Jo Sandman / TRACES

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Jo Sandman / TRACES

After a life-changing summer studying at Black Mountain College, Boston-based artist Jo Sandman decided to devote her life to art. At BMC during that pivotal summer of 1951, she studied painting with Robert Motherwell and Ben Shahn; drawing with Joseph Fiore, photography with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind; anthropology and French. It was this “galvanizing experience” at BMC that prompted Jo Sandman to decide to follow the path of an artist. She went on to develop and maintain a studio practice exploring painting, drawing, experimental sculpture, installation, and photography for more than sixty years. Traces represent a survey of her career that attests to the artist’s restless curiosity expressed through her experimentation with a wide variety of imagery, materials, and processes.


Jo Sandman / TRACES is organized by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC.


Jo Sandman was not only a witness to the historically important experimentation that shaped mid to late 20th century art, but also an active participant. A student of both Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, she was in residence at Black Mountain College with Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly and later worked for Walter Gropius. Trained as a painter, she went on to create innovative drawings, photography, experimental sculpture and installation works, which were exhibited widely and are now in permanent museum collections, including that of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the DeYoung/San Fransisco Museum of Fine Arts, and numerous others. Significant awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Arts Council and the Bunting Institute at Harvard, as well as grants from the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. Over the course of a long career, she exhibited widely and was recently featured in retrospectives at the Black Mountain College Museum and the Provincetown Art Museum; a two person exhibition Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman/Without Limits at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; and numerous group exhibitions, including Women in Abstraction at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

IMAGE HEADER: Jo Sandman (1931 Boston; lives and works in Boston), Light Memory #4, 2006, toned gelatin silver print, image 5.75 x 9.5 inches, sheet 16 x 20 inches.