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Artist Workshop with Vanessa Woods: MAIL ART

Mail Art, the first of a three-part artist workshop series with Vanessa Woods!

In this informative workshop participants will look at the work of Ray Johnson and the history of mail art and create a series of dynamic 4 x 6 inch postcard collages, colorful envelopes and mail art of their own to send to friends near and far. Mail art refers to a piece of art sent through the mail rather than displayed in a traditional venue. Following mail art tradition, we will use a variety of accessible, found and recycled materials such as stamps, Xerox copies and collage to create our works. Participants will also have the option of sharing their addresses with one another to exchange some of the mail art they create during our session together. Students will leave the class with a variety of completed mail art pieces and the techniques and motivation to continue making more!



All materials

Treats by Saltwater Bakery

Cold Brew by Proyecto Diaz


About the artist, Vanessa Woods:

Vanessa Woods |

Woods graduated with an MFA with honors, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. Woods has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the SF Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute's MFA Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven. Woods is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. For more information please visit

(photograph of mail art by Ray Johnson)

Earlier Event: April 13
Opening Reception | Chelsea Mandell
Later Event: May 18
Opening Reception | Bethany Eden