California's Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, & History

Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, October 8, 2017.

This exhibition captured the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, and Santa Monica. Woodblock artist Tom Killion’s prints combined exquisite color with dynamic composition to portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations: storm tides crashing at Point Lobos, serene moonlit coves at Mendocino, and fog encircling the Golden Gate Bridge. Deepening the experience was poetry and prose from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder and other well-known California authors of the past and present. The addition of traditional Japanese woodblock prints (once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and now in a private collection) provided context for Killion's work. The exhibition was originated by Tom Killion and the San Francisco Public Library and was based on a recent Heyday book by the same title co-authored by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder. It was traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

Instinct Extinct:
The Great Pacific Flyway

Instinct Extinct:<br /> The Great Pacific Flyway

Saturday, August 20, 2016–Sunday, November 27, 2016 (14-week exhibit)

A multi-disciplinary art installation that explores and celebrates the biology, beauty, and bounty of the Pacific Flyway–a major north-south flight path for migratory birds in America that extends from Alaska to Patagonia. The Flyway is viewed through a range of lenses: wildlife habitat, agricultural backdrop, recreational commons, conservation story, and inspirational phenomenon for artists, writers, and everyone in California and beyond. Produced by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibition grew out of a partnership between three Sacramento-area visual artists – Valerie Constantino, Glenda Drew and Ann Savageau – and various wildlife associations, scientists, and scholars. Bird specimens from the Hopland Research Extension Center and Lake Sonoma Visitor Center will provide visitors with an opportunity to see regional Flyway birds up close.

Stone Gallery

The J. Ralph and Lois Stone Gallery features a long-term exhibition showcasing Pomo baskety masterpieces woven between 1860-2003. The baskets come from the collections of the Grace Hudson Museum, other private institutions with significant ethnographic holdings, and private collections. Informative text panels explain the steps taken in cultivating, harvesting, and processing materials for basketmaking. Panels also discuss the history of Pomo basketweaving, and the forms and functions of various basket types.

Person Gallery

The Norma and Evert Person Gallery features a permanent exhibit of informative text panels, photographs, textiles, and objects that interpret the history, and celebrate the legacy, of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family. Organized by generations, each section of the gallery introduces the viewer to members of Grace Carpenter Hudson’s illustrious family through descriptions of their lives, and displays of their belongings. Grace’s own section expands upon her personal life, while her professional career is highlighted in the Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery.

The Hart Gallery

The Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Grace Carpenter Hudson. Accompanied by text and photo panels giving extensive information about each phase and aspect of Grace’s professional development, the gallery features numerous oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, charcoal, conte crayon, and graphite drawings, and mixed media works. Hudson’s personal life is documented further in the Norma & Evert Person Gallery.

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song:
California Indian Photographs of
Dugan Aguilar

April 30, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Filled with stunning photographs that reveal the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Native Californian cultures, this traveling exhibit features the work of Dugan Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Washoe/Pit River/Walker River Paiute). From basket makers and dancers to military veterans and motorcyclists, his images provide an intimate look at the lives of current day California Indians. At the Grace Hudson Museum, Aguilar's photos will be supplemented with Native objects and regalia. She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar is a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, Heyday Books, and the Native Fund, curated by Theresa Harlan and Dugan Aguilar.


Spencer Brewer, Larry Fuente, Joan Giannecchini, Esther Siegel, Susan Spencer, Denver Tuttle, and Michael Wilson

As the Grace Hudson Museum nears completion on several major interior and exterior remodelng projects, we celebrate construction with this group show featuring the fascinating assemblage and constructed work of seven local artists. Using an astonishing array of materials to create art that ranges from “three-dimensional collage” to optical illusion, the artists incorporate puns, analytical thinking, storytelling, and political statement to create thought-provoking and visually dazzling works.


Saturday, November 7, 2015–Sunday, January 10, 2016

Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush was a traveling exhibition developed by Exhibit Envoy and the California Council for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California.

The exhibit featured twenty-four photomural panels that included fascinating text alongside reproductions of primary documents, photographs, daguerreotypes, and Gold Rush-era paintings. Other items on display included models of objects in common use during the period, including some hands-on artifacts for students to explore. All this was supplemented at the Grace Hudson Museum with Gold Rush-related mining equipment, photos, and documents from Grace Hudson’s own family.

