Pamela Blotner is a Bay Area artist, curator, and educator. Her sculptures and drawings reflect on humankind’s relationship to nature, belief and calamity. In her writing and travels she examines the survival strategies used by artists, the works they create in response to violence or war, and the power of art to serve as a touchstone that shapes a culture and ensures its continued survival.
Over the last 25 years, much of Blotner’s work has been informedby her experiences working as an illustrator and mission specialist with Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. She has worked with or written about war survivors and artists in Guatemala, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bosnia and Croatia, Cambodia, and Burma.
From 2006 – 2009 tBlotner worked with artists in Rangoon and Mandalay Burma, as well as member of the the Bay Area Burmese community. In 2007 she curated “the Burmese-American Art Exchange,” at the American Center in Rangoon. It paired previously unseen, politically sensitive drawings and paintings by 22 Burmese artists with works created by 22 Bay Area visual artist/collaborators. She brought these and other works out of Burma and, in June, 2009, mounted the “We Are Burma,” exhibition in Berkeley, CA.
Pamela Blotner curated "Envisioning Human Rights," an ongoing photography exhibition for the HUman Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an adjuct Professor at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, Ca, where she teaches courses on Visual Art and Social Change.