STATEMENT

My work embraces both traditional and cutting edge processes in an effort to create elegant and powerful objects where the craft is evident and the content is generous, multifaceted, and egalitarian. These objects frequently draw inspiration from recognizable forms and contemporary culture and ask the viewer to theorize about their indented use or uselessness. Within these works no material is disguised and no mechanism is hidden; they are made with evident materials and deliberately explicit geometry. My work is often meant to be picked up, poked at, climbed on, sat in, and rolled around; hopefully providing insight and a new experience as a reward for the curious and the bold. I believe it is important to create objects that are thoroughly well made and timelessly beautiful, inside and out.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    Beautiful Bones, Local Language, Oakland, CA

2015    Aeriform Aviary, Compass Books, Terminal 3, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, CA

2011    Drive the Herd, The Basement Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011    The Freedom Press, Compass Books, Terminal 2, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, CA

2010    Shawn E. HibmaCronan, Oakland Museum of California, Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    “Shawn HibmaCronan @ ICA Live”, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2016    “Headlands Center for the Arts 2016 Benefit Art Auction” Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2016    Connect & Collect, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2015    Dwell on Design LA", Dwell Magazine Cube Depot VIP Booth, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Pier 9 Artist-in-Residence Show, Autodesk / Instructables Pier 9 Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2014    "Chaircuterie: 100 Choice Seats", AIGA Colorado fundraising auction, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2014    "The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors", Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Sonoma, CA

2014    Outdoor Sculpture Show, Harvest Inn, St. Helena, CA

2013    15th Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award Show, CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2013    "We/Customize" Exhibition, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

2013    Biannual Salon, Studio 5comma4, Oakland, CA

2011     R/GA “Creative Connect”, San Francisco, CA

2010    “Metal vs. Wood”, The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010     Art Space Orinda, Library Plaza, Orinda, CA

2009    "Art in the Groves", California Shakespeare Theater, Orinda, CA

2009    Sculpture Baccalaureate Show, Nave Gallery CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2008    Interface Show - Art Using Technology Using Art, Oliver Art Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA

2008    “Alan Chin + Shawn HibmaCronan”, Isabelle Percy West Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA

2008    10th Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award Show, Nave Gallery CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2008    Furniture Society Exhibition, Tecoah Bruce Galleries CCA, San Francisco, CA

2008    “Show III”, Tecoah Bruce Galleries CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2008    “Fixture” Furniture Baccalaureate Show, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008    “Show II”, Tecoah Bruce Galleries CCA, San Francisco, CA

2007    9th Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award Show, Nave Gallery CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2007    “Open Skies” by COCA, John McLaren Park, San Francisco, CA

2007    “A Class Act CCA-C”, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

2007    Metal Techniques, Design Within Reach Potrero Hill Store, San Francisco, CA

2007    Best of Junior Review Show, Oliver Art Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA 

2006    Interface Show - Art Using Technology Using Art, Oliver Art Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA

2006    “500 Rings”, South Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA

2006    Cabinet Show, Gensler Architecture Firm, San Francisco, CA

2006    Furniture Collective Show, Center Gallery CCA, San Francisco, CA

2005    “FRESH” Best of First Year Review Show, Oliver Art Gallery CCA, Oakland, CA

COMMISSIONS

2016    “Hummingbirds”, 1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Walnut Creek, CA (Public)

2015   "Aeriform Aviary", Compass Books, Terminal 3, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, CA (Public)

2015   "Blob v1", Conrad Residence, Palo Alto, CA

2014    "Rock Wall Facet Form", Kremer Residence, Berkeley, CA

2013    “Boiler Heart”, Sierra Maestra Properties, 460 Bryant St. , San Francisco, CA (Public)

2011     “The Freedom Press”, Compass Books, Terminal 2, San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, CA (Public)

2009    “Live-Edge Dining”, Anne Phillips Architecture, Lodgepole-Pine House, Serene Lakes, CA 

2008    “Live-Edge Seating”, Anne Phillips Architecture, Lodgepole Pine House, Serene Lakes, CA 

2007    “The Shovel”, Site-Specific Sculpture, Private Collection, Shovel Hill, St. Helena, Napa, CA

2007    Company Sign, HyperArts, Oakland, CA

2005    Clear Resin Display, The North Face Inc., All Retail Stores across the US (Public)

2005    Clear Resin Display, The North Face Inc., Outdoor Retailers Show, Salt Lake City, UT (Public)

2005    “F.O.R.T. Structure”, Terri Friedman, CCA Professor and Artist, El Cerrito, CA

2005    “The Ritz”, Private Collection, Bohemian Grove, Oakland, CA 

WORK IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Conrad Residence, Palo Alto, CA