The show spotlighted the remarkable stories of emigrants from all parts of the world who came to the area during the tumultuous and colorful Gold Rush era. These included individual women, Native Americans, adventurers, gold seekers, and Californios (the original Spanish-speaking colonists of California, or their descendants). The exhibit also examined the impact James Marshall’s discovery of gold continues to have on all of California’s people, cultures, environment, politics, and economy.


Friday, October 2–Sunday, November 1, 2015

In honor of the 5th annual county-wide celebration of American Craft Week, this month-long exhibit highlighted the striking contemporary art quilts of the Mendocino Quilt Artists group: Deanna Apfel, Holly Brackmann, Laura Fogg, Renée Gannon, Vicky Groom, Ann Horton, Leila Kazimi, Betty Lacy, Dede Ledford, MaryAnn Michelsen, Joyce Paterson, and Marilyn Simpson. These local artists and residents demonstrated that craft is alive and well in Mendocino County.

Image: Ann HortonLa Serenata
76″ x 76″


Thursday, October 1–Sunday, November 1, 2015

This Sonoma County venue presented selections from, and additions to, a traveling show originally appearing at St. Mary’s College Museum of Art in Moraga, California in the fall of 2014. Organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, this exhibit provided an overview of painter Grace Hudson’s career.

Image: Grace Hudson, c. 1897. Photo by A.O. Carpenter.
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House.



Thursday, November 12, 2015–Sunday, March 6, 2016

Organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, Days of Grace travels to Honolulu to introduce new audiences to Grace Hudson and the Hawaiian work she produced during her transformative year in the Islands in 1901.

Reconfigured to fit the space at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and to take advantage of its collections, the exhibit will focus on Grace, while a companion exhibit discusses other women artists active in Hawaii c. 1900-1950.


May 30–August 30, 2015

An exciting international exhibition, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art featured the work of professional bamboo artists living in Japan, whose evocative, sensual, and sculptural pieces explore innovations in bamboo art since the mid-twentieth century. The artworks were chosen by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, from the collections of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California. It was traveled by International Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C.

To more closely tie Modern Twist to our collections and mission, at the Grace Hudson Museum we added 12 Pomo baskets to accompany the 38 Japanese art pieces on display. Taken from our own holdings, and those of other lenders, the Pomo baskets provide interesting similarities and contrasts to their Japanese counterparts. Both basketry traditions are world famous, and mastering them requires decades of meticulous practice in harvesting and preparing native plant materials, and in constructing finished pieces. Modern Twist featured examples of both Japanese and Pomo pieces by master weavers that together span over one hundred years of textile arts.

Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese life, and its emergence as a sculptural art form has religious and cultural roots. The Japanese have used this extraordinarily strong and flexible grass for centuries–for everything from functional objects to ceremonial baskets, and for the vases, tea scoops, ladles and whisks that serve an important place in the Japanese traditions of flower arranging (ikebana) and tea gatherings (chanoyu and senchadō). It is a challenging medium, with less than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today.

Modern Twist brings 17 of these artists to North American audiences, including two men deemed “Living National Treasures” by the Japanese government in recognition of the excellence of their work. These National Treasures–Katsushiro Sōhō and Fujinuma Noboru–are joined by visionary artists Matsumoto Hafū, Honma Hideaki, Ueno Masao, Uematsu Chikuyū, Nagakura Ken’ichi, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Tanabe Yōta, Tanabe Shōchiku III, Tanioka Shigeo, Tanioka Aiko, Honda Shōryū, Mimura Chikuhō, Nakatomi Hajime, Sugiura Noriyoshi, and Yonezawa Jirō.

It was a rare opportunity at the Grace Hudson Museum to experience groundbreaking levels of conceptual, technical, and artistic ingenuity both in bamboo art, and in the striking examples of our own local Pomo basketry.

The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Nomura Foundation, Japan Foundation,
Los Angeles, and the Snider Family Fund.


