My name is Kanika Marshall and my goal is to share the strength and majesty of ancient cultures via beautiful, spiritual sculptures and clay pottery that I hand-sculpt in my private art studio near Sacramento, California. I am also an author, writing genealogy books that claim my black family's presence in the American historical record. I believe my African ancestors work through my fingers to create each collectible art sculpture and family history book. My hands are driven by a spiritual force to shape the clay/metal and to leave a written legacy of our history tin his country and beyond. The spiritual essence from the ancestors shines through and  I am humbled. 

I am most inspired by artwork that uses the interplay of various media to show the connection between humanity and the Earth. Clay is the foundation of my artwork, but other earthly materials such as stone and glass, as well as vivid textiles, leather, shells, beads, and recycled metal enhance the art.   

Some of the black doll figurines, goddess statues, mask sculptures, and art pieces are adorned with authentic African fabric, jewelry, leather, glass, beads, shells, recycled metal, stones, feathers, and other organic materials. The breast cancer survivor pendants are glazed with hopeful colors representing a zest for living.  The pottery bowls and other clay vessels are decorated with interesting tribal designs and vivid colors.  The recycled metal garden art pieces appeal to people who wish to bring harmony, movement, color and fun into their garden. Studying with renowned potter/sculptor Ruth Rippon in 1980 and with figurative sculptor Yoshio Taylor in the early 1990s, I have also taken, and taught, numerous clay sculpting and glazing workshops with local art professionals.  I have been a member of the Elk Grove Artists, Sacramento Potters Group Art by Fire, Valley Sculpture Artists, and Potters Council, and was a member of the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center.

I am a proud member of the Black Women Tell Tales, Elk Grove Writer's Club, and Northern California Publishers  and Authors groups, as well as the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, Our Black Ancestry, and the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

I hope my artwork stimulates your eyes, appeals to your emotions, encourages your desire to touch, and helps you to feel connected to the Earth and to each other. I hope my books provide another view of American history that needs to be told by the people whose enslaved and free ancestors provided the economic backbone which built America.

Sincerely, Kanika Marshall 


 

BOOK PUBLISHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2019 Won the Best Regional Genealogy Book Award for my "Finding Otho" book

       from the International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
2019 Conducted a Book Release Party on Facebook for "Finding Daisy" book.
2019 Published "Finding Daisy: From the Deep South to the Promised Land"

      (on Amazon).
2019 Published "Finding Otho" e-Book (on Amazon).
2019 Published "The Ancestors Are Smiling!" e-Book (on Amazon).

2019 Interviewed on Wanda Sabir's Talk Radio Show.
2019 Won a Book Award for "Finding Otho" from No. CA Publishers and Authors.
2019 Spoke at Genealogy Seminar, CA Writers Club, Black Book Fair.
2019 Was published in the "Daddy Issues: Black Women Speaking Truth" Anthology.
2019 Was published in the "Birds of a Feather" Anthology.
2019 Had a book signing for "Finding Otho" at Underground Books, Sacto., CA.
2019 Conducted a Book Release Party on Facebook for "Finding Otho" book.
2019 Published "Kanika African Sculptures 1993-2019" book.
2019 Published "2019 Viking Cruise to France" book.
2019 Published "Kathy & Michael's 2019 Tours in France" book.
2019 Published "Kathy's Selfies with the Family" book.
2019 Published "Selfies with Kathy & Michael" book.

2018 Book signing at Underground Books, Sacramento, CA.
2018 Published "Finding Otho: The Search for Our Enslaved Williams Ancestors".
2018 Interviewed on "Research at the National Archives" Blog Talk Radio, MD.
2018 Published "Carolyn's Surprise 60th Birthday Party, Cleveland, Ohio".
2017 Book signing at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA.
2017 Elk Grove Citizen Article about "The Ancestor's Are Smiling!" book.
2017 Published "The Ancestor's Are Smiling!" (on Amazon).
2017  Published "Answering the Ancestor's Call," Baobab Tree, Vol. 22 No. 3.
2017 Published "Journey Home: A Genealogy Daybook of Travel and Discovery".
2017 Published "Viking Danube River Cruise, Parts 1 and 2" book.
2016 Published "Switzerland & Munich 2016" book.
2016 Published "Paris & Giverny" book.
2016 Published "Italy 2016: Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome" book.
2015 Published "Isaac Charles Anderson: The First 30 Years, 1985 to 2015".
2015 Published "Jazmine and Grandma K: Jazzy's First Six Years, 2008-2015".
2015 Published "Isaiah & Grandma K: Zaya's First 6 Years, 2010-2015" book.

