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Lisa Reinertson Works Biography

LISA REINERTSON – Artist Biography

Lisa Reinertson is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze.

Coming from a family of peace and social activists, Reinertson’s work has an underlying humanism that can be seen both in her poetic and environmentally charged ceramic figures with animals, to her more historic public commissions that express ideals of peace and social justice. In her public sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez she blends bas-relief into her three-dimensional sculptural forms creating an historic and powerfully moving narrative. Her work combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions, with a contemporary expression of social and psychological content.

Reinertson completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri.  She has taught at several universities and colleges in Northern California including CSU Chico, Santa Clara University , UC Berkeley and most currently at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her ceramic work has been in exhibitions and museums nationally and internationally, and is in several public and private collections including the Crocker Art Museum, the ASU Art Museum, the Mint Museum and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Recent exhibitions include her one-person show, “Edge of Extinction” at the Pence Gallery in Davis, and “Large As Life” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Reinertson has completed over 20 public commissions in bronze, and will be unveiling her most current work, a 7ft. bronze sculpture of U C Davis Coach Jim Sochor on November 19th at the UCD Stadium.




1984     M.F.A. University of California, Davis

1982     B.A., University of California, Davis, with Highest Honors

1983     Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


Teaching Experience

2012- 16                        San Francisco Art Institute, Adjunct Professor, Ceramic Sculpture

2009-15             Diablo Valley College, Lecturer, Ceramics, Figure Sculpture

2007-08             U C Berkeley, Lecturer, Ceramic Sculpture

2004-15             Solano Community College, Lecturer, Ceramics, Figure Sculpture

1997-99             Santa Clara University, Lecturer, Ceramics, Figure Sculpture, Drawing

1987-94             California State University, Chico, Associate Professor, Ceramics and Figure Sculpture

1985-87             California State University, Stanislaus, Lecturer, Ceramics and Drawing

1984     Louisiana State University, Visiting Artist, Ceramics

  • University of California, Davis, Teaching Assistant, Ceramics, Drawing, Art Appreciation


Public Art

2016     UC Davis Veterinary School, Gorilla Doctor Program, Sleep of Reason (to be installed)

2016     Jim Sochor, Bronze, University of California at Davis

2009     Rosa Parks Commission, finalist, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

2007     Suisun Valley, Mother Earth, Bronze, Public Commission

  • City of San Jose, Almaden Community Center and Library, Ohlone , Bronze

2005     City of Sacramento, 911 Dispatch Facility Public Art Project

2002     Santa Clara University, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Bronze

2002     California State Courthouse, Justice Stanley Mosk, Bronze

2001     City of Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Memorial, Chavez Plaza Park, Bronze

2001City of Palm Desert, “Mother and Child Sculpture Garden”

2000     Santa Clara University, St. Thomas More, Bronze

1999     City of Riverside, CA, “Martin Luther King Memorial”, Bronze

1997     Ohlone College, Performing Arts Center, Fremont, CA, “Tevye”, Bronze

1996     City Hall, San Francisco, “Senator Dianne Feinstein”, Bronze

1995     City Hall, San Francisco, “Willie Brown, Jr.”, Bronze

1994     Guam Memorial Commission, “March to Manengon”, Bronze

1994     Centennial Commission for City of Vacaville, “Valley Harvest”, Bronze

1992     City Hall, San Francisco, “John Shelley”, Bronze

1992     UC Medical Center, Sacramento, “Mother and Child”, Bronze

1991     UC Medical Center, Sacramento, “Dogs Playing”, Bronze

1991     Commission for Arco Stadium, Sacramento, “Baseball Players,” Bronze

1989     City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, “Martin Luther King, Jr.”, Bronze

1987     King Hall Law School, U.C. Davis, “Martin Luther King, Jr.”, Ceramic


One Person Exhibitions

2015     Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, CA Lisa Reinertson/ Sentient Beings

2013     SMAart Gallery, San Francisco, Life Observed/Lisa Reinertson

2013     Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, Lisa Reinertson/Edge of Extinction

2012     Gallery 621, Benicia, CA, Life on Earth, Lisa Reinertson/Sculpture

2005     Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, Lisa Reinertson, A Selected Survey

