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Mildred Howard

"The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own"

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own, Howard. Completed artwork.

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

The notion of home has been an ongoing investigation and interest of Howard’s for decades and resulted in large sculptural installations throughout the country including at the Crocker Art Museum, the Di Rosa Preserve, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, among others. She further explores this idea in her work at the airport—a 17’ glass house. Howard frequently explores how home is defined within the context of a place. For example, home can be considered a Country, a City, a neighborhood, or a house. Home can be a community, a family, a place where one feels safe, or it can be a shelter. It can be a metaphor for memories and/or where new ideas and thoughts are born. This sculpture is a reminder to passengers of where they have come from and of their final destination. It will be a reminder of home.

The artwork is constructed with glass strips which, in the sun-flooded Concourse, reflect and refract light, casting colored shadows on the surface of the surrounding areas during the day. The glass is a shade of purple and parts of the walls and ceiling are missing. The structure is framed in stainless steel.

ARTWORK IN PROGRESS

The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own, Howard. Work in progress.

The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own, Howard. Installation.

Artwork Foundry's crew installs the steel frame for the house sculpture. Installers from Franz Mayer of Munich secured the hand-blown glass panels in place on the steel frame. 

COMPLETED ARTWORK

The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own, Howard. Completed artwork.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

A native San Franciscan, Mildred Howard’s work has appeared in exhibitions around the world and has garnered numerous awards, including the San Francisco Art Institute's Adaline Kent Award and fellowships from the Flintridge and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the De Young Museum, San Francisco, California; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; Oakland Museum, Oakland, California; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut; Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation, Napa, California; and Rena Braunstein, San Francisco, California. Howard has also taught at Stanford and Brown universities and at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts.

ARTIST WEBSITE

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