2015 Published "Matthew Thomas Anderson: The First 25 Years" book.
2015 Published "My Dream Trip to France, Kathy Marshall, August 2015" book.
2015 Published "Mary Ellen Carter Marshall: The Life of a Hero, Educator, Mother".
2014 Published "Thomas Richard Marshall: A Life Well-Lived, 1931-2014" book.
2012 Published "Our Mediterranean Adventure: A Celebration of Retirement".
2011 Published "A Year in Pictures: Kathy Kanika Marshall" book.
2010 Published "A Year in Pictures: Kathy Kanika Marshall" book.


PROFESSIONAL SCULPTURE ACCOLADES

2018 "Sisterz Under the Skin" Quilt at California State Capitol.
2017 Featured on American SparkTV: Kanika Video.
2016  Included in Kurt Edwards Fishback's "Portraits of Women Artists" book.
2015  Interviewed in the Elk Grove Citizen for the "Journey of Hope" Art Show.
2015  Taught clay classes at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA.
2014  Served as a judge for the Multicultural Art Show, Elk Grove, CA.
2014  Taught clay classes at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA.
2013  Served as a judge for the Fairfield Visual Arts Association Show.
2013  Interviewed in the "Elk Grove Citizen" newspaper, Elk Grove, CA.
2012  Entry into the Congressional Record from California Black Caucus.
2012  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest.
2010  Interviewed in the "Sacramento News and Review" newspaper.
2009  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest
2009  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Magazine"
2009  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Examiner"
2008  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest.
2008  Served as a judge for the California State Fair Youth Sculpture Exhibit.
2007  Nine of Kanika's sculptures were purchased for the CA Black Caucus.
2007  Kanika's "Forest Kiss" mosaic was purchased for Malcolm X's daughter. 
2007  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper.
2006  Served as a judge for the Elk Grove Artists' High School Art Contest. 
2006  Commissioned to provide tile murals for New Faze Development.
2005  Sold "Leather Locks, Five Ancestors" sculpture to the City of Elk Grove. 
2005  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper 
2004  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Spotlight" magazine 
2003  City of Elk Grove purchased "Sea Jellies and River Rock"  
2003  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper
 
2003  Profiled in the "Lincoln Messenger" newspaper 
2003  Pictured in the "Elk Grove Citizen" newspaper 
2000  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper 
2000  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Bee" newspaper

1998  Interviewed on TV Channels 3 and 10 for Crocker Art Museum Show 
1995  Interviewed in the "Sacramento Observer" newspaper 
1993  Interviewed on the "San Francisco Live" television show


  

AWARDS WON AT JURIED ART SHOWS

2019 Elk Grove Fine Arts Center "Ceramics" Show (Honorable Mention), CA
2015 Elk Grove Artists "Art of Excellence" Show (Honorable Mention), CA
2014  SMUD "SOLART" Show (Concept Award), Sacramento, CA 

2014  Elk Grove Artists "Art of Excellence" Show (Second Place), CA
2014  Sisters Quilt Collective 3rd Annual Quilt Show (Third Place), Sac
2013  Elk Grove Fine Art Center First Juried Art Show (Third Place), CA
2012  Valley Sculpture Artists (Second Place), Sacramento, CA 
2012  Award from Sac. African American Art Collective, at the California State Capitol
2010  Elk Grove Artists (First Place), Elk Grove, CA  
2009  Sojourner Truth Award of Excellence, Sacramento, CA 
2009  Elk Grove Artists (First Place), Elk Grove, CA 
2008  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Excellence), Sac, CA 
2007  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA 
2006  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA
2005  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Excellence), Sac, CA
2004  Valley Sculpture Artists (Judge's Choice-Best of Show), Carmichael 
2004  California State Fair Exhibition (Award of Merit), Sac, CA 
2003  NCA "Inner Views" (First Place), Carmichael, CA
2003  NCA "Bold Expressions" (Honorable Mention), Carmichael, CA 
2003  California State Fair  (Award of Merit), Sac, CA
2003  California Arts League "Nouvelles Images" (Second Place), Carmichael 
2002  Sac Fine Arts Center "Magnum Opus International" (Award of Merit) 
2002  California State Fair (Award of Merit), Sac, CA 
2001  "Art on the River" (Second Place), Old Sacramento, CA 
2000  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way To Frame It" (Best of Show) 
2000  Northern California Artists "Inner Views" (First Place), Carmichael
1998  Sacramento Potter's Group Annual Show (Second Place), Sacramento

1995  California Arts League "Open" Show (First Place), Carmichael, CA

 


 

FEATURED ARTIST  SHOWS 

2013  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2013  Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2012  Gay and Lesbian Center, Sacramento, CA 

2011  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA  

2010  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery "Warrior Divas," Sacramento, CA 

