The Woven Tale Press Art Spotlight: Renae Barnard

Art Spotlight: Renae Barnard


See Renae Barnard’s work in WTP Vol. VI #4

Cleanse by Renae Barnard

paper and thread
9” x 13” x 6”
Renae Barnard is interested in exploring the network of interactions between perception, time, and the inadequacy of language. Much of her work grapples with what progress means, including changes in our environment, as well as changes in equality for women, LGBTQ people, and people of color. Barnard tries to propagate her own visions of “progress” by enabling others to connect and contribute to a collective commitment of kindness and compassion.

To see more of Renae Barnard's work visit:

Temporary Shelter: Renae Barnard's MFA Exhibition

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Gracia

(909) 621-8071| |  |


Exhibition:                  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard            

Dates:                          April 27- May 1, 2015, 10am-5pm

Opening Reception:    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6-8pm

Location:                     Claremont Graduate University, East Gallery

251 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711


  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard


Claremont, CA –Claremont Graduate University presents Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard, a solo exhibition of sculpture and installation.  Many of Barnard’s sculptures are worked within inches of collapse. The meticulously folded, twisted and sewn objects are both destroyed by and reinforced with the repetitive gestures by which they are made.

Renae Barnard is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Barnard’s work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, SOMArts Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery as well as screened at U.S. and international film festivals.

Barnard has been the recipient of many awards including but not limited to Outstanding Experimental Film, Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Christopher Street West Art & Culture Grant, Lincoln Fellowship Award and the Pasadena Arts Council Fiscal Sponsorship.  Barnard has spoken about her work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, NY, The Long Beach LGTBQ Film Festival, Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.


About Claremont Graduate University
The MFA program at Claremont Graduate University begins with the conviction that art is an enterprise that is intimately linked to the individuals who make it, often in ways that are not yet known to themselves or others. CGU is one of the seven members of the Claremont Consortium, which includes the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) as well as the Keck Graduate Institute. The faculty, facilities and resources of these world-class institutions are available to MFA students

Claremont Graduate University's 2015 Open Studios

Join us at Claremont Graduate University's 2015 Open Studios Event. Sunday May 3rd, 2015 from 11am-5pm. Art Studios are located in the CGU Art Department building at 251 E. 10th Street Claremont, CA 91711. For more information visit or call 909-607-3631.

Open to the Public. Free of charge.

Almost Home: An Exhibition of Paintings by Emerging Claremont Artists

Almost Home: An Exhibition of Paintings by Emerging Claremont Artists
Free art exhibit to take place at City Hall from March 23rd 2015 – September 11th 2015.
Almost Home presents fourteen works by ten emerging artists currently enrolled in Claremont Graduate University’s MFA Program. This exhibition continues a long tradition of highlighting MFA candidates in the galleries of Claremont City Hall. Almost Home was curated by Renae Barnard and Jonathan Elder. It will be on display from March 23rd 2015 – September 11th 2015.
Almost Home celebrates the process of exploration and recognizes the intricacies involved in the movement from the conceptual to the physical. These experimental practices and open-ended methods of discovery allow viewers the opportunity to engage with a broad range of materials and artistic approaches. Abstract paintings by Hazzar Samman, Devin Johnson, Lara Salmon, Jonathan Elder, Lei Shen, Elizabeth Hoffman, Hessah Alajaji, Lana Duong and Alana Medina are in quiet conversation with representational  works by Raheem Fadul and Yehsiming Jue.
General Information:
Claremont City Hall
207 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
Telephone: (909) 399-5444
Monday –Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge