Johanna Poethig is a visual, public and performance artist who has exhibited internationally and has been actively creating public art works, murals, paintings, sculpture and multimedia installations for over 25 years.

She has worked in collaboration with other artists, architects, urban planners, design teams, arts commissions, specific communities and cultural groups. She was raised in the Philippines through high school and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and Oakland since coming to the United States. She received her BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Poethig’s public art works intervene in the urban landscape, in neighborhoods, on freeways, transit centers,  in parks, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, cultural centers, advertising venues and public buildings. She has received numerous commissions and awards for this work. Her paintings, sculpture and installations reflect her interest in satire, symbol, human nature, society and our consumerist culture. She has produced and participated in performance events that mix feminism, global politics, costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.

Poethig is on the faculty of the Visual and Public Art (VPA) department at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). As an arts educator and socially engaged artist she deconstructs traditional “art world” boundaries in a collaborative artistic process grounded in research, production, critique, improvisation and reciprocal learning.  Her interest in the dialogue between the public and personal, politics and aesthetics, the ridiculous and the sublime and an inclusive cultural life inform her process and inspire her work.

For inquiries about exhibitions, projects, purchases or lectures contact: johanna@johannapoethig.com

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Johanna Poethig : visual, public and performance artist

BIOGRAPHY:

1956    Born in New Jersey, USA and raised in Manila, Philippines
1980    BFA University of California at Santa Cruz
1992    MFA Mills College, Oakland, California, USA

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2017 current Restoration of 1992 mural Calle de la Eternidad for downtown Los Angeles with the Social and Public Art Resource Center SPARC

2017 current AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit Corridor, 9 miles, metal and hex panels artworks for 36 stations, Oakland to San Leandro. Lead Artist with Mildred Howard, Joyce Hsu, Peter Richards

2015 Bernal Library, “Story Cloud”, 15’ x 50’ glass mosaic and tile, San Francisco

2015 CSU, Monterey Bay Vision Mural, 20’ x 300’, acrylic, with Visual and Public Art Dept

2014 Pajaro Park Mural, 300 foot mural for primarily farmworker community in Pajaro, CA

2013   Hamilton Recreation Center, Celebrate Ability 6 (42”) Mosaic medallions, San Francisco,

2012   Streetwise Tire Totems, Artisterium , Tbilisi, Georgia. Sponsored by US Embassy

2012   Starbird Youth Center   10’ x 20’ x 30’ steel, San Jose, CA

2011   Humming with Life    13’ x 200’ mural, San Francisco Civic Center Post Office

2010   Mission and Vision Tapestry    glass mosaic pillars, Skyline College, San Bruno

2010   I-Hotel Mural   International Hotel, Kearny at Jackson, San Francisco, CA

2009   Intertwined   1,000 sq ft. ceramic tile installation, Glide Housing, San Francisco, CA

2007   Beacon   w/ Brian Laczko concrete, metal, glass, tile public sculpture, Stockton, CA

2006   Loop Tattoo   135′x 45′ mural, Chicago, IL

2006   Flight of the Mind   57’ x 20’ interior mixed media installation, Clark College, WA

2006   Roots and Veins   w/ Julio Morales, permanent public installations, SF Juvenile Hall, CA

2005   Youth Uprising Center   w/Mildred Howard,  permanent public installations, Oakland, CA

2004   Community Key   4’ x 200’ ceramic tile, fiberglass and metal installation, Milwaukee, WI

2004    Play Ball    tile and glass mosaic sculpture, Rochambeau Park, San Francisco, CA
2003   Birdwatch    6’ x 200’ tile installation,  Ted Fairfield Park, Dublin, CA

2003    Woven Wall   w/ Brian Laczko, Caltrans Soundwall design, Stockton, CA

2002    Sign of Spirit /Symbol of Survival   10’ x 16’ interior mural , St.Lawrence University, New York, NY
2001    Dragonfly   ceramic tile installation, Tutubi Park, San Francisco

2000    Cesar Chavez Memorial   8’ x 24’ wood relief, Sonoma State University Library , CA

1999   Shapes of Life   5’ x 30’ interior ceramic tile installation, San Francisco General Hospital,

1998    Oiga mi Llamada   16’ x 80’ mural, Taller Cultural, Santiago, Cuba

1996   The Guardians   35’ x 100’ mural, Tenderloin National Forest, San Francisco, CA

1996    Underdog Ad Agency   Night view posters, Market Street Art In Transit, San Francisco,

1995    Open Arms  interior 13’ x 50’ tile, granite/marble wall, San Jose Children’s Shelter, CA
1995    Gabrielino Nation   20’ x 130’ mural, San Pedro, CA
1995    Tenderloin Children’s Playground   ceramic tile floor and pillars, San Francisco, CA
1994    Stamps of Victory   20’ x 200’ mural   I-10 Freeway, Los Angeles, CA
1993    Calle de la Eternidad     62’ x 42 mural on Broadway at 4th, Los Angeles, CA

