Pictured: two works included in the exhibition Connected Spaces. Pictured left: Michael F. Rohde, Heart (detail), 2016. Tapestry: wool, silk, natural dyes. 36 x 32 inches. Photo by Andrew Neuhart. Pictured right: Cheryl Ann Thomas, Gold Cipher, 2020. Porcelain. 34.5 x 17 x 15 inches.

Private Reception: Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F. Rohde

Circles of Commitment • Saturday, March 12, 2021 • 3 PM (Pacific)

Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein invites you to a private reception with artists Cheryl Ann Thomas and Michael F. Rohde, along with curator Jo Lauria, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F. Rohde. This will be a unique opportunity to explore the exhibition and personally engage with the artists. Following the private reception, there will be a gallery walk starting at 4 PM, with a public reception to follow starting at 5 PM.

This event is complimentary for AMOCA Circle Members. Masks will be worn, and social distancing will be observed.

Register for the event using the button below (it may take a moment to load). If you prefer, you may also register by emailing communications@amoca.org.

This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Boardman Family Foundation and The LA County Department of Arts & Culture.

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Connected Spaces presents nearly 50 artworks by California-based artists Michael F. Rohde and Cheryl Ann Thomas. This assembly of ceramic sculptures and woven tapestries is focused on a recent series created by the artists through a year-long artistic exchange in 2020-2021. The exhibition will also include pieces by both artists beyond the series to provide context. 

Pictured: "Party of Three" by Cheryl Ann Thomas (included in Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F. Rohde)
Cheryl Ann Thomas, Party of Three, 2020. Porcelain, 18x16x12 inches (Gold, left), 32.5x13x13 inches (Gray, middle), 17x13x13 inches (Pink, right).
Pictured: "re Party of Three" by Michael F. Rohde (included in Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F. Rohde)

Michael F. Rohde, re: Party of Three: Gold (left), re: Party of Three: Gray (middle), and re: Party of Three: Pink (right), 2021. Handwoven tapestry: silk, wool, natural dyes, 30 x 24 inches (each) framed. Photos by W. Scott Miles.

About the Artists & Curator

Cheryl Ann Thomas

Cheryl Ann Thomas, born in 1943 in Santa Monica, CA, received her BFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and began practicing art full time in the late 1990s. Her first solo exhibition was in 2000, and her work has since been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Santa Fe, Paris (France), and China. Her work is included in the collections of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Fuller Craft Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Henan Museum in China, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Canada. She is a grant recipient from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and received the Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2020.

Thomas lives and works in Ventura, California.

Learn more on her website.

Michael F. Rohde

Michael F. Rohde, born in 1943, has been weaving since 1973 and completed his studies at the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1981. His work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, exhibits at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing, solo exhibits at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania as well as at the San Luis Obispo (CA) Musuem of Art, and in an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego. His work is in the permanent collections of the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), the Mingei International Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Ventura County Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Rohde lives and works in Westlake Village, California.

Learn more on his website and follow him on Instagram.

About the Curator

Jo Lauria is one of Southern California’s foremost curators of ceramic arts. A former curator of decorative arts at LACMA where she organized the seminal exhibition Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, Lauria’s past curatorial projects at AMOCA include Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California (1945–1975)Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: AMOCA’s 10th AnniversaryDiscovering Saar Ceramics, and Silver Splendor: The Art of Anna Silver.

Learn more at JoLauria.com or follow her on Instagram.