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Scott Oliver’s diverse practice explores our entangled relationship with objects and materiality through, what he calls, “poetic repurposing.” His work has taken many forms including in-home sculptural interventions, a symbiotic restaurant, a collection of discarded LPs, an elaborate parlor game with students, and a multi-faceted public project including an audio walking tour, interpretive signs and souvenirs. Oliver often incorporates social exchange into his making process, and his background in design and woodworking are often evident in his work.

Oliver holds a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Wood/Furniture from California College of the Arts. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues throughout the Bay Area and nationally, including Southern Exposure, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Triple Base, Johansson Projects, Mission 17, Rena Bransten Gallery, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the deYoung Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Sonoma State Univeristy, Sierra Nevada College (Incline Village, NV), Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery (Portland, OR), and Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ).

Oliver has received a number of awards and grants for his work including an East Bay Fund for Artists Grant from the East Bay Community Foundation, an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, an Individual Artist Project Grant from the City of Oakland, and an Alternative Exposure Grant from Southern Exposure. He was an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2009 and at Recology in 2007. Oliver has taught in the sculpture departments at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley. He is currently developing a project for Earthbound Moon in Rio del Oro, New Mexico outside Albuquerque. He lives and works in Fort Bragg, California with his wife and their son.

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EDUCATION

2003–2005 MFA, Wood/Furniture
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2000–2003 Wood Technology Program
Laney College, Oakland, CA

1990–1994 BFA, Graphic Design
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS

2010–2012
Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After…
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
www.onceuponatime-happilyeverafter.com

2009
Sculpturally Translated Means Things!
Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV

2007
Other People's Things: Furnishing The Collective Foundation
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2005
Fog Food
de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA

2001
An Allegory for Progress
San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008
Want Nots
SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc., San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
We're All Here Because We're Not All There: 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award
Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2010
Art at the Dump: 20 Years of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology
Intersection 5M, San Francisco, CA

2009
Afterlife
San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

USED
University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

2008
Dream With Everything That Fades Away
Triple Base, San Francisco, CA

10th Ronald & Anita Wornick Awards Exhibition
CCA, San Francisco, CA

Open For Business
Triple Base, San Francisco, CA

Unfinished
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy, CA

Close Calls: 2008
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

"C" Change: Craft in Our Future
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA

2007
Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Excavations
Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

Unfinished
Mission 17, San Francisco, CA

2006
Furnishing Assumptions
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Sketch
Memorial Union Art Gallery, UCD, Davis, CA

2005
2005 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Practice Makes Perfect: Bay Area Conceptual Craft
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Bazaar
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR

Cream From the Top
Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

California College of the Arts 2005 MFA Exhibition
CCA, San Francisco, CA

Barclay Simpson Awards Exhibition
Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2004
Ronald & Anita Wornick Awards Exhibition
CCA, San Francisco, CA

Bay Area Furniture Art 2004
Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Dark Side of the Sun
Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

The Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Supernatural
Play Space, CCA, San Francisco, CA

Fluid Exchange: UC Berkeley/CCA MFA Exchange
Worth Ryder Gallery, UCB, Berkeley, CA

HONORS & AWARDS

2012
USA Projects Grant
United States Artists, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Investing in Artists Grant
Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA

2009
Oakland Open Proposals Program Grant
City of Oakland Public Art Program, Oakland, CA

Individual Artist Project Grant,
City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Oakland, CA

East Bay Fund For Artists Matching Grant
East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA

Headlands Project Space Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2007
Alternative Exposure Grant
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

SF Recycling & Disposal Artist Residency
SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc., San Francisco, CA

2006
SECA Award Finalist
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

2005
Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award
International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

Barclay Simpson Award
Administered by California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2004
Ronald & Anita Wornick Award
Administered by California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts
Administered by The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA

TEACHING

Spring 2010 Lecturer, “SWAP: Investigating Systems of Exchange”
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Spring 2009 Lecturer, "Sculpture 1"
California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Fall 2007 Lecturer, "Art 14: The Language of Sculpture"
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Spring 2006 Lecturer, "Conceptual Object"
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Fall 2005 Teaching Assistant, "Introduction to Wood/Furniture"
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Spring 2004 Teaching Assistant, "Conceptual Object"
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Summer 1998 Graphic Design Instructor, CCAC's pre-college summer program
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

RELATED ACTIVITIES

2012–Present Programming Committee
Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA

2010 Juror
Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Round IV
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2009 Visiting Artist
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV

2008 Participant
Creative Capital Professional Development Program
Z Space, San Francisco, CA

2007 Visiting Artist Lecture Series UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

2005–2009 Co-founder and Contributing Editor
Shotgun Review, www.shotgun-review.com

2001–2004 Curatorial Committee Member
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

COLLECTIONS

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Sabrina Buell, San Francisco, CA
Courtney Fink, San Francisco, CA
Scott Rankin, Oakland, CA
Paul Rauschelbach & Tracy Wheeler, San Francisco, CA

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