Point of emphasis: Low-Res MFA Interdisciplinary Arts
Scott Oliver is a project-based artist whose practice explores our damaged relationship with the built environment through what he calls “poetic repurposing.” His work has taken many forms including architecture, indoor sculpture, a restaurant, a collection of discarded LPs, borrowing and modifying other people’s furniture, a game luxury and students, a sound walk on the urban lake. a group of sculptural symbols.
Oliver holds a BFA (1994) in Graphic Design and an MFA (2005) in Wood/Furniture from California College of the Arts. His work has been exhibited widely in the Bay Area at the deYoung Art Center, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Sonoma State University, Triple Base, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Oakland Museum of California, Johansson Projects, Southern Exposure, Yerba Buena. Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Mission 17, Rena Bransten Gallery, and nationally at Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery (Portland, OR), UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), and Sierra Nevada . College (Incline Village, NV).
Oliver has received several awards and grants for his work including an East Bay Fund for Artists Grant from the East Bay Community Foundation, an Investment Grant for Artists from the Center for Cultural Innovation, an Artist Project Grant from Individual from the City of Oakland and. Another Inspirational Help from Southern Exposure. He was artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2009 and Recology in 2007. Oliver’s previous teaching experience includes adjunct faculty positions at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley and Sierra University of Nevada. He lives and works in Reno, Nevada.