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Artist's Statement

My work flows out of my personal experience. I work in series so I can allow the details of an idea or experience to germinate and find total expression. Spontaneous response to color and line with a discipline to the basic form. My work deals with circles and cycles of time and life, day and year.


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Education
Resume

Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Seminar Hakibutzim, Tel Aviv, Israel
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA


Awards
and
Honors
2014
2013


2008
1994
1988-91
1985
1976-78
1972-76
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Global Visionary Local Leaders Award
Sholem School of Jewish Studies, The Sholem Community Award
City of Santa Monica Cultural Dept. Foundation naming the Artist in Community Award “The Bruria Finkel Award” in perpetuity
Honored at Communitas Event at the Church in Ocean Park
National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association
California Arts Council, Artists in School Award
Dorland Mountain Colony, CA
California Arts Council, Artists in School Award
Women's Building, founding member, board of directors


Exhibitions
and
Installations
2016
2014

2012

2009
2006
Space Scape and Scope, Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Solo exhibition Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Project Room, The New Museum, New York, NY
Portraits of the Garden at the Sturt Hugga Gallery, La Canada, CA
Skyscapes, Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Breaking in Two, women artists who are mothers, Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica
The Complete Aleph Series, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Dream Sequence, porcelain, at the new Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, placed on permanent view


Curatorial
Work
2016

2012
2008

2007

2006-07
2004-05
Santa Monica Promenade banner project
Space Scape and Scope, Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Skyscapes, Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Breaking in Two, women artists who are mothers, Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica
Emphasis Santa Monica, 49 Santa Monica artists, catalog and video available
Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica College - inaugural exhibition at the Broad Theater
Southern California Women Artists - Then and Now, catalog and video available
Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Art Center, Santa Monica
Distinctive Artists of Southern California, Los Angeles Airport and Ontario Airport
Santa Monica Originals
Arena 1 Gallery, Art Center Inaugural Show, Santa Monica Airport


Selected Solo
Gallery and
Museum
Exhibitions
Bruria Finkel: the Past 4 Years - a solo exhibition - shadow, skin, meditation and video at the Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Complete Aleph series, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
On Xenophobia and Walls, The Mills Gallery, Carlisle, England
Across Time Space and The Ages, Stadtmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
The Divine Chariot Series, The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
The Divine Chariot Series, Skirball Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Icons and Images for Children of All Ages, The Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Tradition in Transition, the Transformation Series, Cal State University, Irvine, CA
The Complete Head Series, De Saisset Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA
The Complete Head Series, Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA

15 years represented by the Jacqueline Anhalt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Selected
Group
Exhibitions
Annenberg Beach House Gallery
Barrett Gallery
Santa Monica College
Bergamot Art Center, Santa Monica
Los Angeles Airport
Ontario Airport
Utrecht Museum, Leeuwenberg, Netherlands
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Inaugural exhibition
B’nai Brith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Traveling exhibition: Museum Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
National Art Museum, Singapore
The National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of Manila, Philippines
Suntory Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Public
Artworks
2012
2001
1999
1994–96

1993–94
1994–96
1989–93

1982
1976–78
Bicycle design: one of six designs chosen for Santa Monica bike project
The Susret Encounter, tapestry, Austria
Donor’s wall at Upward Bound, Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica, CA
A Wall of Water a Curtain of Light, Step Up on Second, Santa Monica, CA
Donor’s Wall, permanent installation
Celebration Tapestry, Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills, CA
Large Murals, Olympic High School, Santa Monica, CA
Sky Paintings permanent installation
The Verona Building entrance and lobby design, Santa Monica, CA
Natural Elements Sculpture Park, Santa Monica Beach, CA (concept)
Artist–in-Residence, Tibby Elementary School, Compton, CA


In Archives Getty Museum PST (Paciic Standard Time) Project: Otis Interviews, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Luce Foundation, Washington, DC
Phoenix Museum of Art, NM
Holocaust Museum - Video, Washington, DC
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica Library, CA


Books Nashim, Gloria Orenstein
Jewish Art in America, Mathew Baigell
1001 Reasons to Love the Earth, The World Art Collection, Diemen, Netherlands
Working With Clay, Susan Peterson
Jewish Studies Quarterly, Vol 9, Dr. Christine A. Melicke
A Community of Angels, Mohr Siebeck
Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Virginia Watson
Porcelain, Traditions and New Visions, Jan Axel and Karen McCready, Watson-Guptill
History of American Ceramics, R. R. Hunt
By Our Own Hands, Faith Wilding
The Path of Names, Trigram, Tree Publication


Exhibition
Catalogs
2012
2009
2008
2007
1996-97
1996


1994
1993
1992-93
1986
1985
1983
1982
1981
1980

1979

1977-78
Breaking in Two, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica
Bruria Finkel, the complete Aleph Series , Track 16 gallery
Emphasis Santa Monica, Susan and Pete Barrett Gallery SMC
Women Artists of Southern California Then and Now, Track 16 gallery
Blessings & Beginnings, Skirball Museum of Art,
Feminist Visions in Clay, Ceramics Art and Perception International,
"Mysticism in Jewish Art,"
B'nai Brith Klutznick, National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.,
Terrazzo Honor awards in Terrazzo
Coastal Abstractions, Peter Frank
"Across Time, Space and the Ages" Shtadtmuseum, Düsseldorf
"The Divine Chariot Series" by Bruria, Jewish Community Museum, San Francisco
Bruria Catalog, Skirball Museum Exhibition
At Home, Long Beach Museum of Art
Tradition in Transition, Fine Arts Gallery UC Irvine, Melinda Worts, curator
Journal No. 31, Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art
National Museum of American Art, Exhibition Catalog, Herman Lloyd,
American Porcelain, Timber Press
Lambigua Dell Io, Exhibition catalog, Galleria Ill Tragetto, Venice, Italy
Security Pacific Bank Exhibition catalog, Elaine Levin, curator
Visual Dialog Vol. E, No. 3, over-glaze imagery


Selected
Public Service
Urban Task Force for the Arts, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
Downtown Santa Monica Inc., Board of Directors
Arts Work, Live/Work Task Force Committee, State of California
State of California Advisory Committee on the Arts, Santa Monica Unified Schools
Santa Monica Arts Commission Founding Member
Santa Monica Rent Control Board, elected position, three times chair, 1985–2002
Founding member of Los Angeles Council of Women Artists
Founding member of Womanspace, Los Angeles






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