Bio / CV


Checking progress on commission for UC Davis Medical CenterLorene Anderson is a painter interested in the manipulation of two-dimensional space: math, cosmology, physics and their relationship to biology inspire her work. She frequently pours paint, and more recently, employs gestural brushwork & carved squeegees to pull paint across surfaces creating linear, layered compositions. Born in Kansas just days after a major tornado, Lorene Anderson went on to spend her childhood in Ohio and West Virginia. She received her B.F.A. from Miami University of Ohio and her M.F.A. from U.C. Berkeley, where she received the Eisner Award for painting. Anderson’s work is held in various private and public collections, including the Berkeley Art Museum, UC Davis Health, Walnut Creek Public Library, Imagery Estate Winery Artists Collection. She has been exhibiting her work in museums and galleries internationally, including the Los Gatos Art Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto Museum, and Sakai City Cultural Hall (Japan). She has completed residencies with the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts (New York) and La Porte Peinte Center for the Arts (France). In 2017, her paintings were included in a group exhibition of 16 Bay Area Women Abstract Painters. She recently completed two large painting commissions for the UC Davis medical campus. Lorene lives and works in Oakland, California. 

Solo Exhibitions

Troposphere, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, , San Francisco, California (upcoming)

Cusp, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, California

Whirligig, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, California
Swirl and Roil, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, New York

Landscape Multiverse, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, California

Weather Report, George Lawson Gallery at 201 California, San Francisco, California

Invisible Cities: Recent Paintings, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, California

Oakland Museum of California Off-site, Gallery 555, Oakland, California
Oakland Art Gallery at Port of Oakland, Oakland, California

SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California

Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California

SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California

Napa Valley College Gallery, Napa, California

Group Exhibitions

Gaborone Exhibition, Art in Embassies, US Embassy, Gaborone, Botswana
Gallery Artists, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California

Quadrennial Department of Art Faculty & Alumni Exhibition, (selected) Miami University Art Museum (See my piece, Hypnagogia 1)
REverb: Sensibilities of Sound & Resonance
, Zero Station Gallery, Portland, Maine

Gatherings: an Art & Poetry Based Project, Patricia Rovzar Gallery Seattle, WA &  Gail Severn Gallery Ketchum, ID
Working in Place, too, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, California
Grey Gray (Matter) : a global and postal social experiment, Divisible Projects, Dayton, Ohio

Abstract Alchemy, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, California
On Common Ground: Works on Paper, VACI Galleries, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York

About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California (catalogue)
Made in Paint, Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, Golden Colors, New Berlin, NY (catalogue)

Xochi Solis, Anna Buckner, Lorene Anderson, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Airborne (Robert Hartman “Special Alumni Memorial” Exhibition), Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

quotidiæn, CelerySpace, Berkeley, CA & La Porte Peinte, Noyers sur Serein, France
Winter, Sloan Miyasato Fine Art, curated by Michelle Bello

Paper, George Lawson Gallery, Culver City, CA
Bridge, Kyoto Museum, Kyoto, Japan, traveling to Osaka

ArtPadSF, Mina Dresden Gallery , San Francisco, CA

Factor XX, Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, CA
Purview Per View (Amanda Hughen, Lorene Anderson, Marc Williams, Reed Danziger, Sarah Walker), DGSF Gallery, San Francisco, CA, curated by Heather Brubaker
California Summer, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Keepers, Skinner/Howard Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, curated by Aaron Petersen (see SquareCylinder review)
Shasta College Art Gallery, Shasta, CA, curated by George Lawson
AquaArt Miami, George Lawson Gallery in Miami, FL

PaperWORKS! Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (curated by René de Guzman)
International Artists Small Exhibition, Gallery IROHANI, Sakai, Japan
Hare and the Hounds, Blue Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

workADay, Blankspace, Oakland, CA (co-curated with Lisa Solomon)
X-07: Directors’ Selection, MMGalleries, San Francisco, CA
The Little Show, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
Winterfest, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Art Auction
Fall Abstractions, Swarm Gallery at MobiTV
Moshi Moshi!, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Emerging West Coast Artists, Cooper Hook Studio, New York, NY

Drawn, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California
Community Virology, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, California
Sketch, Memorial Union Art Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, California
Lorene Anderson, Cynthia Ona Innis, Charles Linder, Nils Nova, Transamerica building, San Francisco, California
Sakai City Cultural Hall, Sakai, Japan (catalogue)
Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
SFMOMA Art Auction 2006, SFMOMA, San Francisco, California (catalogue)

Small Works, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California
Winterfest, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Art Auction
ArtSFest 2005 Arts Expo Gala, curated by GenArtSF, San Francisco, California
20th Annual Hospitality House Art Auction, Haley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Art of the Good Life, GenArt SF, San Francisco, California

Emerge 2004, GenArt, San Francisco, California (curated by Paule Anglim, Martha Angus, Squeak Carnwath, John S. Weber)
ArtSFest Connect, curated by GenArtSF organized by ArtSFest, San Francisco, California
In the Mix, Nectar in collaboration with Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California
Interim, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California

Bay Area Currents, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California, curated by James Elaine
Big Tree Project, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

Shikishi: Gifts of Art for the New Year, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California
UC Berkeley, Art Alumni Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, California, (curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Dorothy Goldeen, Barbara Rogers)
Register This—Emerging Artists from the GenArtSF Artist Registry, Studio Z, San Francisco, California (curated by Erica Mohar)
Orange, ¡Hey!, Oakland, California (curated by Robert Ortbal & Emily Wilson)

