Dana Hemenway

Dana Hemenway Residency and Solo Exhibition, Differently Structured Possibilities, August 22nd – October 26th, 2019 

Dana Hemenway, All That Glows Sees, September 10th – October 29th, 2016

About the Artist

Selected Press & Publications


Dana Hemenway is an artist based in San Francisco. She received her MFA from Mills College and her BA from University of California Santa Cruz. She has held residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), ACRE (Stueben, WI), SÍM (Reykjavik, Iceland), The Wassaic Project (Upstate New York), Root Division (San Francisco, CA), and is a charter resident of the Minnesota Street Project’s Studio Program (San Francisco, CA). Dana is the recipient of The San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant, and in 2017 she was awarded her first Permanent Public Art Commission for SFO’s Terminal 1, which is scheduled for completion in early 2020. Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. From 2015 – 2017, Dana served as a co-director of Royal Nonesuch Gallery, an artist-run project space in Oakland, CA. 

Artist Statement

My practice is rooted in the excavation and elevation of utilitarian objects to make visible what has become habituated in our built environments. This stems from an ongoing exploration into the relationship between an item’s value and the environment in which it is presented.

I use these functional items as materials to form traditionally fiber-based crafts–– lights and cords are woven through ceramics or the gallery wall. In other works, extension cords are transformed into make macramé chains. These objects have become animate as I collaborate with dancers, sound artists, and writers to give, otherwise silent and still, objects a chance to move and make sounds.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2010 Mills College, Masters in Fine Art, Studio Art

2003 University of California Santa Cruz, Bachelors in Art

 

RESIDENCIES

2019

ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI

2017

SÍM Aritist Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland

2016

The Wassaic Project, Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY

2015

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist Residency, Omaha, NE

2010

Root Division Studio Artist Residency, San Francisco, CA

 

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019

Dana Hemenway: Differently Structured Possibilities, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018

HVAC: Thermal Comfort, Soundwave Biennial, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, collaboration with Surabhi Saraf, curated by Sophia Wang

Solo Exhibition, The Outlet Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Katy Cowan

2016

Paul Wackers & Dana Hemenway, Pulse Miami, curated by Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL

Dana Hemenway: All That Glows Sees, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011

Metric: Dana Hemenway & Anthony Ryan, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS

2019

Barely There, Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, IL

Dance Exhibit, Minnesota Street Project, Site-specific dance project, San Francisco, CA

O! ‘darkly, deeply, beautifully blue,’ As some one somewhere sings about the sky, -Lord Byron, Don Juan, 4.110, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ordinary, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA

2018

Keep Moving and Collect Art, Works in the Christina H. Kang Collection, Sophis Gallery, Seoul Korea

15-Year Anniversary Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2017

Dead Dog’s Eye, Aquarius, Brooklyn, NY

Play, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Spin Cycle, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

Dream House, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Made in Turkiye, No Lab, Istanbul, Turkey

Cut from the Left, tmoro projects, Santa Clara, CA

2016

Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA

2015

LEGIT 3D, Skyline College Art Gallery, San Bruno, CA

Gesture/Fragment/Trace: Rebeca Bollinger, Dana Hemenway and Sean Talley, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA

Art Market On-Site Project, with exhibitor Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Post Fabrication, Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Naught, Gensler, San Francisco, CA

2014

Glow, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

LPP Window Installation, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Now 7, with exhibitor Bay Area Art Workers Alliance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

LA Art Book Fair, with exhibitor Little Paper Planes, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Non-trip to a non-site of a non-flagpole, EXO Project Space, Oak Lawn, IL

Schrödinger’s Cats, Popular Workshop, San Francisco, CA

RISK, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

Schrödinger’s Cats, Important Projects, Oakland, CA

10-Year Anniversary Publication & Alumni Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2012

FAX, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011

In the Common Corner of Four Rooms, Statler-Waldorf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Bay Area Currents, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

First-Person Plural, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA

Cream, from the top, at the SF Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

What Happened to the Other Dollar?, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico

Dangerous and Hard to See, Bragg’s Pie Factory (in collaboration with Arizona State University), Phoenix, AZ

Cream, from the top, Surfacing talent from Bay Area MFA programs, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010

Introductions 2010, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

5th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Between You and Me: Mills College MFA Exhibition 2010, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

