'Serenity' exhibit series at UCSF Women's Health Center



Sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and curated by Matt McKinley, the 'Serenity' series invites Bay Area artists to present a body of work that interprets the idea of ‘serenity’ in order to inspire relaxation, well-being and calm.

With the understanding that wellness is a holistic ideal, these artists create work that will enrich the environment of the Women’s Health Center in order to engage and uplift visitors and staff alike. The exhibit covers 5 floors of the Women's Health Center: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 which each artist displaying a complete body of work on their respective floor.  
Since 2007 the 'Serenity' series is the San Francisco Bay Area's l longest running exhibit series focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork.  Curator: Matt McKinley


McKinley Art Solutions and UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are pleased to present SERENITY: ENERGETIC CONNECTIONS: 

Jim Gleeson - floor 3
  Robert Marosi Bustamante - floor 4
  Kathryn St. Clair - floor 5
  Heather Robinson - floor 6 card image
  Robert Howard - floor 7

Serenity: Energetic Connections image




About the artists:  

As a third generation San Franciscan, Floor 3 artist Jim Gleeson’s appreciation of his native city spans many generations. This deeply grounded sense of place permeates all his work, particularly his paintings of San Francisco.


Floor 4 artist Robert Marosi Bustamante focuses on the archetype as anchor to his cross-cultural influences.  Popular and traditional sources are transformed into symbols, from a farmer into a hero to a portrait into a modern day Madonna.  Robert taps into universal patterns of beauty, a figure in motion, an intimate gaze, and elevate their status to a spiritual sphere. 


Kathryn St. Clair, showing on Floor 5, paints landscape-inspired work during an age of volatile weather conditions and fragile, vanishing ecosystems. The ecological processes of "disturbance" and "succession," as well as the delicate interconnectedness of living things, are concepts that move her. Kathryn observe the macro and micro in the world and ponders the way even the smallest ecosystems struggle for dominance and survival.


The work of Floor 6 artist Heather Robinson is an exploration of surface through geometric patterns, vivid color, and texture. Heather admits to having “a magpie-like” attraction to bright, decorated objects, but an orderly mind and a strong schooling (from her architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in her abstract paintings.


In the paintings of Floor 7 artist Robert Howard nothing is as it appears. All that we see or touch hides structures that are systems of energy, which essentially create an illusion of solid matter. Robert explains, “I would like to know how and why but I am an artist and not a physicist. So I investigate this through paintings that take form through a kind of algorithm of geometric layers and color.” The entropy of this process mimics life somewhat, in that the early layers are random but yield to the later layers that need to be quite specific for the painting to survive.

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About the ‘Serenity’ Exhibit Series at UCSF:
Since 2007, UCSF Center of Excellence and McKinley Art Solutions have presented artists whose work inspires ‘serenity’ in order to facilitate relaxation, well-being and calm. This exhibit series, curated from a pool of invited and juried participants, is the largest continuously produced show in the Bay Area focused on promoting the healing capacity of art. The venue, UCSF Women's Health Center, the only nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women's Health in Northern California, is recognized internationally for its expertise in providing comprehensive, specialized care for women's health issues and is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care.



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