1998     Santa Clara University, CA, Lisa Reinertson /Ceramic Sculpture

1997     John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

  • James Snidle Gallery, Chico, CA

1991     Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA

1990     Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

1989     Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California

1987     The University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico

1987     Himovitz/Soloman Gallery, Sacramento, California

1986     Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California

1985     Shackleford and Sears Gallery, Davis,California

1984     The Art Works Gallery, Sacramento, California

1984     University of California, Davis, Nelson Gallery


Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2016     Bay Area Contemporary Ceramic Sculptors/ Lisa Reinertson, Richard Shaw, Claudia Tarentino, Bill Abright

Cosumnes River College Art Gallery

2016     The Great California Art Movement / UC Davis Faculty and Alumni, Natsoulas Gallery

2016     Figurative Ceramics, Los Medonas College Art Gallery

2016     Sculpture in the Garden, Sam Maloof Foundation, Claremont, CA

2014     American Museum of Ceramic Art, Large As Life/ Lisa Reinertson, Elaine Katzer and Betty Davenport

2014     Turtle Bay Museum, Good Dog/ Art of Man’s Best Friend, Redding, CA

2014     Dynamic Narratives, NAWA, NY.

2013     Bedford Gallery, Peaceable Kingdom, Walnut Creek, CA

2016     NCECA, Houston, Dynamic Narratives

2012     Cal Shakes Ceramics Exhibition, Orinda, CA

2011     Santa Fe Clay, Summer Artist Preview Exhibition

2010     Crocker Art Museum, New Works

2010     Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason

2009     Diablo Valley College, Faculty Exhibition

2009     30 Ceramic Sculptors, Natsoulas Gallery

2008     The Grand Ceramics Theater, Representatives of the California School. Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turino, Italy

2007     Northwest Ceramics Invitational, Turman Larison Gallery, Helena, Montana

2005     Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Fired at Davis/Figurative Ceramic Sculpture / The Ross Turk Collection

2004     UC Davis Memorial Union Gallery, Eve Aesthetic, Figurative Art from TB-9

2003     NCECA Conference, San Diego, Northern California Ceramics

1999     Contemporary Art/ Daniel Jacobs Collection, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VI

1999     The Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, “The Nude In Clay”

1998     Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, “The Nude in Clay”

1998     The LEF Foundation, St Helena, CA, “Sculptural Perspectives”

1997     American River College Art Gallery, “The Human Figure”

1997     Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, “The Evocotive Object”

1997     Comune di Faenza,Ceramic Invitational, Faenza, Italy

1997     “Up Against It”, London, England

1996     Oakland Museum Sculpture Court, “Bay Area Sculptors”

1996     Wignall Museum/Gallery; Downey Museum of Art; Loyola Marymount

University, “Exploring a Movement: Feminist Visions In Clay”

1995     Transamerica Building, San Francisco,  “Play Ball!”

1994     Artworks Foundry Gallery, Berkeley

1994     Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, “Presence and Scale”

1994     Honolulu Academy of Arts, “First Annual Pacific Rim Sculpture Conference

1994     The International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles

1993     California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, “West Coast Clay Movement”

1993     California State Hayward, University Art Gallery, “Figurative Ceramics”

1992     Seattle Art Fair, Washington

1992     California State University, Chico, “Faculty Exhibition”

1992     John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis,“6th Annual 30 Ceramic Sculptors”

1991     Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, “Sculptural Perspectives”

1991     NCECA Conference Exhibition, Tempe, Arizona

1991     Natsoulas Gallery, Davis,“TB-9”, curated by Robert Arneson

1990     IV Concorso Nazionale Della Ceramica D’Arte, Savona, Italy,

1990     National Museum of Ceramic Art, Maryland, “American Ceramic Sculpture”

1990     Los Angeles Art Fair, California

1990     Lang Art Gallery, Claremont, CA, “46th Annual Scripps Ceramics Show”

1990     Louisiana State University Union Gallery, “Figure in Ceramics”

1989     CSU Fullerton, “Contemporary Ceramics: The Artists of TB-9”

1989     Solano Community College, California, “Figurative Clay”

1988     California State University, Chico, “Faculty Exhibition”

1988     Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, “On the Wall, Off the Wall”

