2016-Present: Renee Bott: Art In Place. Public Art Consultant
I have lived in Berkeley for over three decades. In June 2016 Berkeley passed a 1% for the Arts initiative mandating that 1% of new construction costs be spent on public art. At the same time the city of Berkeley began expanding exponentially, with large scale buildings breaking ground monthly. After deciding to step away from 30 years of fine-art printmaking, I happily embraced the opportunity to merge my expertise of working with artists, with my vision for world class public art in Berkeley.
1996-Present: Partner and Master Printer, Paulson Bott Press
Paulson Bott Press is a fine art print publisher based in Berkeley CA. Over the past 20 years, Paulson Bott Press has published 44 artists, creating over 500 limited edition intaglio prints. The press is known for pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking while working with both internationally recognized artists and artists outside the mainstream of the art world. Over half of the editions published have been made with minorities and female artists. As a partner and Master Printer of the press, I have managed all aspects of running a small fine arts business.
1985-1996: Master Printer, Crown Point Press
From 1985-1988 I worked as a full time printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. Under the tutelage of Kathan Brown, owner and director of Crown Point Press, I learned and perfected the craft of intaglio printmaking. In 1988 I earned the title of Master Printer.
The role of a Master Printer is to work directly with an artist instructing and facilitating the production of an original print from start to finish. This entails overseeing all technical aspects of creating and making the copper intaglio plates and their printing, as well as managing assistant printers and creating an environment in which the artist can make his or her best work. Master Printers are responsible for documenting all techniques, inks and details of the print process to ensure proper production of an edition once the print has been finalized. At Crown Point Press I worked with internationally recognized artists. These included Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Al Held, Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud, to name a few.
1985 MFA California College of Arts and Crafts
1981 BFA University of Massachusetts Amherst