Lisa Congdon: Hold it Lightly
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. 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.
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.
What does it mean to 'Hold it Lightly'? Curator Britt Royer speaks to artist and SMC alumna Lisa Congdon on her forthcoming exhibition at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art.