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Night Travelers and Other Waking Dreams
on Exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum
September 10, 2010 to January 7, 2011

Kathryn Jacobi Unanimously Named 2010 Distinguished Woman Artist



(LOS ANGELES) August 27, 2010 – The Fresno Art Museum Council of 100 Distinguished Women Artists has chosen painter and photographer Kathryn Jacobi as the Distinguished Woman Artist of 2010. The museum will celebrate Jacobi’s career with an extensive exhibition of her work entitled “Night Travelers and Other Waking Dreams,” which explores the imaginative forces of dreaming in a collection of more than 30 works in oil on paper, wood panel and canvas. Jacobi’s paintings will display in the Fig Garden Gallery.

“The Council of 100 has persistently chosen women artists of great distinction – it has been patient in waiting for Kathryn Jacobi to come of age, that is, to celebrate her 60th birthday. Unanimously elected as the 22nd Distinguished Woman Artist by the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100, Jacobi joins the prestigious company of the twenty-one California women previously honored by this annual award including June Wayne, Helen Lundeberg, Ruth Weisberg, Viola Frey, Nancy Genn, Olga Seem, Junko Chodos, and Joan Tanner,” explained curator Jacquelin Pilar. “Long awaited, this exhibition covers the 40 years of Jacobi’s life spent as a professional artist.”

The exhibit, Jacobi’s fourth at the museum and fifth in Fresno, will open the evening of Friday, September 10, 2010 with a special event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the opening reception is free for museum members and the artist’s guests; other patrons will be charged a $10 entrance fee.

In addition, the Council of 100 will host an invitation-only luncheon on Saturday, September 11, 2010, after which Jacobi will present a slideshow lecture, open to the public, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum’s Bonner Auditorium.

“The Fresno Art Museum has long been a haven for California's artists,” said Kathryn Jacobi. “I am delighted to have been selected for this honor and look forward to sharing my work with the museum’s patrons.”

About the Exhibit
Assembled by veteran curator Jacquelin Pilar, this unusual exhibit promises to open a door into the viewers’ personal unknowns, freeing both their angels and their demons. Most of the exhibit comprises paintings completed from the mid 1990s through 2008.

The centerpiece of the show is a group of 12 paintings, collectively called “Night Travelers,” which has never before been exhibited together. Its subject matter is raw and uncensored. Moving quickly through emotional states— from gentle and humorous circus imagery to the brutality of “The Burning Hand,” the stuff of nightmares—Jacobi explores what it means to be fully human and vulnerable in a very dangerous world. Better known for her realist paintings and portraits, Jacobi has rarely shown pieces from this challenging and thought-provoking body of work.

“The Night Travelers” is complemented by an exhibition of related works.

Six smaller paintings and one large panel, collectively called “The Minor Pantheon,” explore the life stages of birth, youth, adulthood and death and are dedicated to the memory of Jacobi’s friend, writer and musician Barbara Karp.

“Sleepwalking Through the Apocalypse,” a series of paintings that Jacobi has been very intentionally planning and executing these past ten years, is her response to the terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers.

The final collection in this show is a series called “Headshots,” which the artist considers to be alternatives to traditional portraits. In these works, Jacobi “mines the image” to explores up to ten variations of a single visage.

Three additional paintings, “Boneyard,” “Twins,” and “Woman Turning Into a Tree,” round out the exhibition.
“When I begin a painting, it is an instinctive act. The paintings in this show emerged without my understanding their meaning. Analysis comes later, usually when I am far into a series. Other people’s projections onto my paintings often lead them to draw entirely different interpretations—all valid in their own right, as would be true of any interpretation of dreams,” explained Jacobi. “It is my goal that this exhibit will deliver both a left hook and a caress.”

About the Artist
Born in New York, Kathryn Jacobi has spent most of her life in California. Classically trained, she counts the early Northern European Renaissance painters Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger and Roger Van der Weyden among her greatest influences. Jacobi studied painting, drawing, graphics and photography at California State University, Northridge where she earned a B.A. in 1978 and an M.A. in 1980.
A prolific artist in many mediums including etching, printmaking, drawing and watercolor painting, Jacobi has focused her most recent efforts in oil painting and digital photography. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada, Germany, Denmark, the former Czechoslovakia and Spain. Jacobi’s works of art belong to the public collections of the Centrum Judaicum (Stiftung Neue Synogogue) in Berlin, Germany, the San Francisco Cultural and Civic Center, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University, the New York Public Library, the Fresno Art Museum, California State University, Northridge, the National Watercolor Society and the Skirball Museum among many other cultural institutions.

Jacobi has published illustrations in the London Times Literary Supplement, Westways Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, among other publications. Through her own small publishing company, Waxwing Editions, Jacobi has released two books: “The Bride’s Chamber,” a recently discovered story by Charles Dickens, and “The Popsicle Moon” by Sean Stratton, both of which are accompanied by her original illustrations.


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