Lisa Congdon: Hold it Lightly


Lisa Congdon: Hold it Lightly

Visitors looking at exhibit of Lisa Congdon's "Hold It Lightly" at the SMC Museum of Art, October 2023

Extended through June 23, 2024 

Illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon’s current body of work, Hold it Lightly, explores themes of joy, liberation, and radical inclusion displayed on printed matter featuring her bold, colorful illustrations and hand-lettering. Originally exhibited in conversation with Corita Kent's heroes and sheroes series, Congdon's work reflects the profound personal impact of Kent's legacy. Congdon creates digital drawings, which are then transformed into multi-color, layered serigraphs. Her work elevates mundane, simple shapes into discourse with symbols from nature and the supernatural in pared-down, unfussy, colorful, organized arrangements and graphic renderings. Through her iconic hand-lettering, Congdon integrates messages into her work, which are both intentionally joyful and hopeful and, simultaneously unabashedly, outspoken and often subversive. Typically working in paint, Hold it Lightly represents the artist's first exhibit of printed matter. Congdon graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. 

Related programs:

VIP Reception with Lisa Congdon: Wednesday, September 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Purchase tickets >>

Opening celebration: Thursday, September 14, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Friday, September 15 at 2 p.m.