California College of the Arts presents Making (It) Work
An exhibition celebrating makers who embrace parenthood as a generative force

Oliver Art Center, CCA Oakland Campus 

January 22–February 7, 2019
Opening reception: January 23, 5:30–7:30 pm
Closing reception and panel discussion: February 6, 6–7:30 pm

California College of the Arts presents Making (It) Work, a group exhibition of artworks made by artists during their first few years of parenthood. Many artists are surprised to find that the joys, hardships, and consuming nature of child care can produce unexpected layers of inspiration and an urgent sense of motivation. A reevaluation of priorities and time management changes the way artists approach the studio; new questions are revealed; new modes of working are hashed out.

The exhibition was conceived during a playdate conversation between the exhibition’s co-curators CCA assistant professor Karla Wozniak and New York-based artist Georgia Elrod. According to the co-curators, “Hanging out with our babies we got to talking about the craziness of life as artists and new parents. After putting the kids down for a nap we kept talking and comparing notes. Along with its very real stresses and limitations, we were both surprised by how creatively generative early parenthood was for us.”

Becoming a parent is a profound identity shift, and this exhibition highlights the work made during this transition. The exhibition does not assume parenthood to be a necessity for deeper understanding of self or artistic practice—rather it celebrates the resilience and dedication of artists. Making (It) Work celebrates makers who have embraced parenthood in its many forms and recognize its generative force.

Featuring work by Lisha Bai, Karen Dana, Leigh Davis, Ariel Dill, Madeline Donahue, Georgia Elrod, Jackie Gendel, David Huffman, McKendree Key, Shaun Leonardo, JJ Manford, Sangram Majumdar, Aspen Mays, Leeza Meksin, Althea Murphy-Price, Elizabeth Russell, Karen Seapker, Allison Smith, Elisa Soliven, Angie Wilson, Witts, Karla Wozniak, and Ezra Wube. Curated by Karla Wozniak (CCA Assistant Professor, Painting/Drawing) and Georgia Elrod.