Poet and sculptor Miriam Hoffman made her first life-sized ceramic figures over fifty years ago. She is the founder of American Figurative Sculpture. Hoffman spent 1931 at Columbia University in New York, but when the year was up, so was her scholarship. She continued her education at New York City College (now CUNY), later graduating from the New School in New York with a graduate degree in art and literature. In 1941, Miriam left New York for California and enrolled at San Francisco State University. It was there that she met her husband, Joseph F. Hoffman. Their marriage only lasted two years, from 1942-1944, after which she left, although they were never divorced. Returning to New York in 1945, she attended the School of Social Sciences for two years and trained to become a teacher. After graduating in 1947, she left for Albuquerque and a teaching position at the University of New Mexico. She returned to San Francisco in 1949, met Robert Duncan and enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts—now the San Francisco Art Institute—where she functioned more as a teacher than as a student, interacting with many artists of that time, including Ed Corbett, Hassel Smith, Peter Voulkos, Elmer Bischoff, Seymour Locks, Harry Jacobus and David Park.
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
Evenings at the gallery
Visit the Gallery Cafe!
GranCrema Italian Coffee and an assortment of coffee drinks! The gallery cafe is a great first stop before exploring the four floors of art at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts.
About the John Natsoulas Gallery…
“No gallery in California does more for the arts than the John Natsoulas Gallery.”
Poet and past President of the NEA
“Visitors from out of state might never expect to find one of Northern California’s most ambitious galleries in the university town of Davis . . . But for some years art dealer John Natsoulas has been staging significant shows devoted to less-studied aspects of West Coast art and documenting them with well-made catalogues.”
“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"After an unfettered conference in Davis draws attention to West Coast practitioners, a Getty Institute Panel will look at L.A.'s role"”
Los Angeles Times
““I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.”
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash