Free Museum Admission 6PM – 9PM
Join us to hear Lisa Reinertson, artist in AMOCA’s current exhibition Large as Life, lecture about her work.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is honored to present, Large as Life, an exhibition that includes the work of three prominent female artists; Lisa Reinertson, Betty Davenport Ford, and Elaine Katzer. Their sculptural work, figures, busts, torsos, and animals, is unified through their similar approaches to clay. Drawing from their individual experiences as working artists, teachers, mothers, visionaries, activists, or simply women, their sculpture and public commissions have explored themes of feminism, the human condition, the environment, portraiture, the ecclesiastical, and the fantastical.
Lisa Reinertson /Life Observed
Lisa will be presenting a slide lecture on her artwork, spanning from her early years as a
grad student at UC Davis studying with Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri, through her
artistic development of life size figurative ceramic and monumental public artworks that
speak to greater social and environmental issues.
Lisa Reinertson is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her
large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze. Her work ranges in content from her poetic
female figures with animals in clay, to historic bronze monumental portraits of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, immersed in narrative bas-relief imagery. The
underlying presence in all of her work is an expression of humanist compassion; from
concerns with peace and social justice, to concerns about nature, and our relationships to
the animals in which we share the earth. Reinertson’s expressive use of the clay medium
creates sculptures that capture a strong observation of life forms as well observations of
Lisa completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with Robert Arneson, and
Manuel Neri. She has taught at several universities in northern California including CSU
Chico, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her
ceramic work has been in exhibitions and museums nationally and internationally and has
completed over 20 public commissions in bronze.