Faculty Member John Zurier Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

John Zurier, eminent adjunct professor at California College of the Arts in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts and undergraduate Painting/Drawing Program, is the recipient of a prestigious 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship.

On April 14 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the results of its eighty-sixth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Zurier’s Fellowship was awarded in the creative arts category, with fine arts as the designated field of study. The Foundation awarded 180 fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars selected from a group of some 3,000 applicants. Visiting faculty member Amy Franceschini was also named a 2010 Fellow.

About John Zurier

John Zurier's nuanced, reductive, nearly monochromatic paintings reveal the artist's dedication to color, light, and the materiality of painting. His works convey a strong emotional quality that belies the subtle and minimal subject matter. Roberta Smith of the New York Times remarked, “[Zurier] reiterates the monochrome the way James McNeill Whistler foretold it . . . but with genuine feeling.”

An upcoming solo exhibition at Peter Blum Gallery in Chelsea opens May 20, 2010. (His first exhibition of paintings at Peter Blum Gallery took place March–May in 2007.)

Recent exhibitions include Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid (2010; 2007); Gallery Paule Anglim (2009); and Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008).

His work has been featured in many group exhibitions, including Le Tableau at Cheim and Reed Gallery, New York (2010); Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye at the Berkeley Art Museum (2009); the Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2008); to: Night at Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, in conjunction with Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2002).

The artist’s works are represented in the permanent collections of the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the University of California Art Collection at Mission Bay in San Francisco, the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, and others.

Zurier has taught at CCA since 1988. Other teaching experience includes positions at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. He lives and works in Berkeley.

About the Guggenheim Fellowship program

Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has sought from its inception to "add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding," as the Senator explained. Since its establishment the Foundation has granted over $281 million in fellowships to more than 16,900 individuals; many of them have gone on to win Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prestigious prizes.

The purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide awardees with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, and fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Gallery Paule Anglim
Review by Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Feature by Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle