Nanette Wylde
Curatorial Projects

Books and exhibition catalogs are available via Hunger Button Books

Biophilia: Humans and the Natural World
October 6–November 5, 2023

WORKS/San José, San José, California, 2023
Artists: Shari Bryant, Binh Danh, Elizabeth Gómez, Annette Goodfriend, Emily Gui, LeMonie Lightning Hutt, Yunan Ma, Kent Manske, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, and Minoosh Zomorodinia

Exhibition webpage

Entanglements2: A curated collection of contemporary culture

Entanglements is an anthology of West Coast artists and writers curated by Nanette Wylde.

The second in this annual print publication focuses on the concept of biophilia—humans innate desire to connect with other species.

Included are three engaging interviews: Richard Whittaker in conversation with eco-artist Zach Pine; Katherine Bazak in conversation with playwright Sharmon Hilfinger; and Nanette Wylde in conversation with One Beach Plastic artist Judith Selby Lang.

Poems by James Cagney, Aileen Cassinetto, Chloe Chou, Veronica Kornberg, and Eileen Tabios round out the collection.

Featuring artwork and writings by: Arturo Araujo, Willa Briggs, Shari Bryant, Israel Campos, Binh Danh, Annette Goodfriend, Emily Gui, Yunan Ma, Kent Manske, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Jiamao Yuan, and J. Adan Ruiz on The Biological Reserve Cerro Hermoso.

Available from Hunger Button Books October 2023.

Entanglements: A curated collection of contemporary culture

Entanglements is an anthology of West Coast artists and writers curated by Nanette Wylde.

The works included in this collection provide a strong insight into current art practices of diverse voices in the greater Bay Area. Many of the artists respond to historical situations and events including Japanese internment during World War II, social justice issues, human nature, the covid pandemic years, the nature of being an immigrant, the politics of art, and the natural world.

Included are four insightful interviews with Elizabeth Gomez, Minoosh Zomorodinia, memorist Kathleen Canrinus, and the late scholar and artist Jane Reichhold, as well as essays by Richard Lang, Katherine Bazak, Lyn Bishop, and Jan Rindfleisch.

Poems from Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado, Bay Area youth ecopoet Lauren Lin, and Northern California haiku aficionado Jane Reichhold round out the collection.

Featuring artworks by: Shari Arai DeBoer, José Arenas, Ellen Bepp, Harlan Crowder, C.K. Itamura, Bodil Fox and Larnie Fox, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Elizabeth Gómez, Richard Lang, Cynthia A. Osborne, Linda MacDonald, Melissa Pagluica, Agnes Pelton, Na Omi Judy Shintani, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

Essays by Katherine Bazak, Lyn Bishop, Richard Lang, Jan Rindfleisch.

Interviews with Kathleen Canrinus, Elizabeth Gómez, Jane Reichhold, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

Poetry by Georgina Marie Guardado, Lauren Lin, Jane Reichhold and Anonymous.

Available from Hunger Button Books

Pathways: An exhibition about mapping, navigation, wanderlust and borders

Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, California, 2022
Artists: Afatasi The Artist, José Arenas, Carolina Cuevas, Casey Jay Gardner, Caroline Landau, Kent Manske, Neil Murphy, Melissa West, Minoosh Zomorodinia

Exhibition webpage
Catalog available from Hunger Button Books

Women Eco Artists Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson

The Barn Gallery, Yolo Arts, Woodland, California, curated with Janice Purnell, 2020

Artists: Jane Ingram Allen, Krista Anandakuttan, Angela González, Isabelle La Rocca Gonz├ílez, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Cynthia Jensen, Elizabeth Kenneday-Corathers, Judith Selby Lang, Linda MacDonald, Carol Newborg, Lisa Reindorf, Lorna Stevens, Michelle Waters, Melissa West, Tammy West, and Mary Bayard White.

Interview with the Curators of Women Eco Artists Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson
Gallery Guide pdf

Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection

Exhibitions by San Francisco Bay Area artists on the subject of global and local ecologies

WORKS/San José, art and performance center, 2018

Artists: Anne Beck, Barbara Boissevain, Ginger Burrell, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Kent Manske, Michelle Wilson, Nanette Wylde

Eco Echo traveled to Cubberly Art Center in Palo Alto, curated by Barbara Boissevain; and Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, curated by Judith Selby Lang. Each venue exhibited different selections from the artists.

Exhibition webpage

New Works in the Digital Humanities

TheatreWorks' New Works Festival, Palo Alto, California, curated with Tom Bruett, 2013

Four projects which employ audience participatory digital technologies as creative media. Among the factors the curators considered were each project's creativity, currency, and the accessibility and potential interest to the New Works' audience. These online art projects navigate issues of communication, identity, and the search for meaning in today's digital environment.
  • Pangram (The Quick Brown Fox) by Alan Bigelow
  • surrounded by boxes of dangerous creatures by Jason Nelson
  • Born Nowhere by Laís Pontes
  • Rememori by Christine Wilks

Dolled Up!

Gualala Art Center, Gualala, California, curated with Jane Reichhold, 2011

In this exhibition artists push the limits of how we understand and think about the doll using installations, video and animation, portraits, books, narratives and unique doll objects.

Featuring the works of Signe Barrar, Elaine Benjamin, Matthew Christopher, Eileen McGarvey, Jane Reichhold, Shannon Shea, and Nanette Wylde.

Slippage: fragilities and instabilities in the phenomena of meaning

An exhibition of curated by Nanette Wylde in conjunction with ISEA 2006/Zero One San Jose, 2006

Artists include: Mez Breeze Net.wurker LiveJournal, Krista Connerly Project for Urban Intimacy, Juilet Davis Altar-ations, Lisa Hutton Aqua, Paula Levine Shadows From Another Place: Baghdad<->San Francisco, Jess Loseby D/t\P disturb.the.peace[angry women], UBERMORGEN.COM Psych|OS Generator, and Jody Zellen All the News Thats Fit to Print.

Exhibition webpage

Conceptually Bound
Exhibitions of Artist Books
  • Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Art, 2008
  • University Art Gallery, California State University Chico, 2007
  • Coyote Gallery, Butte College, Oroville, California, 2002
  • 1078 Gallery, Chico, California, 2001
Exhibition webpage
Catalog available from Hunger Button Books

Narrative Structures

ART-TECH: Silicon Valley Institute of Art and Technology, with Monica Vasilescu, 1998

The artists featured in Narrative Structures present a diversity of investigation into the nature, sources, and boundaries of human knowledge and perception. As keen observers of the world we live in, these artists are creatively using the tools offered by technology to express their visions and interpretations of this world.

Narratives can be literal, implied, enigmatic, and metaphoric. Structures can be non-linear, layered, fragmented and symbolic. Narrative is no longer specifically a literary form but also an epistemological category, a way to knowledge. When employed by visual artists, narrative content is enhanced by the personalized rendering of the narrative as it is produced in the mind of the audience.

While many narratives invite individual interpretation, it is important to be aware of the distinction between manifest meaning and latent content. Likewise, it is valuable to consider that a narrative simultaneously presents and represents a world, a perspective. Narratives seem at one moment to reveal and illuminate; the next to hide and distort.

Artists include: Gregory Cowley: installation in collaboration with Scott Arford, Sharon Daniel: website, Christopher Dean: 3D print installation, David Lee: stereoscopic photography, Kent Manske: digital mezzotints, Robin McCloskey: website and prints in collaboration with Molly McCloskey, Ann Marie Schleiner: installation and website, Lise Swenson: video.
Contact Nanette at nwylde at preneo dot org