New Public Artwork by Artist Clare Rojas at San Francisco International Airport

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Blue Deer by Clare Rojas, 2009.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2010 – Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Luis R. Cancel is pleased to announce the installation of a new work by local artist Clare Rojas at the San Francisco International Airport’s International Terminal. Located in gate room G, Blue Deer is a large-scale painting that depicts a woman cajoling a small deer out from underneath two trees. The imagery was derived from a children’s book written and illustrated by Rojas called Blue Deer and Red Fox. With its use of vivid geometric shapes and the block patterns of traditional quilts, Blue Deer reflects Rojas’ deep interest in American folk art, quilting and storytelling. Rojas intends to bring a sense of warmth and comfort to the viewer, and she often alters her exhibition space so that it complements the folksy imagery in her work. By hanging Blue Deer from a traditional crown molding, she transforms the gate room wall into a space more reminiscent of home.

“I travel a lot, and when I began the airport project, I began to think about what traveling means, and for some, its anxiety,” said Rojas. “I wanted to create a peaceful space that was calming and felt like going home. That is why I wanted the piece to be hung like a picture in a house, to feel safe.”

According to Luis R. Cancel, “The airport’s public art collection is certainly one of the finest in the country with work by such luminaries as Richard Diebenkorn, Deborah Butterfield and Rufino Tamayo to name a few. Clare Rojas is no exception; she is definitely one of the Bay Area’s most prodigious and widely recognized contemporary artists. We are thrilled to add Blue Deer to the airport’s already incredible collection and to promote our incredible local creative talent to the thousands of travelers who pass through.”

Rojas’ art career has taken her around the world and back again. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, and later went on to earn her Master’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago before finally settling down in San Francisco.  She has received numerous accolades for her work, including the prestigious Tournasol Award and grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects, New York City; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts; MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), Spain; Museum Het Doemien, Netherlands and various international group exhibitions.

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