Awardee: Ted Purves

Visual Arts, 2005

Ted Purves is an independent artist, editor, and curator. His work has been exhibited and published in many venues and journals throughout California, as well as in New York, Boston, Albany and several cities in Germany. Purves has won funding from the Creative Work Fund in San Francisco and the Headlands Center for the Arts and been an artist-in-residence at The Djerassi Colony and the Drawing Residency Program. He teaches at the California College of The Arts in Oakland and Master of Arts and Consciousness Program in Berkeley. He received his MFA in Photography from Ohio University in 1989.

Project: Temescal Amity Works

_Temescal Amity Works_ is a social sculpture project. Sited in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA, the project facilitates and documents the exchange of backyard produce, conversation, and collective biography. Purves and Cockrell built a pushcart on which they collected and sold fruit from the citrus trees in community back yards. The cart also served as a vehicle for the artists and neighborhood residents to gather stories, history, and other information about itself, which were published and circulated as a series of free postcards. The artists focused on the Temescal neighborhood because it was originally an “orchard suburb” in the 1920's.