Michael Friedland – Curator and Juror of Selection
Michael studied painting and design at Paier School of Art, Coronado School of Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art. Retired now from a forty-year career as a designer, he has been teaching painting with watercolor for the last seven years. He teaches here at Falkirk and other places and helps with CWA’s Community Outreach program teaching Vietnam veterans. He taught design at a university in Montreal and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also teaches painting for several weeks each year at Yosemite National Park in it’s Artists in Residency program. Michael is on the board of directors of the California Watercolor Association and is Director of it’s National Exhibit. He is a member of the BayWood Artists, a group that paints together -en plein air- each summer to fundraise for environmental organizations through an annual show and sale in the Fall.
Gary Bukovnik – Juror of Awards Born and educated in Cleveland, Gary Bukovnik has lived in San Francisco for more than a third of a century. Primarily using the media of watercolor, monotype, and lithograph, Bukovnik fuses sensual vitality with fluid yet powerful colorations, creating floral and culinary images of great depth, intensity, and size. Bukovnik was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and 2005 and was an artist-in-residence at the Michigan Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo in 2010, as well as making a tour of exhibitions and watercolor demonstrations across Japan in 2010.
Solo exhibitions include Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco and in St. Helena, CA, Campton Gallery in New York City; the Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh, the A.C.T. Gallery in San Francisco, and the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Other recent exhibitions have been organized by the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Neuhoff Gallery, New York; Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis; Irving Galleries, Palm Beach; Galerie Kutter, Luxembourg; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Chin Show Cultural Center, Taipei; Takashimaya, Tokyo; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida.