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Perceive Me Installation 1-12-2020 at Cal State LA

Updated: Jan 18, 2020

Documentary Photo Essay by Ellen Friedlander

Kristine Schomaker

"Perceive Me"

Opening Reception: Sat January 25, 5-8pm

Artist Talk with Alexandra Grant Sun February 2, 2-4pm

Artist Talk with Leslie Labowitz-Starus Sun February 16, 2-4pm

Artist Panel and Closing Reception Sat February 22, 2-4pm

Ronald H Silverman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State University LA

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles CA 90032

Dr. Mika Cho, Director, Fine Arts Gallery

Gallery Hours

Monday to Friday 12PM - 5PM

Phone: (323) 343-4040 | Email:

Instagram: @kristineschomaker

"Perceive Me" focuses on notions of self-worth, validation and the idea that we value our identity based on how we imagine others perceive us. This project became a performance about challenging our own confidence, judgment and critism.

“Perceive Me” is more than an exhibition, a catalog and Instagram posts. It is a platform for empowerment, for owning who we are, for being unique and authentic, for taking back out bodies in the #metoo movement, for being true, powerful and strong no matter what body shape, size, color, gender we are. “Perceive Me” is for everyone.

I have invited 60 artists to collaborate by creating nude portraits of me. They have responded with paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and 3D printing. Posing and modeling for these 60 artists, I felt like a supermodel. I felt thin, bold, beautiful, classy, elegant, sexy... The artwork was amazing. Then I looked in the mirror...

"Perceive Me" opens with an exhibition at California State University, Los Angeles January 25, 2020. The show will also travel to Coastline Community College in January 2021, Mesa Community College in March 2021 and the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster in October 2021.

The amazing artists who I collaborated with include: Amanda Mears, Anna Kostanian, Anna Stump, Ashley Bravin, Austin Young, Baha Danesh, Betzi Stein, Bibi Davidson, Bradford J Salamon, Caron G Rand, Carson Grubaugh, Catherine Ruane, Chris Blevins-Morrison, Christina Ramos, Cynda Valle, Daena Title, Daggi Wallace, Dani Dodge, Debbie Korbel, Debby/Larry Kline, Debe Arlook, Diane Cockerill, Donna Bates, Elizabeth Tobias, Ellen Friedlander, Emily Wiseman, Geneva Costa, Holly Boruck, J Michael Walker, Jane Szabo, Janet Milhomme, Jeffrey Sklan, Jesse Standlea, John Waiblinger, Jorin Bossen, K Ryan Henisey, Karen Hochman Brown, Kate Kelton, Kate Savage, Kerri Sabine-Wolf, Kim Kimbro, L Aviva Diamond, Leslie Lanxinger, Mara Zaslove, Marjorie Salvaterra, Martin Cox, Monica Sandoval, Nancy Kay Turner, Nurit Avesar, Phung Huynh, Rakeem Cunningham, Serena Potter, Sheli Silverio, Susan Amorde, Susan T. Kurland, Sydney Walters, Tanya Ragir, Tony Pinto, Vicki Walsh

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