Past Exhibitions

Jim Drain Membrane
February 22 - December 27, 2020
Gallery 1
Jim Drain’s long-term installation Membrane marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series and the artist’s first solo commission in Northern California. Drain was a member of Forcefield, a seminal Providence, Rhode Island-based collective active from 1996-2002 that explored the merging of music, performance, film, and installation into one platform.
Davina Semo Messenger
JANUARY 29 - JUNE 28, 2020
Gallery 1
Davina Semo’s exhibition Core Reflections marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series. The San Francisco-based artist works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self.
March 9 - December 29, 2019
Gallery 1
There is no better image for this dive into di Rosa’s collection than William Allan’s 1992 painting, Update for the Model of Rome. Allan, who spent much time in and around the collection, here imagines not a new reality, per se, but a new way to imagine it.
February 23 - December 29, 2019
Gallery 2
A fiercely independent artist up to her passing in 2004, Viola Frey is perhaps most widely known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures. This exhibition offers a long overdue opportunity to trace the artist’s career through a chronological progression of work spanning five decades in a range of media, many of which have never been shown publicly.
June 23 - December 30, 2018
Galleries 1 + 2
The second installment of Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times continues the exhibition’s experimental blend of new art commissions and works from the di Rosa collection with four new projects by Bay Area artists.
January 27 - May 27, 2018
Galleries 1 + 2
A fiercely independent artist up to her passing in 2004, Viola Frey is perhaps most widely known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures. This exhibition offers a long overdue opportunity to trace the artist’s career through a chronological progression of work spanning five decades in a range of media, many of which have never been shown publicly.
October 26, 2016 - October 15, 2017
Gallery 1
Begun by Rene di Rosa in the early 1960s, the di Rosa collection spans the last six decades and includes significant works by many of the region’s most noteworthy artists. The collection not only serves as a rich and vital record of Northern California art since the late 1950s, it captures the distinctive spirit of the area and its artists.
April 16 - October 2, 2016
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition explores the work of Paul Kos and reflects on the San Francisco-based artist’s longstanding engagement with the Western landscape, from his native Wyoming to his second home in the California Sierras. Throughout his career, Kos (b. 1942) has presented an expanded idea of sculpture and continues to employ diverse media and subject matter.
February 6 - April 3, 2016
Gatehouse Gallery
Amy Balkin et al., Amanda Eicher, Pablo Guardiola, Cybele Lyle, Robert Minervini, Trevor Paglen, Elizabeth Sims The natural environment serves as medium and muse for the seven artists in Radical Landscapes who reflect on a range of larger concerns including climate change, surveillance, and identity.
February 3 - April 10, 2016
Gatehouse Gallery
Ned Kahn’s playful and mysterious artworks emerge from a confluence of science and art. Inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion, Kahn seeks to enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes.
October 31, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Gatehouse Gallery
Born in Los Angeles in 1937, conceptual artist Robert Kinmont spent his early years outside the small rural town of Bishop, California, before settling in Sonoma, his home of over 30 years.
October 7-15, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
Get a sneak peek at the artwork featured in the live and silent auctions at di Rosa’s 14th Annual Benefit Art Auction: di Party di Rosa. As di Rosa’s largest fundraiser of the year, the event is known for its dynamic offering of contemporary art by Bay Area artists.
August 1 - September 27, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition explores how technology is rapidly changing the human experience by prompting a reengagement with the corporeal. Inspired by a number of artists activating relationships between the body and the world at large, Body Talk presents works in performance, sculpture, video, and large-scale installation by six emerging Bay Area artists and artist collectives.
July 29 - September 27, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
Squeak Carnwath (b. 1947) has been fiercely committed to painting for decades. A well-known Bay Area artist, Carnwath often combines layers of words and images, fragments of things she comes across in daily life, in her work.
May 9 - July 19, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition explores the continuing legacy of humor and absurdity in Bay Area art through the lens of a new generation of artists. In an increasingly fraught social and political context—both locally and abroad—many artists have turned to comedy to reflect upon and illuminate the absurdities of daily life.
