Testimonials from Healers & Architects


Professional History

Mary Curtis Ratcliff 

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design



Book: Mary Curtis Ratcliff: Full Circle with an essay by critic David Littlejohn

Awarded a City of Berkeley Civic Arts Grant for 2019–2020


2017            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA

2008            New Pacific Studio, Masterton, New Zealand

2005            Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France

2000            Gentoshiya, Shimabara, Japan

1999            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA

1997            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA


Over 30 solo shows, including:

2018    Circumference, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017    What Goes Around Comes Around, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016    Full Circle, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015    Arborescence: Art in the Vineyard, Moulds Family Vineyard, Napa, CA

2009    Patterns of Emergence, Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

2006    Arborescence, Art Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 

2005    Surface Fancy, State of California Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA 

2000   Ten Days in Shimabara, Gentoshiya Gallery, Shimabara, Japan 

1994    Ritual Fashion, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

1993    Mary Curtis Ratcliff, University of the Pacific Gallery, Stockton, CA 

1982    Ribbon Sculpture, Sonoma State University Library Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA 


Over 100 group shows, including: 

2018    Generation: The 2018 UC Berkeley Art Alumni Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery

2015    Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

2014    Civic Arts Exhibition, City of Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley, CA

2011   Of Water, The Bay Model, Sausalito, CA

            Flow Patterns, The Atrium, San Francisco, CA

2008    Rhode Island School of Design Biennial, Oakland, CA

2007    SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    Local Color, Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France

2003    Sweet Tooth, Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine & the Arts, Napa, CA

2001    Groupe Mémoires, Galerie Dukan, Marseille, France

            International Group Show, Osaka, Japan

1999    What is Art for? The Oakland Museum of California

1998    fem´ -i-nie, n… womankind, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

1997    Generations: 25 Years of A.I.R. Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY     

            Carving the forces of Change: Women’s Caucus for Art National 25th Anniversary 

            Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995    Waste Not, Want Not, Waitakere Arts & Cultural Centre, Titirangi, New Zealand

            In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the ‘90s, Snug Harbor Cultural Center,

            Staten Island, NY

1993    Crocker-Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

            Vessels, The Upper Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

            Her Art Works, Women’s Caucus for Art National Competition, South Bend Art Center, 

            South Bend, IN

1991    A.M.D.G., Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

1989    American Documentary Video: Subject to Change, Museum of Modern Art, NY; 

            San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

1980    First International Festival of Women’s Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

1979    Shidoni Outdoor Sculpture Show, Tesuque, NM

1978    The Great Goddess Re-Emerging, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

            Santa Fe Art Festival, Santa Fe, NM 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY (in alphabetical order by author)

Anderton, Lucy. “Creating Connections in 2005.” La Gazette du Moulin à Nef, May 2006

Avril, Jean-Louis. “Le Groupe Mémoires: Retenir le passé… au present qui déjà fuit.” Univers des Arts, March 2001, pp. 41–43.

Boyle, Deirdre. Subject to Change: Guerilla Television Revisited. New York: Oxford Press, 1996

Boyd, Margy. The First Artists’ Soap Box Derby,official magazine. SFMMA, May 1975.

Cheng, DeWitt. “A Timeless Miscellany.” East Bay Express, January 2012

“Picks: McLennan/Ratcliff.” East Bay Express, Aug. 18, 2010

Cohn, Terri. Mirror, Mirror: Gender Roles and the Historical Significance of Beauty. Catalog. Oakland: California College of Arts & Crafts: 1994

Connor, Russell. Vision and Television. Catalog. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Gallery, 1970 

Farmer, Don. “Artists in residence.” Wairarapa Times Age, New Zealand, Feb. 26, 2008, p. 5

Frankenstein, Alfred. "Bringing the Whitney Home," San Francisco Chronicle, June 26, 1975

Gafni, Matthias. “Take a trip to Ratcliff’s ‘Memory Park.’” Vallejo Times-Herald, May 5, 2000, C-1, 2. 

Groupe Mémoires. Paris: Tiempo Editions, 2001.

Here Come the Videofreex. Feature-length film directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin. Official selection at Full Frame, Rotterdam, and BAM Film Festivals; in theatrical release March 2016.

Hodara, Susan. “Before YouTube, Experimenting with Video. ‘Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television’ at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. The New York Times, March 1, 2015.

In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the ’90s. Catalog. Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1995.

Ingall, Andrew. Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television.Catalog. New Paltz: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2015

Inquiring Mind 22:1 (Fall 2005): five artworks illustrated.

Kahori, Sakane. “WTC Exhibit Showcases for Int’l Artistic Talent.” The Daily Yomiuri, June 28, 2000.  

Kerr, Todd. “Berkeley Art Center Artists Member Showcase.” Berkeley Times, Jan. 2011.

Kluth, Mary Ann. “Jo Ann Biagini: Nature in Transition/Mary Curtis Ratcliff: Charismatic Fauna at Mercury 20 Gallery.” 

Art Ltd Magazine, July 2013.

Littlejohn, David. Mary Curtis Ratcliff: Full Circle. San Francisco: Wonora Press, 2016. 

Love, Barbara J. Feminists Who Changed America, 1963–1975. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006, pp. 374–375.

Sickler, Erin. “Mary Curtis Ratcliff and Parry Teasdale of Videofreex.” The Brooklyn Rail, Sept. 8, 2015

Steinheimer, Emma. “The Living Coillection: Abstraction, Shadow, Reflection.” Profile in Berkeley Times, May 7, 2015.

Tanguy, Sarah. Sweet Tooth. Catalog. Napa: Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts, 2003.

Thym, Jolene. “What is Art? What Are You?” Oakland Tribune, March 7, 1999. L-1,4. 

Tripp, Stephanie. “From TVTV to YouTube: A Genealogy of Participatory Practices in Video.” Journal of Film and Video 64: 1–2

(Spring/Summer 2012): 5–16.

Woman Spirit. Wolf Creek, OR: September 1974. Feather Hoop illustrated.

Plus live Q&As at screenings of the documentary film Here Come the Videofreex at venues ranging from the IFC Film Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York to BAMPFA, The Roxie, and the East Bay Media Center in the SF Bay Area. 

Artworks in over 100 public and private collections, including healing practitioners, The Fine Arts Museums of 

San Francisco’s Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Oakland Museum of California.


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