Ann Weber

United States 1950

Sculpture, Abstract Art

Ann Weber
Ann Weber
United States
March 9, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ann Weber is an American artist born in Jackson, Michigan in 1950, who transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds, and organic spires. Weber received her BA in art history from Purdue University in 1972 and her MFA from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1987 where she studied with Viola Frey.

Ann, who began her career as a ceramic artist, started working with the lighter medium of cardboard in 1991 and finds great interest in the possibility of making beautiful objects from common and mundane materials. Cardboard has allowed her to explore the fine line between art and craft and engage the contemporary zeitgeist through alternative, everyday materials. By creating something extraordinary out of nothing, her sculptures successfully resonate with a wide range of audiences. Her works read as metaphors for life experiences such as the balancing acts that define our lives. While some of her pieces are finished in bronze or fiberglass, most are plain cardboard preserved and strengthened with shellac. Weber’s works range in size from 12 inches high to 16 feet tall.

Ann Weber insists on the psychological component in her works, and she wants the viewers to bring their own associations to the artwork. With a palette of simple forms (cylinders and circles), her sculptures are symbolic of male and female forms and the natural world. She uses architecture and art historical references to evoke memory, relationships and morality.

Weber has shown at the San Jose Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, The Boise Art Museum in Idaho, and the Evansville Art Museum in Indiana, amongst others. Her cardboard sculptures have been cast in bronze and fiberglass for public art projects in Phoenix, Denver, and Sacramento.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Ann Weber SculptureDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAsolo
2014Elevated CardboardMuseum of Craft and Design, San Franciscogroup
2014The Third DimensionSonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CAgroup
2014Featured ObjectsBellevue Arts Museum first floor Forum, Bellevue, Washingtongroup
2013The Ripple EffectShenshi Sky Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, Chinasolo
2012Ann WeberDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, Californiasolo
2012Beauty, Joy & WonderEvansville Museum, Evansville, Indianasolo
2011Love and Other AudacitiesCraft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California solo
2011Sculpture and DrawingsWilliam Havu Gallery, Denver, Coloradosolo
2011Ann Weber, Drawings and Sculpture101 California, San Francisco, Californiasolo
2011ReclamationCenter for Visual Art, Denver, Coloradogroup
2010Infinite Possibilities, Inaugural ExhibitionChehalem Cultural Center, Newborg, Oregonsolo
2010Magna CartaCain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Californiagroup
2010Natural and Creative CapitalSculpture on the Grounds, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, Californiagroup
2010Out of OrderSan Francisco State University Gallery, San Franciscogroup
2009Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann WeberBoise Art Museum, Boise, Idahosolo
2009New WorkDonna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Californiasolo
2009SculptureStremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevadasolo
2009AfterlifeInstitute of Contemporary Art, San Josegroup
2008Night BloomingUniversity of San Francisco, San Francisco, solo
2008WonderlandTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, Californiasolo
2008SculptureWilliam Havu Gallery, Denver, Coloradosolo
2008Reclaiming MaterialsSculpturesite Gallery, San Franciscogroup
2008Present TensionChandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, Californiagroup
2008This End Up: The Art of CardboardSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Californiagroup
2007Strange FruitSonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, Californiasolo
2007Sculpture: Ann WeberSculpture Court, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, Californiasolo
2007Poetics of StructureDonna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Californiasolo
2007Alumni at the CentennialOliver Art Center, California, College of Art, Oakland, Californiagroup
2007RippleOakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Californiagroup
2007Sculpture Walk: Invitational Sculpture ExhibitionChandler, Arizonagroup
2007California SculptureSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Franciscogroup
2006Pulp ModernismFresno Art Museum, Fresno, Californiasolo