HibmaCronan Residence, Berkeley, CA

Kremer Residence, Berkeley, CA

Long Residence, Los Angeles, CA

Cronan Residence, Oakland, CA

Violich/Goodin Residence, Berkeley, CA 

Palmisano Residence, St. Helena, CA 

Poker Flat, Bohemian Grove, Monte Rio, CA

Chin Residence, Los Angeles, CA

Nicholson Residence, Geyserville, CA

HONORS & AWARDS

2014    Honorarium for Guest Critic for CCA Furniture Department, San Francisco, CA

2013    Honorarium for Group Exhibition, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

2013    Honorarium for Alumni Panel for the CCA Sculpture Department, Oakland, CA 

2012    Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign “Love, Inertia, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Stance”

2011    Honorarium for lecture R/GA “Creative Connect”, San Francisco, CA

2010    Honorarium for Solo Show, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

2010    Coveted Memorial Ralph Award, Creative Summit 24, San Marcos, TX

2007    9th Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award, CCA, San Francisco, CA 

2005    Fresh, Best of First Year Review Award, CCA, Oakland, CA

2005    Best of Incoming Freshman Show Award, CCA San Francisco, CA 

2004    Creative Achievement Scholarship Award, CCA, Oakland, CA

2004    Pre-college Scholarship Award, CCA, Oakland, CA

2003    Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, The U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

RESIDENCIES

2017     Local Language, Artist in Residence, Oakland, CA

2015     P9 Workshop, Artist in Residence, Autodesk/Instructables, San Francisco, CA

2013    "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" Artist Residency, Museum of Arts and Design, NY

2013    “We/Customize” Customizer-in-Residence, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA 

LECTURES

2015    Artist Talk, Pier 9 Artist Residency, Autodesk / Instructables, San Francisco, CA

2014    Outdoor Sculpture Show, Harvest Inn, St. Helena, CA

2014    Artist Talk, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA

2013    3st (Thirst) - A Chicago Design Collaborative - Guest of Designer Rick Valicenti, Chicago, IL

2013    Biannual Salon, Studio 5comma4, Oakland, CA

2011     R/GA “Creative Connect” lecture series in discussion with Anand Gowda, San Francisco, CA

2011     Creative Summit 25 Design Conference - Speaker, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 

2011     California College of the Arts Board of Trustees, CCA, San Francisco, CA

2010    Creative Summit 24 Design Conference - Speaker, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX  

TEACHING & MENTORSHIP EXPERIENCE

2014/15     Beginning Woodworking Teacher, The Crucible 501(c)(3), Oakland, CA

2010/15     Alumni Mentorship Program, Mentoring current CCA Students, Oakland, CA

2008         Teaching assistant Intro to Wood Class, Sculpture Department, San Francisco, CA

2007/08   Teaching assistant Sculpture Precollege Class, Sculpture Department, Oakland, CA

2004         Woodshop Teacher & Manager, Marin Primary & Middle School, Marin, CA

PUBLICATIONS & APPEARANCES

2014   "Art gallery displays the abstract, the unique", Sonoma State Star. September 09, 2014. Show review.

2013   "Foggy Hikes And A Long Drive Up The PCH", SFist / Gothamist. November 22, 2013. Artist feature.

2013    “CCA a seat of California furniture design”, San Francisco Chronicle. July 7, 2013. Print and online.

2013    “Artist Finds Success on Internet”, ABC7 News. June 12, 2013. TV Broadcast and Article with video.

2013    “The Artist’s Studio”, Glance Magazine - Spring Issue. May 2013. Print and online gallery.

2013    "Street-legal sculpture – ’63 Econoline", BuildThreads.com. March 25, 2013. Blog feature. 

2013    "Love, Inertia, and the 1963 Ford Falcon Van", AutoLiterate.com. December 21, 2012. Blog feature.

2012    “The Freedom Press”, MultiLingual Magazine Cover. January / February 2013. Printed publication.

2011    “Drive the Herd”, East Bay Express. May 2011. Show Review. 

2011    “Building the Freedom Press”. Make:Craft / Makezine.com. June 2011. Blog and gallery.

2010    “Let's Get Physical . . . at the Museum!”, CCA News. June 2010. Article and gallery.

2010    “Shawn E. HibmaCronan” Oakland Museum of California. May 2010. Solo show and blurb.

2010    “Creative Summit 24 - Speakers” Creative Summit Conference. March 2010. Lecture and blurb.

2008    “Wornick Scholarship Competition” Woodwork Magazine. April 2008. Issue 110, p.46-47. Article.

EDUCATION

2009    BFA with Highest Distinction - Sculpture, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, USA

2009    BFA with Highest Distinction - Furniture, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, USA

 

Born in Oakland, CA on September 19th, 1985.

shawn@cronan.com  /  510.367.5480  /  www.shawnhibmacronan.com