BIOGRAPHY AND RESUME

Clay mosaics, stone, glass


My name is Kanika Marshall and my goal is to share the strength and majesty of ancient cultures via beautiful, spiritual sculptures and clay pottery that I hand-sculpt in my private art studio near Sacramento, California. 

I am most inspired by artwork that uses the interplay of various media to show the connection between humanity and the Earth. Clay is the foundation of my artwork, but other earthly materials such as stone and glass, as well as vivid textiles, leather, shells, beads, and recycled metal enhance the art.   

I believe my African ancestors work through my fingers to create each collectible art sculpture.  My creative process generally begins with a 25-pound block of red clay.  Shapes of women, abstract forms, or other figures seem to take shape on the clay surface and my hands begin to move.  Press.  Scratch.  Incise.  Build.  My hands are driven by a spiritual force to shape the clay.  I am as surprised and delighted as my collectors by the result, and they can sense and share in the excitement I feel for the clay.  Joyful.  The spiritual essence from the ancestors shines through.  I am humbled. 

Some of the black doll figurines, goddess statues, mask sculptures, and art pieces are adorned with authentic African fabric, jewelry, leather, glass, beads, shells, recycled metal, stones, feathers, and other organic materials. The breast cancer survivor pendants are glazed with hopeful colors representing a zest for living.  The pottery bowls and other clay vessels are decorated with interesting tribal designs and vivid colors.  The recycled metal garden art pieces appeal to people who wish to bring harmony, movement, color and fun into their garden.


Studying with renowned potter/sculptor Ruth Rippon in 1980 and with figurative sculptor Yoshio Taylor in the early 1990s, I have also taken numerous clay sculpting and glazing workshops with local art professionals.  I have been a member of the Elk Grove Artists, Northern California Art by Fire (formerly Sacramento Potters Group), Valley Sculpture Artists, and Potters Council for over a decade and, more recently, a member of the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center.

I hope this artwork stimulates your eyes, appeals to your emotions, encourages your desire to touch, and helps you to feel connected to the Earth and to each other.

                                                                            Sincerely, Kanika Marshall 

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PROFESSIONAL ACCOLADES

 

2015  Taught clay classes at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA


2014  Served as a judge for the Multicultural Art Show, Elk Grove, CA


2014  Taught clay classes at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA


2013  Served as a judge for the Fairfield Visual Arts Association Show

 

2013  Interviewed in the "Elk Grove Citizen" newspaper, Elk Grove, CA


 

2012  Entry into the Congressional Record from Sacramento African American

      Art Collective and California Black Caucus


 

2012  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest


 

2010  Interviewed in the "Sacramento News and Review newspaper"


 

2009  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest

 

2009  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Magazine"


 

2009  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Examiner"


 

2008  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest

 

2008  Served as a judge for the California State Fair Youth Sculpture

      Exhibit

 

2007  Nine of Kanika's sculptures were purchased for the California Black

      Caucus


 

2007  Kanika's "Forest Kiss" mosaic was purchased for Malcolm X's daughter


 

2007  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper

 

2006  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest

 

2006  Commissioned to provide tile murals for the New Faze Development

      building


 

2005  City of Elk Grove purchased "Leather Locks, Five Ancestors"

      sculpture

 

2005  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper


 

2004  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Spotlight" magazine

 

2003  City of Elk Grove purchased "Sea Jellies and River Rock" sculpture.

 

2003  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper


 

2003  Profiled in the "Lincoln Messenger" newspaper

 

2003  Pictured in the "Elk Grove Citizen" newspaper

 

2000  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper

 

2000  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper


 

1998  Interviewed on TV Channels 3 and 10 for the Crocker Art Museum's

      Show

 

1995  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper

 

1993  Interviewed on the "San Francisco Live" television show

 


 

 

AWARDS WON AT JURIED ART SHOWS

 

2015 Elk Grove Artists "Art of Excellence" Show (Honorable Mention), CA


2014  SMUD "SOLART" Show (Concept Award), Sacramento, CA


 

2014  Elk Grove Artists "Art of Excellence" Show (Second Place), CA


 

2014  Sisters Quilt Collective 3rd Annual Quilt Show (Third Place), Sac

 

2013  Elk Grove Fine Art Center First Juried Art Show (Third Place), CA


 

2012  Valley Sculpture Artists (Second Place), Sacramento, CA 


 

2012  Award from Sac. African American Art Collective given at the

      California State Capitol

 

2010  Elk Grove Artists (First Place), Elk Grove, CA

 

 

2009  Sojourner Truth Award of Excellence, Sacramento, CA

 

2009  Elk Grove Artists (First Place), Elk Grove, CA

 

 

2008  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Excellence), Sac, CA

 

2007  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA

 

2006  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA

 

2005  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Excellence), Sac, CA

 

2004  Valley Sculpture Artists (Judge's Choice-Best of Show), Carmichael

 

2004  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA

 

2003  NCA "Inner Views" (First Place), Carmichael, CA

 

2003  NCA "Bold Expressions" (Honorable Mention), Carmichael, CA

 

2003  California State Fair  (Award of Merit), Sac, CA

 

2003  California Arts League "Nouvelles Images" (Second Place), Carmichael

 

2002  Sac Fine Arts Center "Magnum Opus International" (Award of Merit)

 

