In 1992, Margaret-Ann Clemente established herself as a full-time printmaker and painter, pursuing themes inspired by animals from the North American continent and those from her native France. September 11, 2001 redirected her artistic vision. Responding to subsequent global events, her work evolved into a non-objective abstract style called Internal Expressionism.
     A recognizable characteristic of Clemente’s work is unusual media. She constantly experiments beyond presumed limits. Metal leaf, wax media, crystalline particulates, sand, pumice and glass beads join the acrylics, latex house paints, glazes, dry pigments and clay paints previously found not only in her paintings but also in her prints.
     In 2008, Clemente began extensive research on the symbols used in the Aurignacian period of the Upper Paleolithic epoch, which lasted from approximately 40,000 to 26,000 years ago in Europe and Southeast Asia. The spiral, chevron, wavy line, rectangle, square, triangle, meander, dot and circle were part of a visual vocabulary with which humans communicated and adorned their lives. The images in her 2008 through mid-2010 prints were inspired from patterns found on the handles of implements used then and engravings on stone, shell and wood. Clemente’s multi-plate prints are intended to honor and raise awareness of the creativity of those who came before us, and who made our existence possible today.
     The culmination of her research occurred in late 2010, when she visited Sicily, from where her paternal ancestors originate. The work in the Sicilian Gallery is dedicated to them and echo many of the primal symbols and patterns Clemente witnessed during her visit. No longer abstract, her prints are vividly illustrative, reflecting complex imagery while remaining straightforward.
      Clemente’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and Europe and is available through galleries and private consultants. She accepts commissions and maintains a studio at Twin Pines Art Center in Belmont, CA and in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010   New Works on Paper, Belmont Arts Council Gallery, Belmont, CA

2009   Marks and Metal, Café Zoe, Menlo Park, CA

2007   AZURE, Belmont Arts Council Gallery, Belmont, CA

2006   Venetian Bold, SOCO Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA      New Works, Atrium Gallery Extension, Belmont, CA

1996   Nude Felines, Coastal Arts Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA

1995   Animal Connections, Elizabeth Norton Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

1994   Higher Animals, Palo Alto Unitarian Church, Palo Alto, CA

1993   Animal Debut, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011    Icons and Visions,  Museo ItaloAmericano, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2010    California Society of Printmakers 97th Annual Exhibit, Thoreau Center, San Francisco, CA

2009    National Small Works 2009. Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC     Birds, Bees, Feathers and Fins, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA     Silicon Valley Open Studios Invitational Exhibit, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA    Arizona Edges, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ     Gallery West 12th Annual National Juried Show, Gallery West, Alexandria, VA     INK AND CLAY, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, CA State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA     The Dimension of Dreams, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008   
California Society of Printmakers, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA      From the Press Print Exhibit, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA     SGC Corporate Exhibit, sponsored by Art Liaisons, San Mateo, CA     Synopsys Corporate Exhibit, sponsored by Carol A. Dabb, Mountain View, CA     California Society of Printmakers, Gill and Boyer Galleries, Pacific Grove, CA     21st Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI

2007    Norton Gallery Print Show, Norton Gallery, Palo Alto, CA     Long Beach Arts 2007 California Open Exhibit, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA     16th National Juried Show, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Milford, NJ     Expressions West 2007, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR     Spectrum: The Chakra Element, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY     34rth Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

2006    Pacific Art League Faculty Exhibit, Norton Gallery, Palo Alto, CA     California Society of Printmakers , SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA     Annual Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA     Printmaking Today, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA     Back to Basics, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

2005    More Than Expected, Oakland City Arts & Crafts Gallery, Oakland, CA      Abstractions, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA   2005 Members’ Exhibition, WORKS/San Jose, CA

2004    17th Parkside National Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI     Synopsys Corporate Exhibit, sponsored by Carol A. Dabb, Mountain View, CA     California Society of Printmakers, Bay Model, Sausalito, CA     Perks, Elizabeth Norton Gallery, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA     Selected Works, Atrium Gallery, Belmont, CA     A Group of Three, ARTShare Gallery, San Mateo, CA

2003    California Society of Printmakers, WORKS/San Jose, CA     Small Wonders, Eriksen Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA     The Mediated Image, Crossman Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin     A Show of Gratitude, City Arts College Gallery, City College of San Francisco     BACA Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2002    Coastal Arts League Museum 18th Annual Juried Show, Half Moon Bay, CA     Incyte, Corporate Exhibit sponsored by Pacific Art League, CA     Prelude, ARTShare, County GovernmentCenter Gallery, Redwood City, CA     Primarily Blue, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