March 21 through May 17, 2015

A dynamic exploration of California’s ecological issues by leading contemporary artists from six regions throughout the state, this exhibit examined natural and human forces that have shaped California’s current landscape. Artists included: Kim Abeles, Charles Bello, Robert Dawson, Sant Khalsa, Judith Lowry, Linda MacDonald, Ann Savageau, Kim Stringfellow, Penelope Gottlieb, Newton Harrison & Helen Mayer Harrison, Gyongy Laky, Luke Matjas, and Daniel McCormick. Ignite! was a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy, in conjunction with the California Association of Museums’ Green Museums Initiative and funded by The James Irvine Foundation. Support for its Ukiah venue was provided by the Sun House Guild.

Penelope Gottlieb, Cirsium vulgare, Courtesy of the Artist

Penelope Gottlieb, Cirsium vulgare,
Courtesy of the Artist

IGNITE! The Art of Sustainability, in the Main Gallery

IGNITE! The Art of Sustainability,
in the Main Gallery


The Illustrations
January 10–March 8, 2015

Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer–The Illustrations, featured selected work from a larger show organized by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California in 2014, and presented both there and at the Monterey Museum of Art. At the Grace Hudson Museum the show focused on the wood engravings that Tavernier created with artist Paul Frenzeny on a coast-to-coast sketching assignment for Harper’s Weekly in 1873-1874.

An illustrator, landscapist, genre painter, and visionary, nineteenth-century artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889) was born in France but became one of the American West’s foremost talents. Though his career was brief, his intense creative energy spawned unique works in a variety of media, including engraving, oil, watercolor, and pastel. In painting, he employed techniques ranging from densely layered glazes built up in the manner of the old masters to the swift, fresh brushwork popularized by France’s Barbizon painters and, at times, the Impressionists.

In his own day, Tavernier’s works broadened perceptions about what was considered paintable. The transcontinental illustrations he made with Paul Frenzeny brought images and details of the West into American parlors everywhere and resulted in iconic paintings of American Indian life. In Monterey, California, he discovered and advanced new subject matter, leading followers away from grand, sweeping vistas toward the more intimate and emotional portrayal of nature that he had learned in France. In San Francisco, his studio became a bohemian artistic center, and he helped to found and lead the city’s arts organizations. Heading even farther to the west, in Hawaii he broke new ground by painting dramatic scenes of fiery volcanoes, before passing away in Honolulu at the age of 45.

Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer–The Illustrations is accompanied by a full-color catalogue and features essays by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker’s chief curator and associate director, Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D., and Alfred Harrison, Jr. of the North Point Gallery in San Francisco.


September 6 through December 28, 2014

This landmark exhibit brought together–for the first time ever–
many of the existing paintings and sketches that the Museum’s namesake artist made in 1901 during a restorative stay in Hawaii. It featured Hudson’s seldom-seen portraits of Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children, plus charming landscapes and seascapes. These were supplemented by Hawaiian artifacts Grace collected, her letters to and from family members during her sojourn, and photos she took of her surroundings.

Included were rare works from other painters in Hawaii that Grace met while there, including Helen Whitney Kelley; Theodore Wores; Charles Furneaux; D. Howard Hitchcock; illustrator Charles Bradford Hudson (no relation to Grace or her husband, John); and Harold Meade Mott-Smith. An extensive catalog was developed in tandem with the exhibit and is available in the Museum Gift Shop. This exhibit was co-curated by Karen Holmes, Grace Hudson Museum Registrar & Carpenter Family Historian, and Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Grace Hudson Museum Director.


June 7 through August 17, 2014

The College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Fort Bragg, California, started in 1981 when a group of Mendocino woodworkers persuaded well-known author and studio furniture maker, James Krenov, to teach his methods to students in a nine-month-long course. The resulting Fine Woodworking Program has been recognized by the woodworking community around the world for the excellence of its students’ work, their craftsmanship, sensitivity, and quality of personal expression.

The Grace Hudson Museum presented “Growth Rings,” an invitational and juried exhibition to feature pieces from College of the Redwoods Program graduates currently living and working within the Redwood Empire region.

Image: Michael BurnsBig Butter, 2014, Graduate Piece
Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Teak and Boxwood. Shellac and Wax Finish