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Darrell ForneyDarrell Forney


Darrell Forney was a multimedia artist and Sacramento City College professor who made a significant imprint on the Sacramento community for decades through his paintings, films, photography, writing, and music. Darrell moved to Sacramento in 1942 and became engaged in the arts at an early age – managing the Artists Contemporary Gallery and teaching children’s art classes at the Crocker Art Museum while still in his 20s. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1965, he joined the City College faculty in 1966. His artwork ranged from large abstract oils to collage like pieces to acrylics to archival sketches and block prints. He was perhaps best known for his paintings featuring crows, his sewing pattern paintings, his collages and abstractions, and his paintings of large lettered post cards.  His work was exhibited in a variety of venues including the Crocker Art Museum, the Artists Contemporary Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to teaching at City College, Darrell served as gallery director of the Gregory Kondos Art Gallery and a Lecturer in Art at the University of California, Davis and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for art and film studies.