1992   To Cause To Remember   40’ x 80’ mural on Soma Homeless Shelter, San Francisco, CA

1990   Artifact   40’ x 80’ mural, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

1988   Harvey Milk Memorial   40’ x 60’ mural   Harvey Milk Center, San Francisco, CA.
1986   Lakas Sambayanan   35’ x 80’ People Power mural, Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA

 

EXHIIBITIONS:

2017 Positional Vertigo, Solo show, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland

2016 Songs for Women Living With War, Installation and performances, Pro Arts, Oakland

2016 Password Protected paintings, Richmond Art Center 80th Anniversary Exhibition, Richmond, CA

2016 Earth Residency, Video installation at Krowswork Gallery, Oakland

2016 Oakland VS San Francisco performance, Fort Mason Chapel with La Pocha Nostra

2016 Glamorgeddon Limo Lectures, Curated and performed, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland

2016 Left Coast, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

2015 Music of the Lost Cities , Video/Sound with Chris Brown, Spectrum NYC , East Bay Media, Berkeley

2015 Glamorgeddon, Curatorial residency, exhibited and performed, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco

2014 Music of the Lost Cities , Video/Sound with Chris Brown, Manila Transi(en)t, Philippines

2014 Soapbox, performance, Berkeley Art Center

2014 Where To From There? Pro Arts Juried Annual, Oakland

2013 RISK exhibit, Berkeley Art Center

2013 MLYLT painting/sculpture, Boston Center for the Arts, Mass

2012 Karvasla, Artisterium Streetwise exhibit, Tiblisi, Repbulic of Georgia

2012 Asterick Gallery, Art and Design exhibit, San Francisco, CA

2012 MLYLT painting/sculpture, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey

2011 Lost Cities,  video/sound  with Chris Brown, Luggage Store Projection Space, San Francisco, CA
2011   SpaceBi: Placesetting  San Francisco Asian Art Museum project by Imin Yeh,

2011   In the Moment Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011   Paper to Place   Kruglak Gallery, Oceanside, CA
2011   Private=Public  Skyline College Gallery, San Bruno, CA
2011   Fresh Work   KALA Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2011   Shadowshop project by Stephanie Syjuco, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2010   WIGband Stimulus Spa   video, Berkeley Film and Video Festival, CA
2010   Placesetting   solo show, Manilatown Art Center,  San Francisco, CA
2010   Mad World: Messages to the Future   Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
2010   Villa Montalvo Artist Residency, Saratoga, CA
2010   Infix:The Grammar of Insertion   installation/performance,  Barrionics,  SFMOMA’s Artist Gallery
2010   Lost Cities    performance,  HONF Media Center, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
2010   Music of the Lost Cities  video/sound  The Living Room, Manila, Philippines
2009    Colonization of the Dreamworld   solo show, Togonon Gallery, SF
2009    Lost Cities   Solo Show, Crossing Tracks Gallery, San Diego

2009   Rogue Wave   video/performance with Chris Brown and Guillermo Galindo, YBCA, CA
2009    Strange Hope  Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
2008    Bay Area Now 5,  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2008    Behind Closed Dollars   Manilatown Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008   Subversive Complicity   The Lab, San Francisco, CA
2007    From Hedonopolis  Thatcher Gallery, USF,  San Francisco
2007    Driven   solo show, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007    OverMapped   Remy Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA
2007   Galleon Trade   Mag:net Gallery,  Manila,  Philippines
2006    Subject to Revision   Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005    Forecast: Art for Public Art exhibit,  Minneapolis, MN
2004    Barbaric video,  Dutch Electronic Art  Festival, Netherlands
2003    Barrionics does Barrioque   Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002    Marking Time installation w/ Chris Brown, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2002    Barrionics Reynolds Gallery, U of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
2002    Reconstructing Reality     Oakland Art Gallery, CA
2002    The Post-Glamour Summit performance   New Langton Arts, SF, CA
2001    Pacific Studios Gallery    Brooklyn, New York
2000    Made in California   Los Angeles Museum of Art, CA
2000    Truth and Lies   Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
1999     The Un-Noble Savage   San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
1999     KAKA  with Diwa Collective, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
1998     Angels and Aliens   Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco,
1998    Tracing a Strain   Galleria de la Raza, Diwa Collective, San Francisco, CA
1998    Sino Ka? Ano Ka?, with Diwa Collective   San Francisco State Art Gallery, San Francisco,
1998    Labyrinth     Yerba Buena Center for the Arts , SF, CA
1998    “1898”  Bronx Museum for the Arts, Diwa Collective, New York, NY

