1984 InterDada '84, Hopland, California
1987 Group Show: Contemporary Portraits I, Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA
1989 4-Person Show, Inlanders - Four Mendocino Count Artists from the warmer regions - Northlight Gallery, Gualala, California
1991 Group Show, Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, California
1991 Group Show, Willits Artists, What's Afoot Gallery, Caspar, CA
1992 Outcasts: Jewelry, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1997 "Til Death Do Us Art" Robert Comings/Linda MacDonald - paintings, drawings, digital prints, objects, paintings; Stewart-Kummer Gallery,
2002 "Inside/Outside" solo show - paintings, sculpture, installations, Mendocino College Gallery, Ukiah, California
2008 Economy of Means, group show, Mendocino College Gallery, Ukiah, California
Art of the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980 by Thomas Albright, UC University Press
Reviews by Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California:
- Art Objects You Can Hear - Mon. Apr. 29,1968
- A Primitive Source - Art-Making & Worship - Tues. Jan. 27, 1970
- Visuals - Feature article in Rolling Stone Magazine, August 5, 1970
Robert Comings: Portrait of an Image Maker
Edited and with an Introduction by Mark Rawitsch
© 1983 by Mendocino County Museum, Willits, CA
21 B/W illustrations, 4 photographs, 78 pages
A&E Magazine, November, 1983, These Are The Stories He Tells,
an appreciation by Dan Hibshman
Art Well - magazine of the creative arts - limited edition; March/April 1984, Creative I Center, Benecia, CA
contained one poem and three ink drawings by Comings
Great Garden Sheds, pub. Lark Books, Asheville, NC 1998 includes several photos of Comings' gardenshed project, an outsider installation in progress since 1978.
Redlands, CA 1941
SFSU, San Francisco, CA; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; SFSU, San Francisco, CA BA degree, 1966
Graduate School: SFSU, MA degree, 1968
Additional Educational Experience:
AFS exchange student to Sweden, Summer 1958.
Summer Visual Arts Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Assistant to Bernard Frazier, sculptor-in-residence at University of Kansas, 1960-61.
Naval School of Music, Washington, D.C. 1961-1962
Military Service: US Army, 1961-1964 - 298th Army Band, Berlin, Germany, clarinet, baritone saxophone, banjo, standup bass.
Produced multi-media environments at the Avalon Ballroom with Ben Van Meter, Roger Hilyard, Leonard Silverburg, Ernie Palamino, Howard Fox, & Bruce Connor in San Francisco, 1967-1968.
U.S. Army Special Services, Berlin, Germany, 1962-1963
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, 1967
SFSU Downtown Center, Drawing and Life Drawing, 1968-1970
Willits High School, Willits, CA 1972-1974 resident substitute teacher in all subjects
1974-1977 All art classes for grades 8-12, Mendocino College Art Classes, extension classes
1977-2004 Mendocino College Tenured Professor taught all 2D art classes including Painting, Drawing, Color & Composition, Portrait Painting, Life Drawing, Computer Graphics, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, & 3D Design.
Additional Work Experience
1967-1968 Member, North American Ibis Alchemical Company. multimedia lightshow
1977-1982 Instructional Administrator, Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA
1980-1986 Member, Willits City Council; Vice-Mayor, 1981-1982, Mayor, 1982-1983.
1963 Two-Person Show - Watercolors & Monoprints - Berlin, Germany
1965 1st Prize in Painting Antioch Annual, Antioch, California
1966 Richmond Painting and Drawing Annual, Richmond, California
1967 Works from Nine Studios -Faculty Exhibition. painting and sculpture, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California
1967 Group Show, painting, University of California Extension, San Francisco, California
1968 Solo Show - "Ritual" - sound, ritual, installation, painting & sculpture, Unicorn Gallery, San Francisco, California
1968-1970 Several Group Shows - Unicorn Gallery, San Francisco, California
1968 Four Person Show - paintings & objects - Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, California
1968 Two Person Show - Objects & Images - CSUSF Downtown Center, San Francisco, California
1970 solo show - "How Nice It Is To Be At Home," Objects, images, books, film, sound, installation - Unicorn Gallery, San Francisco, California
1971 Poetry in Film, "Boc Ging" film made in collaboration with Ben Van Meter, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California
1973 Guest Lecture - Multi-Media Event - Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa California