Ventana Amico
415-937-5484

Website
www.metalwomanart.com

Artist’s Statement:

Keen interests in human behavior and environmental concerns inspire me to expose both human emotions and nature's conditions in my art. Life experiences which shape me personally, compel me to cut, form and weld metals into lively sculptures and reliefs. I am challenged to reveal the essence of a character or a moving experience, and to connect heart with mind over the range of human emotions. Reading facial expressions was key to my career in business communication; it continues to focus my awareness as an artist. 

Education:

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  --  B.A., Psychology
Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA -- graduate studies Psychology/Business
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA -- Art, Design, Sculpture, Fiber sculpture programs
San Francisco Art Institute – Metal Sculpture 2006

Publications:

Advanced Art Critique, College of Marin text, 2005-06
Who's Who in America, various editions 1970s & ‘80s

Affiliations:

Fiber Dimensions, EDGE, PLEXUS Art Groups, Marin Arts Council

Gallery Representation:

Kinion Fine Arts,  Hozho Center, Sedona, AZ.

Public Art:

Obelisk commemorating San Anselmo History, participant, CA 2005
Marin Art & Garden Center, “Tree of Tears”, permanent installation, Ross CA 2009

Selected Exhibitions:

U.S. ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM, Zambia, Africa 2010 - 2012 
RITTER CENTER, Art Houses of Marin, San Rafael & Mill Valley, CA 2011
FALKIRK CULTURAL CENTER, Can Do, San Rafael, CA 2011
MARIN ARTS COUNCIL, Pop Art, San Rafael, 2011
BLUE LINE GALLERY, Fiber Dimensions, Roseville, CA 2011
FALKIRK CULTURAL CENTER, Re: Value, San Rafael, CA 2011
THE BAY MODEL, Fiber Dimensions, Sausalito, CA 2011
THE GYMBOREE CORPORATION LOBBY San Francisco, CA 2011
ACCI Gallery, CAN DO Berkeley, CA 2011

Juror and Exhibitor: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, CA, September 2010
ACCI Gallery,National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA 2010
Zero Breast Cancer, Honor They Healer, Mill Valley, CA 2010
ACCI Gallery, Fiber 2010, Berkeley, CA, April - May 2010
Falkirk Cultural Center, 2010 Annual Juried Exhibit, San Rafael, CA 2010
Doug Adams Gallery at Bade Museum, Muse/Reuse: Berkeley, CA 2010
Sanchez Art Center, 1 in 100: America Behind Bars, Pacifica, CA 2010
PariSoma, Waste Knot, San Francisco, CA 2010
Arts Guild of Sonoma, Artists Holiday Invitational, Sonoma CA, 2009

Fort Mason, San Francisco, Green Dimensions, 2009
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, fiber/Dimensions, 2009
Marin Society of Artists, featured artist May 2009
Marin Civic Center, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, 2008 - 20009
Berkeley Art Center, Annual Showcase, Berkeley,2008 - 2009
Herbst International Exhibition Hall, Presidio, San Francisco: Intersections 4, 2008
DISH Cafe, Presidio, San Francisco, fiber/Dimensions Cafe Show           
Presidio Social Club, San Francisco, fiber/Dimensions Cafe Show
DiRosa Preserve, Napa, CA, Slideslam 2008
Smith Ranch Gallery, San Rafael, CA, fiber/Dimensions 2008
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, EDGE Art Group at ACCI  2008 
Marin Art Festival, San Rafael CA, 2007
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Recovery:  Man over Matter 2007
Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Terra Linda, CA, Awards, 2004 - 2009    
Herbst Hall,Presidio, San Francisco:  fiber/Dimensions: Intersections 3, 2006
Pence Gallery, fiber/Dimensions at Pence, Davis, CA Spring 2006
Artisans Gallery, Absolutely Abstract Exhibit, San Rafael, CA 2006
San Francisco Art Institute, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, 2006
Marin Society of Artists, Open Sculpture & Crafts, Ross, CA 1998 - 2009
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Buzz, Mill Valley, CA 2005
California Ceramic Artists Annual Exhibits, Davis, CA 2004, 2005
Art of Politics Exhibit, Democracy For America, Sausalito, CA 2005
College of Marin Gallery, Kentfield, CA 2002, 2005