2006CardboardSanchez Art Center, Pacifica, Californiasolo
2006Re:FormDominican University Gallery, San Rafael, Californiasolo
2006Family of ClayOliver Art Center, California College of Art, Oakland, Californiagroup
2006PaperKatrina Traywick Contemporary Art, Berkeley, Californiagroup
2006Happiness for All the ArtistsCreative Growth Art Center, Oakland, Californiagroup
2005New Sculpture and DrawingsKay Kimpton Contemporary Art, San Francisco, solo
2005SculptureBg Site, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Californiasolo
2005In the RoundSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Californiagroup
2005New WorkArtscape, Walnut Creek, Californiagroup
2005Local VoiceBedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Californiagroup
2005CCA Faculty New Work 2005California College of the Arts, Oakland, Californiagroup
2004Off the Rim: Pacific Rim Sculptors Group ExhibitionGrounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jerseygroup
2004Inner WorkingsOakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Californiagroup
2004Art FurnitureSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Franciscogroup
2003LandingsSouthern Exposure, San Franciscogroup
2003Give and TakeUniversity of San Francisco, San Franciscogroup
2003The Big Tree ProjectDean Lescher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Californiagroup
2003Anniversary ExhibitionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Franciscogroup
2002Random EncountersSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, Californiasolo
2002Balancing ActsGallery 555, Oakland, Californiasolo
2002Being There: 45 Oakland ArtistsOakland Museum of California, Oakland, Californiagroup
2001Ann WeberSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Franciscosolo
2001Monotype Marathon VIISan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Californiagroup
2001Natural Selections600 Townsend, San Franciscogroup
2001Recycled, Reclaimed, ReconstitutedAllegheny College Gallery, Meadville, Pennsylvaniagroup
2000UnknownKay Kimpton Contemporary Art Gallery, San Franciscogroup
1999What is Art For? Oakland Museum of California, California, group
199916 SculptorsCalifornia State University, Sacramento, Californiagroup
1999Unboxed: Cardboard SculptureDean Lescher Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Californiagroup
1999Art in City HallOakland City Hall, Oakland, Californiagroup
1998SculptureDavis Art Center, Davis, Californiasolo
1998Pacific Rim Sculptors GroupSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Franciscogroup
1998Primary ElementsRichmond Art Center, Richmond, Californiagroup
1998Bay Area Sculptors Group Show IV: AbstractionOakland Museum of California Sculpture Court, Oakland, Californiagroup
1998The 3rd Time I Saw Phyllis, She ExplodedContract Design Center, San Franciscogroup
1998California College of Arts and Crafts Alumni ExhibitionMills Building, San Francisco, Californiagroup
1997Ann WeberMichael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, Californiasolo
1997Ann WeberGregory Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, Californiasolo
1997Pacific Rim Sculptors GroupClaudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, Californiagroup
1997From WithinWorks Gallery San Jose, Californiagroup
1997Pacific Rim Sculptors GroupContract Design Center, San Franciscogroup
1996Pacific Rim Sculptors Exhibit the Mother LodeCentral Sierra Arts Council, Sonora, Californiagroup
1996InstallationBedford Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Californiagroup
1996Cast BronzeMerced College Art Gallery, Merced Californiagroup
1995Artists of No ColorSOMAR Gallery, San Franciscogroup
1995Through the DoorPacific Rim Sculptors Group, Contract Design Center, San Franciscogroup
1995Works on PaperClaudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, Californiagroup
1994IntroductionsClaudia Chapline Gallery Stinson Beach, Californiasolo
1994Ann WeberJune Steingart Gallery, Laney College, Oakland, Californiasolo
1994UnknownThe Haggin Museum, Stockton, Californiagroup
1994Works on PaperBolinas Museum, Bolinas, Californiagroup
1994Black and WhiteLong Beach Arts Center, Long Beach, Californiagroup
1993Ann WeberJoan Roebuck Gallery, Lafayette, Californiasolo
1991UnknownPro Arts Gallery, Oakland, Californiagroup
1991Five ArtistsPeriscope Gallery, Oakland, Californiagroup
199166th Annual Crocker-Kingsley ExhibitionCrocker Art Museum, Sacramentogroup
1990Beyond Fragments: After the EarthquakePro Arts Gallery, Oakland, Californiagroup
1988UnknownNatsoulas Novelos Gallery, Davis, Californiagroup
1987American Ceramics NowEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New Yorkgroup
1984Ann WeberGreenwich House Pottery, New York Citysolo