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

Dawoud Bey, Sydney Cain, Jonathan Calm, T. J. Dedeaux-Norris, Oliver Lee Jackson, Hung Liu, Vik Muniz, and Lewis Watts

Rena Bransten Gallery is pleased to present Figural Effects, 8 works by 8 Artists. Long engaged with figurative traditions, the Gallery looks at representation and portraiture through the lens of authorship, authenticity, and history.  Each of these artists approaches storytelling in their own way, and on their own terms. T.J. Dedeaux-Norris uses various personas, performances and materials in a multi-iterative process. Dawoud Bey and Hung Liu have had decades long careers with their chosen mediums and a commitment to representing the present through communion with the past. Oliver Lee Jackson and Sydney Cain use spirituality, ancestry, and other worldly realms, while Calm turns the focus on himself and tracing the path of the Green Book.  Vik Muniz recreates then photographs iconic images using (in this case) postcards, looking at collective memory, perception, and ephemera.  Lewis Watts has found an interstitial concentration between street photography and formal portraiture – celebrating the moment with the subjects of his photographs.

All of these works are the artists’ singular representations of a deep investigation into racial, spiritual, and societal systems; the sheer creative force is the telling of the story.