City College Art Gallery

and Other Venues 

City College Art Gallery presents:

A Multi-Pronged Approach

  Yvonne Escalante

September 26 to October 26, 2016

Artist Talk: Monday, September 26,

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in the gallery

Reception: September 8, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm

City College Art Gallery is proud to present  A Multi-Pronged Approach, featuring artwork by Yvonne Escalante.

Yvonne Escalante is an artist and educator who lives and works in San José, California. Her art utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques in multi-media sculptures and installations that explore themes of cultural, social, and environmental justice. Escalante’s work has been exhibited at venues throughout the Bay Area, including the deYoung Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. Raised in Southern California, Escalante received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and later earned her MFA from San José State University, where she now runs the Jewelry and Small Metals area.

A Multi-Pronged Approach grew out of the artist’s frustration with global events. “From the seemingly constant state of war the United States and other countries are engaged in; to horrifying acts of terrorism at home and abroad; to refugee crises in Africa, the Middle East, and my own ancestral homeland of Central America – the multitude of desperate situations around the world and the unstoppable flow of stories and images of suffering leave me sad, anxious, and reaching for solutions that don’t materialize,” Escalante says.

This exhibition looks at the folly of seeking easy fixes to unimaginably complex problems. The medical cabinets that make up First Aid: Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are modeled after arcade claw machines to encapsulate the frustration and tension of trying to clench the prize of a desperately-needed cure. Homeland Stability is a shrine to another remedy that doesn’t exist. An intimidating and not entirely trustworthy syringe offers the false hope of escape from the haunting memories of conflict.

Tying the exhibition together, literal threads run through several pieces to represent an attempt to mend a seemingly broken society and to make some sense of the many recent mass involuntary migrations the world has witnessed.

A Multi-Pronged Approach is a direct attack on the maladies that captivate and confound us. There is no singular solution, just a multitude of stabs in the dark,” Escalante says.

The City College Art Gallery is located in the Visual Art Building, v119, on the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, free to the public, and just a few blocks from the Balboa BART station. 

Gallery Hours: Mon 9:30-12 and 1-4, Tues 11-2 and 3:30-5:30, Wed 9:30-12 and 1-4, Thur 11-2 and 3:30-5:30

The City College Art Gallery’s Mission:

  • Establish City College Art Gallery as an important arts destination for citizens of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, thereby stimulating active public awareness, support, and participation in the arts.
  • Provide a free, publicly accessible venue for art made by regional and national artists as well as the distinguished faculty, staff, students and alumni of City College.
  • Provide meaningful cultural and learning experiences for City College students by hosting contemporary art exhibitions in a critical context, which ultimately improves visual literacy and analytical thinking.
  • Introduce City College art students to art professionalism through juried exhibitions and visiting artist-led workshops.
  • Offer City College art students hands-on training in all aspects of gallery management, providing them practical job skills in order to gain employment in the art field.



Throughout the year, exceptional artwork created by professional artists, students and faculty are showcased at City College of San Francisco's Administrative Offices.

These exhibitions give professional artists, students and faculty the oppertunity to have their work viewed by City College staff, administrators, and board members. Students and faculty also have the oppertunity to display their work at Conlan Hall and at Fort Mason. More information please contact Gallery Directors.

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