 

AWARDS:

2014/15 SOMarts Curatorial Residency Program: Glamorgeddon; The Spectacle

2013 Siqueiros Award, Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Los Angeles

2011 Maryland College for the Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation Writers Grant
2006  California State University, Research and Scholarship Award
2001   San Francisco Beautification Award
1999   Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize
1999   San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for the Visual Arts
1997   Most Innovative Mural Award
1996   California Arts Council Artist in Residence award
1996   National Endowment for the Arts Regional Initiative Award
1995   California Arts Council Artist in Residence award
1994   Master Muralist Award
1993   Swig Watkins Award
1992   Trefethen Award for the Visual Arts
1989  California Arts Council Artist in Residence award

 

TEACHING:
1994- 2015 Professor, Visual and Public Art department, CSU Monterey Bay
1995  San Francisco State, Art Education
1995  California College of the Arts  Multi Media
1993  San Francisco Art Institute  Guest Lecturer
1994-96  Artistic Director for Inner City Public Art Projects for Youth
1985-1993  California Arts Council for the Arts Artist in Communities

 

Selected Books, Articles and Video Documentaries:

Art Practical Teaching and Talking about Art and Performance in Unpresidented Times, Thea Quiray Tagle, 2017

Positively Filipino Her Mission Was in the Cards, France Viana, 2017

SFGate   Art Picks: Positional Vertigo, Christian L Forck 2017

Hyperallergic   Artists Help Break the Silence Around Abuse of Women in War, Dorothy Santos 2016

KQED Arts   All that Glitters isn’t Gold: Glamorgeddon at SOMArts Gallery   Michelle Carlson 2015

San Francisco Chronicle 96 Hours   Glamorgeddon : The Spectacle looks to Entertain and Empower Nirmala Nataraj 2015

SF Weekly   Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: Glamorgeddon. The Spectacle Laura Jaye Cramer 2015

East Bay Express   AC Transit brings no Artists to help design 34 Stations   Sam Levin 2014

Artscope New England’s Culture Magazine MLYLT, Boston Center for the Arts, 2013

Boston Art Underground   MLYLT, Boston Center for the Arts 2013

The Boston Globe   MLYLT 2013

Art Forum November   Tri, Tri Again Cathryn Drake 2012

Women and Performance. A Journal of Feminist Theory, Lucy Burns 2012

I-Hotel Writers Group, Vision and Voices,  MICA Community Arts Convening, Johanna Poethig, Nancy Hom, Julianne Gavino  2011

San Francisco Chronicle  “Hummingbirds in the Tenderloin” Leah Garchek  2011

beyondasiaphilia.wordpress.com  ”Mad World Messages to the Future at Galeria de la Raza” Valerie Soe  2010

Philippine News  “FilAm in her Heart I-Hotel Mural”  Cherie Moreno 2010

Mural Art: Mural on Huge Public Surfaces Around the World by Kiriako Volume 1 and 2   2009

Stanford University Press    Asian American Art: A History  1850- 1970  Gordon H. Chang, Mark Johnson, Paul Karlstrom  2008

SF Chronicle  “Ingenious Trade Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition” 2008

Philippine Daily Enquirer  “Galleon Trade” Fil-am exodus back to the motherland, sets sail”   August 2007  Pedro Dumancas

Artweek “Johanna Poethig at Togonon Gallery”   Lindsey Westbrook 2007

Asian Journal  Filipino Art Exhibit at Thacher Gallery, USF  2007

“Picturing Los Angeles”  John and Nancy Wilkman   2006

Art/Vision/Voice  Cultural Conversations in Community   2006

Public Art Review    “Muralist Spotlight”  Muralism Issue   Fall 2005

Chicago Tribune    “City’s Rich Culture Blooms in Mural”  12/2005

Columbian, Washington    “A Picturesque View…”   12/2005

Oakland Tribune       Eye on the Arts      Brenda Payton 5/2005

Pinay Power   by  Melinda de Jesus 2005

San Francisco: Third Edition  “The Guardians”  Photos by Morton Beebe  2003

Artweek   “Barrionics does Barrioque”  Review by Mark Van Proyen  5/2003

Public Art Review  “Dragonfly/Birdwatch”    2003

Shades of Contradiction  2002  Reconstructing Reality “2001 AD”