2010  Blue Moon Gallery "Legacy" Art Show, Sacramento, CA 

2009  Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, Sacramento, CA 

2008  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA

2008  Doiron Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2007  Port City Java, Elk Grove, CA 

2006  Zigatos Restaurant, North Sacramento, CA 

2006  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2006  20th Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2003  KSSJ Jazz Radio Third Thursday at the Crocker Art Museum,

      Sacramento, CA 

2001  Crocker Art Museum Trunk Show, Sacramento, CA 

2000  Crocker Art Museum Trunk Show, Sacramento, CA 

1995  Barton's Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 


  

GROUP GALLERY SHOWS AND STORES 

2016 "Black Woman is God," SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 "Colored Museum," GOS Studio, Sacramento, CA
2016 DaDas Art GalleryBoutique, Sacramento, CA
2016 "Journey of Hope," Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA
2016 "Focus on Fiber," Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA
2016 Elk Grove Fine Arts Center Annual Art Competition, Elk Grove, CA
2015 "9th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibit," North Charleston Arts Festival, SC
2015 "Musical Threads," Underground Books, Sac, CA
2015  "Heart Show," E Street Gallery, Sac, CA
2015  "Crocker-Kingsley" competition, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA
2015  "Peace and Hope" Show, Crocker Art Museum, Sac, CA
2014  Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA¨2013  Capsity, Sacramento, CA

2013  Blue Line Gallery "Plates and Totems Invitational," Roseville, CA 

2013  E Street Gallery "Capital Clay Invitational," Sacramento, CA 

2013  Northern CA Art by Fire Member Show, Sacramento, CA

2012  Oakwilde Sculpture Garden Show


2012  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2012  The Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2012  State Capitol, Governor's Office, "Family - Those We Love"

2011  The Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2011  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA  

2011  Kennedy Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2011  J27 Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

2011  Gallery 2110, Sacramento, CA

2011  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA

2011  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2010  Kuumba Collective Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2010  High Hand Gallery, Loomis, CA 

2010  Sacramento Fine Arts Center

2010  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2010  57th Street Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009  Sunlight of the Spirit, Sacramento, CA

2009  Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2009  20th Street Gallery "50-50" Show, Sacramento, CA 

2007  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, California 

2007  Doiron Gallery, North Sacramento, CA 

2006  Nineteen Ten Gallery, Sacramento, California

2006  Doiron Gallery, North Sacramento, CA 

2006  20th Street Gallery, Sacramento, California 

2005  Taylor's Nouveau Fine Art Gallery, Elk Grove, CA 

2005  Tarracotta Pottery and Art Gallery, Elk Grove, CA 

2004  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way to Frame It", Carmichael, CA 

2004  Artful-i Gallery, "Ribbons of Hope" show, Roseville, CA

2003  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way to Frame It", Carmichael, CA

2003  Matrix Arts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2003  Marjorie R. Smith Gallery, "Sacred Spaces" Clay Show, Sacramento

2002  Placerville "Mother Lode Art Show",  Placerville, CA

2002  Northern California Artists "Bold Expressions", Carmichael, CA

2002  Hawkman Studios, Sacramento, CA

2001  Valley Sculpture Artists "No Way To Frame It", Carmichael, CA

2001  Roseville Arts Center Annual "Open" Show, Roseville, CA

2001  Elliott Fouts Gallery,  Granite Bay, CA

2001  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

2001  Ash-Can Gallery, Carmichael, CA

2000  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

1999  Crocker Art Museum Store, Sacramento, CA

1999  Lincoln Arts Gallery, Lincoln, CA

1999  Cobweb Collection Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA

1998  Nordstrom, San Francisco, CA

1997  River Road Gallery, Locke, CA

1997  Northern California Artists "Open" Show, Carmichael, CA

1997  Blooming Arts Gallery "The Masks We Wear", Sacramento, CA

1996  Nordstrom, Sacramento, CA

1995  Belles Artes Club "Rooted, Culture" Group Show, Sacramento, CA

1993  I.D.E.A. Gallery, Sacramento, CA

 


 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2018 Elk Grove Writers Group

1998-2018 Elk Grove Artists Member 

1993-2018 Northern California Art by Fire (formerly Sacramento Potter's Group) 

2013-2015 Elk Grove Fine Arts Center Associate Member

2000-2015 Potter’s Council

 


 

EDUCATION

1993-2015  Completed numerous art classes, workshops and art conferences
2011-2012 Studied beginning MIG welding with Kristen Hoard and SacMetal Arts Guild

1980-1981  Studied pottery with Ruth Rippon, California State University

1991-1995  Studied pottery and sculpture with Yoshio Taylor, Cosumnes River College

1983  Earned Masters in Public Administration, California State University

1980-1981 Studied pottery with Ruth Rippon, California State University

1979  Earned Bachelor of Arts in French, California State University
1976  Earned Associate Arts in Social Science, Sacramento City College 



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