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Biography

Whitney Sanford is a San Francisco mixed media artist, with a focus on the history of civilization. Recently included in the de Young “Open” exhibit, Sanford is looking forward to upcoming residencies with D’Clinic in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, and Dentro La Terra in Arielli, Italy. Having worked as a student voice for a large art purchase at Portland Community College and as a research assistant for the late Photography Curator of the Portland Art Museum, Terry Toedtemeier, her work is expansive in productivity, international influence, and a deep root in art history. 

Artist Statement

The major theme of my work is exploring the ways we live around the world, searching for our commonality and delving into the separations of culture. In working in mixed media I am able to articulate different nuances through various methods. 


With paper cut-outs, I play with imaginative spaces. Illustration lends a graphic element to details of architecture. I use oil painting when I want to add heft and brevity to historic subject matters, or to further explore color. Watercolors offer a frailty in their delicacy, making them the perfect medium for exploring “the beyond”, the remote places that are threatened politically, environmentally, and geographically. As music is the sound of culture, I research historic instruments and what makes a genre (be it revolution, punishment, racial silencing and maintenance of tradition), and with writing, I explore the voices of the areas of interest while adding mine. 


With COVID came a pause for international travel and an immense sense of isolation. While exploring our global community, I have also turned inward. With oil paint, I have been exploring what it truly means to be living through this time through self portraiture. 





Resume

Currently showing at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in the group show "Shift". 06/05/2021-07/10-2021

The De Young Open, October 10-January 3, 2021. 

Upcoming:

Solo Show: Sterling Court, 

San Mateo, California

Residencies: 

2021: August, D’Clinic;

Zalaegerszeg, Hungary

2021: September, Dento La Terra;

Arielli, Italy

Publications:

Florence Contemporary Gallery; 03/2021

https://issuu.com/florencecontemporarygallery/docs/catalogo_20201

Artsy Shark, Featured Artist; 

03/2020; 

https://www.artsyshark.com/?

s=whitney+sanford

Ponder Savant; 03/2020; 

https://pondersavant.com/2020/03/

22/whitney-sanford-online-open-

mic/

Artsy Shark; 04/2020; 

https://www.artsyshark.com/2020/0

4/02/featured-artist-whitney-

sanford/

Florence Contemporary, 03,2020; 

https://issuu.com/florencecontempo

rarygallery/docs/catalogo_20201

Art Resourcery, 02/2020; 

https://artresourcery.com/inspiratio

n/featured-artist/whitney-sanford/?

fbclid=IwAR1CrPmoVPnX6pXeWjhs_

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Average Art 43; February Issue; 

02/2020; 

https://averagearts.bigcartel.com/pr

oduct/average-art-43-february

Daylighted, 01/2020; 

https://www.daylighted.com/search/

?q=whitney+sanford

Dafne Project, Lisbon; 12/2019; 

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The Tall Creative, 12/20/19; 

https://tallartgrl.blogspot.com/

WotisArt, 11/20/2019 

https://wotisart.bigcartel.com/produ

ct/wotisart-32

Creative Boom, 11/4/2019 

https://www.creativeboom.com/insp

iration/whitney-sanford/

Artwort, 11/18/2019 

https://www.artwort.com/2019/11/21

/arte/the-way-we-live-whitney-

sanford/

Awards

2021: Art Contemporary Online gallery; Honorable Mention for “Colors”

2020: June: Rice Initiative, 

Barcelona; https://www.rice-

initiative.com/rice-gallery-1

2020:May: Gallery Ring, Finalist for

Color. https://www.galleryring.org/

2020: April: Art Room Gallery finalist 

https://www.artroomgalleryonline.co

m/

2020: March: Artavita finalist

https://www.artavita.com/

2020: March: Light, Space, Time 

Gallery, Special Recognition for 

Excellence in Art; 

https://www.lightspacetime.art/figur

ative-art-exhibition-2020-painting-

other-media/

2020, January: Circle Arts 

Foundation, Honorable Mention for 

Artist of the Year Award; 

https://circle-

arts.com/artistoftheyear-2019-

announced/


Exhibition

Solo Shows:


2017: Asiento

San Francisco, California

2003: Adell McMillan Gallery

University of Oregon

2002: Morning Glory Cafe

Eugene, Oregon

2001: Morning Glory Cafe

Eugene, Oregon

2001: Out of the Fog Cafe

Eugene, Oregon


Group Shows:

2020: December: New Perspectives 

in Drawing and Painting; St Louis, 

Missouri

2020: November; Art Room Gallery, 

“Contemporary”; 

https://www.artroomgalleryonline.co

m/

2020: November; Artspan: 

https://www.artspan.org/home,

San Francisco, California

2020: November; Art Gallery Ring; 

https://www.galleryring.org/

2020: September; The Mission KISS, 

https://m.facebook.com/Themission

kiss/

2020: August; Big Ink and 3 Fish 

Studios, print project; 

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/

mobile/folders/1pURh7kY2vo4R1Mw

O0cDb4P3i74rCtaim?

usp=sharing&mc_cid=752d446a44&

mc_eid=18d2788d90

2020: March 16-June 13; Arc Gallery, 

SF; “Reflections”; https://www.arc-

sf.com/reflections1.html

2020: May; Rice Initiative, Barcelona. 

https://www.rice-

initiative.com/freshrice-shortlisted-

artists

2020: May; Tricera Inc 

https://www.tricera.net/

2020: May; Gallery Ring, Online; 

“Color”; 

https://www.galleryring.org/colour-

may-2.html

2020:  April; Light, Space and Time 

Gallery, Online; "Figurative"; 

https://www.lightspacetime.art/figur

ative-art-exhibition-2020-painting-

other-media/

2020: March; Florence 

Contemporary” 

https://www.florencecontemporary.c

om/

Florence, Italy

2020: March; The Drawing Room, 

 "Women Rising"; San Francisco. 

California

2020: February; Circle Foundation 

And the Tokyo International Fair; 

Tokyo, Japan

2020: January; Art Resourcery;

https://artresourcery.com/

2020: January; Average Art 

Magazine; United Kingdom

2019: December; Adobe Books, Art

 Shop, San Francisco

2019: May; SFMOMA Friday 

Submissions. 

San Francisco, California

2017: MiniBar, 

San Francisco, California

2014: Wonderland, Chillin’ 

Productions

Mezzanine, San Francisco

2004: Garage Gallery

Portland, Oregon

2004: Portland Community College, 

Art Beat

2004 Abbey Cafe

Portland Oregon

2004: Regional Arts and Culture Council

2003: Saladin Gallery

Portland, Oregon

2002: Windows Alive

Portland, Oregon

2002: Adell McMillan Gallery, 

University of Oregon,

Eugene, Oregon

2002: Jawbreaker Gallery

Eugene, Oregon

2002: Jawbreaker Gallery

Eugene, Oregon

2001: Jawbreaker Gallery

Eugene, Oregon

1996: Santa Clara County High 

School Art Competition

De Anza College

Cupertino, California


Internships:


2004: Portland Art Museum, Terry Toedtmeier. Research Assistant. Documenting the history of photography in the Pacific Northwest from 1850-1950. Tasks included documenting 50 artists’ oeuvres and the authenticity of provenance.


Volunteer:

2004: Portland Community College, “Art Beat”, Mini mural Project. This project involved producing murals on campus as performance and community involvement.

2000-2002: Jawbreaker Gallery, Free Skool classes. Project involved hosting figure drawing classes and open studio events, helping with installation set-up, general upkeep of the gallery, ordering, stocking, shelving, advertising, fundraising, hosting benefits and projects.


Commissions:


Current: Bhuna Restaurant

Portland, Oregon

2017: Photography

Craig Merchant