Stockton Reporter   Artistic Soundwall Planned  2002

Co-Lab  New Generations   Creative Partnerships in Art and Learning  2000

Public Art Review    “CAB Top Ads”   Fall  2001

Hollow City     Rebecca Solnit and Susan Schwartzenberg “How I Saved SF”  2000

Artweek     ”How I Saved San Francisco” Art on Market Street” Movie Poster series with Inner City Public Art Projects for Youth  2000

Contra Costa Times   Women in Public Art   2000

TDR The Drama Review  Lydia Matthews “DIWA Arts and the Bayanihan Spirit” 1999

SF Bay Guardian   Fall 1999 Goldie Award

Public Art Review     Cesar Chavez Memorial, Prison Poster Project  Fall 1999

Asian Art News    Sino Ka Ano Ka  Exhibit SF State Gallery  Spring 1999

Moxie Magazine    “A New Race of Barbies”  Spring 1999

Painting the Towns   Book of California murals, Cover and inside pages. James Prigoff  1997

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Press

Art Practical Teaching and Talking about Art and Performance in Unpresidented Times, Thea Quiray Tagle, 2017

SFGate   Art Picks: Positional Vertigo, Christian L Frock 2017

Positively Filipino Her Mission Was in the Cards, France Viana, 2017

Hyperallergic   Artists Help Break the Silence Around Abuse of Women in War, Dorothy Santos 2016

KQED Arts   All that Glitters isn’t Gold: Glamorgeddon at SOMarts Gallery    Michelle Carlson  2015

San Francisco Chronicle 96 Hours   Glamorgeddon : The Spectacle looks to Entertain and Empower  Nirmala Nataraj  2015

SF Weekly    Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: Glamorgeddon. The Spectacle  Laura Jaye Cramer  2015

East Bay Express   AC Transit brings no Artists to help design 34 Stations   Sam Levin  2014

Artscope New England’s Culture Magazine  MLYLT,  Boston Center for the Arts,  2013

Boston Art Underground   MLYLT,  Boston Center for the Arts 2013

The Boston Globe   MLYLT  2013

Art Forum November   Tri, Tri Again  Cathryn Drake  2012

Women and Performance. A Journal of Feminist Theory,  Lucy Burns 2012

I-Hotel Writers Group, Vision and Voices,  MICA Community Arts Convening, Johanna Poethig, Nancy Hom, Julianne Gavino  2011

San Francisco Chronicle  “Hummingbirds in the Tenderloin”  Leah Garchek  2011

beyondasiaphilia.wordpress.com  “Mad World Messages to the Future at Galeria de la Raza” Valerie Soe  2010

Philippine News  “FilAm in her Heart I-Hotel Mural”  Cherie Moreno  2010

SF Chronicle  “Ingenious Trade Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition”  2008

Philippine Daily Enquirer    “Galleon Trade” Fil-am exodus back to the motherland, sets sail”    Pedro Dumancas 2007

Artweek    “Johanna Poethig at Togonon Gallery”     Lindsey Westbrook  2007

Asian Journal  “Filipino Art Exhibit at Thacher Gallery”  USF  2007

“Picturing Los Angeles”   John and Nancy Wilkman   2006

Public Art Review    “Muralist Spotlight”  Muralism Issue   Fall  2005

Chicago Tribune    “City’s Rich Culture Blooms in Mural”   2005

Columbian, Washington    “A Picturesque View…”     2005

Oakland Tribune       Eye on the Arts      Brenda Payton   2005

Artweek   “Barrionics does Barrioque”  Review by Mark Van Proyen   2003

Public Art Review  “Dragonfly/Birdwatch”    2003

Shades of Contradiction   Reconstructing Reality “2001 AD”   2002

Stockton Reporter   Artistic Soundwall Planned   2002

Public Art Review    “CAB Top Ads”   Fall  2001

Artweek     “How I Saved San Francisco” Art on Market Street”  Movie Poster series with Inner City Public Art Projects for Youth  2000

Contra Costa Times   Women in Public Art   2000

TDR The Drama Review  Lydia Matthews “DIWA Arts and the Bayanihan Spirit” 1999

SF Bay Guardian   Fall 1999 Goldie Award

Public Art Review     Cesar Chavez Memorial, Prison Poster Project  Fall 1999

Asian Art News    Sino Ka Ano Ka  Exhibit,  SF State Gallery   Spring 1999

Moxie Magazine    “A New Race of Barbies”  Spring 1999

Urban Institute Quarterly   “The Untouchables: The Doll Collection”   1997

Public Art Review      Liberty Mural   Fall 1996

San Francisco Chronicle   “This Public Art Delights the Eye”     1995

Chicago Tribune    World Cup Soccer mural    1994.

