Nance O'Banion


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“Tablet Project” (detail) “Tablet Project” (detail)
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“Tablet Project”
 (1997-present, painted wood, each 12" x 7")

Nance O'Banion received both her Bachelors and Masters of Art from the University of California in Berkeley. She is recognized internationally since the 1970s for her innovative work in textiles, handmade paper and book arts. She has had solo exhibitions at the Oakland Museum, in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Her works are included in major collections such as the Getty in Los Angeles and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Along with her work as an artist, she is also a professor at the California College of the Arts (since 1974) and has taught courses and workshops throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. Her courses, like her art, reflect a multimedia, interdisciplinary, often collaborative approach to creativity.

Artist Statement
June, 2005

The works included in this exhibition are from the Tablet Project, which is an extensive collection (250+) done over the past number of years. The content reflects my deep interest in the power of both day and night dreams. Much to my surprise, the project has developed into a "life work," not unlike a journal, as I envision it projecting continuously into the future of my artist endeavors, always informing, challenging and inspiring me.

Each tablet is 12" high by 7 1/2" wide, drawn in pencil and painted with iridescent colors on wood.

2005 IASD Dream Art Exhibition

22nd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams
June 24 - June 28, 2005
Berkeley, California

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