Bella Feldman Vitae


Elizabeth Clement Fine Art, Danvers, MA

Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016           Vessel Gallery, Oakland,CA

2013           Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, 50 Year Survey

2011            Nieto Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Anxious Objects

                   Public Glass, San Francisco, CA, Works in Glass and Steel

2010           San Luis Obispo Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

                   Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Overview

2009          The Atrium @ 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, Metal and Glass

                   Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Bella Feldman–JP Long Dialogue

2008          Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2007          Sculpturesite, San Francisco, CA

                   Buschlen Mowatt, Palm Desert, CA

2006          Sculpturesite, San Francisco, CA

                   Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL, Glass Engravings

2004          Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL, War Toys Redux

                   Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA, War Toys Redux

                   Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

                   Crafts and Cultural Arts Gallery, California State Building, Oakland, CA

2003          Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, War Toys Redux

                   Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, War Toys Redux

 2002         Tucson Museum, Tucson, AZ

                   Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL, Flasks of Fiction

                   Buschlen Mowatt, Palm Desert, CA

                   Habatat Pontiac, Pontiac, MI

2001           Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999           Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

1998          D. P. Fong, San Jose, CA

                   Pat Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, New Work

1996          Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA. (Distinguished Woman Artist of 1996),

                  Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA

                  Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Decompression Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

1994          Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, War Toy Installation

1993          Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                  Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL

                  Downey Museum, Downey, CA

                  St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

1992         California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA

                 Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                 Oakland Museum, Downtown Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA

1991          Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

                 SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989         Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

                 San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1988         Foxley Leach Gallery, Washington, DC

                 SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987         Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, Bella Feldman, Steel Sculpture (funded by

                 Chicago Arts Council)

                 SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984         University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Fiber Forms of Bella Feldman

                 Monterey Peninsula Museum, Monterey, CA, Sculpture

1983         University of Denver, Denver, CO, Sculpture by Bella Feldman

1982         San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Bella T. Feldman/Sculpture

1980         Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA,

                 Spine Series

1976         Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

1975         Gallerie Bernard Letu, Geneva, Switzerland, Bella: Sculptures

                 University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, Installation Metamorphosis

1973          San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Metamorphosis



Group Exhibitions (*indicates curator)

2015         Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA, All That Glitters

                 Yianna Grammatopoula Gallery, Athens, Greece, Magic Carpet Ride

                 San Luis Obispo Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA. CA Sculpture Slam

                 Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA. The Object and the Void

                 Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, CA, Vesse

                 Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA. Dorothy Saxe Invitational

                 Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA. Woman

                 Cabrillo College Gallery, Apton, CA. Material Illusions

2014         A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma CA. Being Woman

                 Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa, CA 20@20

2013          A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma CA. Black_White_Red

                  Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA. Armed Medium: The Military Vehicle

                  as Subject

                  Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, New Media Combinations

                  Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa CA. Tradition of


2012          Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, Playing with Fire: Artists

                  of the California Studio Glass Movement.

2011           Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA, 75th Anniversary Show

                  Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Amorphous Dreams

2009         Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, estro-GEN

2008         Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Artists of Invention: 100 years CCA

2007          Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

2006          Fresno Art Museum and Art Center, Fresno, CA, 18 Profiles, Distinguished
                   Women Artists of California.

                   Whitney Biennial 2006, Peace Tower, New York, NY

2005          Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

                   Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004           Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, Toys

2001            Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Being There: 45 Artists

1996            Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA,

                    Generations: The Lineage of Influence in the Bay Area,

1994            Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL, Menorah Exhibit

                    Alternative Museum, New York, NY, National Showcase

1993            Rockford Museum, Rockford, IL, War Toy Installation

1992            Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado,

                    Colorado Springs, CO, Crossovers

1991            Oakland Museum, Downtown Sculpture Court, Inaugural Exhibition,

                    Phil Linhares*

1989            Baeker Galerie, Cologne, Germany, Five California Artists

1988            Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, MD, Tangents: Seven Artists,