Long Beach Press Telegram   ” World Class Murals”    1994

Los Angeles Times    “World Cup Soccer murals”   1994

San Francisco Bay Guardian     Critic’s Choice: New Langton Arts Exhibit     1993

La Opinion. Los Angeles. “Calle de la Eternidad”    1993

Los Angeles Times    “Calle de la Eternidad”   1993

Artspace    DIWA Richmond Art Center installation    1993

Shift Magazine   Interview   1993

Artweek    Cherry Bomb exhibition @ Southern Exposure   1993

Artweek    “Auspicious Entries”     Marcia Tanner    1992.

Artweek    “Community Murals-A Step Ahead of its Time”   Tim Dresher   1992.

San Francisco Murals    “Community creates its Muse”    Timothy Dresher  1990

Artweek      Mentopoly Installation,  Capp Street Project    1989

SF Focus Magazine     Visual Arts Section   1987/ 1989

Tenderloin Times     Boeddeker Park mural  1989

Northern California Home and Garden    FACES section   1988

Philippine News   “People Power Muralized”   1987

Oakland Tribune    Old Oakland Murals  1987

KGO TV 7    Harvey Milk Mural   1987

Sentinel   Harvey Milk Mural   1987

SF Examiner   Harvey  Milk mural   1987

SF Chronicle    Harvey Milk mural   1987

SF Chronicle    “San Francisco Mural Celebrates the Philippine Revolution”  1986

Asian Week     “Lakas Sambayanan Makes Its Thrilling Debut”    1986

Artweek    “Artists at Work” by Will Torphy.  Review of WIGband   1985

Wall Street Journal    “Baboon Over San Francisco Billboard”  1985

East Wind Magazine   “Ang Lipi ni Lapu-Lapu”, by Antonio de Castro  1985

SF Examiner   “90-foot Tribute to the Odyssey of U.S. Filipinos” Ken Wong   1984

Philippine News   “Manalo expected to attend unveiling of historic mural”  1984

Oakland Tribune     Mural honoring Filipino heroism   1984

Publications

Publications

Selected Books, Articles and Video Documentaries:

I-Hotel Writers Group, Vision and Voices,  MICA Community Arts Convening, Johanna Poethig, Nancy Hom, Julianne Gavino  2011

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles  Artist of the Month  2011

Synchronized Chaos  synchchaos.com   2011

Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Surfaces Around the World …Volume 1 and 2   Kiriakos  2009

beyondasiaphilia.wordpress.com  ”Mad World Messages to the Future at Galeria de la Raza” Valerie Soe  2010

Oakland North   Juicy Toxins and the Art of Wasak  Carlos Davalos  2010  http://oaklandnorth.net/2009/02/08/juicy-toxins/

Women Artists of the American West   Purdue University   Terri Cohn , Susan Ressler,  Jerrold Maddox

Stanford University Press    Asian American Art: A History  1850- 1970  Gordon H. Chang, Mark Johnson, Paul Karlstrom  2008

“Picturing Los Angeles”  John and Nancy Wilkman   2006

Art/Vision/Voice  Cultural Conversations in Community   2006

Pinay Power   by  Melinda de Jesus 2005

San Francisco: Third Edition  “The Guardians”  Photos by Morton Beebe  2003

Shades of Contradiction  2002  Reconstructing Reality “2001 AD”

Co-Lab  New Generations   Creative Partnerships in Art and Learning  2000

Hollow City     Rebecca Solnit and Susan Schwartzenberg “How I Saved SF”  2000

TDR The Drama Review  Lydia Matthews “DIWA Arts and the Bayanihan Spirit” 1999

Moxie Magazine    “A New Race of Barbies”  Spring 1999

Painting the Towns   Book of California murals, Cover and inside pages. James Prigoff  1997

New York Foundation for the Arts  “Links to Curriculum-A Question of Degree”    1995

San Francisco Artspace Shift    Magazine-Stretch Camera Project   1991

MidMarch Arts Press    Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, California Women Artists    1989

Carte Blanche-The Contemporary Face of Billboard. Video documentary by Collier/Martinez   1985

“Ang Lipi ni Lapu-Lapu”   Video documentary by Human Ties Productions, Naomi de Castro and Antonio de Castro. Funded through AT&T and San Francisco Production Group.  1984