Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara


Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Chester Arnold, Sandow Birk, Lenka Clayton, Masami Teraoka
The Sea Around Us

Catharine Clark Gallery returns to 8-bridges with The Sea Around Us, a group presentation of works that draw on maritime imagery and themes to invite deeper questions around what it means to feel “adrift” in this moment where so many of us have experienced isolation and uncertainty, unsure of what rescue and survival will require.

Drawing its title from environmentalist Rachel Carson’s iconic 1951 book of the same name, the gallery’s presentation reflects on how our broader psychological landscape can overwhelm and envelop us. At the same time, the works on view remind us of how creative practices provide us with a space in which to meditate on this experience of precarity, while also offering us the tools to moor ourselves again.

The Sea Around Us is presented in response to Nina Katchadourian’s solo exhibition To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World, on view at the gallery and online through February 20, 2021.