Exhibitions

Here are some of the shows in which my installations, sculptures, illustrations, or photography have appeared:

  • River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY. Solo exhibition with Secret History of American River People. Sep 2016. A two-week residency featuring a series of related art events, including an art installation, artist talks, and open house.
  • Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL. Solo exhibition with Secret History. Aug 2016. A one week residency featuring exhibition of the shantyboat, Secret History installation at the Center, and an artist talk.
  • Ditto Landing, Huntsville, AL. Solo exhibition with Secret History. Jul 2016. Scheduled exhibition hours over a several day period in Huntsville in cooperation with Ditto Landing.
  • Knoxville Museum of Art & Volunteer Landing, Knoxville, TN. Solo exhibition with Secret History. Jul 2016. A week long exhibition of the shantyboat at Volunteer Landing, culminating with an artist talk at the Museum.
  • In Conversation with UCSC Studio Art Faculty, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA. Group show with Secret History. Apr 2016. “The first large-scale faculty show in over ten years features 23 UCSC Art Department faculty at both the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery on campus and the R. Blitzer Gallery. The artwork will range from computer technologies, such as video mapping, transmedia storytelling, and photo-digital intaglio printmaking with laser-cutting processes, to classical painting, drawing, and sculpture.”
  • Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Group show with Secret History. Nov 2015. “Radical Craft Night is a celebration of non-traditional crafts in Santa Cruz. It’s a night of hands-on activities and live demonstrations: where tri-loom weaving meets taxidermy, blacksmithing meets podcasting, fashion art meets social activism, and tradition meets innovation.”
  • National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque, Iowa with Secret History of American River People. Jul 2015. A one-week exhibition of the Secret History shantyboat at the world-famous National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
  • River City Revue, St. Paul Yacht Club, St Paul with Secret History. Jul 2015. “River City Revue is a delectable blend of live music, cool history, and hands-on art adventures, all happening at the Saint Paul Yacht Club, a don’t-miss opportunity to hang out along the docks and visit boats, experience river stories, and groove to live music.”
  • 9 Nights of Music, Minneapolis History Center, St. Paul with Secret History. Jun 2015. “The History Center’s popular outdoor music series kicks off with Pig’s Eye Landing and the sounds of Minnesota’s folk traditions. At 5:30 preshow activities begin with a unique outdoor installation. Families can clim aboard a rustic 1940s shantyboat and hear stories of the people who lived and worked on the river. Created by Wes Modes in partnership with the National Park Service and their River City Revue.”
  • San Francisco International Art Festival. Show with Co-related Space. May 2015. “The San Francisco International Arts Festival brings together a global community of artists and audiences aiming to increase human awareness and understanding. The event features performances, art exhibits and installations across multiple venues throughout the Bay Area. Featured at this festival are world-class international artists who are underrepresented in the United States, and their work is showcased alongside that of American artists who work in collaboration with their national and international peers.”
  • DANM MFA Exhibition, UC Santa Cruz. Group Show with Secret History. Apr 2015. “In the Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program (DANM) at UC Santa Cruz, two years of intensive study culminate in the development of individual projects, which premiere in an annual MFA exhibition. In honor of the golden anniversary of UC Santa Cruz and the tenth anniversary of the DANM program, twelve emerging artists have come together to present New Alchemy, a group exhibition exploring various processes of transformation through interactive, digital, mixed-media, and performative work.”
  • Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Group show with Secret History. Nov 2014. “Radical Craft Night is a festival of weird, non-traditional crafts in Santa Cruz. It’s a night of hands-on activities and live demonstrations from folks of all walks of life showing you their craft.”
  • FIGMENT Art Festival, Oakland. Group Show with Secret History. Nov 2014. “FIGMENT Oakland is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.”
  • GLOW: Festival of Fire, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Group Show with Co-related Space. Oct 2014. “GLOW is your night to experience the best fire and digital art in the Santa Cruz County area. Explore an open street filled with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and music in the Abbott Square plaza. Get hands-on in the electrified museum with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.”
  • Ann and Mark’s Art Party, Santa Clara Fairgrounds, San Jose. Invited Group Show with Co-related Space. Sep 2014. “Anne & Mark’s Art Party: An Occasional and Irrational San Jose Arts Fest. Some say it’s an ‘Art Exhibition’ others say it’s a ‘Happening’. It’s been described as, ‘Mad Max meets Moulin Rouge’, ‘Burning Man meets Venice Biennale.’ Some say, it’s better than… anything they’ve ever experienced…and we won’t argue with that.”
  • Spastic Robots & Frankenthings, San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. Facilitator. Apr 2014. “The Tech Museum of Innovation will be abuzz with a gathering of Makers at Open Make: Flow. From Young Makers working on projects for Maker Faire to Makers who have turned their projects into inspiring jobs and companies, meet Makers doing innovative things with circuits, creativity and electrical flow.”
  • Digital Arts and New Media Spring Open Studios, UC Santa Cruz. Group Show with Secret History. Dec 2013. An exhibition of current work from the incoming DANM cohort.
  • LAST Festival, Zer01 Gallery, San Jose. Invited Group Show with Co-related Space. May 2014. “The LAST festival is a weekend-long event that features a combination of interactive multimedia art installations and interactive inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science”
  • The Cradle Project, Alter Space, San Francisco. Invited Group Show. Apr to May 2014. The Cradle Project is an art installation designed to engage and inspire local art communities (artists, viewers, and collectors) while raising awareness about the plight and potential of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. This exhibit brings together new cradles created by 21 Bay area artists with selected cradles from past exhibitions.
  • The Cradle Project, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. February 2014. Invited Group Show. The exhibit includes twenty-two cradles from the original 2008 installation, and new cradles made by Santa Cruz artists Wes Modes, Heidi Cramer, and Luke Wilson. The Cradle Project travels to different places to raise awareness about the impact of AIDS on children and families in Africa and the cradle of care communities provide in response.
  • Magic Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. January 2014. Group Show. UCSC’s OpenLab brought their latest artworks that explore aspects of science including the movement of magnetic fields, mechanical zoetropes, space zoetropes and bioluminescence.
  • Digital Arts and New Media Fall Open Studios, UC Santa Cruz. December 2013. Group Show. An exhibition of new works by graduate students in UCSC’s Digital Art and New Media program.
  • Fun-A-Day Show, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. January 2013. Group Show. Pick a project and do it every day in January. A group show of all works is held the following month.
  • McHenry Library Inaugural Staff Exhibit, UC Santa Cruz. March 2012. Group show. An exhibition of works from University Library staff to inaugurate the opening of the renovated McHenry Library.
  • We Are All Animals MMXI, Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz. October 2011. Group show. The second installment of “We Are All Animals”, a multi-media art and performance event, artists from the east and west coast gather for a night of howling good times at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz. A gathering will be held on the night of the opening with treats for all the senses.
  • SubRosa Staff Art Show, SubRosa Community Space, Santa Cruz. June 2011. Group show. SubRosa is proud to present a staff art show of mixed medium pieces by 8-10 members of the Subrosa collective. Collectively SubRosa dabbles in a cornucopia of mediums drawing inspiration from the local community, other like-minded projects in lands far and near, and an undying love of anarchist ideals. From queer polyamorous love triangles, to consensus meetings, to cats, to making sauerkraut, to busking on Pacific avenue SubRosa always brings a deliciously earnest amount of love, respect, and optimism to whatever they do.
  • We Are All Animals, Bricks and Mortar Media, San Francisco. March 2011. Group show. A multimedia experience and art show featuring work by upcoming artists, musicians, movers, and shakers
  • The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters, SubRosa Community Space, Santa Cruz. October 2009. SubRosa is excited to introduce the recent work of the Santa Cruz Anarchist Doll-Making Collective. The show entitled The Dark Night of DIY Ragdolls and Monsters features the work of a dozen artists working individually and collaboratively to create homemade and recombined dolls and monsters. The original Dark Night arose out of a series of Free Skool Santa Cruz workshops on doll- and monster-making. Artists built dolls and monsters by hand out of scraps from their workshops, items gathered at the city dump, and materials scavenged from Bargain Barn.
  • The SDS Comic Show, Brown University, Providence, RI. April 2007. An exhibition exploring the history of Students for a Democratic Society, as well as the art and process of comic book creation, will be on display at the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University. The exhibition, curated by Brown students under the auspices of the Public Humanities Program, is composed of pages and panels from the forthcoming Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History (Hill and Wang), scripted by Harvey Pekar and edited by Paul Buhle, senior lecturer in American civilization and history at Brown.
  • Comic Artists Panel, Providence, RI. April 2007. Panel discussion on Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History, which is the first in a series of nonfiction collaborations between Pekar and Buhle. In addition to Pekar and Buhle, book artists Summer McClinton, James Cennamo, Wes Modes, and Nick Thorkelson will participate in the panel.
  • Ars Felix Externus at Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz. July 2002. Group show. An exhibition featuring 8 recent outdoor and indoor metal sculptures at a Santa Cruz gallery and sculpture garden.
  • Members Only at Santa Cruz Art League. March 2002. Group show. Exhibition featuring new work. The show is open to members of the Art League and judged by popular vote.
  • Mixed Signals at Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz. January 2002. Group show. Five mixed media assemblage pieces from the Personal Stories Series in an exhibition of 5 local assemblage artists.
  • Santa Cruz Art League. September 2001. Member of Santa Cruz Art League, an art collective and gallery focusing on contemporary works by Santa Cruz and California artists.
  • Recent Works at What Is Art? Gallery, Santa Cruz. March 1999. Solo show. Exhibition featuring new sculptural and assemblage works in the gallery of the long-running collective art space What is Art?
  • Exemplary Contemporary at Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz. November 1997. Photography in a juried group show at one of UCSC’s two main galleries, the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery featuring contemporary art and collections of historic interest.
  • Recent Works at Retro Gallery, Santa Cruz. June 1996. An exhibition of recent works, including a variety of lamps made from old irons and toasters, at a small local gallery.