2017 Past Exhibitions

. . . championing artists and the artistic process

Light: Artists of MarinMOCA Member Show

July 8 - August 13
Reception: July 8

Light: Artists of MarinMOCA Member Show. Two exhibitions per year are dedicated to featuring the work of the Artists of MarinMOCA. The Artist Members are part of a vital and creative community of artists who both support and sustain the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibit theme is Light, which the artists are free to interpret, visually and/or through the use of materials and media.

From Caravaggio to de Kooning, light and shadow breathe life and energy into a composition. Light directs our eye and shapes our emotional response. Mastery of light is a lifelong process. MarinMOCA member artists will share where they are on this journey.


Artists In Residence
Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen

July 8 - August 13
Reception: July 8
Ron Collins Gallery

An exhibit of woven glass wall tapestries by Artists-In-Residence Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen. This exhibition represents the culmination of their 5-month residency, where they have had the opportunity to explore and develop a new, collaborative body of work. They use influences in nature to communicate environmental challenges and metaphors for the human experience. Their work connects the viewer with the story of the natural world, and instills an appreciation for its interconnectedness to man, and its inherent fragility.

Showing concurrently in the Ron Collins Gallery will be the glass tiles created during the Community Glass Quilt Project. This all-ages community project was facilitated by Theofanous and Bensen. Museum visitors participated in a two-day workshop, creating their own glass tiles which were then fused in the kiln to complete the piece. This process is called fusing or kiln forming. Each tile will be mounted on the wall, to create this compelling "Community Quilt."


Renegade Fiber
Summer National Juried Exhibition

May 27 - July 2
Main Gallery
Reception: June 10, 5-7 pm

MarinMOCA presents Renegade Fiber, featuring 50 contemporary fiber artists. The artwork on view explores a variety of themes through innovative use of traditional and non-traditional materials. Juror Richard Elliott, Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, invites us to “...witness examples of the revitalization of cast-off textiles, social and political sentiments, and poignant, personal portraits. The independent voices of the artworks selected makes each one of them Renegades in their own right.”

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The Sympathy Of All Things
Johanna Baruch and Zen Du

May 27 - July 2
Ron Collins Gallery
Reception: June 10, 5-7 pm

The Sympathy Of All Things, a two-person exhibition with Artist Members Johanna Baruch and Zen Du. Baruch’s paintings and Zen Du’s sculpture present diverse perspectives, through personal inspiration and use of materials.

Zen Du finds beauty in the ordinary and with this new series of sculptures investigates the ubiquitous nature of consumer culture. Often using cast-off, throw-away materials, she creates new objects that move beyond the ordinary and into the realm of beauty.

Johanna Baruch creates paintings inspired by the science and mystery of the cosmos. Says Baruch "When I first saw the photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, something profound shifted inside of me – as if I had suddenly found something I knew intimately, yet didn’t know I had lost. The pictures of deep space beckoned to me…. The beauty, color and movement, the astonishing science and ultimate mystery of the cosmos were like songs that called to be sung. And so I did, through paint."

Structure Alteration IV by Zen Du

Da'at by Johanna Baruch

8th Annual
Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibition
Our Largest Fundraiser of the Year!

Exhibit and Silent Auction: April 15 - May 20
Live Auction and Closing Party: May 20: 5-8 pm

8th Annual Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibit and Auction will open April 15th and run through May 20th. This exhibit is unique in that the book becomes art, featuring 150 original book art objects, donated by many generous community-minded Bay Area artists. The altered books will be on view for our Silent Auction for five weeks, closing with a Live Auction on May 20th, 5-8PM, where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder. MarinMOCA is extremely grateful for the artists who are donating their works and the camaraderie of our expert curator to juror a selection of outstanding pieces. This year’s juror is Mary Austin, Co-Founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, and avid book art lover and collector. The exhibit is free to the public. All proceeds from the auction support MarinMOCA’s exhibitions and programming.

Double your bid with the $15,000 challenge grant!
This year MarinMOCA is pleased to announce that we have again received a $15,000 challenge grant from the Donald O. and Ronald R. Collins Fund of the Marin Community Foundation. The grant was awarded to support MarinMOCA’s annual Altered Book fundraiser and is in honor of Eleanor Murray who championed the event eight years ago. The challenge grant will match winning bids dollar for dollar up to $15,000, effectively doubling each winning bid!

We are so excited to continue celebrating the Bay Area’s vibrant book arts community with our eighth Altered Book Show!

MarinMOCA thanks its generous sponsors and supporters:


This Is For You
Raymond Saunders
A Legends of the Bay Area Exhibition

February 25 - April 2
Reception: March 4, 5-7pm

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is thrilled to present This Is For You, an exhibit by established Bay Area artist Raymond Saunders. The exhibit will include over 50 selected works, spanning the past two decades, including recent work completed in the past two years.

The exhibition offers an extensive look at Raymond Saunders’ work and his visual vocabulary. Saunders’ work can be loosely described as mixed media collage painting and he uses materials without concern for their archival merits. One can find familiar objects such as newspapers, wallpaper, or even a plastic bag. The materials, like the compositions themselves, are spontaneous and inclusive, without bias against the most humble print or paper. Saunders has an aesthetic all his own. Despite his variety of mark-making and source material, each piece is cohesive; each included element feels carefully balanced. The large paintings included in this exhibition illustrate this well, and prove to be good examples of his iconic blend of urban ephemera, graceful linework, and improvisational brushwork- most against a rich black ground. Of particular interest in this exhibition is his use of abstracted flowering blooms. They emerge sometimes as messy whites splatters with deep red centers on some of the larger works, More recent, smaller pieces forgo his signature black background and instead rest on vacant white space. They are satisfying shades of intense blue or red with delicate graphite stems. Though many of these new small works are a fraction of the size of his larger paintings, nevertheless, Saunders creates elegant compositions as deftly as the ones that are significantly larger.

Saunders is in his eighth decade, but at a time when many artists become concerned with their legacy and place in the history books, Saunders is more concerned with ensuring access and mentorship for future young artists. It is out of this desire to share the work intentionally and broadly, that the exhibition's title, This Is For You, was conceived. Part of his interest for an exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art was tied to the fact that it is open and accessible to all, and the museum charges no admission fee. Although Saunders has concurrent exhibitions happening internationally, he was extremely generous and open to exhibiting his work at MarinMOCA, and for that we are honored to have the opportunity to exhibit and share his work with the public.

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Hidden: Artists of MarinMOCA Member Exhibition

January 14 - February 19
Reception: January 14

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art begins the 2017 exhibition season with Hidden, a thematic show that explores the concept of concealed or disguised imagery, visual secret codes or optical illusions. From Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings, artists through the ages have included secret images, symbols or metaphorical content in their work as a means to communicate a specific idea or to evoke a particular emotion. This exhibition of work will include 2D and 3D art from the Artists of MarinMOCA who have interpreted this theme in various and thought-provoking ways.

We invite you to come explore and discover the work on view!

Judges Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of Seager Gray Gallery chose the following award winners from the HIDDEN exhibition:

Post Southern, Linda Mueller and Kurt Mueller

An Urgent Matter of Balance, Gary Marsh

Hidden, Sandy Young

News Globe (11.9.16), Willow Banks
Inspiration, Ashlie Benton
Leaving, Jan Buscho
Goat Rock Haiku, Jane Fusek
The Hidden Image of War in Our Minds
Too Much Fun to Resist, Gary Kell
Who Knew?, Lorraine Lawson
Nest, Phyllis Thelen
No Refill, Doug Wilson


Sandi Miot: The Medium is the Muse

December 10 - January 8
Main Gallery
Reception: December 10, 2-4pm

A retrospective consisting of 17 years of working in the medium of encaustic by Sandi Miot. Encaustic is primarily beeswax and pigment and can be used in a variety of ways in painting and sculpture. The work chronicles a journey of exploration in this exciting ancient medium. See more at sandimiot.com.