Take a behind the scenes look at the care, conservation and stewardship of Viola’s Frey’s remarkable work ranging from her earlier intimate explorations in clay, bronze, painting, and drawing to her monumental figurative ceramic sculptures. Viola Frey: Center Stage is Frey’s largest assembly of works on the West Coast since 1981, including many objects never before seen by the public. This panel explores the challenges and range of expertise required to gather this unprecedented exploration of Frey’s oeuvre and legacy.

About the panelists:

Robin Bernhard is Exhibitions and Collections Manager at di Rosa and brings over 20 years of experience in the field from past positions at the University of California Davis, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art.  She received her training in preservation studies, art collection management and care of collections from the International Preservation Studies Center in Illinois.

Rowan Geiger, director and principal conservator of SF Art Conservation, holds a Masters Degree in conservation from the Royal College of Art, London and has over 20 years of experience in the field. In addition to three years in studio training at the Victoria and Museum, London, she has held staff positions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Stanford University Libraries, and was Head of Conservation at SFO Museum.

Cynthia de Bos is the Director of Collections and Archives at the Artists’ Legacy Foundation. Since 2009, she has held positions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and The Jay DeFeo Foundation, among others. Since joining Artists’ Legacy Foundation in 2013, de Bos has organized and expanded access to the Viola Frey Archives and acted as project manager for the Viola Frey Digital Catalogue Raisonné project. As Director of Collections and Archives, she oversees exhibition planning, scholarship, and public programming for Legacy Artist Viola Frey, as well as other Legacy building projects.

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