Art Hazelwood: Artist, Impresario, Instigator
After several false starts WRAP’s mural in Clarion Alley was finally completed working with the San Francisco Print Collective and Michelle Maren Williams. With Klaus Rotzscher of Pettingell Bookbindery Hazelwood created an opera in a box, Tora Bora, based on the Afghan war. In 2010 Hazelwood was invited to create a print for Philagrafika and city wide print event in Philadelphia. He completed two ceramic tile murals in 2009, one, a memorial to Arnett Watson, a homeless rights activist, the other in a program to support youth of incarcerated parents at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco. His show of prints, Hubris Corpulentus, about the current US wars, traveled to several venues around the country from 2003 to 2006. He created three large scale book projects with print publisher Eastside Editions in San Francisco. Each of these book projects took two years to complete. His prints and books are in several public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, RSDI Museum, Stanford Special Collections Library, Yale Special Collections Library and University of California Santa Cruz.
In 2016 Hazelwood divides his time between fighting at the bargaining table for the Adjunct Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and working with the San Francisco Poster Syndicate to create street posters. 2012 started as a great year for political posters… but it didn’t end so well. Art Hazelwood worked on Occupy posters and helped with the Occuprint Portfolio. In 2011 Along with Francisco Dominguez and Doug Minkler, Hazelwood organized a traveling exhibition on the US Mexico Border wall called New World Border. Since 1993 he has worked with several homeless rights organizations creating artwork for street newspapers, creating posters and helping to organize fundraising events, most notably the Coalition on Homelessness and its Street Sheet as well as WRAP. In 2008, together with Stephen Fredericks of the New York Society of Etchers, he organized the Art of Democracy a national coalition, producing more than one hundred political posters and bringing together more than fifty political art shows taking place all over the country leading up to the presidential elections.
In 2016 preparations for a book project on Mission Grafica have been ongoing for several years working with Jos Sances, Juan Fuentes, Calixto Robles, Robbin Henderson and Michelle Mouton. In 2011 Hazelwood curated several exhibitions. In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate and Encompassing at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco featuered the work of more than 30 contemporary artists and artist groups. He also curated Between Struggle and Hope: Envisioning a Democratic Art in the 1930s, de Saisset Museum – July 29 – December 4, 2011 In 2009 he curated three major exhibitions. The first, Hobos to Street People, a four year traveling exhibition which examines artists’ responses to homelessness from the New Deal to the present, opened at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. He also curated a history of the relief print in Northern California; California in Relief, nearly one hundred woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings over a one hundred year span, at the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. And he curated a retrospective of slain artist Casper Banjo at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco.
He has organized more than 20 group exhibitions and curated shows for individual artists including retrospectives of several artists including William Wolff, Roy Ragle, Casper Banjo, David Avery, Frank Rowe and Richard Correll (a two person show) and Patricia Cosper Brandes.
Links to Galleries and Collections with work by Art Hazelwood