Lucas Artists Fellow

Ann Wettrich mixes experiential art practice with writing, teaching and consulting in the realms of organization and program development in the arts and education.  Her interests range from natural to social and cultural systems. Growing up in the woods outside Cleveland, making forts and observing wild life, she uncovered Native American paths and arrowheads. Wettrich witnessed the disappearance of trees and fragile ecosystems along with the growth of suburban enclaves during the awakening civil rights movement. Mysteries, questions and concerns sparked in these early days continue to propel her research and projects.  Her investigations manifest in the form of interactive installations, public events, multi-media productions and publications. Notable work includes the Aviary Commute series and the Building Instinct Project both offering opportunities for the public to playfully explore inter-species intersections, habitats, transportation and linguistic systems.  At Montalvo, she is teaming up with fellow Fieldwork Collaborative artist Trena Noval to create a series of pop-up academies and social experiences that employ pedagogical strategies to explore place.

Wettrich teaches at the California College of the Arts (CCA).  As a consultant she is currently working on projects that engage the arts to transform depleted public education systems and that cultivate international relationships, dialogue and understanding. She is an active member of the Alameda County Arts Commission and serves on the executive and public art committees. A seasoned art education leader, Wettrich worked for many years incubating community arts and education initiatives as a director for the CCA Center for Art & Public Life and art education officer for the San Francisco Arts Commission.