Bella Feldman


Sculptor Bella Feldman’s work has shown internationally in solo and group shows since 1976 to great acclaim. She makes extraordinary objects– objects that rivet your attention by their physical appearance; the weight, mass, volume, material, posture, balance, and motion immediately access a bodily response. Then your mind, your sense of poetry, human imagination, and memory tune in and hold you there. Bella’s works are intended to keep and enlarge their meaning over time; their layered imageries shift and evolve with the viewer’s own moods and experiences. The materials for her sculptures are chosen not only for structural reasons but also for the references they embody.

Feldman has participated in over fifty solo exhibitions including several solo museum shows (Oakland Museum Sculpture Court, San Jose Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum and the Downey Museum in California) and group shows in all parts of the US and in Switzerland. Her work has been published in numerous catalogues and articles and reviews have appeared throughout the art press. She has been invited to lecture at universities across the country and in Uganda. She has taught sculpture at a major California art school for several decades and chaired the sculpture department for two years. Her sculpture is in museum, corporate and private collections worldwide. Bella’s work has been commissioned by a variety of architects and she is the winner of several awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist’s Fellowship.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016           Vessel Gallery, Oakland,CA

2013           Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, 50 Year Survey

2011            Nieto Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Anxious Objects

Public Glass, San Francisco, CA, Works in Glass and Steel

2010           San Luis Obispo Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Overview

2009          The Atrium @ 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, Metal and Glass

Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Bella Feldman–JP Long Dialogue

2008          Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2007          Sculpturesite, San Francisco, CA

Buschlen Mowatt, Palm Desert, CA

2006          Sculpturesite, San Francisco, CA

Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL, Glass Engravings

2004          Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL, War Toys Redux

Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA, War Toys Redux

Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Crafts and Cultural Arts Gallery, California State Building, Oakland, CA

2003          Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, War Toys Redux

Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, War Toys Redux

2002         Tucson Museum, Tucson, AZ

Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL, Flasks of Fiction

Buschlen Mowatt, Palm Desert, CA

Habatat Pontiac, Pontiac, MI

2001           Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999           Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

1998          D. P. Fong, San Jose, CA

Pat Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, New Work

1996          Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA. (Distinguished Woman Artist of 1996),

Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA

Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995          Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Decompression Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

1994          Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, War Toy Installation

1993          Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL

Downey Museum, Downey, CA

St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

1992         California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Oakland Museum, Downtown Sculpture Court, Oakland, CA

1991          Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989         Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1988         Foxley Leach Gallery, Washington, DC

SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987         Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, Bella Feldman, Steel Sculpture (funded by

Chicago Arts Council)

SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984         University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Fiber Forms of Bella Feldman

Monterey Peninsula Museum, Monterey, CA, Sculpture

1983         University of Denver, Denver, CO, Sculpture by Bella Feldman

1982         San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Bella T. Feldman/Sculpture

1980         Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA,

Spine Series

1976         Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

1975         Gallerie Bernard Letu, Geneva, Switzerland, Bella: Sculptures

University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, Installation Metamorphosis

1973          San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Metamorphosis

Group Exhibitions (*indicates curator)

2015         Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA, All That Glitters

                 Yianna Grammatopoula Gallery, Athens, Greece, Magic Carpet Ride

San Luis Obispo Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA. CA Sculpture Slam

                 Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA. The Object and the Void

                 Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, CA, Vesse

                 Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA. Dorothy Saxe Invitational

Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA. Woman

Cabrillo College Gallery, Apton, CA. Material Illusions

2014         A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma CA. Being Woman

Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa, CA 20@20

2013          A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma CA. Black_White_Red

Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA. Armed Medium: The Military Vehicle

                  as Subject

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, New Media Combinations

                  Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa CA. Tradition of


2012          Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, Playing with Fire: Artists

of the California Studio Glass Movement.

2011           Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA, 75th Anniversary Show

Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Amorphous Dreams

2009         Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, estro-GEN

2008         Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Artists of Invention: 100 years CCA

2007          Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

2006          Fresno Art Museum and Art Center, Fresno, CA, 18 Profiles, Distinguished Women Artists of California.

Whitney Biennial 2006, Peace Tower, New York, NY

2005          Habatat Chicago, Chicago, IL

Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004           Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, Toys

2001            Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Being There: 45 Artists

1996            Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA,

                    Generations: The Lineage of Influence in the Bay Area,

1994            Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL, Menorah Exhibit

Alternative Museum, New York, NY, National Showcase

1993            Rockford Museum, Rockford, IL, War Toy Installation

1992            Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado,

Colorado Springs, CO, Crossovers

1991            Oakland Museum, Downtown Sculpture Court, Inaugural Exhibition,

Phil Linhares*

1989            Baeker Galerie, Cologne, Germany, Five California Artists

1988            Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, MD, Tangents: Seven Artists,

Mary Jane Jacob* Traveling to Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Cleveland

Art Institute, Cleveland, OH

1986            Fresno Art Museum and Art Center, Fresno, CA,

                    Survey of California Women Artists 1945 Present, Joyce Aiken*

1985            San Francisco Airport Commission, San Francisco, CA,

Menagerie-Contemporary Animal Images

Focus Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland, Six Artistes of the Biennale

Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Fibre/Sculpture Biennale

1984            Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, The Presence of Light, Betty Park*,

Dominique Mazaud*

Twining Gallery, New York, NY, Art in Craft Media, Mildred Constantine*

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, Fiber Cross Currents

1983            Musee de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland,

Fibre/Espace; Tapisserie Biennale

Japan Traveling Exhibit, Art and/or Craft USA: 1982 Japan, Sherri Warner*

1982            Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA,

Between the Lines: Lightweight Sculpture

Visual Art Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK,

National Sculpture Invitational, (Traveled to Fairbanks and Juneau)

1978            80 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Paper as Medium, Jane Farmer*

1976            SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, Death Show, Ed Lau*

Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, The Handmade Paper Object,

                    Richard Kubiak* (Traveled until 1982)

Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA, The Multiple Image

1975            Athol McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA,

Paper Sculpture

1974            Womanspace, Los Angeles, CA. Taboo Show