Stardust to Steel

Presented by the San Francisco Advocacy for the National Museum of Women in the Arts
November 30–December 15, 2017
Image of work by Davena Semo
CCA Hubbell Street Galleries
161 Hubbell Street, San Francisco, CA
Opening reception: Thurs., Nov. 30th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: November 30 - December 15; Tue.-Sat., 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
More info: Jaime Austin, Director of Exhibitions:

Collecting stardust, panning for gold, casting chainmail in concrete, puncturing steel folding chairs, melting lead crystal kitchenware. These are some of the actions undertaken by the artists in Stardust to Steel, the inaugural exhibition supported by San Francisco Advocacy for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in conjunction with the NMWA 2018 Women to Watch exhibition series.

In this exhibition Rhonda Holberton, Davina Semo, and Katherine Vetne, explore the myriad properties and potentials of metal from the elemental to the metaphysical. Holberton extracts gold from the California landscape and harvests stardust to question systems of value and labor and test the boundaries of our observable universe. Semo’s sculptures include cast brass bells, steel links, chain mail, folding chairs, mirrors, concrete, and remnants of fencing to confront systems of power and control. Vetne’s drawings and sculptures focus on the material properties and societal implications of lead crystal kitchenware and silver to address issues of femininity and value.

The 2018 Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts will be held in summer 2018 and showcases contemporary artists working in metal. Women to Watch is presented every three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees.

Stardust to Steel is curated by Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA.


This exhibition is supported by San Francisco Advocacy for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.).

Lorna Meyer Calas and Carol Parker

Founding Members
Ellen Drew, Lisa Chadwick, Catharine Clark, Patty Fitzpatrick, Robin Laub, Mary Mocas, Denise Littlefield Sobel, and Kimberlee Swig

Supporting Members
Lucy Buchanan, Casey Carsten, Mary Lou Dauray, Tracy Freedman, Peggy Greenfield, Ann Hatch, Cheryl Kiddo, Nancy Livingston, Milica Mitrovich, Yvonne Nevins, Jessica Silverman, Ann Simon, Amanda Spivey, Christine Suppes, Susan Swartz, and Susan Weiss


Image credit: 
Painted metal folding chairs, steel pipe and plate
Photo credit: Veli-Matti Hoikka
Courtesy of the artist