Manna Gallery is pleased to present a selection of ceramic sculptures and wall pieces by San Francisco artist Tiffany Schmierer.  Exhibition opens Third Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 8 pm and continues to Saturday, June 27.  A reception for Tiffany will take place First Saturday, June 6, from 2 to 4 pm, when she will be meeting gallery visitors and discussing her work.  Manna Gallery hours are:  First Fridays, 5 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 5 pm and by appointment.  Website:  www.mannagallery.com. Telephone: 510-277-5972.

Schmierer creates assembled environments with a visual density of pattern, imagery, and detail. Rather than edit down to the minimal, she embraces the complexity of our visual culture. Her current work is inspired by the intersections between the natural and constructed landscape; the pulse of the city, with its organized and chaotic networks and systems, energizes her. Schmierer refers to her sculptures as three-dimensional collages, where she is layering of a chain of ideas to create a cohesive whole. Her finished pieces are an accumulation of fragments from which new connections can be formed. She creates narratives that are non-linear, opening up the visual interpretation of the finished artwork.

Tiffany Schmierer grew up in Pennsylvania. She completed her BFA degree at the University of Oklahoma in three-dimensional arts. She then moved to the West Coast where she earned her MFA in ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2004. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Skyline College in San Bruno where she heads the ceramics program. Schmierer has exhibited in national and regional shows and has received multiple recognitions for her artwork including the Alpha Award for Best in Show at the California Clay Competition, First Place at America’s Clay Fest, and the Niche Award for Professional Ceramic Sculpture. Her work is in public and private collections.

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