1988     Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts, Michigan, “Dr. Martin Luther King”

1988     Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana, “Ross Turk Collection”

1987     San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, “Mother Earth”

1986     Himovitz/Salomon Gallery, Sacramento, California, “Eight in Clay”

1986     Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, California, “Summer Show,”

1986     CSU, Stanislaus, “Lisa Reinertson/Anthony Natsoulas,”

1985     Richmond Art Center, “Sacramento/Davis Interface”

1984     Louisiana State University, Union Art Gallery, “Art Faculty Exhibition”

1982     Twelfth International Sculpture Conference, San Francisco, Cutter Tower

1981     Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA, “New Directions,”

1981     California State University, Hayward, ” Ceramic Sculpture Invitational”


Selected Juried Group Exhibitions

2012     Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics National Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM

1989     San Francisco International Airport, “California Artists as Educators”

1988     UC Berkeley, Worth Rider Art Gallery, “Fate of the Animals”

1986     Artwork Gallery, Sacramento, CA,  “American Ceramic National IV”

1985     Southern Exposure Gallery, S.F., CA, “Content Art: Contemporary Issues”

1985     National Arts Club, New York, “Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 89th Annual”

1985     Pacific Grove Art Center, California, “2nd West Coast Biennial”

1985     San Francisco Arts Commission: “Celebration of Sculpture”, Fort Mason

1984     Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, “59th Annual Crocker-Kingsley



1992     Professional Achievement Honor, California State University, Chico

1990     California State Legislative Resolution In Recognition Of Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

1989     Research Award, California State University, Chico

1985     Grand Central Gallery Educational Association Award, New York

1983     Regents Fellowship, University of California

1983     Andy Warhol Award, University of California, Davis



2017     La Meridiana School of Ceramics, Tuscany (upcoming )

2016     Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center Workshop

2016     Quyle Kilns Workshop, Murphy’s, CA

2015     Sierra Nevada College Summer Workshop, Lisa Reinertson and Michelle Gregor

2014     Todos Santos /Heaven on Earth Workshop, Lisa Reinertson and John Toki

2013     Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, “Hope for Endangered Animals” with Dr. Gilardi of Gorilla Doctors

2013     Academy of Art College, San Francisco, lecture

2011     Santa Fe Clay Summer Workshop, Life Size Figure Workshop

2011     S.F. Art Institute Colloquium, lecture, demonstration

2010     California State University, Fresno, lecture, demonstration

2010     California College of the Arts

2008     Helena Montana, Turman Larson Gallery

2002     California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, lecture, demonstration

1998     California State University, San Jose

1996     Academy of Art College, San Francisco

1996     Diablo Valley College, Concord, CA, demonstration

1996     American River College, Sacramento

1994     Pacific Rim Sculpture Conference, Honolulu, HI

1992     Chicago Art Institute, lecture, demonstration

1992     California Ceramics Conference, Davis

1991     Kansas City Art Institute, Lecture, life size figure demonstration

1991     NCECA, Tempe, Arizona, Emerging Artist Lecture

1990     University of Pacific

1989     Solano Community College

1988     NCECA, Portland Oregon, Group Discussion Leader with Richard Notkin,“Social Content”

1988     College of Humanities and Fine Arts, California State University Chico

1985     University of California at Davis

1985     West Virginia University

1984     Louisiana State University


Juror / Curator

2017     Bay Area Clay/ A Legacy of Social Consciousness, NCECA Portland, and Arts Benicia (Upcoming)

2015     Visions in Clay, Delta College Art Gallery

1997     California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, California

1993     Sacramento Light-Rail Commission, Sacramento, California

1990     Women Artists 1990, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California

1990     Butte College Juried Student Art Show, Chico, California

1989     Fairfield Regional, California



Sculpture Informs Their Powerful Messages, Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, 2013

            Lisa Reinertson; Edge of Extinction, Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 94, 2013

            500 Figures in Clay, vol. 2, Lark Publishing

            Good Dog; Art of Man’s Best Friend, Turtle Bay Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, 2013

            Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics/ National Exhibition, Santa Fe, catalogue, 2012

            The Art Collection of UC Davis Health Care System, by Susan Willoughby, 2012

            Artemis Sculpts, The Art of Lisa Reinertson, Jessa Berkner, 2011

            Lisa Reinertson, A selected survey of Artist’s work/ by Joan De Paoli, John Natsoulas Press, 2005

            Fired At Davis/Figurative Ceramic Sculpture, The Ross Turk Collection, Cantor Arts Center,

                        Stanford University, Hilarie Faberman, 2005

            Ignatius: Holy Man of the Renaisance, Reflections on Santa Clara’s Statue of St. Ignatius, Micheal

Pastizzo, Santa Clara Magazine, 2004

            Reframing the Ethics and Aesthetics of Judgment, Estella Lauter, Univ. of Tennessee, 2001

            March for Justice Cast in Memory, Dorothy Korber, Sacramento Bee, 2001 (Chavez Memorial)

            Working With Clay, Susan Peterson, Prentice Hall, 1999

            Artworks For Elementary School Teachers, Herberhoz, Mc Graw Hill Publishing, 1998

            The Evocative Object, Ceramics Art and Perception, by Mark Messenger, 1998

Ceramics Monthly, California Sculpture Conference, Diane Chin Lui, photo, Oct. 1998

A Fire for Ceramics, Exhibition Catalogue, Essays by Garth Clark, (Garth Clark Gallery, N.Y.) and Suzanne

            Foley (Curator, Bayly Art Museum, Univ., of Virginia), 1998

            The Nude In Clay, Exhibition Catalogue, Lisa Englander, photo, Nov. 1998

The Richmond Times, Arts and Entertainment, photo, Nov.1998

Mostra Mercato della Ceramica Artistica del Novecento, in Assoc.w/delMuseo Internationale della

Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy, Exhibition Catalogue, 1997

San Francisco Examiner, Mayor Unveils bust of Feinstein, Gregory Lewis, June 1997

New York Times, Week In Reveiw, Micheal Wines, May 1997

The Davis Enterprise, Movement and Energy, Marilyn Moyle, May 1997

Vacaville Reporter, Artistic Take on Human Nature, Richard Bammer, May 1997

            Exploring a Movement: Feminist Visions in Clay, Exhibition Catalogue, 1995.

Vacaville Reporter, A Harvest of Culture, (Centennial Commission), 1995

Artweek, photo, (Guam Commission) 1994.

            An Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century North American Women Artists, Garland Publishing, New York,1992.

Oakland Tribune, photo, (Baseball Commission), July 1992.

            Sculptural Perspectives for the Nineties, Exhibition Catalogue, 1991.

Ceramics Monthly, Carolyn Crane, Up Front, 2nd Annual California Conference, 1991.

            TB-9 — A Tribute to Robert Arneson, Exhibition Catalogue, 1991.

            Contemporary Ceramics: The Artists of TB-9, Exhibition Catalogue, Elaine Levin, 1989.

            Contemporary American Craft Art/A Collector’s Guide, Barbara Mayer, Peregrine Smith Books, 1988

            Contrapposto, 1988, Art Journal, California State University, Chico,

Kalamazoo Gazette, Craig, Thomas, King In Bronze and Stone , Sept. 4, 1989

Artweek, Saunthy Singh, Lively Ceramic Sculpture, September, 1986

Modesto Bee, Leo Stutzin, Ceramic Sculpture, January, 1986

Ceramics Monthly, August, 1995

Sacramento Union, Richard Simon, A Fair of the Art, August 17, 1985

Sacramento Bee, Ellen Schlesinger, May 5, 1984

San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, August 22, 1982

West Art, Andree Marchel-Workman, August 14, 1981


Selected Collections

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Arizona State University Art Museum

Mint Museum of Craft and Design

CSU Sacramento

UC Davis, Nelson Gallery

Allan Chasanoff, New York

Ross Turk Collection


Other Projects

2012 Transmedia Sculpture Walk, Davis CA

2011 Mission Clay Pipes Project, Phoenix AZ

2002 Marble Carving, Carrara, Italy

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