, wood, stone, mixed media, and installation in sizes ranging from nine inches to over 12 feet in height.


Thank you to Pacific Rim Sculptors for their partnership in organizing this exhibition, and to Jack and Diane Stuppin, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Dr. Walter Byck, John Mackie and Kate Ecker, Steve and Nancy Oliver, David Salm, Estelle Rogers and Hal Kwalwasser for their generous support.

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Participating Artists:

Don Ajello, Richard Alpert, Susan Amorde, Jerry Barrish, Barry Beach, Barbara M. Berk, Jan Blythe, Nancy Brown, Jay Capela, Cheryl Coon, Sena Clara Creston, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Rene Dayan Whitehead, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Rebecca Fox, Sheila Ghidini, Annette Goodfriend, Jane Grimm, Briona Hendren, Stan Huncilman, Rachel Karklin, Peter Keresztury, Jeff Key, Kathleen King, Terry Kreiter, Magels Landet, Oleg Lobykin, Jann Nunn, Moto Ohtake, Ucki Ood, Jeff Owen, Renee Owen, John Pashilk, Priyanka Rana, Ruth Santee, Rose Sellery, Vickie Jo S0well, Charles Splady, Richard Starks, Kline Swonger, Leitha Thrall, Laura Van Duren, Mary White, and Alexander Yoshikawa

About Pacific Rim Sculptors

Pacific Rim Sculptors (PRS), a chapter of the International Sculpture Center, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although PRS has member sculptors beyond the Bay Area, this exhibition features primarily regional sculptors, with a particular focus on the artists of the North Bay. Innovation in techniques and materials helps distinguish the practice of many artists in the Bay Area, as well as interest in the environment and topical issues.

To learn more about Pacific Rim Sculptors and this exhibition, visit pacificrimsculptors.org/A-Question-of-Balance

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