Anna Valentina Murch

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Master Plans
One-Person Exhibitions
Outside Site-Specific Installations
Artist in Residence
Works Appearing in Collections
Reviews and Documentation
Selected Group Shows
Teaching Experience

Sept. 1971-July 1973                       
Master of Arts, Sculpture (Environmental Media) Royal College of Art, London, England
Funded by the Department of Education & Science

Sept. 1973-July 1974                       
Graduate Diploma, Responsive Environment Architectural Association, London, England
Funded by the Social Science Research Council


October 2008                                   
Lobby Ceiling Installation, King County Office Building Seattle, Washington

May 2006                                   
Lobby Ceiling Installation, King County Office Building Seattle, Washington (in Process)

June 2006                                   
“Oasis”, La Fiesta Plaza, Brea, California In Collaboration with Douglas Hollis (In Process)

October 2006                                  
“Water Scores” Wave Ramps and Benches connecting Dolores and Sanford Ziff Ballet Opera House, and the Carnival Symphony Hall Performing Arts Center Plaza,  Miami, Florida
Commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places

October 2005                                  
“Waterscape”, for San Jose Civic Center Plaza In Collaboration with Douglas Hollis, Artist
Through the Public Art, Cultural Affairs Division, City of San Jose. California

October 2005           
“Once Upon a Time in Fresno” Water & sculptural elements inside and outside the lobby
In collaboration with Douglas Hollis Artist, US Federal Courthouse, Fresno, California           
Commission by General Services Administration

August 2003                       
“Arroyo Suite”,  a series of elements creating a passageway
MGM Tower,  Constellation Place, Century City, Los Angeles
Commissioned by Urban Retail Properties for Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles

September 2001                       
“Nine San Francisco Ecologies” 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco Art Commission
March 2002 Conceptual Design approved 

March 2000                                   
“Gravity”  a series of sculptures in the Vestibule,
US Mission to the United Nations New York, General Services Administration
March 2001 Conceptual Design Approval    (in progress)

August 1998                                   
“Skytones”, A time based light volume sculpture,
Third Avenue Arcade and Recital Hall Lobby for Benaroya  Hall,
Commissioned by  Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle Symphony
with support from Seattle City Light

January 1998                                   
“Cycles”, The Courtyard, Queens Civic Court
Percent for Art Program of the of New York  Ciity Department of Cultural Affairs and the
New York City Department of Design and Construction

January 1998                                   
Design for Embarcadero Metro Stations In collaboration with Sasaki Ass, S.F.

July 1996                                   
“Edenvale Garden Park”, Hayes Renaissance Conference Center, San Jose, CA

August 1996                                   
Design for Rockridge Branch Library through City of Oakland Cultural Arts Division
with Community Group and Marquis Associates, Architects

January 1995                                   
“Sky Dance”  Grand Hall, New Denver Airport, CO

November   1993                       
“Light Passageway”  Metro Link, Washington University Medical Center  Tunnel, St Louis           
with Austin Tao Ass, Landscape Architects & Robert Banashek, Electrical Engineer

September 1993                       
Design for Memorial Union North Courtyard, University of California at Davis
with Landscape Architects, Hargreaves Associates & Artist Douglas Hollis

July 93                                               
One of 6 Artists for Design Team with Engineers & Architects for 18 Mile long Metro
System St. Louis. which included bridge piers, tunnel stations and station canopy
Design team funded by The National Endowment for the Arts

August 1992                           
“Everett Arbor”  Everett Community College, Washington
Washington State Arts Commission

December 1989                       
“Chaotic Chains”  The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA                                   

November 1988                       
“Railway Suite”
Cal Train, Santa Clara Station, California Arts Council

July 1987                                   
“If Wishes Were Fishes We Would All Cast Nets” Suspended Light Sculpture
for Ferrucci Junior High School, Puyallup, Washington, Washington State Arts Commissio

Artists Design Team for Guide Way Design  SMP Mono Rail. Seattle, Washington

Master Plan for Art In Public Places Program , Broward County, Florida,for Port Everglades and Ft Lauderdale /Hollywood International Airport

Design for Carnegie Cultural Block Landscape & Outdoor Performing Arts Area in Tucson Arts District with Hargreaves Assoc. Landscape Artists  Douglas Hollis, artist
Design team funded by The National Endowment for the Arts

Master Plan for “Right of Way,” St. Louis Metro
with Austin Tao Assoc. Landscape Architects &  Leila Daw, artist

Berkeley Aquatic Park Master Plan,
Artist Consultant with MPA Design, Landscape Architects, S.F.