2002  California State Fair (Award of Merit), Sac, CA

 

2001  "Art on the River" (Second Place), Old Sacramento, CA

 

2000  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way To Frame It" (Best of Show)

 

2000  Northern California Artists "Inner Views" (First Place), Carmichael

 

1998  Sacramento Potter's Group Annual Show (Second Place), Sacramento

 

1995  California Arts League "Open" Show (First Place), Carmichael, CA

 



 


 

FEATURED ARTIST  SHOWS
 

 

2014  Dantorel's Cafe, Sacramento, CA


 

2013  Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA


 

2013  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA


 

2013  Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA


 

2012  Gay and Lesbian Center, Sacramento, CA


 

2011  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

 

2010  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery "Warrior Divas," Sacramento, CA

 

2010  Blue Moon Gallery "Legacy" Art Show, Sacramento, CA

 

2009  Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

 

2008  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA

 

2008  Doiron Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2007  Port City Java, Elk Grove, CA

 

2006  Zigatos Restaurant, North Sacramento, CA

 

2006  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2006  20th Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2003  KSSJ Jazz Radio Third Thursday at the Crocker Art Museum,

      Sacramento, CA

 

2001  Crocker Art Museum Trunk Show, Sacramento, CA

 

2000  Crocker Art Museum Trunk Show, Sacramento, CA

 

1995  Barton's Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 


  

GROUP GALLERY SHOWS AND STORES
 

 

2015 "9th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibit," North Charleston Arts Festival, SC


2015 "Musical Threads," Underground Books, Sac, CA


2015  "Heart Show," E Street Gallery, Sac, CA


2015  "Crocker-Kingsley" competition, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA


2015  "Peace and Hope" Show, Crocker Art Museum, Sac, CA


2014  Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2013  Capsity, Sacramento, CA


 

2013  Blue Line Gallery "Plates and Totems Invitational," Roseville, CA


 

2013  E Street Gallery "Capital Clay Invitational," Sacramento, CA


 

2013  Northern CA Art by Fire Member Show, Sacramento, CA


 

2012  Oakwilde Sculpture Garden Show


 

2012  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2012  The Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2012  State Capitol, Governor's Office, "Family - Those We Love"


 

2011  The Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA


 

2011  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

 

2011  Kennedy Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2011  J27 Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2011  Gallery 2110, Sacramento, CA

 

2011  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA

 

2011  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2010  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2010  High Hand Gallery, Loomis, CA



 

2010  Sacramento Fine Arts Center

 

2010  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2010  57th Street Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

2009  Sunlight of the Spirit, Sacramento, CA

 

2009  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2009  20th Street Gallery "50-50" Show, Sacramento, CA

 

2007  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, California

 

2007  Doiron Gallery, North Sacramento, CA

 

2006  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, California

 

2006  Doiron Gallery, North Sacramento, CA

 

2006  20th Street Gallery, Sacramento, California

 

2005  Taylor's Nouveau Fine Art Gallery, Elk Grove, CA

 

2005  Tarracotta Pottery and Art Gallery, Elk Grove, CA

 

2004  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way to Frame It", Carmichael, CA

 

2004  Artful-i Gallery, "Ribbons of Hope" show, Roseville, CA

 

2003  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way to Frame It", Carmichael, CA

 

2003  Matrix Arts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 

2003  Marjorie R. Smith Gallery, "Sacred Spaces" Clay Show, Sacramento

 

2002  Placerville "Mother Lode Art Show",  Placerville, CA

 

2002  Northern California Artists "Bold Expressions", Carmichael, CA

 

2002  Hawkman Studios, Sacramento, CA

 

2001  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way To Frame It", Carmichael, CA

 

2001  Roseville Arts Center Annual "Open" Show, Roseville, CA

 

2001  Elliott Fouts Gallery,  Granite Bay, CA

 

2001  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

 

2001  Ash-Can Gallery, Carmichael, CA

 

2000  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

 

1999  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

 

1999  Lincoln Arts Gallery, Lincoln, CA

 

1999  Cobweb Collection Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA

 

1998  Nordstrom, San Francisco, CA

 

1997  River Road Gallery, Locke, CA

 

1997  Northern California Artists "Open" Show, Carmichael, CA

 

1997  Blooming Arts Gallery "The Masks We Wear", Sacramento, CA

 

1996  Nordstrom, Sacramento, CA

 

1995  Belles Artes Club "Rooted, Culture" Group Show, Sacramento, CA

 

1993  I.D.E.A. Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 


 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

1998-2015 Elk Grove Artists Member

 

1998-2015 Valley Sculpture Artists (since inception)

 

1993-2015 Northern California Art by Fire 

     (formerly Sacramento Potter's Group)

 

2013-2015 Elk Grove Fine Arts Center Silver Patron

 

2000-2015 Potter’s Council

 

 


 

EDUCATION


 

1993-2015  Completed numerous art classes, workshops and art conferences

 

2011-2012 Studied beginning MIG welding with Kristen Hoard and

     SacMetal Arts Guild

 

1980-1981  Studied pottery with Ruth Rippon, California State University

 

1991-1995  Studied pottery and sculpture with Yoshio Taylor,

      Cosumnes River College

 

1983  Earned Masters in Public Administration, California State University

 

1979  Earned Bachelor of Arts in French, California State University

 

1976  Earned Associate Arts in Social Science, Sacramento City College 


 

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