Ramekon O’Arwisters, San Francisco
Eureka Fellowship Awardee 2014
Ramekon O’Arwisters is a social-practice artist who creates collaborative, community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions and techniques to foster and support a culture of community building. O’Arwisters’s Crochet Jams invite the public, friends, volunteers, and associates to participate in the traditional folk art of making rag rugs. As a thought leader, O’Arwisters engages the public in thinking differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. He has had exhibitions at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and the Kato Gallery in Tokyo. His work has been included in numerous San Francisco group exhibitions including the African American Art & Cultural Complex, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. In 2013 he participated in a residency at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco. He was awarded an Artadia Award in 2002 and a second San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in 2011. O’Arwisters received a Masters of Divinity from Duke University. He is currently a curator of exhibitions at the SFO Museum and a guest lecturer at various Bay Area colleges.