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University Affairs Office
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    November 9, 2004   
    Contact: Carla Stone, Gallery Manager, (707) 664-2295


An Absolute Native Glory: Selections from the
di Rosa Preserve Collection Opens at University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "An Absolute Native Glory: Selections from the di Rosa Preserve," which opens with a public reception on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Dec. 12.

 The exhibition features more than 25 works in a variety of media--ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture - by some of Northern California's most significant artists - all drawn from the stellar collection of the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature in Napa. 

A partial list of the artists in the exhibition includes James Barsness, Ray Beldner, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Conner, David Gilhooly, Mike Henderson, Lynn Hershman, Robert Hudson, James Melchert, Bruce Nauman, Nathan Oliveira, Deborah Oropallo, Sono Osato, and Peter Saul.

Nestled among the rolling hills and vineyards of the Carneros region of Napa Valley, the di Rosa Preserve is a private nonprofit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of modern and contemporary art of the San Francisco Bay Area. 

A truly unique institution, it includes over 2,200 works of art housed in and around four separate buildings on 217 acres. The collection--a true native glory--was formed by the Preserve's founder and visionary, Rene di Rosa, who continues to support both emerging and established artists in Northern California.

In addition to presenting these remarkable works of art, the exhibition also celebrates the close relationship between the Preserve and the Department of Art & Art History at Sonoma State University.  

Over the last year, a growing number of students have undertaken internships at the Preserve, gaining valuable hands-on museum experience in a variety of areas. This semester, five SSU students are being trained in art conservation by two prominent Bay Area conservators - Elisabeth Cornu and Will Shank - in a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.  

The student interns are supervised by Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and Director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University as well as Adjunct Curator at the di Rosa Preserve.

For more information, call the gallery at (707) 664-2295. 

ABOVE: Sandow Birk's oil and acrylic on canvas called The Great Battle of San Francisco, 1996.



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