Becky Busi – LCAC Artist

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Discardia is addressing my own internal conflicts with the contrariant imperatives of self image emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace social media.

My work incorporates discarded ephemera, but it’s how we Edit and Discard elements of ourselves that intrigue me. Social media platforms have created an internal catalyst to embellish and hyper-edit our daily personal interests and lives.

We are waiting for those the approbations of our contacts and their contacts.

We want to be touched by others, but there is no true physical touching involved. Aristotle wrote ….“touch is the sense common to all animal species”. We are not physically touched by the world we inhabit on social media. We are looking for the intellectual and emotional recognition, but I believe there is part of the sense, the most important sense—-touch, that is missing.

I draw with Discarded brushes and sticks. I draw on and incorporate Discarded maps, plastics and papers that once had a strong social significance. I draw on Duralar which doesn’t accept ink easily. These imperfect social landscapes embrace our imperfections…, those imperfections that I see as beautiful.



M.F.A., Mills College, Oakland CA. 2007

B.A., CSUH, Hayward CA. 1999

B.S., Bishop Marty, S.D. 1986

Credentialed Internship: Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA. 1986

Foothill College, Los Altos, CA. 1984

Solo Shows:

2015                     Guardino Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2013                     Stephen Leontie Gallery, Twain Hart, CA

2007                     San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, September

1998                     Sun Gallery, Hayward CA

1997                     CSUH, Hayward CA

Group Exhibitions:

2014                     Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA., October

Guardino Gallery, Dias de Los Meurtos, September

Milepost 5, Face: Reimaging Portrait, June

2013                     Guardino Gallery, Dias de Los Meurtos, October

TAKT GalleryBerlin, Germany, September

Liz Cohn Gallery 6 PDX, PWAFD

2012                     Guardino Gallery, Day of the Dead, October

Open Studios, Portland, Juried, October

                                Edgefield McMinnimins, Cracked Pots, August

Side Street Gallery, Reimaging of the Portrait, Portland, Oregon

2011                    Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn, NY February

                                Art Director, Salem, Oregon, July

                                Side Street Gallery, Portland, Oregon, May

                                San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists Gallery

2010                     Color On Tap, Portland, OR. March and December

                                San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA February

                                Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA January

2009                     Feet Across America, International Web-based Simulcast

                                Benicia Art Gallery, Benicia, CA September

                                Gallery Poulet, San Francisco, CA March and September

Bedford Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2007                     SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA., September

                                Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

2004-05              Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA

                                The Crucible, Oakland, CA

                                Bedford Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Open Studios, Benicia CA

CC14 Diablo Valley Community College Art Museum, Pleasant Hill, CA

2002                     VanderZanden Studios, Oakland, CA

2001-02              Blu Gallery, Mendocino, CA

Pro Arts Oakland, CA

2000                     Lamorinda Arts Gallery, Lafayette, CA

Moraga Art Gallery, Moraga, CA

University Art Gallery, Hayward, CA

                                Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA

1999                     County Recorders Office, Oakland, CA

Veterans Hospital, San Leandro, CA

CSUH Art Gallery, Hayward CA

1998                     Hayward City Projects- Emerging Artists, City Hall, Hayward, CA 1998

Public Art:

2013     Friendly House, Portland, OR

2011     Friendly House, Portland, OR

2006     Extreme Makeover, Children’s Murals Concord, CA

2002     Alameda County Recorders Office, Alameda, CA

2001     Oakland City Hall, Oakland, CA

2000     City of Chico, CA

                Fry’s Electronics, Exterior Wall, Davis, CA

1999     Veterans Memorial, Veterans Building, San Leandro, CA

1998     Office Depot, Davis, CA

Maquette Forum, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

1997     CSUH Library, Hayward, CA

1994     Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento, CA

Juried Awards and Honors:  

2007     Graduate Research Grant Mills College, Oakland, CA

Herringer Foundation Scholarship and Awards, Oakland, CA

Ekland Fellowship, Oakland, CA. (and 2006)

2005     Santa Cruz Emerging Artist Award, Santa Cruz, CA

1999     CSUH Museum Gallery, Best in Show (Juror – Richard Berger SFAI)

1998     CSUH Honorary Fellowship in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Bronze (Yoshitomo        Saito) 1998

1998     CSUH Helen Jacobsen Award, Juror – John Wehrle, 1997-1998

Press, Publications, Television and Internet:

2012     Cracked Pots, Poster/Featured Illustration, McMinnimins

2009, ezine55, April

2007     Extreme Makeover Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Art in the Making, Documentary

2006     SF Chronicle, Extreme Makeover Children’s Shelter

2007     Contra Costa Times, Sheltering our own, Contra Costa County, CA October

2005     Santa Cruz Art League Newsletter, Volume 14, Issue 1

                Contra Costa Times, Local Voice, Contra Costa, CA June

2000     Contra Costa Times, Contra Costa, CA., October

1999     San Jose Mercury News, Our Changing Careers, San Jose, CA

1998     The View, Office of Public Affairs, Hayward, CA December

                Ocums Razor, Printed in Hayward, CA

John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA

                The Operein, San Leandro, CA November

1997     Mission, published quarterly by CHW South Bay, 1997


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