Traywick Contemporary 20th Anniversary Traywick Contemporary’s 20th Anniversary

Traywick Contemporary is proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017 with a year-long series of special exhibitions and events where both old and new friends can engage with our artists and our program. Be sure to watch for emails and check back here regularly for updates and additions.

Gallery Happy Hour: Thursday, November 30

Join us after hours and check out our current exhibition The Space Between by Benicia Gantner, who will be on hand to talk about her work. The exhibition will continue through January 20.

Past events

Gallery Happy Hour: Thursday, September 28

Stop by the gallery for a drink from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, September 28th, and see our current exhibitions by Nancy Mintz and Rachel Davis, both of whom will be on hand to talk about their work. From the intimate watercolors of Davis to the hybrid paper and brass sculptures by Mintz, both shows addresses notions of change, while exploring the ways in which organic and human-made forces shape our lives and perception of the world around us.

Gallery Happy Hour: Thursday, August 17

Stop by for a drink during the final week of Neverending Summer to see recent work by eight of our gallery artists: Samantha Fields, David Fought, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Portia Hein, Amy Kaufman, Dharma Strasser MacColl, Amanda Marchand, and Stas Orlovski.

Dharma Strasser MacColl Studio Event: May 2017

Dharma Strasser MacColl opens the doors of her Sausalito studio for a rare peek behind the scenes. Visitors will have the chance to view newly completed work and to hear about her process first hand. And for those interested in continuing the conversation after the studio, please join for a leisurely stroll to a no-host lunch with Dharma at a nearby eatery. Space is limited, please email us at for more info.

Ken Fandell Artist Talk: April 2017

Artadia hosted an engaging artist talk with Chicago Awardee Ken Fandell, giving viewers a special walk-through of his new solo exhibition Blowouts Bricks Lines.

Special Studio Visit with Amy Kaufman: Sunday March 26

Amy Kaufman opened the doors of her longtime Oakland work space for a rare peek behind the scenes. Visitors had the chance to view newly completed work and to hear about her process first hand.

Artists Steuart Pittman and Hung Liu in conversation with SFMoMA Curator Sarah Roberts: Saturday March 11, 3:00pm at Traywick Contemporary

Join us for a conversation with Hung Liu and Steuart Pittman about artistic legacy and influence during the current climate of both great creative energy and political consternation. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Roberts, the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator for Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA. RSVP

Now playing, February 2017: Steuart Pittman's The Twist Playlist

Steuart Pittman sent a valentine in the form of a 20 song playlist to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and we are pleased to spread the love to our family and friends. Fun fact: Steuart is not only a talented painter but also a terrific musician as part of the performance duo Sad Vicious. If you look closely, you'll notice lots of music references in his work and the titles he uses. Listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Book signing and photo project with Amanda Marchand: Saturday February 4, 12:30pm

Please join us for a special event with Amanda Marchand who will be leading a collaborative photo project inspired by her recent photography series and artist book, Because the Sky. Marchand will invite visitors and passersby to form a meditation circle, sitting on photo sensitive paper, in creating a large-scale lumen print using the human form. Her timely project combines photography, meditation and poetry to acknowledge the importance of community strength in the context of our turbulent times. Participants will receive an artist print of the work that is created.

Photo Alliance Book Symposium, San Francisco Art Institute
Saturday February 4th, 12:30pm
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

John Fraser and Steuart Pittman open January 29, 3 - 5pm

We launch our 2017 exhibition schedule with two solo exhibitions, featuring Chicago-based artist John Fraser and Oakland painter Steuart Pittman, both of whom work in direct opposition to the accelerated pace of our contemporary culture. Traywick Contemporary first exhibited Fraser’s work in 2001 and Pittman worked as Fraser’s studio assistant for several years before moving to the Bay Area. This intertwined artist history and consistency of vision are two hallmarks of the gallery’s program over the last 20 years.

John Fraser, (Measured) Four-Part Horizon, 2016, graphite, acrylic, graphite wash, mixed media collage on four panels, wall shelf construction, found object mounted to wood, 25.5 x 38 x 5.5"

Steuart Pittman, Doves (Just Friends), 2016,
oil on cotton with basswood frame, 14.25 x 11 x 15"

Cocktails with Cynthia Ona Innis: Thursday January 5, 6pm

Please join us as we toast the new year with a special evening event featuring cocktails and libations inspired by Cynthia Ona Innis’ exhibition, Fuse, and created by her partner, Chef Sascha Weiss.