Art Hazelwood artist, impresario and instigator lives in San Francisco.
He tries to integrate being an artist with curating and political activism.
He completed two ceramic tile murals in 2009, one, a memorial to Arnett
Watson, a homeless rights activist, the other in a program to aid children
of incarcerated parents at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco.
His show of prints, Hubris Corpulentus, about the current US wars,
traveled to several venues around the country from 2003 to 2006. He
large scale book projects with print publisher Eastside Editions in
San Francisco. Each of these book projects took two years to complete.
His prints are in
several public collections including the Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, RSDI Museum, Stanford
Collections Library, Yale Special Collections Library.
Since 1993 he has worked with several homeless rights organizations
creating artwork for street newspapers, creating posters and helping to organize
In 2009 he curated three major exhibitions. The first, a three year
traveling exhibition which examines artists’ responses to homelessness
from the New Deal to the present, opened at the California Historical Society
in San Francisco. He also curated a history of the relief print in Northern
California; nearly one hundred woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings over
a one hundred year span, at the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College
in Moraga, California. And he curated a retrospective of slain artist
Casper Banjo at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco.
In 2008, together with Stephen Fredericks of the New York Society of
Etchers, he organized the Art of Democracy a national coalition, producing
more than one hundred political posters and bringing together more
than fifty political art shows taking place all over the country leading
up to the presidential
elections. He has organized more than 20 group exhibitions and curated
shows for individual artists including retrospectives of several artists
including William Wolff, Roy Ragle,
Casper Banjo, David Avery, Frank Rowe and Richard
Correll (a two person show) and Patricia Cosper Brandes.