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.

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

Sponsors

Lobus and Phillips

Sophia Kinell on 8-bridges

A member of our founding committee Sophia Kinell, Phillips’ regional lead for San Francisco, discusses 8-bridges as a form of community-building, Phillips’ roots in the Bay Area, and the city she calls home.

“All of it started out of an earnest dialogue around how to come together as a community and support artists, and our greater arts ecosystem, in this time of uncertainty.”

Read the interview here.

Bridging the Bay Area Art World: Panel #1

Join 8-bridges for a lively Zoom discussion with the directors of three Bay Area institutions: Julie Rodrigues Widholm (the new Director of Berkeley Art Museum), Alison Gass (the new Director of ICA San Jose) and Jay Xu (Director of Asian Art Museum since 2008). Chaired by art sociologist Sarah Thornton, the session will discuss curatorial agendas and building bridges between audiences.

Rye on the Road will prepare special cocktails for the panel, which you can enjoy at home by clicking the link below.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

6 PM to 7 PM PST

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8-Bridges Launch

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.

We hope you will join us for our official launch on October 1, 2020.

8-Bridges Founding Committee Members:

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

In dedication to Gretchen Berggruen and Ed Gilbert.