Virtual Tour of Rooted in Wonder

Join MAGC Events Manager Stacey Kamp as she walks you through this wonderful exhibition in The Studio.

Painter Frances McCormack and interdisciplinary artist Miya Hannan will surprise you with their enigmatic explorations of the earth and human fate. McCormack’s paintings remain rooted in the natural world but she expands her practice to include collage, creating apparitions filtered through the lens of the marvelous. Hannan’s work, influenced by Asian death philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education, evokes her view of the world as the layers and linkages of human lives and histories. Curiosity drives both artists to continuously discover and challenge. This exhibition was curated by Kate Eilertsen.

My images describe an interior theater where the relationship of energy to limitation unfolds in a drama that eagerly invites the viewer’s participation and interpretation.

– Frances McCormack

Frances McCormack

Frances McCormack is a veteran Bay Area painter. She is the recipient of an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and her numerous shows have won many critical reviews in the press. In addition McCormack serves as Professor Emerita at the San Francisco Art Institute. She created videos for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and curated the exhibition “Silence, Exile and Cunning” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

My work depicts my view of death as another form of being alive.

–Miya Hannan

Miya Hannan

Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories. Her practice is influenced by Asian death philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She received Nevada Art Council Jackpot Grant and Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant in 2018. She was awarded the Willapa Bay AiR Residency, Oysterville, WA in 2018 and attended the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China in 2017. Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


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