Alison Pebworth’s work revolves around observing and commenting on contemporary culture through re-imagined prototypes of earlier histories and practices, focusing on long-range projects that combine painting, installation and social interaction. She explored the tropes of American traveling culture with local and national touring projects, from a roaming Sideshow Tent with the Roadside Show & Tell (2004-2008), to the more recent Beautiful Possibility Project (2010-1013), a two-year traveling exhibition of hand painted banners, map and survey station that she toured to over twenty-five venues across the United States and Canada from Native American Tribal Centers to artist-run spaces and museums. Selected venues include OPEN Space, Victoria, BC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SD; Little Bighorn College, Crow Agency, MT; Mildred’s Lane Complex(ity), Narrowsburg, NY; SPACE, Portland, ME; Cannonball, Miami, FL and Antenna, New Orleans, LA.
Her recent work has focused on large-scale sculptural works that continue to merge history and social narratives, including a 42’ four-story climbable tower, Reconnecting to Home, commissioned by the New Children’s Museum in San Diego (2015) and Innards and Upwards, A San Francisco Wunderkammer at Recology AIR (2016).
Pebworth was a recent recipient of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2015), and has received support for her work from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2013, 2010, 2008), The San Francisco Arts Commission (2013, 2007), Alternative Exposure (2007), and The Collective Foundation (2011). She has exhibited locally at Southern Exposure, The DeYoung Art Center, The Headlands, Storefront Lab, 111 Minna Gallery, The LAB and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.