Lisa Congdon’s “Hold It Lightly” opens at the Museum of Art.
Image c/o Christopher Dibble
By Anthony Romero
Art fans rejoice! Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art is now open with brand-new exhibitions featuring the works of Lisa Congdon and Corita Kent. To commemorate the museum’s opening, a VIP reception and artist talk were held, formally introducing Congdon’s installation, Hold It Lightly. The exhibition explores themes of joy, liberation, and radical inclusion, and is presented in conversation with Sister Kent’s series heroes and sheroes. During her artist talk at the LeFevre Theatre, Congden provided greater insight into her life as an artist, cycling enthusiast, art mentor, and business owner. Inspired by Sister Kent’s printmaking works that chronicled the social and political movements and attitudes of the 1960s, Congdon explained the process of creating her acclaimed serigraphs and how she developed her prints to embody the cultural trends and iconography of the 2020s. A proud Saint Mary’s College Class of 1990 graduate, Congden emphasized her excitement about having her first solo museum exhibition be at the Museum of Art and then took the time to answer questions from the audience. Hold It Lightly, running concurrently with the heroes and sheroes exhibit, is on view from September 13th to December 10th, 2023. A collection of books featuring Congdon’s designs is also on display in Saint Mary’s College Library.
Lisa Congdon is a Portland-based fine artist and author renowned for her colorful paintings, intricate and eye-catching graphic designs, and bold hand lettering. Congdon has worked in collaboration with Target, REI, MoMA, and the Library of Congress, and also owns an art and illustration shop at the Cargo Emporium in Portland. Her pieces have been featured in the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Design in Atlanta.
Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art believes that art illuminates our lives and can create a more humane world. Founded by Brother Fidelis Cornelius Braeg in 1934, the museum offers a variety of both permanent and rotating collections that highlight regional art and are dedicated to fostering curiosity and wonder. The Museum is known for its special collection of paintings by landscape artist William Keith. Admission is free, and the Museum is located across from the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Hours are Wed-Sun, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saint Mary’s College of California https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum-art
Lisa Congdon https://lisacongdon.com/
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