                    Mary Jane Jacob* Traveling to Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Cleveland

                    Art Institute, Cleveland, OH

1986            Fresno Art Museum and Art Center, Fresno, CA,

                    Survey of California Women Artists 1945 Present, Joyce Aiken*

1985            San Francisco Airport Commission, San Francisco, CA,

                    Menagerie-Contemporary Animal Images

                    Focus Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland, Six Artistes of the Biennale

                    Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Fibre/Sculpture Biennale

1984            Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, The Presence of Light, Betty Park*,

                    Dominique Mazaud*

                    Twining Gallery, New York, NY, Art in Craft Media, Mildred Constantine*

                    John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, Fiber Cross Currents

1983            Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland,

                    Fibre/Espace; Tapisserie Biennale

                    Japan Traveling Exhibit, Art and/or Craft USA: 1982 Japan, Sherri Warner*

1982            Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA,

                    Between the Lines: Lightweight Sculpture

                    Visual Art Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK,

                    National Sculpture Invitational, (Traveled to Fairbanks and Juneau)

1978            80 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Paper as Medium, Jane Farmer*

1976            SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, Death Show, Ed Lau*

                    Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, The Handmade Paper Object,

                    Richard Kubiak* (Traveled until 1982)

                    Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA, The Multiple Image

1975            Athol McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA,

                    Paper Sculpture

1974            Womanspace, Los Angeles, CA. Taboo Show





2005           Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Distinguished Artist Award

2004            Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, Distinguished Artist Award

1996            Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, Distinguished Woman Artist

1995            Florsheim Art Grant

1994            California Arts Council Grant

                    Spertus Museum Award

1986             National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist’s Fellowship (Major award)

1975             E. L. Cabot Trust Fund at Harvard University (Travel award)





Di Rosa Collection, Napa, CA

Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT

DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA


Architectural Commissions

Sculpture Fountain, Federal Home Loan Bank Lobby, 600 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Sculpture Fountain, Barclay Simpson Garden, Orinda, CA ~ Ron Lutsko, Landscape Architect

Mosaic Tile Facade, Crystal Elementary School, Suisun City, CA ~ Van Bourg, Architect

Mosaic Panel, Medical Building, Redding, CA ~ Burns Cadwalader, Architect

Panels for Garden Wall, IBM, San Jose, CA ~ John Bolles, Architect

Mosaic Mural, Executive Office, Lovable Brassiere Co., Atlanta, GA

Relief, Temple Rodef Sholom, San Rafael, CA ~ Marquis & Stoller, Architects

Relief, City Hall, Mountain View, CA ~ George Dueker, Architect

Relief, Science & Industrial Arts Building, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Berkeley, CA, ~ Aitkin & Collin, Architects

Sculptures, Marina Vista Plaza, Vallejo, CA and Potrero Project, Richmond, CA ~ Royston,
Hanamoto & Mayes, Landscape Architects

Sculpture, Hydronautics, Inc., Washington, DC suburb James Hilleary Associates, Architects

Group of Sculptures, Newport Shopping Center, Newport, CA ~ Sasaki, Walker,
Landscape Architects.



2008           Bella, Bella, a Documentary Film by Elizabeth Sher

2006           Eighteen Profiles, Distinguished Women Artists of California, Fresno Art Museum

                    Bella Feldman, (cover story) Artist Blacksmith, UK Summer 2006

2001            Bella-Works in Glass and Mixed Media

1996            Bella: Survey of Sculpture, 1974-1996, catalogue for Fresno Art Museum Distinguished Woman Artist of 1996 exhibit.

1992            Leonardo Theme Publication #8, Women, Art and Technology.

1984            Leonardo, Journal of the International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology, Dec ~ Jan Issue. A View of Evolution                       Expressed in Sculpture: A Reflection of Nuclear Angst.

