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Gail Roberts

Gail Roberts

Roberts’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Galeria Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, Musee Rochefort-en-terre, Brittany,France; Ballinglen Arts Center, Ballycastle, Ireland: Carnegie Museum, Oxnard, CA, Riverside Museum, CA, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, CA and Madison Art Center, WI. Her work has been critically reviewed in Art in America, Art ltd., Los Angeles Times, and Modern Painters and is included in permanent collections at the Oakland Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. Art critic Robert Pincus writes, “She is exhorting us to see nature as a luminous mirror of our ceaseless obsession with mortality. Seeing nature wax and wane around her, she has become acutely aware of the fragility of life.”

Roberts has been awarded the 2010 San Diego Art Prize, a California Arts Council Fellowship and residency fellowships in France, Costa Rica and Ireland. She has completed public art commissions at the Chicago Public Library, Lux Art Institute, and the San Diego International Airport. Gail Roberts received her BFA and MA at the University of New Mexico and is a Professor of Art at San Diego State University.


1974 M.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1973 Fellowship, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
1973 B.F.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


2010 Ballinglen Foundation Artist Fellowship, Ballycastle, Ireland
San Diego Art Prize, San Diego Visual Art Network
2008 Julia & David White Artist Residency, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
2005 Alfred & Trafford Klots Artist Residency, Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, France
2001 Women Who Mean Business Award, sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal
1994 California Arts Council Fellowship
1991 Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity Award, San Diego State University
1990 Insite Honorarium, Installation Gallery, San Diego, CA
1988 NEA/City/Combo Individual Fellowship
1987 Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, San Diego State University

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