Madeline Nieto Hope

“The ‘Running Fence’ fabric is so loaded with meaning,” says Madeline Nieto Hope, “and I am interested in being part of the extension of the Running Fence story.” Hope lives in Marin County, among the ranchers who allowed Christo the use of their land in 1976. She has always admired Christo, identifying with the way he lets his materials interact with their environment. Hope is a mixed media artist who specializes in the use of recycled materials. Objects that are scarred, marked, torn, distressed and then discarded become her prize raw materials. She pauses, looking at each relic to learn something from the story it has to tell, and then creates something new and beautiful.

Hope studied Fine Art in New York and the University of California in Santa Barbara, and received her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California in Berkeley. Her pieces have been exhibited in galleries in Colorado, New York, Ohio, and locations in the San Francisco Bay area too numerous to mention. Her work has also been published in several magazines, a few of which include Artweek, Record Searchlight, Point Reyes Light and The San Francisco Chronicle Datebook.

Hope is a respected teacher of her craft, lecturing at Sacramento City College, the Davis Center, the College of Marin, University of California in Berkeley and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has earned several honors and awards for her work, including the Love to Learn Scholarship from Parsons School of Design in New York, the Susan B. Irwin award from the University of California in Berkeley, and a cash prize for her “Scrapture on Tour” exhibit.








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