Off The Wall:
Contemporary Expressions in Print

DATES:May 16-August 16, 2020


Visiting Info


Off the Wall: Contemporary Expressions in Print presents the work of four established and emerging artists from the South Bay that are pushing the limits of print media. Exploring concepts of time, space, and memory, the works in this exhibition range from traditional 2-dimensional form to sculptural pieces. The artists featured in the exhibition are Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Dana Harris Seeger, Kyoko Fischer, and Pantea Karimi. Pantea Karimi’s work as a multidisciplinary artist explores the intersection of art, history, and science and collectively highlights the pivotal role of epistemic images in presenting and communicating knowledge. Her research encompasses illustrations and texts of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts. Karimi’s works are in public and private collections and have been exhibited in solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the US. She is the recipient of the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant and the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the College of San Mateo and Cabrillo College and lives in San Jose,

Dana Harris Seeger was born in El Granada, California. She received her MFA in Printmaking from San Jose State University in 2011 and her BA in Painting from Anderson University in 2004. She has been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and taught Lithography courses there. In 2014 she co-founded an art studio and school in San Jose called the School of Visual Philosophy. She currently runs the school with her husband, a sculptor and holds her studio there. She exhibits her work nationally and has been published in Studio Visit Magazine. She has won awards for her work including 3rd Place Print for her lithograph "Toledo" at the Triton Museum's Annual 2D Salon in 2017 as well as winning the Auvil Printmaking Award while at San Jose State two years in a row. She was recently named one of KQED's 10 Bay Area Women to Watch as well as becoming a member of the Worldwide Association of Female Professionals. She resides in Ben Lomond, California with her husband Yori Seeger, daughter Lyla and twin boys Hayden and Esben.

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga finds many ideas for her work in the creative tension between private subjective values and social concerns. She is a mixed-media installation/assemblage artist who draws a direct correlation between her artistic drive and process, and her experiences growing up in South and Central America. Through her work Barrera-Scharaga directs the viewers' attention to a broad spectrum of personal, political, and environmental concerns. She received a BFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University, and an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. Recent shows include Living With Endangered Languages in the Information Age at Root Division in San Francisco, CA, Songs and Sorrows at the Oakland Museum, and most recently, Kindness as Resistance, at the Euphrat Museum, in Cupertino, CA. Barrera-Scharaga has been the recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs. She has also received recognition from local art organizations for artistic excellence, and awards for her leadership in community art projects.