Arminée Chahbazian ’82


Arminée Chahbazian ’82The education I received at Scripps College was vital to my development as a visual artist because independent, creative thought was highly encouraged within a structure that valued tradition, history and critical academic focus. Craftsmanship and skill was as important as innovation and cutting edge concepts. Achievement was measured by personal evolution through time in a beautiful environment that favored free expression in balance with constructive challenges posed by the community. Scripps helped establish the constant desire for learning which I experience as an artist striving to be aware of my place in the world.

After graduating from Scripps in 1982 with a major in Fine Arts, I studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, then earned my MFA at Yale University in 1984, with a focus on sculpture. I taught at Montgomery College near Washington D.C. for two years while working to develop my stone sculpture. In search of a more challenging environment, I went to France for 4 years where I focused on making and exhibiting a new body of work. In the early 1990’s I came to live in Woodstock, New York where I worked for the Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation as an archivist for the Alexander Calder Catalogue Raisonné. Concurrently I worked in the studio and exhibited my work in New York.

In 1995 I returned to California and have been living in the Napa Valley where I maintain my studio and run a business in the wine industry. Recently, in addition to a range of sculptural pursuits, my work has focused on large-scale oil painting. I continue to exhibit my work in numerous venues, particularly in the San Francisco Bay region.