Join us for an Artist talk by Beth Davila Waldman Sunday November 5th, 5pm.
Beth Davila Waldman was born in Princeton, NJ in 1975 to a Peruvian mother and a New York architect father. As a child, she quickly learned to define site as home as her parents moved her from Princeton to Cincinnati, Cincinnati to Houston, Houston to Florence, then back to Houston again. Deeply influenced by childhood memories to construction sites and museums, Beth pursued a career in the arts starting at the age of 15. She earned her 1st degree in art history and studio art with a concentration in cast bronze figurative works at Wellesley College in the Boston area. From east to west, Beth established her new and current home in San Francisco Bay Area 17 years ago. She continued her education at the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on site-specific public art and installation. During those years, her many travels to international urban sites as well as explorations of San Francisco alleys served as inspirations to her site work. She is currently working on a series of large-scale constructed mixed media paintings combining digital media with traditional paint inspired by her international travels.
Beth has exhibited her work throughout San Francisco including The Richmond Art Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Arc Studios & Gallery, The Design Museum, 111 Minna Gallery, and The Roll Up Gallery. In 2004, Beth was awarded the Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award for the best sculptural work amongst all current sculpture students by the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2005, she was selected by Shelly Willis to complete a 2007 temporary site-specific installation entitled “Alternate Visitors Center of Sonoma” comprised of six 6’wx8’hx6’d gates installed on the sidewalks. Each gate was an assemblage of two years of photographing, scavenging, and interviewing local families; this project was funded by the Sonoma Community Center. Simultaneously, Beth was selected by architect Daniel Altman to complete a permanent sculpture at the private east bay residential community International Lofts in Oakland in 2006.
Since, her current body of work has been recognized by James Bacchi of ArtHaus for a 2013 national juried show “Structure”, selected for the juried Art4AIDS 2014 Fundraiser by jurors such as DeWitt Cheng, James Bacchi and Tom O’Conner, as well as designated as one of the top ten ArtSpan Open Studios Artists by Vango’s CEO Nathan Appleby in 2014. In 2015, her work was selected for an annual international juried exhibition at the New Orlean’s based Jonathan Ferrara Gallery by jurors Max Fisko of ARTMarket Productions and Valerie Cassell Oliver-Senior Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston as well as by Gallery16’s Griff Williams for an annual exhibition at The San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera Gallery.
In 2016, three of Beth’s paintings were nominated for an exhibition “Selections” at San Francisco’s Midway Gallery by jurors Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery SF/NY, Noah Antieau of Red Truck Gallery and Heron Arts, Jilian Monribot of The Dryansky Gallery and Maria Naula of SFMOMA. This summer, Jack Fischer selected two paintings for the juried exhibition “Our Town” at the Richmond Art Center. In late summer 2016, Liz Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., selected her painting “City of Sillar No. 7” with an honorable mention for a nationally juried exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery entitled “American Landscapes” in Annapolis, MD. In addition, her work was selected by jurors Franklin Sirmans (Director of Perez Art Museum, Miami and Artistic Director of Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans), Anastasia James (Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum) & Lester Marks (Named Among Top 200 Collectors World Wide by artnet.com) for the 20th annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Exhibition at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
In the spring of 2017, Beth curated an exhibition including her own work entitled “Manual Digital” that has garnered the attention of two contemporary art blogs in New York ArteFuse resulting in an interview and a review by ArtNerdNewYork and was printed in the San Francisco Examiner. “Manual Digital” features the works of nine national artists who have developed new visual languages by embracing digital tools in their primarily analog work. Part of a genre The New Aesthetic, coined by James Bridle, this exhibition presents artwork that is defined by or influenced by computer technology’s increasing role in daily life. The technologically informed practices of these artists reveal new potential meeting points about the time and space in which we equally reside. While the intersections of art & technology have garnered attention in the growing and varied genre known as new media, the practice of many contemporary artists relies on technology in ways that are more subtle to the eye and accessible to a wider public audience. Co-hosted by the San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Association and WaldmanArts, curator, artist and SFAI Alum Beth organized and moderated a special panel discussion surrounding the exhibition focusing on how “Manual Digital” looked at the evolving technical, conceptual and theoretical merging of art and technology in art practice, including innovations in media such as painting as well as electronic media. Panelists included SFAI Associate Professor and Artist Meredith Tromble, Director of Fiction Science Gallery and Artist DC Spensley, and Head of Acquisitions at SFMOMA Maria Naula.
Most recently, Kala Institute awarded Beth with the Parent Artist Residency for 2017-2018, new collaborative work from the studio DAY+WALDMAN was featured at a group exhibition at the Chelsea based Galerie Protégé, and her painting “Mollendo No. 5” was selected for the live auction of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art’s Annual Auction.
Beth’s home and studio are based in Mill Valley, CA.