Felicia Forte: de Young Artist-in-Residence From Life

Dec 19, 2013

Painting of woman wearing red shirt standing in field.

Felicia Forte, Going Back, 2012, oil on canvas, 24 x 35 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

de Young Museum \ December 4, 2013–January 5, 2014

Kimball Education Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO (November 26, 2013)—The de Young will host painter Felicia Forte from December 4, 2013, through January 5, 2014, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Forte’s work ranges from portraits and still lifes, to natural landscapes and cityscapes. Using a soft, ethereal style, Forte seeks to portray her subjects truthfully while conveying insight into the intangible feelings they conjure. She enjoys painting “alla prima”, or wet-on-wet, to avoid expectations about the final outcome of a piece, and instead focuses on the process.

An experienced painting and drawing instructor, Forte currently teaches at Sadie Valeri Atelier and has taught at a number of institutions, including The San Jose Museum of Art and The Walt Disney Family Museum. Forte will bring her teaching expertise and a live demonstration of her artistic process to the de Young during her residency. Over the course of four weeks, she will paint a life-sized portrait of a live model and will have stations with supplies set up for visitors to learn and paint alongside her.

Originally from Los Angeles, Forte is now based in San Francisco. She maintains a studio in the Mission district, where she works on commissioned portraiture and gallery projects, in addition to offering private instruction to painting and drawing students.

Forte studied at The California Art Institute and The Art Students League of New York, and her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout California. In a new relationship with Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, Forte’s work is featured in the current exhibition, Women Painting Women: (R)evolution, and will appear in Principle Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Small Works.

Patrons are invited to visit Felicia Forte in the Kimball Education Gallery Wednesdays through Sundays from 1‒5pm and Fridays 1‒5pm and 6‒8:30 pm. For more information about Felicia Forte, visit feliciaforte.com.

An Artist Reception will be held in the Kimball Education Gallery on Saturday, December 7, 3‒5 pm.

Visiting \ de Young
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Museum Hours
Tuesdays–Sundays 9:30am–5:15pm, last ticket 4:30 pm. Fridays (March 29–November 29) 9:30am–8:45pm, last ticket 8 pm. Closed Mondays.

General Admission
$10 adults, $7 seniors (age 65 and over), $6 youths (age 13‒17) and college students with ID, FREE members and children 12 and under, FREE general admission the first Tuesday of each month. Additional fees apply for special exhibitions

Tickets can be purchased on site and online. Tickets purchased online include a $1 handling charge.

Group ticket reservations available by emailing groupsales@famsf.org.

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad, landmark building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor was inspired by the French pavilion, a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The museum opened in 1924 in the Beaux Arts–style building designed by George Applegarth on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its holdings span four thousand years and include European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.

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