2009

Passive/Aggressive Film Screening, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Unreal, 31 Rausch St Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Air Waves, Painted Bird, San Francisco, CA

Alternative Visions 2009: A Brief Eternity: Bay Area Student Experimental Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

Stimulus Package, BlankSpace Gallery, Oakland, CA

Life Support: The Emergency Kit Project, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA

Moab Video Project Screening, Locust Projects, Miami, FL (organized by Christy Gast, www.moabvideoproject.org)

2008

I feel I am free but I know I am not, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (as MultiTask, in collaboration with Oliver Herring)

Moab Public Television Broadcasts (Aug 3 – 9), Moab, Utah (organized by Christy Gast, www.moabvideoproject.org)

Three Pieces: Platform for Art and Sound, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2007

I.O.U, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA

2006

Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales, The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS / PRESS

2019

Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs, Lauren Simpson Dance – Dance Exhibit – San Francisco, May 20, 2019

2018

Nastia Voynovskaya, KQED, The Do List, Imagination Abounds at Experimental Fest ‘Soundwave (8) Infrastructure’, September 6, 2018

Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, The Hustle: An Artist With Four Jobs and a 380-Mile Commute, March 8, 2018

Larry’s List, The Talks: My Art Collection As My Children Christina HeeKyung Kang, Seoul, Korea, January 24, 2018

Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, How to Start a Year of Bay Area Art Off Right, January 4, 2017

2017

Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, STARA Journal, Interview, Vol. 9 Issue 2, 2017

Roula Seikaly, Daily Serving, Talking About 100 Days Action, Part 1, April 24, 2017

Cut From the Left, Exhibition Catalog, tmoro projects, Essay by Maggie Haas (Dream House)

2016

Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy, 50 Must-See Artworks at UNTITLED, Art Miami, NADA, PULSE, and More, November 26, 2016

Danica Willard Sachs, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Dana Hemenway: All That Glows Sees, October 21, 2016

Joe Rosato Jr., NBC Bay Area, New San Francisco Art Studio the Savior of the City’s Arts Scene, September 14, 2016

Jeffrey Edalatpour, SF Weekly, Fall Arts 2016: Weird, August 31, 2016

Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, Artful Dodger: September Swells With Visual Art Happenings, September 1, 2016

Lauren Murrow, San Francisco Magazine, Inside the New Art Studios at Minnesota Street Project, August 2016

Monica Westin and Danica Sachs, Artsy, The Bay Area Artist-Run (and Artist-Centered) Galleries You Need to Know, August 10, 2016

2015

Anton Stuebner, Art Practical, Gesture/Fragment/Trace, September 17, 2015

Hannah Leow, ÆQAI, Post Fabrication at Wave Pool Gallery, April 24, 2015

The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box, Exhibition Catalog, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Introduction by Claire Frost

2014

Lauren Murrow, San Francisco Magazine, Twisted Beauty: Dana Hemenway Electrifies the Art of Macramé, August 2014

Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, ‘Bay Area Now 7′ review, July 18, 2014

Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED.org, Visual Arts, Wish You Were Here: A Postcard from the LA Art Book Fair, February 5, 2014

2013

Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, The other ‘Cats’, August 17, 2013

Heidi De Vries, Engineer’s Daughter, Schrödinger’s Cats, August 19, 2013

Monique Delaunay, SF Art Enthusiast, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries Passport 2013, October 15, 2013

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour, 9th Floor Radio, Questionnaire 3 – Dana Hemenway, January 30, 2013

10-Year Anniversary Publication & Alumni Exhibition, Exhibition Catalog, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2011

Christy Khoshaba, Misson Local, New High-End Valencia Business Scene, October 13, 2011

Liz Glass, ARTslanT, Call-and-Response, August 15, 2011

Emma Spertus and Post Brothers, Artcards Review, SF Artweek: Preview Night, May 21, 2011

Synchronized Chaos Web Journal, Artwork Feature, February 6, 2011

2010

JD Beltran, City Brights, SFGate.com, State of the Artists, May 12, 2010

Between You and Me: Mills College MFA Exhibition 2010, Exhibition Catalog, Mills Art Museum, Essay by Stephanie Hanor