Design for Taylor Ranch Homestead Circle Park City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
with Douglas Hollis, artist Incorporated into Petroglyph National Monument Master Plan
April 1997 General Management Plan approved.           


Confluences, Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award

Water Scores, Americans for the Arts,  Public Art Year in Review

Honor Award, US General Services Administration, United States Courthouse, Fresno, CA         

Waterscape, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Year in Review

Danforth Chair, Mills College Oakland

Faculty Development Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Faculty Development Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Faculty Development Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Faculty Development Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Design for Transportation National Award, National Endowment for the Arts,
Washington DC ,The Metrolink Design Collaboration

Presidential Design Awards,Federal Design Achievement Award
Bi-State Development Agency/Arts in Transit

Faculty Development Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture
St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Artists Fellowship, California Arts Council

SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Sept.–Oct. 2008                       
Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Sept.–Nov. 1987                       
SECA Award:  “Voyages” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

September 1986                       
“Ways In, Ways Out”  Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA

March 1986                          
 Khiva Gallery, San Francisco

July 1985                                   
“Folded Light”  Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, New Mexico

August 1981                                   
“The Crack”,80 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA

September 1980                       
“Runaways ” Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

July 1980                                   
“Tectonics” Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA


July–September 1988                       
“Memory Station”, Art Park, Lewiston, New York

Nov. 1986–Sept. 1987           
“Staged Garden,”  San Francisco Arts Commission Annex

March 1983                                   
“On Location, 4 Artists:  Illuminated Building”
Installations in downtown Oakland, CA Sponsored by Pro Arts

August 1982           
“Floating Mirrors” Sculpture Sites, Mills College, Oakland, CA


June -July 2003                       
Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brazil

May 1999                                   
The American Academy in Rome

July 1989                                   
The Hirsch Farm Project, Hillsboro, Wisconsin

June-September 1986                       
Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, California

Nov. 1988-Dec. 1989                       
The Exploratorium, San Francisco


March 2006                                   
“Stupa”  Joan Eckart Residence, San Francisco, CA

February 1995                                   
“Ways In Ways Out” Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco, CA

April 1992                                   
“Frozen Water Window” Sidney & Nancy Unobsky Residence, San Francisco, CA

April 1989                                   
“Falling” The Fashion Institute, San Franciscco, CA

December 1987                       
“Shadow Maker”  Roselyne C. Swig, Art Source, San Francisco, CA


Public Art / A World’s Eye View, Integrating Art Into the Environment throughout the World
page 180-195 page 200-201 published by ICO ISBN 978-4-931154-32-2

Catherine Mason: A Computer in the Art Room:The Origins of British Computer Arts 1950-1980
Published by JJG Publishing  p.125-126  ISBN 978-1-899163-89-2

Design Awards, U.S. General Services Administration
US Federal Courthouse Fresno CA.  P.06 -09

UC General Services Administration Federal Courthouse Fresno, California

“The Culture of the Structure”, directed by Konstantia Kontaxis
film commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places

Scott Johnson:  The Big Idea,  Criticality & Practice in Contemporary Architecture

January 2006                                   
Shawn Bean: “Center of Attention. The Miami
Performing Arts Center”: Florida International Magazine

November 27, 2005                       
John King: Chronicle Urban Design Writer “Half-baked dome Mayor's insistence
on rotunda detracts from new San Jose City Hall” San Francisco Chronicle

October 2005                                   
Kelly Flaherty Curley: “Groundbreakers” p.39: Silicon Valley

October 2005                                    
Brad McKee: United States Courthouse, Fresno California, Catalogue

Autumn 2005           
Catherine Mason: “ Anna Valentina Murch’s Tent at Interact”
Bulletin of the Computer Arts SocietyNorthern Hemisphere,
Page Sixty Two,  Special Terminate Cache Issue:  London, England

Aug. 07, 2005                                   
Jack Fischer, Mercury News  Outside,
 “A  parade of floats and a large, cooling water feature will adorn plaza”

Fall, 1994                                     
Jean-Edith Weiffenbach: Art Journal, “What Bay Area?”