Wendy Sussman Memorial Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Lucky 13, Nika Gallery, San Francisco, California, curated by Jenn Joy

The Natural World Observed, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California (curated by Carrie Lederer)

Lorene Anderson & Michele Theberge, The Make-Out Room, San Francisco, California
Gallery 319, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia

30+ East Bay Painters, Oakland Coliseum, sponsored by the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Small, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California
Histories and Legacies, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, California

California Dreaming, The Bayfront Gallery, San Francisco, California (curated by Phil Linhares)
Countdown 2000, 1078 Gallery, Chico, California (curated by Lawrence Rinder)
Northwest Women, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, Oregon (catalog,)

6 x 9, Victoria Room, San Francisco, California

Bay Area Landscape Painting, Los Medanos Community College, Pittsburg, California
California Metal; An Invitational Survey of Contemporary Metalsmithing, Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Ca

1990 MFA/UCB, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California (curated by Lawrence Rinder)

The Anderson Winter Show, Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, Indiana,
Ohio Designer Craftsmen Best of 1988, Columbus Cultural Center, Columbus, Ohio,
Metals, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Paintings, Drawings, Metals, Miami University1987
Metals 3, Miami University, Ball State University, and Purdue University

Selected Public & Private Collections

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
University of California, Davis Health
Rosewood, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Walnut Creek Public Library, Walnut Creek, California
Imagery Estate Winery Artists Collection, Glen Ellen, California
Richard & Roselyn Swig, San Francisco, California
SAP Inc.
Four Seasons Hotel
Landmark Waterfront, Bangkok, Thailand

Awards & Residencies

Finalist; University of California Davis Medical Center, new North Addition lobby, commission for two large paintings, Sacramento, CA 2019
Residency, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, NY, 2016
Residency, La Porte Peinte Centre for the Arts, Noyers Sur Serein, France, 2014
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Award, U.C. Berkeley, 1990
Best of Show: American Association of University Women, Ohio Division, Creative Cultural Interests Project, 1988
Vada Beetler Award for Excellence, Ohio Designer Craftsmen ‘Best of 1988’
Postcard Award for Excellence, Ohio Designer Craftsmen ‘Best of 1988’
Pye Painting Scholarship, Miami University, 1987
Research Grant, Miami University, 1986. Continued in 1987
Third Place Regional Award for Painting, National Society of Arts and Letters, 1986


MFA, Painting, University of California, Berkeley, California
BFA, Painting & Metalsmithing, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


Mary Corbin, ‘Mini to monstrous,’ Lorene Anderson’s paintings surge with the Earth’s force, 48Hills, January 19, 2024
Jorge S. Arango, Art review: Listen as you look at the works on display in ‘REverb’, Portland Press Herald, October 17, 2021
Mark Van Proyen, Lorene Anderson @ K.Imperial,, March 6, 2021
Sarah Hotchkiss, Bay Area Artists on Challenges, Unexpected Victories in the Pandemic, KQED Arts & Culture, March 2021
Pair of luminous new paintings installed in the North Addition Lobby, UC Davis Health Newsroom, August 26, 2019
Dante Harrold, Art show is abstractly interesting, Experience: Los Medanos College, October 24, 2019 ​
Phillip Hartigan, A View From the Easel, Hyperallergic, February 23, 2018 
Barbara Morris, About Abstraction @ Bedford,, November 2017
Ashley Norwood Cooper, Made in Paint at Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, Delicious Line, April 13, 2017
“Looking Back: Art Palm Springs 2017”, Art and Cake, March 26, 2017
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, “In Conversation with Lorene Anderson”, August 2016
Morris, Elise, “Lorene Anderson \\ Studio Visit”, The Studio Work, September 2015
“Churning, Lorene Anderson”, Artsy Forager, April 15, 2015
SFMOMA on the Go/Submission Friday, Lorene Anderson, September 5, 2014
“Aleatoric Art in the 21st Century, A Study of Chance in Fine Art”, by J Coleman Miller and Ray Cabarga, 2012
Susan O’Malley. “Practice Makes”, Factor XX exhibition catalogue, 2010
“Purview Per View” at the DGSF gallery in San Francisco
, by EYESWOON,, November 3, 2010
David Roth, “Keepers” @ Skinner/Howard,, November 1, 2009
Shoka, Stuff it, Sacramento News & Review, October 8, 2009
Kathryn Arnold, San Francisco Art Galleries Openings First Thursday,, August 6, 2009
Swan, Rachel, “workAday – Critic’s Choice”, East Bay Express, October-November 2007
Batey, Charla, “Work That Makes Art”, Oakbook, October 20, 2007
Diane Chin Lui, ‘Birth of Ideas: Exhibit Illustrates the Artistic Stream of Consciousness’, Davis Enterprise, March 9, 2006
Aaron Saltzman, Memorial Union Arts Gallery exhibits ‘Sketch’, The California Aggie, February 2, 2006
Robert Taylor, “The Big Tree Project”, Contra Costa Times, June 26, 2003
Dewitt Cheng, “Register This”,, May 2002
Rodriguez, Juan. “‘Orange’ at ¡hey!”, Artweek, May 2002
Huddy, Melina, “Pushing the Limits”, Parkersburg Sentinel, 14 June, 2002
ZYZZYVA, Fall 1994
Reidel, Mija, METALSMITH, “California Metal”-Summer 1993

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