Art has been a constant in my life. One of my earliest memories is of drawing in my father’s art studio. I am interested in capturing the moment of seeing when something changes and the magic in the everyday. Hiraesh - a home sickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home that maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past is essential to my work. My interior world is of memories of childhood, books, songs, and stories steers my work.
My work is inspired by my daughter Cecile, father Zevi Blum, and childhood memories.
M.F.A., Printmaking, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1996
B.F.A., Painting, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y, 1992
Drew School, San Francisco, CA
Art Teacher, Art, September 1997- present
Head of Visual Art Department December 2014- present
Focus on developing individual student voices and technical foundation, enriched with field trips, visiting artists, and collaborative projects.
Developed curriculum for, budgeted and taught Freshman Core Art Studio, Introduction to Drawing and Design, Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Advanced Studio.
Set up complete Printmaking studio including two presses, exposure unit, washout station, and printing tables.
Taught elective courses including screen-printing, linoleum, monoprint, mixed media, classical still life painting, collage, and electric elective courses.
Long-term member of International Day/ 280 Day Committee, produced all school event featuring food, workshops, and assembly.
Long-term member of New Teacher Mentor Committee, paired with new teachers to navigate school procedures and culture.
Long-term member of Freshman Mentor Committee, managed student mentoring program for freshman and transfer students, including retreat and community-building exercises.
Adviser to 10 students per year.
Head of the Visual Arts Department responsible for budget, curriculum, and collaborating with three visual arts teachers.
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA
Grafica Assistant Printer and Printmaking Instructor, April 1996- present
Taught all levels of etching, monoprinting, lithography, and screen-printing. Taught printmaking and mural making to youth in the Horizons and Escuela Más summer programs on site. Assisted printing fine art posters. Participated in several printmaking exchange portfolios in Gráfica.
LEAP... Imagination and Learning, San Francisco, CA
Artist in Residence, October 1996- 2000
Designed, budgeted , and taught semester-long collaborative art residencies in public and private elementary schools with curricular tie to class room work. Projects included murals. painting, drawing, mosaic, sculpture and portraiture. Served on Board from 1998-2000.
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Artist, August 2014
Four-screen, live printmaking demonstration in conjunction with Night Crawl of Claude the albino crocodile.
Academy of Sciences. San Francisco, CA
Artist, August 2014
Four-screen, live printmaking demonstration in conjunction with Modernist Show.
The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
Artist, July 2014
Family Day Spotlight screen-printing workshop on vinyl records, fabric, and t-shirts in the Modernist spirit.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Artist Studio Visit and Teacher, November 2014
Training workshop for high school students in Asian Art Museum's intern program; focus on historical context and techniques for wood block printing in preparation for public programming for Floating World exhibit.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Artist Teacher, November 2005
Designed and taught Day of the Dead sarcophagus Friday workshop to museum visitors.
Chronicle Newspaper Box, San Francisco, CA
Artist, May 2006
Designed and presented original screen-printed newspaper box for Friday Nights at the Legion of Honor, eventually placed back on the street for public use.
SFMOMA Family Day Artist, San Francisco, CA
Artist Teacher, May and October 2004
Designed and taught "Pop Art Self Portrait" and "Josef Albers Homage to a Square" projects to museum visitors and children.
Galef Institute, San Francisco, CA
Workshop Leader, April 1999
Co-taught workshop to 20 teachers on printmaking techniques for public schools.
de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Co-Curated Day of The Dead Exhibit and Event with 30 artists at the educational department and gallery of the de Young Art Center, a partner of the Legion of Honor.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Co-Curated Dia de los Muertos, Arco de Culturas en Homenaje a nuestros Muertos, with over twenty artists.
June –August Residency, Curtiduria Prinshop, Oaxaca, Mexico
Completed suite of monoprints and stone lithograph prints.
August Artist in Residence, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2010
Completed a one-month residency interviewing museum visitors and creating a suite of mixed-media prints, each inspired by visitors' words and silhouettes.
Nahual Rojo Printshop, Oaxaca, Mexico, Invited Artist, July 2010
Produced four-plate coedition etching.
June Artist in Residence, de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA, 2004
Completed work in-studio and on-site at Legion of Honor, culminating in final presentation and opening.
2015 Dynamo Donuts, Pandas and Donuts, San Francisco, CA
2012 Paxton Gate Gallery, “Weather” ,San Francisco, CA
2004 de Young Art Center, “Memories: A Mixed Media Tale”, San Francisco, CA
2002 Cornell University, “Talk”, Hartell Gallery, School of Architecture, Art, and City Planning, Ithaca, NY
2001 The Mission Cultural Center, “Trumansbug”, San Francisco, CAArtists’ Television Access, “Reify”, San Francisco, CA
2015 Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca, “Exhibicion Colectiva”, Oaxaca, Mexico
Curtiduria Prinshop, “Exhibicion Colectiva”, Oaxaca, Mexico
2014 Jewish Library, “Facing East” & Radio Mutiny, “Eviction Times”, San Francisco, CA
2013 Hotel Biron, San Francisco, CA
2012 Alley Cat Gallery,”Mission Art” San Francisco, CA
2011 Meridian Gallery, “In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing”, San Francisco, CA
2010 Taller de Artes Plastica, Oaxaca, Mexico “Grafica de SF, CA”, San Francisco, CA
2007 Front Gallery, “Oaxaca Resistance and Color”, Oakland, CA
2006 De Young Museum, “Chicano Vision”, San Francisco, CA
Ligne Roset, “Four Artists”, San Francisco, CA
The Legion of Honor, ”The Day of The Dead”, San Francisco, CA
The Mexican Museum, “Holiday Sale”, San Francisco, CA
The Mission Cultural Center, “CSP Show,” San Francisco, CA
Amaru Gallery “The Day of the Dead”, San Francisco, CA
2004 Balmy Gallery, “Alexandra Blum and Alissa Kaplan” San Francisco, CA
Markham Vineyards, “The Eye of the Storm”, St. Helena, CA
Works Gallery, “90th CSP Members’ Exhibit, San Jose, CA
The Lab, “Inside of Inside”, San Francisco, C
2003 Latin American Gallery, “Nocheztli”, San Francisco, CA.
The University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery, “Radical Printmaking”, San Francisco, CA
2002 SoMarts, “Oaxaca to Atzlan”, San Francisco,
CAIntersection for the Arts, “The Peoples’ Plan”, San Francisco, CA
2001 San Francisco Public Library, “Heart”, San Francisco, CA
Cell Space, “Recall”, San Francisco, CA
Trinton Museum, “Printmakers”, Santa Clara,CA
Balazzo Badlands Gallery, “Bestiary”, San Francisco, CA
SoMarts, “Coalition for the Homeless”, San Francisco, CA
Galeria del la Raza, “Atlas”, San Francisco, CA.
2000 Rizzoli Gallery, “Yesterday’s Perfume”, San Francisco, CA
La Mano Magica, “Dia de los Muertos”, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Palo Alto Gallery, “Pacific Rim Print Show”, Palo Alto, CA
City College of San Francisco, ”Hecho en la Mision”, San Francisco, CA
Media Alliance Gallery, “Posters from The SF Printmaking Collective”, San Francisco, CA.
SoMarts, “Art and Eviction”, San Francisco, CA
2001- present Member of California Printmaking Society
1996 City Bus Mural, St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO., $9,000
1995 Self Portrait Mural, St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO., $8,000