13 July 2004                           
Jusina Marinho  e Cesar Romero Correio Da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil  
 “Arts Plasticas Interacao Plural” Galeria Acbeu e Fundacao Sacatar Promovem
exposicao com artistas estrangeiros

Robert Bersson, Responding to Art: Form, Content and Context McGraw Hill 
ISBN 0-697-25819-X  Chapter 10, “Architecture and Community Design,” p. 26

Mark Johnstone and Leslie Aboud Holzman, Epicenter: San Francisco Bay Area Art Now
Chronicle Books, San Francisco,  ISBN 0-8118-3541-3 “Anna Valentina Murch,” pp.166–169

Garrison Roots, ed., Designing The World’s Best Public Art,
Images Publishing, Australia.  ISBN 1-8647008-2-3 “Anna Valentina Murch,” pp. 82–91

August 1999                                   
“Skytones” Art in America, Public Art in Review

May/June 1999                       
“The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California” Land Forum 01, pp. 60–63

Virginia Kent Dorris, “Queens Civil Courthouse, Queens, New York, ”
Architectural Record, pp.114–116

James Corner, “Light Passageway,” pp. 61, 156; and “The Landscape Project,”  
Designed Landscape Forum 1.  p. 35,, Pacemaker Press. ISBN 1-888931-12-4

 Sept./Nov. 1998                       
“Benaroya Hall Opening”  Seattle Arts:
Volume 21 No. - 2  A Seattle Arts Commission Publication

September 1998                       
Kristian F. Kofoed, Seattle Weekly “Art for our sake; Art—in all its forms—may be
Benaroya Hall's most significant civic contribution.”

July/August 1998                       
 “Anna Valentina Murch, Cycles 1997, Queens, New York”
Sculpture  Vol. 17  No.6, Commissions

16 March 1997                       
Peter Whoriskey, The Miami Herald  “The Seven. This Diverse group of artists was
chosen from among hundreds to beautify Miami’s upcoming Performing Art Center,”

11 March 1997                       
“PAC Makes Final Artist Selection”

Summer 1996                                   
Sally B. Woodbridge, “A Time and a Place”
Anna Novakov,“Veiled Extracts,” Veiled Histories Conference, Public Art Review

January 1996                                   
Process Architecture, 128,  Hargreaves: Landscape Works  Memorial Union North Courtyard,
p.120–123 Material appears in English & Japanese

November 1995                       
“Denver Airport’s Dawn to Dusk Sky Dance” World Architecture, Issue No, 40

October 4 1995                       
Dick Egner,  “Oak Grove Design OK’d for Park” “Oak Grove to Reflect Edenvale History”
San Jose Mercury News

October 4 1995                       
Dick Egner,  “Oak Grove Design OK’d for Park” “Oak Grove to Reflect Edenvale History”
San Jose Mercury News

August 6,1995                                   
Mary Voelz Chandler, “DIA’s ‘SkyDance’ Moves Sight and  Subconscious,”
 Rocky Mountain News

May 24, 1995                                   
Stephanie Sanders,  “Artist Taps Community for Edenvale Project Ideas” 
San Jose Mercury News

December 1994                       
Tanya Yatzeck, “Metro Link Rail, St. Louis: A Design Team Collaboration”
Maquette, International Sculpture Center

Fall 1994                                   
“A Curious Alliance: The Role of Art in a Science Museum” Exploratorium publication

April 1994                                   
“Rockridge Voters Want This One,” Daily Pacific Builder “Rockridge Branch Library,” Progressive Architecture Magazine