1983            African Arts, University of California Press, Los Angeles, Fall Issue. The So Cattle Sculpture of Uganda, co-authored                         with Dr. Ross Coates.




 1996          Bella: Survey of Sculpture, 1974-1996, catalogue for Fresno Art Museum Distinguished Woman Artist of 1996 exhibit.

1991            Blasier, Paula. Profile: An Interview, CITY LIFE.

1987           International Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.

               Possibility and Paradox in Fiber Art, The Oakland Museum, Sept.-Oct. 1987.

1986           Matson Jones, Virginia. Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Oryx Press,

                   Phoenix,    AZ.

                   Singer, Elizabeth. Sculpture of Bella Feldman, Textic Kunst, Hannover, Germany

1984           Scarborough, Jessica. Vision of Bella Feldman, FIBER ARTS MAGAZINE.

1979            Frym, Gloria. Editor, Second Stories, CHRONICLE BOOKS.

1974            Erickson, Barbara. BERKELEY GAZETTE, Feature article.






 2013          Bella Feldman Retrospective 1991 - 2012

 2001          Bella, Works in Glass and Mixed Media

 1996          Distinguished Woman Artist of 1996, catalogue for Fresno Art Museum

 1992          War Toys, An Installation Traveling.

 1985          Fibre/Sculpture, Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

 1983          Fibre/Espace, Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

 1982          Art and/or Craft, USA: Japan

                   Center for the Visual Arts, Sculpture Catalogue, Oakland, CA

                   Atlantic Coast/Pacific Coast, 75th Anniversary Exhibit,

                   California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

 1976          The Handmade Paper Object, Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA


Selected Reviews Since 1982

Selz, Peter. Solidity is Always Undermined, SCULPTURE MAGAZINE October 2014

Fancher, Lou. Exhibit: 50-year Survey of Oakland artist Bella Feldman,

OAKLAND TRIBUNE September 2013

Burke, Sarah. Reflecting on the work of Bella Feldman, EAST BAY EXPRESS October 2013

Baker, Kenneth. Bella Feldman: Sculptor gets a retrospective,


Roth, David. Bella Feldman at Sculpturesite Gallery, ARTWEEK, November 2006

Farr, Sheila. War Toys: Weapons of Mass Devotion, SEATTLE TIMES, July 9, 2004.

Whitney, Kathleen. Feldman at Habatat Gallery, WORLD SCULPTURE NEWS Summer,


Whitney, Kathleen. Bella Feldman-Remarkable Pieces of Apparatus, SCULPTURE

MAGAZINE, June 2000.

Ollman, Leah. Metaphoric Richness in Steel and Glass, LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 1999.

Dalkey, Victoria. Imagination Highlights Sculpture SACRAMENTO BEE, May 1999.

Bella Feldman at d.p. Fong, ARTWEEK, November 1998.

Porge, Maria. Bella Feldman, SCULPTURE MAGAZINE, October 1998.

Keeler, Guy, Heavy Mettle, FRESNO BEE, September 22, 1996.

Baker, Kenneth. Feldman’s Moving Sculpture Exhibit, SAN FRANCISCO CRONICLE,

March 7, 1996.

Santiago, Chiori, Exploring the Dark Side, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, July 21, 1996.

Nilsen, Richard. Inventive Artworks are Scary, Funny, ARIZONA REPUBLIC,

May 21, 1995.

Rinheart, Betty. Toying with Our Emotions, ARIZONA NEW TIMES, April 20~26, 1995.

Review of Exhibit for Center for Creative Studies, SCULPTURE MAGAZINE,

December 1994.

Colby, Joy Hakanson. Sculptor’s War Toys Make a Play for Peace, DETROIT NEWS,

March 11, 1994.

Miro, Marsha. Sculptor Uses Ridicule to Stress War’s Folly, DETROIT FREE PRESS,

March 13, 1994.

