Alumna Ruth Laskey Receives SECA Art Award from SFMOMA

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Last night the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced the recipients of the 2010 SECA Art Award. CCA alumna Ruth Laskey (Painting/Drawing 1999, MFA 2005) was among the four winners. Administered by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), one of the museum's auxiliaries, the signature award honors Bay Area artists who are working independently at a high level of artistic maturity, but who have yet to receive substantial recognition.

The other recipients were Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, and Kamau Amu Patton. The four award winners receive a modest cash prize and their work will be featured in an exhibition (with accompanying catalog) that will open at the museum in fall 2011.

Update: See images of the 2010 SECA Award exhibition at SFMoMA »

About Ruth Laskey

Laskey is interested in the relatively unexplored territory that weaving occupies within the context of art history. Although trained in painting and drawing, she eventually she shifted her practice in favor of a more primary relationship with her materials, abandoning paint and premade canvases in order to work the abstract form directly into her weaving process.

Laskey makes her small linen textiles with a traditional floor loom. She predetermines the twill pattern for each work, making precise mathematical calculations and executing preparatory drawings on graph paper. Often using a restricted palette and simple geometric forms—diamonds, triangles, squares, polygons—to integrate a figure/ground dialogue into her process, she sets these shapes against and within white ground.

Laskey holds a BA in art history from UC Santa Cruz; she earned her BFA and MFA from California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at Ratio 3, San Francisco, and Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin. She is the daughter of John Laskey, a professor in CCA’s MFA in Writing Program.

About SECA

Founded in 1961, SECA brings together art enthusiasts, collectors, curators, and arts professionals through a variety of events that strengthen members' knowledge of contemporary art. The group works closely with SFMOMA curators to identify the best new art in the Bay Area and to present the biennial SECA Art Award and its associated exhibition at SFMOMA.

Many CCA alumni and faculty have been SECA Art Award recipients, including Desirée Holman and Jordan Kantor (2008); Kota Ezawa, Amy Franceschini, Mitzi Pederson, and Leslie Shows (2006); John Bankston (2002); Kathryn Van Dyke (2000); and Laurie Reid (1998).