January 1994                                   
“Artists Design St. Louis Metro”Art World section, Art in America

December 1993                       
“Light Passageway,”  St. Louis Post Dispatch,  West End World

23 November 1993                       
“Light Passageway,”  St. Louis Post Dispatch
Channel 2 Evening News (ABC)
Channel 5 Evening News (NBC)

June 1993                                   
Mary Voelz Chandler,  “Artistic project plays on light  at the new Denver airport”
Rocky Mountain News

May 1993                                   
Virgil Tipton,  “Glass Brightens Tunnel Vision,” St. Louis Post Dispatch

Spring/Summer 1993                       
Patricia Ravarra,  “Artists and Architects in Collaboration,”Oakland Artscape

December 1992                       
“Design for Carnegie and Armory Park Blocks” Tucson Arts District Newsletter

October 1992                                   
Tessie Borden,  “Firm unveils plans for amphitheater, landscaping in Armory Park area,
The Arizona Daily Star

Fall 1991                                   
Jeff Huebner,  “Unlimited Visibility: Public Art at the New Denver Airport,” Public Art Review

Louise Steinman,  “The Underworld Perspective of an Environmental Artist,”
Contemporary Architecture Volume II; Lausanne, Switzerland

May/June 1989                       
Beth Wilcox, “ Creating Art at Artpark,”  Sculpture

February 1989                                   
Dorothy Burkhart,  “Three Who Broke Barriers,” cover story, San Jose Mercury News

September 1988                       
“Conversations with Artpark Artists,” Arts in Buffalo

September 1988                       
Ellen S. Comerford,  “A Touching Diversity in Artpark Projects,” Niagara Gazette

March  1988                                   
Nancy D’Ambrosio, “Bay Area Artists,” Horizon

January 1988                                   
“A Study in Light & Shadow,” Landscape Architecture

November 1987                       
Phoebe Bradley, “The Short List, Art”, Bay Guardian

November 1987                       
David Wright, “Installation by Murch” Berkeley Voice

September 19986                       
Graham J. Beal, “SECA Art Award 1987 Anna Valentina Murch”
Catalogue, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

November 1986                       
Ann Seymour,“Favorite Art Picks Around Town”Center Voice, San Francisco Chronicle

July 1986                       
David S. Rubin,  “Anna Valentina Murch at Khiva,” Art in America

July 1985                       
MaLin Wilson,  “Engaging Artist Invites Viewers to Join Her on Higher Ground,”
The New Mexican, Pasatiempo section

March 1985                                   
Francis Butler,  “Shadow in the Visual Arts,” American Craft

October 1983                                   
“Video Time Distance”: Audio Visual Installations in Western Australia,
The Art Gallery of Western Australia

September 1982                       
80 Langton Street:  Documentation Catalogue for Presentations 
from May 1981 through April 1982

August 1982                                   
“Project Sculpture,” Catalogue in conjunction with the International Sculpture Conference, Oakland

April 1982                                   
Who’s Who in American Art

August 1981                                   
Janice Ross, “Gallery Round Up,” Oakland Tribune

October 1980                                   
Guest Speaker, KPFA-FM:  “Sculpture in Public Places”

September 1980                       
Dorothy Burkhart,  “High Season in Full Swing at the Galleries,”San Jose Mercury News

August 1980                                   
Janice Ross,  “Sculpture with Light and Sound,” Oakland Tribune

February 1980                                   
Video Shown at Venezia Biennale, Venice, Italy

December 1979                       
Video Shown at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

January 1979                                   
Guest Speaker, KUSF-FM:  “Fine Arts Spectrum”

November 1978                       
Eric Hellman,  “Materials Made Alive,” Artweek

October 1978                                   
Joanne Dickson, “Sculpture Displays Tough Elegance,”Palo Alto Times

April 1978                                   
Ruth Askey, “Inside and Outside the Women’s Building,” Artweek

June 1973                                   
“Travels with McGill,” Evening Standard, London, England


July 2004                                   
“Sacatar Artists”  Gallery Acbeu, Salvador, Brazil

