Inspirations is the theme for this year’s show. Forty-two student
artists have composed an original composition that is in the
style of or inspired by a work of art that is either on view in
the Crocker’s permanent collection, from the digital galleries,
or on view in one of the temporary exhibitions.
Roland Petersen (1926–) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings
from the 1950s and ’60s are masterful syntheses of gestural
abstract expressionism, painterly realism, and advanced color
theory. His work integrates still life, figures, and landscape
into complex, architectonic compositions that are beautiful and
enigmatic, but still retain a strong sense of place, in this case
the fields and farms of California’s Central Valley.