Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting. Medicinal ointments, human hair, mold cultures, dead flies, and cremation ashes are just some of the unorthodox substances he uses in order to explore anxieties about mortality, the fragility of the body, and the frailty of life.
He studied at Indiana University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University (Honors Program/Painting and Sculpture). He has also studied privately at Michael Markowitz Art Studios. He has been a guest lecturer/instructor at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, de Young Museum, Douglas and Sturgess, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Yugen Theater, and the Harvey Milk Institute.
In 1990, he was a principle performer for Harupin-Ha, the first Bay Area Butoh troupe, headed by Koichi and Hiroko Tamano. He also has trained with Yumiko Yoshioka, Akira Kasai, Anzu Furukawa, Yuri Nagaoka, and Diego Piñon.
In 1992 he formed COLLAPSINGsilence Performance Troupe, which was active for thirteen years. They were a movement-based group, who designed and choreographed all of their work. In 1996, they were featured at The International Performance Art Festival.
Terrance Graven has exhibited widely including shows at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, De Young Museum, David Cunningham Projects Gallery, 111 Minna, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery. His installation and intervention, To Be Paid, was featured in the prestigious triennial Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
b. Antwerp, Ohio, 1966
Lives and works in San Francisco, California.
2005 SF State University, San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts, Dual Emphasis: Sculpture and Painting - Honors Program
2003 City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, Associate of Arts
2001 Michael Markowitz Studios, San Francisco, CA, Figure Drawing
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 TEMPVS, David Cunningham Projects Gallery, SF
Ashe, Theatre of Yugen, SF
2000 Cir, Museum of Exotica, SF
Cir, Luscombe Gallery, SF
1999 Light, ODC Theater, SF
Maiden, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, SF
1998 Sonic Net, Transmission Theater, SF
Sonic Net, Intersection for the Arts, SF
1997 #88, Transmission Theater, SF
1996 Hibakusha, 111 Minna Gallery, SF
1995 Chatter, 7hZ Collective, SF
Cyanosis Benefit, Ghia Gallery, SF
Wired, Bimbos, SF
1994 Float, Espace, SF
I and Me, On Broadway, SF
Selected Group and Collaborative Exhibitions
2016 Equilux, Campovida Gallery, Oakland, CA
2016 What Is, Was, Epperson Gallery, Crocket, CA
2015 Postcard Project, D. W. Williams Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
Reverie, Campovida Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014 I dream of..., Incline Gallery, SF
I dream of..., Artik and Civil Academy, Freiburg and Berlin
Bay Area Now: Invisible Labor, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
100 Performances for the Hole, SOMArts Gallery, SF
2012 One Million Bones, The National Wall, Washington, D.C.
Flux Tableau, Rockwell Studios, Sausalito, CA
2011 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Bay Area 51, SF
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles
Division of Labor, The Lab, SF
Nothing to Stand On, The Lab, SF
Oil Disaster Response, The Foster Collective, Big Media IMC, Carbondale, IL
2010 Shadowshop, Stephanie Syjuco, SF Museum of Modern Art, SF
Bodies in Space(s), Madrone Art Bar, SF
9/11 Memoriam, NOMA Gallery, SF
Black Lab, The Lab Gallery, SF
Oil Disaster Response, The Foster Collective, Chicago & Huntsville, AL
The Junk Mail Show, Soap Gallery, SF
Eidolon (Illusion, Delusion, Allusion), Climate Gallery, SF
100 Performances for the Hole, SOMArts Gallery, SF
2009 From Ancient to Present, De Young Museum, SF
Ghastly, Heather Ciriza, K Gallery, Alameda
Uncanny Valley Initiative, Honey McMoney, SF
2008 Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF
Show #14, And/Or Gallery, Kristin Lucas & And/Or Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007 Travel Advisory, Slower Faster, Seasonal Fruit, Kristin Lucas, Postmasters, New York, NY
Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive, Kristin Lucas, Postmasters, New York, NY
Green Room, Ilana Crispi, Ruby’s Clay Studio and Gallery, SF
Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF
2006 Human Pixel Project, Peter Smuts, Venice, California
Independent Media Virus & Triage Clinic, Kristin Lucas, NPR Radio, Artist’s Television Access, SF
3rd Annual ArtSFest – Spectra Ball, Regency Center, SF
2005 Dry Run, Kristin Lucas, Exploratorium: McBean Theater, SF
Mona Lisa Postcard Project, Works Gallery, Michael Rosenthal, San Jose
2004 Sleep Here, 21 Grand, Oakland
Stillwell Show, Fine Arts Gallery of San Francisco State, SF
2002 Grand Opening, Art 21 Gallery, Palo Alto
2001 Refraction, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Garden, SF
Investigations, Build Gallery, SF
The Cave, Theatre of Yugen, SF
2000 Live Art Lab, The Lab, SF
1999 Flames to Fire, Anon Salon, SF
1997 The Apparatus, Venue 9, SF
Pins and Needles, Intersection for the Arts, SF
1996 Together, Brady Street Dance Theater, SF
International Performance Art Festival, Grand Ballroom, Cleveland
Hell Yes, Hell No, SOMArts Gallery, SF
Beyond Belief, 111 Minna Gallery, SF
Myth, Magic, and Mayhem, Stanford Univ. Sculpture Garden, Palo Alto
1995 Waters, Transmission Theater, SF
Asian American Performances, Randall Museum, SF
Out There in Here, SOMArts Gallery, SF
1994 Primal Edge, SOMArts Gallery, SF
Survival Research Labs: A Calculated Forecast, 3rd Street Warehouse, SF
The Animal Dreams Project, Project Artaud Theater, SF
1992 Cosho, Luggage Store Gallery, SF
2019-20 Instructor, Production Design and Art Direction, San Francisco State University
2009 Instructor, Museum Studies – Preparator Skills, de Young Museum, SF
2006 Guest Lecturer, Special FX Make Up for Art and Film, University of California Berkeley
2006 Guest Lecturer, Public Art: Interventions, Stanford University
2004 Teaching Assistant, Artist Safety – Power Tools, Mediums, and Materials, San Francisco State University
2003 Instructor, Life Casting – Make a Body Mold, Douglas & Sturgess
1999-00 Instructor, Organize Your Art Practice, Harvey Milk Institute
1992-03 Instructor, Performance Art, Jon Sims Center, Cell Space, and Theater Yugen
Grants and Awards
2001 Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant
• Cancelmo, Amy. "MFA NEVER: Exhibition and Archive Project". MFA NEVER, 2016, pg. 71.