July–Sep 2002                                   
“Parallels & Intersections,” San Jose Museum of Art

February 1990
“All for One Earth: Artists & Ecologists in Collaboration”
San Francisco–Leningrad Ecological Arts Project SOMAR Gallery Space, San Francisco

February–April 1990
“Art from the Exploratorium,” World Trade Center, New York

June 1989
“Memory,” Mincher Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco

January–March 1989
“Designing Visions: The Metro Link Artists” A group exhibition of 6 artists
chosen to work on the Metro Link Light Rail System, Forum, St. Louis, MO

June 1987
“On the Horizon: Emerging in California” Fresno Arts Center & Museum

August 1985
Art Department Faculty Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley

July 1985
“Dealer’s Choice,” San Francisco Airport “A Summer Place,”
Sarah Rentschler Gallery, New York

April 1985
“The Use of Shadow in Contemporary Art”  Bruce Velick Gallery
and Ginsler Associates, San Francisco

October 1984
Visiting Faculty, Art Department, UC Berkeley

August 1982
“Illuminated Sculpture” In conjunction with the International Sculpture Conference
through the Berkeley Arts Center

June 1982                                   
“14 Proposals for Battery Hill 129” An Exhibition of Site-Specific Work for the
Marin Headlands, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

August 1982
“Illuminated Sculpture”

July–September 1981                       
Three Sculptors: “Edges” Kaiser Center Sculpture Gallery, Oakland

September 1980                       
Sculpture in Public Places, San Mateo County Arts Council Invitational

November 1978                       
Two-Person Show:  Installations, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

November 1978                       
Two-Person Show:  Installations

September 1978                       
Four Bay Area Artists, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA

February 1978                                   
18 Bay Area Women:  “Inside Outside” The Women’s Building, Los Angeles

December 1977                       
Holiday Exhibition: “Art for Giving & Collecting” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;

November 1977                       
“Variations on the Sculpture Idea” Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland

June 1977                                   
Four Californian Artists: Sculpture Now, Inc. Max Hutchinson Galleries, New York

March 1976                                   
The Women’s Free Arts Alliance, London

February 1974                                   
Installation & Performance, Cockpit Theatre, London

September 1973                       
The Tent Installation, Computer Arts Society, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

Environmental Media Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London


Sept. 1991–present                       
Professor of Art Mills College, Oakland, CA

Joan Danforth Chair of Studio Art

Chair, Fine Arts Division

Chair, Art Department

Sep. – Dec. 1998                       
Visiting Critic, teaching a Design Studio and Seminar in Public Art
with Douglas Hollis at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard

Fall 1998                                   
Visiting  Critic, Art & Architecture, M.I.T.

1991–May 1992                       
Visiting Lecturer, Sculpture & Two-Dimensional Composition Mills College, Oakland

Sept. 1987–May 1990                       
Visiting Lecturer, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute

December 1988                       
Visiting Artist, Mills College, Oakland

May 1987                                   
Visiting Artist, Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, CT

January–May 1987                       
Visiting Lecturer, Sculpture, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Sept. 1986–Jan. 1987                       
Visiting Lecturer, Clay Sculpture

Sept. 1985–Jan. 1986           
San Mateo Community College

March 1986                                   
Guest Artist, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute

1984–May 1986                       
Visiting Lecturer, “Introduction to Sculpture”
Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

June 1986                                   
Guest Critic, “New Aesthetics” California State University, San Luis Obispo

March 1984, May 1985,           
Visiting Critic, Architecture Department

April 1984                                   
Visiting Artist and Critic, Design Village Conference
California State University, San Luis Obispo

November 1983                       
Guest Artist, Interdepartmental Course in Installation San Francisco Art Institute

Sept. 1975–April 1976           
Youth Leader, London County Council, York Way Youth Club
involving painting, murals, performance, costumes, & 3D

Nov. 1974–May 1975                       
Visiting Lecturer, Foundation Course Epsom College of Art, Surrey, England

September–December 1974           
Visiting Lecturer, Foundation Course, Salisbury College of Art, Wiltshire, England