ABOUT

Hello! I like to describe myself as a visual artist, crafty generalist, and dance enthusiast. I'm a former...well, lots of things - full-time Etsy seller turned arts administrator for most of the past decade-plus since receiving my MFA in 2008. I quit my most recent full-time day job in August 2017 to reboot my studio practice and spend more time with my kids. I created a podcast about/for fellow "artists in offices" that you can listen to here and wherever you get your podcasts (subscribe on iTunes here).

I have a studio art background and over 17 years of professional experience in non-profit administration, arts education, and visual communication. I was born on Guam and spent my childhood in California, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, Germany, and England, eventually landing in Bend, Oregon. After one year, three jobs, one drawing class, and one snow-related fender bender, I hitched the smallest U-Haul trailer to my Ford Escort and moved again, this time south to the San Francisco Bay Area. I eventually transferred to UC Berkeley where I changed my major from pre-Vet to Art Practice & French. Between college and grad school I worked as an administrator for two non-profit arts organizations in the Bay Area. During grad school, I stopped painting, started screenprinting, and became increasingly interested in creating occasionally interactive installations that include both hand-made elements and digital media. You can see my creative work here.

Aside from a four-year detour to attend grad school in Boston, I've lived in five apartments and one house in Oakland, California since 1998. From 2010-18 I was sole proprietor of Color Bird Studio, specializing in handmade wedding invitations and other paper crafts (this was my more-or-less full-time gig from 2010 to 2013 when I took a break to have my second kid). From 2015-17 creative pursuits took a back burner while I tried out the whole day job thing, but since summer 2017 I now split my time between caring for my two young children, writing, and making stuff in my backyard studio. Most recently, I created, produced, and host the Artists in Offices podcast.

And yes, Bird is really my middle name. So as not to be confused with this gal (or this one, for that matter) when I got married I dropped my original middle name, Ann, shifted my maiden name Bird over one spot, and took my husband's last name. Rebecca Bird Grigsby. Like Lady Bird Johnson.

Questions? Email me at becky {at} rebeccabirdgrigsby {dot} com.

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