• Lutz, Leora. "Bay Area Now 7". SFAQ: International Arts and Culture, September 30, 2014.
• Mutza, Amy. "A Visible Mess: BAAWA at YBCA's BAN7." Rogue/Rave, September 8, 2014.
• Baker, Kenneth. "Bay Area Now Review". San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2014 and SFGate, July 18, 2014.
• Cooper, Ashton. "YBCA Announces Artists Participating in 'Bay Are Now 7' Triennial".
Artinfo.com, June 9, 1014.
• Torres, Anthony. "Madrone Art Bar: Art Space for the Masses", San Francisco Arts Quarterly,
Issue 8, Feb. Mar. Apr 2012, pg. 68-69.
• Torres, Anthony. "Bodies in Space(s)", Whitehot Magazine, Whitehotmagazine.com
• Davis, Paul M. "Send It Away". SF Weekly, July 7, 2010, pg. 19.
• Kodama, Katherine Hisako. "Censorship at the de Young", ARTslant, November 23, 2009.
• Vogel, Traci. "Terrance Graven Bites Into the Dark Side and Draws Blood", SF Weekly, July 15-21, 2009, pg. 25.
• Bamberger, Alan. "SF Art Galleries Openings, 07.02.09", ArtBusiness.com
• Inglis, Titania. "Beyond Paint", ANG Newpapers, August 3, 2001.
• Burkes, Summer. "Dilettante", SF Bay Guardian, 1997.
• Perly, Todd. "Silence", Sepulchritude.com, November 2, 1997.
• V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Creativity News. "Review", December 1995.
• Davis, Erik. "Terminal Beach Party", Village Voice, October 31, 1995, pg. 31-34.
• Mangrum, Stuart. "A Gallery Without Wall", Building Burning Man, Summer 1995, pg. 4.
• XDOT 25.com. "Haunted By Waters", 1995.
• Carnell, Thom. "The Cimmerian Perception of Terrance Graven", Carpe Noctem, Vol. II, Issue 2, 1995, pg. 16-18.
• Myrddin, Liz. "Collapsing Silence", Suffering Is Hip, Sepulchritude.com, Vol. 1, 1995.
• Savoia, Eric. "Shhh!", Buzzine, 1995.
• Spence, Kristen. "Events", Wired Wire, January 6, 1995.
Selected Professional Positions
2018 Art Installation Consultant, Lauren Elder
2017 Art Preparator & Fabricator, Andy Vogt, Facebook
2017 Exhibition Preparator, Rockstud Untitled, Vanessa Beecroft & Valentino
2017 Artist Assistant, Andy Vogt & Sarah A. Smith
2016 Artistic Director and Set Designer, Remy Charlip, Seth Eisen & CounterPulse
2016 Art Model Maker, Ornament + Crime (Redux), Stephanie Syjuco & Ryan Lee Gallery, NYC, New York
2015 Art Preparator and Art Assistant, Rene Yung
2015 Art Preparator, EQUILUX, Southern Exposure Gallery
2014 Art Assistant, VogtSmith
2014 Art Preparator, Bay Area Now 7, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
2012 Art Documenter, Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure Gallery
2011 Co-Curator, Division of Labor, The Lab,
2011 Art Documenter, Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure Gallery
2010 Art Preparator, Enter Slowly…, David Cunningham Projects & The Lab
2010 Technical Art Fabricator, Triptych, Christine Remy
2009 Exhibition Designer, Tribute to World Culture, De Young Museum
2009 Art Preparator, Fabric 8 Gallery
2009 Art Preparator, Dusseldorf Paintings, Ampersand International Arts
2009 Exhibition Designer, Tribute to Andy Warhol, De Young Museum
2009 Artist Assistant, Critter, Phil Ross
2009 Art Documenter, Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure Gallery
2007 Artist Assistant, Garden Project, Phil Ross
2007 Lead Art Preparator, ARTwork SF
2007 Art Preparator, Banzai & Godzilla, SFMOMA, Scott Tsuchitani
2007 Art Preparator, 2007 Art Auction, Southern Exposure Gallery
2007 Art Fabricator, Blind Boxing, Beean T. Cox
2007 Technical Art Fabricator, Jim Campbell
2006 Art Preparator, The Man Box and Beyond, The Lab, Scott Tsuchitani
2006 Art Fabricator, Redensified, Andy Vogt
2005 Gallery Assistant and Art Preparator, Fall Open Studios, Sharon Pearson
2005 Art Preparator, New California Masters, Works Gallery
2003 Exhibition Fabricator, Texas Native-American Museum, Toxey McMillan Designs
2003 Gallery Assistant and Art Preparator, Fall Open Studios, Sharon Pearson
2002 Museum Exhibits Designer, GLBT Historical Society
2002 Gallery Assistant and Art Installer, Spring Open Studios, Sharon Pearson
2002 Art Preparator, Open Studios, Ross Monroe
2001 Exhibition Installer, Shahasp Designs
2001 Art Preparator, Investigations, Build Gallery