Sheridan Prize for Art

The 2021 Sheridan Prize for Art Archive

• Small Works Exhibit. Gallery 1337, San Rafael, CA (November 19 – January 21, 2023)
• Colors. Marin Society of Arts. San Rafael, CA (October 28 – November 19, 2022)
• SF Open Studios 2022. SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (October 20 – November 13, 2022)
• Annual Bay Area Artists Choice (curated by Ashley Voss, Voss Gallery). San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Opens 9/27)
• Women in Art 2022. Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (July 7 – July 30, 2022)
• The Wild Side. Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (June 18 – August 13, 2022)
• Everything Blue. MVA Gallery, Bethlehem, PA (May 14 – June 5, 2022)
• Miniatures. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA (May 6 – June 19, 2022)
• Yes, Art! ArtSpan, San Francisco, CA. Selected for exhibition by representatives of five San Francisco galleries. (April 18 – April 28, 2022)
• International Juried Exhibition, Waterscapes. Fusion Art, Online / Palm Springs, CA (March 5 – April 4, 2022)
• Soft Times Art Gallery. Soft Times Soft Launch. San Francisco, CA (March 2022)
• Art Fair / Store Placement- 80 Albion, San Francisco Mission District (December – February 2022)
• Neighborhood Exhibition through MUSA Exhibition, Victory Point Cafe, Berkeley, CA (November 2021)
• 7th Annual Leaves and Petals Juried Exhibition. Fusion Arts, Palm Springs, CA (October -November, 2021)
• Art-In-Neighborhoods Exhibition through ArtSpan San Francisco, Cumaica Coffee, San Francisco, CA (August – October 2021)
• Hierarchy Exhibition. Juried Exhibition at Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA (July-August 2021)
• Textures and Patterns. Juried Exhibition at Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (August 2021)

• “Coasting 1: Fishing in a Kiddie Pool” and “Charcoal of Sophie” featured in Artist Talk Magazine Issue 22, pg. 58.
• ArtSpan Premier OS Equity Grant Recipient 2022.
• ArtSpan San Francisco Featured Artist- October 2021.
• ArtSpan Artist Reception Interview- September 2021:
• The Petriochor Gallery (@tptartgallery) Artist of the Month- August 2021.
• "PDA” featured in Artistonish Magazine. Issue 18, January 2022, p. 39.

• Fronto-orbital Reconstruction Using an Augmented Allograft, 25 J. Craniofacial Surgery 1570 (2014).
• Ocular Drug Delivery of Cyclosporine, 163 J. La. St. Med. Soc’y 72 (2011).
• Ops in the Rice University Thresher.

• California Bar Association
• ArtSpan San Francisco Artist Member

Anna Mathai

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I am an Indian-American mixed media artist based in San Francisco. I use color, light, and texture to tell my story on sculptural canvas 3D works. Most of my works use Venetian and limestone plaster. My art reflects on boundaries, both real and imagined, and blurs them. It is heavily influenced by my Indian immigrant upbringing in the rural Deep South and other experiences as an outlier in various phases of my life– through medical school, law school, the law firm and corporate America. I frequently explore issues of race and gender through "reductive expression"- attempting to distill a moment or message together with its energy and emotions into a simpler visual form. The materials and titles used in my work carry analogies that hint to the sculptural painting's deeper layers, though I find aesthetic and a touch of whimsy to be paramount. The "Heritage Scraps / Not Saree" series of works included sprout from contemplations on my relationship to my Indian heritage over time. They consider various facets of the third culture experience, including associated negative and positive feelings — of being the “other”, of embarrassment, rejection, inevitability, appreciation and pride. Each piece incorporates vintage saree textiles. The figurative works in the series are self-portraits of a sort. “It’s Just Frock n’ Roll, Baby” pokes fun at the “frocks” my mother used to choose for us, as well as the use of the word ‘frock’, which my Indian-born relatives used. The vocabulary and language choice are also a nod to feelings as a young child wanting to fit in, and subconsciously influenced by an near all-white representation in the media. The piece is based on a childhood photo of me. Yes, my hair was really that big and bushy- curly hair brushed out to a poodle doo; curly hair was not popular with Indians then- the strong preference was and still is for light skin and long straight hair). On the figure’s skin, tiny saree patterns are painted on top the Venetian plaster with shimmery mica- a representation of two concepts: (i) the inevitability of being noticeably different when it comes to race and color, and (ii) appreciation of culture. The saree origamis are made of hardened fabrics- tissue-fine silk and cotton printed with vibrant traditional patterns. Other works in the series show a more draped/crumpled sculpture, others with a mix of crumples and organized folds- a repurposing, a recognition starting to happen—something once scrapped now renewed. I’ve also included the last work from my “Wild Woman” series: Passion Flower. The Wild Woman paintings are a balance of chaos and control, an expression of female strength, beauty, and sexuality. They are imbued with an energy that reflects the bravery, confidence, independence, strength needed in the face of a sometimes unfair- they reclaim the word ‘wild’, often used to disparage & control, as a positive. They are also ocean-inspired abstracts. She is wild and beautiful and sometimes fierce, ever changing like the ocean.