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Bio
Cheyenne Concepcion is a Filipino-American artist and designer whose work explores how architecture, politics, history and aesthetics shape place across a wide range of media including sculpture, design, social practice and public art. She creates craft-inspired sculptures, large-scale public installations and functional objects that confront hidden histories within the American landscape. By shining a light on the stories of the people and places that have been overlooked, Concepcion uses her work to engage ideas of cultural memory, migration and the built environment. She works between San Francisco and New York City.

Concepcion has received residencies and fellowships from Socrates Sculpture Park, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Monument Lab, Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Goethe Institut. She has exhibited at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2024); Highline Nine Galleries, New York, NY (2023); Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2018); Code & Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2019); and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, NY (2019).  A self-taught artist, Cheyenne completed a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley where she was awarded a full-ride Graduate Opportunity Fellowship and the prestigious Excellence in Design Award.



Artist Statement
My practice is part social commentary, part group therapy. I work across mediums to create craft-inspired woven sculptures, participatory public installations and functional objects that spotlight hidden histories in the American landscape. Integral to my practice is creating work with a public component and for the last few years, my work has been in conversation with notions of political power in America through my projects on public art and monuments, cultural memory, and migration.  My work initiates participatory research, advocates for awareness and crowd sources materials, making the public active producers of the work. Because of this, I like to think of my work as a social-sculpture, anchored by hand crafted physical objects and installations but deeply conceptual and communal by design.

My process begins with a lot of research; I often follow an idea into physical form which allows me to work in an interdisciplinary way. Then, I draw on my design training to select meaningful materials for best communicating the story I am trying to tell. Finally, to materialize the artwork, I build on my technical background in landscape architecture and love for hand-weaving to create sculptures, functional furniture and participatory public installations that are meant to shift culture.


      FORTHCOMING      

Haystack Mountain School of Craft: Open Studio Residency | Artist Residency
Open Studio Residency | June 2024
Deer Isle, Maine

Pulsecheck: Monuments and Memorials San Francisco | Arts Consulting
Cultural Arts Consultant with team led by HR&A and in partnership with San Francisco Arts Commission 
Funded by a grant through Mellon Foundation’s Monuments Project | Fall 2024
San Francisco, California

FORWARD7: Monuments & Memorials | Public Art Journal Guest Editor & Thought Leader
New Monuments Taskforce with FORECAST PUBLIC ART | Summer 2024
St Paul, Minnesota


      RECENTLY      

CONSIDERING JANUARY | Group Exhibition
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
Los Angeles, California



Exhibition Dates: January 20 – February 17, 2024
Reception: Saturday, January 20th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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This ensemble exhibition is a jubilant celebration of the rich language of textile art. The twelve artists in this show maneuver fabric, fibers, and thread into objects and structures that rollick, swaddle, sag, and by any means necessary, call attention to the actuality of the material world. Whether woven, twisted, stitched, wrapped, or appliqued the works engender speculations on time, myth, and sensuality. They reframe, cancel, and blur historical implications of cloth with lavish physicality. The works’ audacious generosity of touch and gesture invite creative liberation as critical grist for the new year.

 Considering January, with Cheyenne Concepcion, Michael F. Rohde, Emily Silver, Uma Rani Iyli, Richard-Jonathan Nelson, Julia Couzens, Lia Porto, Joy Ray, Svetlana Shigroff, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Jonathan Parker, Carmen Mardonez, Helen O’Leary, Liv Aanrud +





Contact: studio@cheyenneconcepcion.com
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Awards & Fellowships & Residencies
• Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, 2024
•  Meantime AIR, Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco, 2023

•  Artist in Residence, Quinn Emanuel New York, 2023
•  Socrates Sculpture Park  Annual Fellow, 2022
•  Shaping the Past Fellow, Monument Lab + Goethe Institut , 2021
•  Public Partiticipation Fellow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020
•  Excellence in Design Award, UC Berkeley,  2019
•  Inaugural Monument Lab National Fellow, 2019
•  GOP Fellow, UC Berkeley, Full Ride Scholarship, 2016-19


Press
VOGUE PHILIPPINES:  ART: 10 Days of Seeing -  Cheyenne Concepcion is Decolonizing Public Art Through Visual Storytelling, January 3, 2023
HYPERALLERGIC: Your New York November Art Guide | Socrates Sculpture Park by  Bill Anania, October 27 2022
ARCHPAPER: Staying Afloat: Socrates Sculpture Park displays five installations addressing the urgency of climate change, October 5 2022
CURBED: Design Edit: Glass Lighting, Soft Seating and More NYC design finds you should know about by Diana Budds, September, 23, 2022
SIGHT UNSEEN: New York Design Week, We Missed You — Here Are 25 Favorites From the Festival That Was by Jill Singer, May 26, 2022
CURBED: A Filipino American Designer Is Reclaiming the Peacock Chair “It’s more than designing a collection; I’m inventing a style,” says Cheyenne Concepcion, by Diana Budds, May 19, 2022
DOMINO: Scouting, New York’s Design Week Shows Prove This Millennial Trend Isn’t Going Anywhere Domino’s editors pick their favorite pieces. by Julia Stevens, May 21, 2022
NY POST (Online): The best new looks from the 10th annual NYCxDESIGN Festival by April Hardwick, May 20, 2022
NY POST (Print): Your Next New Look by April Hardwick, May 19, 2022
DESIGN MILK: Presenting WantedDesign’s Launchpad 2022,  Vy Tran, April 1, 2022
REBELLIOUS MAGAZINE: The Art of Appreciating Art in Chicago July 201
MISSION LOCAL: Paseo Artístico, a lovely afternoon of art, March 2021
YBCA ZINE: Seeing the Essentials, July 2020
ART PAPERS: Monuments Under Occupation,Fall/Winter 2020
KQED: Artist-Led Task Force Wants SF to Rethink Approach to Public Monuments, October 2020
DAILY CAL: Resist/Release’ art show demonstrates what effective political art looks like, what it doesn’t by Ryan Tuozzollo, October 2018