Lebzelter, Bill. Solidity is Always Undermined in the Work of Bella Feldman,

PASATIEMPO, Santa Fe, May 7, 1993.


Baker, Kenneth. Scavenged Material Becomes Sculpture,

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, September 15, 1992.

Cohn, Terri. Bella Feldman, ARTWEEK, January 9, 1992.

Suvan, Geer, Form that Uses Movement as an Idea and Reality,

LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 18, 1991.

Baker, Kenneth. Summer Surprises, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, August 26, 1989.

Anderson, Roger. Murmurs of the Art, EAST BAY EXPRESS, May 27, 1988.

Baker, Kenneth. Home Grown Sculpture, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,

March 31, 1988.

Donohue, Melinda. LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 4, 1988.

Baker, Kenneth. New Works of Art in Search of a Context,


Gardner, Colin.LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 23, 1987.

Jordan, Jim. A Vocabulary of Subtle Aggressions, ARTWEEK, November 1984

Bornstein, Anne. Sculpture Recreates Our Link to Nature, DAILY CALIFORNIAN,

October 26, 1984

Scarborough, Jessica. Bella Tabak Feldman, Recent Sculpture FIBER ARTS MAGAZINE,

March ~ April 1983.

Meisel, Alan R. From the San Francisco Bay Area, CRAFT INTERNATIONAL,

January 1983.

Boettger, Suzaan. Best of 1982, BAY GUARDIAN, December 1982.

Boettger, Suzaan. Potent Allusions, ARTWEEK, October 1982.

Curtis, Cathy. Lightweight Sculpture Comes of Age, ARTWEEK, February 1982.

Burkhart, Dorothy. Seethrough Sculpture Reshapes Our Ideas about Space and Mass,

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, September 1982.


Academic Positions

Teaching Positions

1965-2001                    Professor of Sculpture, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA

1996,1987-1989            Chair, Sculpture Department, California College of Arts, Oakland,CA

1987                              Consultant, African Nomadic Art Exhibit, National Museum of African Art,

                                      Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1975-1979                     Graduate Director, California College of Arts, Oakland CA

1972-1975                     Founder, Sculpture Program, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA

1968-1970                    Lecturer, Fine Art School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

1961                              Lecturer, University of California, Extension Division






Guest Artist


  2014            Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

 2004            Visiting Artist, California State University, San Jose

 2003            Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

 1998             Visiting Artist, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

 1997             Visiting Artist, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 1994             Visiting Artist, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

 1992             Visiting Artist, California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo,

                      San Luis Obispo, CA

 1990             Cultural Specialist for the U.S. Information Service, Makerere University,

                      Kampala, Uganda

 1989              Lecture tour, three Japanese art colleges.

 1986              Visiting artist, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

                      Visiting artist, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ

                       Visiting artist, California State University at Humboldt, Arcata, CA

 1985              Visiting artist, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

 1984              Visiting artist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

 1983              Visiting artist, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

 1982              Sculpture workshop for International Sculpture Conference, Mills College,

                       Oakland, CA

1981               Visiting artist, Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK

1980              Visiting artist, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR

1979               Visiting artist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1975               Visiting artist, Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA

1974               Visiting artist, University of Washington, Pullman, WA





  2015            San Luis Obispo Museum, San Luis Opisbo, CA

  2003           Colorado Arts Council, Denver CO

  2002           Fairbanks Art Association, Fairbanks, AK

  1997             Pacific Rim Sculptors, San Francisco, CA

  1995             San Francisco Women Artists, San Francisco, CA

  1989             National Women’s Art, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  1987             State Grants to Artists, State of Rhode Island

  1984             Annual Juried Exhibition, San Mateo Art Association, CA

  1982             Fiber Art, Iowa City, IA

  1967             California State Fair, CA




  M. A., San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

  B. A., Queens College, Queens, NY

  Diploma, H. S. of Music and Art, New York, NY