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

2019    “AIR Retrospective: 2016-2018”, Local Language Gallery, Oakland, CA

2019    “Alone” 5th Crosscurrent Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

2018    “Personal | Universal”, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2018    “On Your Left”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2018    “I dwell in Possibility”, Unconventional work, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 

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

2018 [Work in Progress] 1% for Art Ordinance sculpture for 3000 Broadway, Oakland, CA (Public)

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

2015 “Aeriform Aviary”, Compass Books Terminal 3 SFO Airport, San Francisco, CA (Public)

2015 “Rock Wall Facet Form”, Kremer Family, Berkeley, CA

2015 “Blob Form v1”, Conrad Family, Palo Alto, CA

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

2011 “The Freedom Press”, Compass Books Terminal 2 SFO 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

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

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

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

HONOR & AWARDS

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

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

2003 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 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/Hands on: Materializing the Postdigital" Art Residency, Museum of Arts & Design, NY

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

EDUCATION

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

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

 AFFILIATION

Berkeley Art Center, Vice President of the Board of Directors, 2018 - present

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

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