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Cia Foreman is an experimental and conceptual artist exploring perception and ambiguity using photography as her primary medium. Her work ranges from still images to film installation and her practice spans numerous decades. She received a BA in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Art from California State University, Sacramento, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and Graduate Analytic Training at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Her education in psychoanalysis continues to inform her artistic practice.

Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibition including Arte Fiera in Bologna, Italy, in national museums and galleries, and is held in public collections. Her photographs have been featured in a variety of publications including ArtWeek and the San Francisco Chronicle and she has been the recipient of numerous grants. 

Foreman has taught and lectured at Stanford University's, Anderson Ranch Art Center, San Francisco Jun Institute, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Pace Gallery San Antonio, UC Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. She lives ad works in Los Angeles, California.


2016 “MAS Attack.” Suspension 18. Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA

2003 “Un/Familiar Territory,” Forgotten Ancestors: Shadows and Memories. San Jose Museum of Art, CA

1967  Portrait, 3D. Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach. Juried by Peter Selz



2000  Grant from The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. New York        

1979  “Perception, Field of View.”  Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies

1978  California State University, Sacramento

1969  American Association of Woman’s Award. Long Beach Museum of Art



2018  Conditions of Light. Fabrik Projects, Los Angeles, CA

1981  Markers/Intimations. San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco CA

1978  Projection Installation/2 Parts. 80 Langton Street, San Francisco CA



2017   Auction. Bedcovers. Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA    

2016  “Remembrance Eli Weisel.” Even in Darkness…, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA 

          “FAUX::Dada.” Sophie Taueber-Arp and You. Muzeumm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

          “LA Artcore 2nd Annual Exhibition.” Lost Beast #1.  Los Angeles, CA

1995 Photographers Gallery, Palo Alto CA

1994 The Bath/The Steam. Women’s Gallery, San Francisco CA

1979  “Perception, Field of View.” Camus Prairie. California State University, Los Angeles CA

1978  “False Face.” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago IL        

1978  California Artists’ Exhibit, Camus Prairie. Bologna, Italy

1968  Art Rental Gallery Long Beach Museum of Art, Portrait 3D. Long Beach CA



2018 Vasari 21. Cia Foreman, "What If? An Inquiry," October 8

2018 Art and Cake. Genie Davis, "Artist Profile: Cia Foreman, Works that

         Explore Ambiguity and Perception," July 3

1981 Artweek. Hal Fisher, “Levels of Content and Perception,” Vol. 12, No.8, pp.15

1981 San Francisco Chronicle. Thomas Albright, “From Satire to Biography,” March 4

1979  80 Langton Street, The Third Year

1978  Visual Dialogue. Vol. 4, No.1, pp.21

1967  Fifth Annual Southern California Exhibition. Long Beach Museum of Art



San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA 

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto CA

Christ Griffiths Building, Palo Alto, CA

Numerous private collections



2005  "Perception and Process in Art and Analysis." San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis         

1999  “Mirroring Ourselves, Mirroring Each Other: A Women’s Photographic Retreat.” 

           Anderson Ranch Art Center, Colorado; Pace Gallery, San Antonio, Texas;

           University of California, Berkeley, Extension     

1998  Workshop instructor “Dreams.” Palo Alto, California

1995  Guest Lecturer. “Transforming the Dark.” Stanford University

1995  Guest Speaker. Women’s Caucus for Art, San Jose, California            

1995  Lecturer. Conference: “Heat of the Soul” at Fort Mason, San Francisco

1994  Lecturer. “Into the Fire, Emerging Whole.” University of California, Santa Cruz          

1994  Workshop instructor. “Into the Fire, Emerging Whole.” Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto      

1978  Guest instructor (4 courses) California State University, Sacramento

1978 Teaching Assistant (2 studio courses). California State University, Sacramento

1977  Guest instructor (2 courses). California State University, Sacramento

1977  Guest Lecturer. San Francisco Art Institute, extension

1977  Guest Lecturer. “Creativity in Relation to Dreams.” Academy of Art College, San Francisco    

1977  Guest Lecturer. “Sensing and Seeing.” California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland    

1977-1978  Instructor of Design. California College of Arts and Crafts, extension. Oakland

1976  Instructor of Design. Academy of Art College



B.A. Art, UCLA

M.A. Art, California State University, Sacramento 

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco

Graduate Analytic Training, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis

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