RTS is excited to co-host our next artist talk with City Limits Gallery! Current RTS artist in residence, Tosha Stimage, will be speaking about the origin ideas of her practice and will discuss her current exhibition at City Limits Gallery with panelists Elena Gross, Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción and Leila Weefur. Join us on Wed, June 21st at 7:30pm at City Limits. City Limits is located at 300 Jefferson Street in Oakland, CA.
About Tosha Stimage: Tosha Stimage is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland California. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and a MFA from California College of the Arts. Stimage’s work focuses on investigating the structure of language, and memory as they relate to identity. Her solo exhibition “Death Valley Covered in Flowers” is currently on view at City Limits Gallery.
Leila Weefur lives & works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2016. Her work uses language as a material, which manifests in video, installation, and works on paper. She uses video as a central element in investigating how an individual is impacted by the shifting boundaries of language and how these shifting cultural boundaries can create an environment where identities are formed. She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award and recently received an artist fellowship at Kala Art Institute. Weefur has exhibited her work in local and national galleries including; Southern Exposure and SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco, Betti Ono in Oakland, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York.
Elena Gross holds a Masters degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She received her Bachelors degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied Art History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Elena is interested in liminal space and dichotomies, particularly between public and private space, visibility and invisibility and “norm” and “other.”
RAFAEL ANGEL VAZQUEZ is a scholar/curator/artist/writer/educator living and working in San Francisco, California. Vazquez is the creator of Cranium Corporation a platform for fostering dialogue about art, artists, and exhibitions. Existing unofficially since 2013 and fully launching in 2014, It is a consortium that promotes the work of artists and exhibitions that prompt critical conversations about environmental, political, and socioeconomic realities of today. His work oscillates between the rigor and structure of research and writing and the design of exhibitions. He privileges collaboration and is a firm believer in art as a tool for education and civics.
In 2015 Vázquez-Concepción obtained a Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts. He has curated exhibitions at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and ÁREA: Space for Projects, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In San Francisco and Oakland, California, he has contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, and the LGBT History Museum. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s in social sciences education at San Francisco State University.