Pamela Merory Dernham

Pamela Merory Dernham is an Oakland, California-based artist who exhibits nationally and whose work is collected internationally. Currently Merory Dernham is preparing for a two person exhibit in 2011 at Vessel Gallery in Oakland. In 2011 she is also one-half of the two-person show “New Work by Pamela Merory Dernham and Nikki Schrager” at Cricket Engine Gallery in Oakland and is part of “Small Miracles”, works by California College of the Arts Alumni, curated by Anne Pinate at San Pablo Art Center.


In September of 2010 she installed two large sculptures at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Ca. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presented “Go Figure”, a solo exhibit of her work in 2008. Merory Dernham was the alternate choice for a lobby sculpture at 545 Madison Avenue in New York in 2007. That same year she was also a featured artist at the “SOFA: Sculptural Objects and Functional Art” Exposition in Chicago, and in an exhibit devoted to wire sculpture, for the Mowen Solinsky Gallery of Nevada City,

Merory Dernham’s inspiration has always been the human figure, probing the intricacies and ambiguities of interpersonal interactions. While based on the figure, the work continues to evolve in the direction of abstraction. Each sculpture is less literal in the presentation of the body and more a play of the forms of the body against each other to suggest physical and psychological tensions.


She has exhibited her work extensively in the Bay Area, including at California College of the Arts (2006), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (2005), and a solo exhibit at the di Rosa Preserve (2004). She has also exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the California State Building in Oakland, Oakland City Hall, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and Gensler Architects in San Francisco.


Merory Dernham is represented by Vessel Gallery in Oakland. She is also a guest artist at ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco. Merory Dernham’s work is included in the collections of Rene di Rosa, actor Gillian Anderson, Academy Award and Olympic lighting designer Bob Wilkinson, super-computer designer Walter Brooks, Robin Lail of Lail Vineyards, and international business consultant Tom Peters.


Merory Dernham earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree at the California College of the Arts (CCA). She is an active member of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group and was also active in the Alumni Council of CCA. She is a yearly contributor to the Art for Aids and di Rosa Preserve auctions.

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