2001    Coastal Arts League Museum 17th Annual Juried Show, Half Moon Bay, CA     KTEH Art Preview Exhibit, San Jose, CA     The Spirit of Handmade Prints, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA     New Work - Four Artists, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA     Beyond The Rules, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco     Arts On Fire 5, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

2000    42nd Annual Art Guild of Pacifica Exhibit, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA     California Society of Printmakers, College Art Gallery, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA     Environmental Perspectives: Beauty and the Beast,  Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA     Arts On Fire, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA     The New Millennium Show, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA     Anything Goes, Some Things Stay, Donnelley Library, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Ill.     Water, Stone, Earth, Pigment, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, CA     Pacific Prints 2000, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

1999-91  Upon request

Honors

2011    Artist in Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2010    Artist in Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2003    Nominated Eureka Fellowship Program for Visual Artists

2002    Best of Show Le Renard a L’Aube, monotype, KTEH Art Auction Exhibit

2001    Red Ribbon, 42nd Annual Art Guild Of Pacifica Exhibit, Sanchez Art Center

2000    Three Purchasers’ Awards, Pacific Prints, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA

2000    Award of Excellence, Arts On Fire, Sanchez Art Center

1999-91 Upon request


Writing For The Arts

2007    California Society of Printmakers News Brief, Fall

2003    California Society of Printmakers News Brief, Spring/Fall

2002    Know Your Own Art History, The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, Nov/Dec     Create An Artist Group, The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, May     Artist Statement, The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, Jan/Feb

2001    Networking & First Thursdays, The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, Sept/Oct     Body Of Work,  The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, July/Aug     Going Digital, The Dirty Palette, Art Guild of Pacifica, Nov/Dec     California Society of Printmakers News Brief, Spring


Bibliography and Guest Appearances

2011    'Icons and Visions at Fort Mason Center', SF Gate, June 30th, page F-1     San Francisco Arts Monthly, July / August 2011, Volume 20, Number 12, page 11,
    San Francisco Arts Monthly, June  2011, Volume 20, Number 11, page 12     Icons and Visions, Lecture on Work, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA, June     Presentation of Icons and Visions to California Lawyers for the Arts Interns, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA June      Half Moon Bay Review, Artist explores visions, 6/1

2009    Half Moon Bay Review, Clemente shows art in Menlo Park, 10/17

2008    Half Moon Bay Review, The Variation Print Series, the textures of crisis, 10/15     Two local artists show work to the world, 1/24

2007    San Mateo County Times, Art Notes, Shades of Blue, August 20     Examiner—Peninsula, Groups Fight For Precious Heritage, August 26     Palo Alto Weekly, Fast Friends, March 30     

2006    Half Moon Bay Review, Out of despair, an artist rises, September 13

2001    Pacifica Tribune, ArtBeat, January 24

1999-91  Upon request


Teaching the Arts

2007    Professional Business Practices for Exhibiting Artists, Pacific Art League     Private Instruction, Belmont, CA

2006    Professional Business Practices for Exhibiting Artists,  Pacific Art League     Kid’s Camp, Pacific Art League,     Private Instruction, Belmont, CA,     Artist Statement Workshop, WORKS/San Jose

2005    Kid’s Camp, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA,     Adult Printmaking Classes, Twin Pines Art Center, Belmont, CA

2004    Group Printmaking and Art Instruction for Children, Belmont, CA

2003    Private Art Instruction for Children, Twin Pines Art Center, Belmont, CA     Atherton Arts Committee Summer Camp, Atherton, CA

2001    Guest Printmaker, Lincoln High School, San Francisco, CA

2000    Printmaking Workshop, Sanchez Art Centre, Pacifica, CA     Printmaking Demonstration/Instruction, Half Moon Bay High School, Half Moon Bay, CA

1996-91  Upon request


Affiliations

2006-04    Editor, California Society of Printmakers News Brief

2004-1999    CSP Board Recording Secretary

2000    Art Guild of Pacifica - Board Member


Publications

2009    Studio Visit, Volume Seven, pages 54, 55

2000    Noetic Sciences Review, Summer Volume, Monotype, Le Corbeau Rouge, IBC

1999-91  Upon request


Education

Studied with Jenny Robinson, Inez Storer, Alan May, Kathryn Kain, Adele Seltzer, Carol Doyle, Joe Zirker and Dan Stolpe

Taking The Leap, Emeryville, CA

American University, BS/Double Major: Film Making/Graphic Design, Cum Laude

École St. Roch, Paris, France/Diploma in Design 


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

École Du Musée Du Louvre, Paris, France/Diploma Medieval Religious Architecture