2009

Unreal, Exhibition Catalog, 31 Rausch St Gallery

I.O.U., Exhibition Catalog, Mission 17, essay by Mary Ann Kluth

2007

Erin Garcia, Afterimage, What Are You Afraid of?, Jan/Feb 2007, Issue 34.4

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

AWARDS / COMMISSIONS / GRANTS

2019-20

SFO Public Art Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA, in-progress, awarded 2017, completion slated for 2019

2018

Finalist, Artadia Award

Commission for H3 Hotel, Healdsburg, CA, in-progress

2017

Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Equity Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

2016

Charter Resident, Minnesota Street Projects Artist Studio Program

2015

Lead Applicant, Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant for Royal Nonesuch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013

Semi-finalist, 2×2 Solos, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

2012

Nomination, 2012 SECA Art Award, San Francisco, CA

2011

Commission for Thai House 530, San Francisco, CA

2010

Herringer Family Foundation Appreciation Award, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Finalist, MFA Studio Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2009

Sarah Lewis Fellowship, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Teaching Assistantship Scholarship, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2003

Irwin Project Grant, Elena Baskin Visual Arts, UC Santa Cruz, CA

 

TALKS / LECTURES / WORKSHOPS

2019

PARING DOWN: Minimalism, Craft and Subversive Points of View, Composed Paper Session, Panelist, College Art Association Annual

Conference, New York, NY, February 16

2018

UC Berkeley, Artist Lecture, Approaches to Sculpture Class

2017

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Senior Seminar Class

Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Artist Talk

2016

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Senior Seminar Class

The Painting Salon, Artist Lecture, Minnesota Street Project

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Seminar Class

2015

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Artist Lecture

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Seminar Class

2014

San Francisco State University, Artist Lecture, Professional Practices Class

2012

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Photo Seminar Class

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Sculpture 1 Class

2011

Root Division, Developing Curatorial Proposals, Adult Education Program, Professional Development Workshop, 1 Session

Root Division, Demystifying Contemporary Art, Adult Education Program, Art Enrichment Workshop, 4 Sessions

UC Santa Cruz, Artist Lecture, Special Topics in Photography Class

Performance Art Institute, Cream from the Top, Artist Panel Discussion, moderated by Kenneth Baker

2009

Pacific Film Archive, Alternative Visions 2009, Artist Panel Discussion

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS / JURIES

2019

No: Maggie Haas, Jerome Rivera Pansa & Mitzi Pederson, 1240 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA Curator

2017

Step of Two: Emily Mast & Henna Vainio, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curator

2016

Royal Production Company Presents, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA (Funded by Alternative Exposure Grant), Curator

Faces and Vases, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curator

2015

Resonate: Root Division’s Inaugural Exhibition in New Space, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Storm Drain Murals Pilot Program, San Francisco Arts Commission, Public Art, San Francisco, CA, Selection Panelist

2013

Art on Market Street Poster Series, San Francisco Arts Commission, Public Art, San Francisco, CA, Selection Panelist

2011

You Look Familiar, San Francisco Arts Commission, Art at City Hall, San Francisco, Juror

Taste, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Curator

2009

Unreal, 31 Rausch St Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator

2008

Jacqueline Gordon: SYNAH sometimes you need a hole, SFAC Gallery, 155 Grove St Windows, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Paul Hayes: Drawing From Another Dimension, SFAC Gallery, 155 Grove St Windows, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Reconciling America: Miraculous Encounters with the Mundane, SF Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator

2007

Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Juror

Winter Workshop: Mission Greenbelt Campaign Headquarters by Amber Hasselbring, SF Arts Commission Gallery, CA, Juror

Kenneth Lo: Rice Balla Chronicles, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator

2006

Rebecca Frediani: Folk Saint, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Matthew Hughes Boyko: Initials, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator

 

WRITING

2016

LA Art Book Fair: RECAP, SFAQ, February 18, Co-Author

2015

Recology AIR // Chris Sollars : Castaways, Curiously Direct, September 23, Author

2012

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley, perfect bound exhibition catalog, 111 pages, September 2012, Editor & Contributor

Afterimage, Art Practical, Issue 3.11 / And I Say, It’s All Right, March 15 2012, Author

 

AFFILIATIONS

2015 – 2017 Co-director, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, artist-run project space

2011 – Current Root Division, Advisory Committee Member

2011 – 2017 Root Division, Curatorial Committee Member