March 4 - July 26, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
Peter Saul‘s lush and masterfully rendered paintings have been admired and derided far and wide for more than 50 years. This presentation marks the first time all seven Saul works in the di Rosa collection have been exhibited simultaneously.
February 7 - April 26, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
Lending an outsider perspective to the limitless bounds of the American West, Richard T. Walker explores the complex intersections of language, music, and the human condition amidst the backdrop of the natural environment.
November 1, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
In a moment when technology reigns, and remarkable images can be generated with the push of a button, the relevance of painting persists. The Presence of the Present explores new work by Teresa Baker, Liam Everett, and Leslie Shows—three accomplished Bay Area artists whose seemingly disparate approaches to the painted surface share a distinct alertness to materiality and place.
October 29, 2014 - March 1 2015
Gatehouse Gallery
Bay Area artist Viola Frey (1933-2004) is perhaps best known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which can be seen scattered throughout the di Rosa landscape. This exhibition focuses on lesser known aspects of Frey’s oeuvre through a selection of di Rosa’s impressive holdings of the artist’s works on paper and canvas.
August 2 - September 28, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
Taking its title from the two components of binary code, ONES AND ZEROS presents work by a group of contemporary artists from the Bay Area who are reflecting on the digital revolution and its infiltration into our lives.
July 18 - October 5, 2014
OFFSITE: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
di Rosa is one of 15 regional arts organizations selected to participate in YBCA’s triennial Bay Area Now 7 (BAN7). For the exhibition, di Rosa commissioned San Francisco-based artist and filmmaker Floris Schönfeld to create an alternative creation myth of the di Rosa site in the format of a live action role-playing (LARP) game.
May 10 - September 28, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition highlights a selection of works from di Rosa’s permanent collection by conceptual ceramist Jim Melchert. Melchert’s unique method of dropping prefabricated ceramic tiles and reassembling them into new forms became one of his most well-known contributions to the medium.
May 10 - July 20, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
Through a range of media, Desirée Holman explores the overlap of New Age mysticism and science fiction and the iconography associated with these realms—including aliens, auras, and time travelers—to examine the space where fantasy can reveal truth.
February 22 - April 27, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition presents work by two Bay Area-based artists who share a fascination with the overlooked and the unfamiliar. Elisheva Biernoff investigates possible narratives through trompe l’oeil renderings of found and invented artifacts such as postcards and vintage photographs.
February 12 - April 27, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
A selection of works by ceramicist and sculptor Richard Shaw, highlighting the artist’s exceptional capacity for deception and revelation. The works on view reveal the skill, humor, and hyperrealism that placed Shaw at the forefront of contemporary ceramics.
January 18 - April 27, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
In the years since Bruce Conner’s 2008 death, the enigmatic Bay Area artist’s identity and mythology continue to evolve.
November 2, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Gatehouse Gallery
Inspired by a seminal work in the di Rosa collection by William T. Wiley, Beatnik Meteors presents an exciting group of contemporary regional artists who share an interest in creating platforms for collaborative work.
July 13 - September 22, 2013
Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition presents four of the Sacramento region’s most distinctive sculptors: Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert, and Dave Lane.
April 27 - June 30, 2013
Gatehouse Gallery
This solo exhibition by photographer Linda Connor features two seemingly divergent bodies of work. Presented as large-scale photographs, some printed on silk, Dark Forces reveals Connor’s fascination with the time worn monasteries encountered in Tibet and Northern India.
February 9 - April 14, 2013
Gatehouse Gallery
di Rosa’s biennial juried MFA exhibition features artists who recently completed their Master of Fine Art degrees at Bay Area art schools and colleges. Selected artists Llewelynn Fletcher, Chris Fraser, Jacqueline Gordon, Camilla Newhagen, Chelsea Pegram, and Angie Wilson explore sculpture with light, sound, textiles, and other unusual materials.