Current Exhibitions


Our galleries are closed today because we are installing new exhibitions. Please visit us next week.

Upcoming Exhibitions

9th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser <br>Presented by Private Ocean

9th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser
Presented by Private Ocean

April 28, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Mary Austin Art Talk: April 28, 4:30 pm
Opening Reception: April 28, 5-7 pm
Live Auction and Closing Party: June 2, 5-8 pm

The book becomes art at MarinMOCA’s 9th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser. Marin’s most popular art show features 150 original book art objects, created by artists who combine provocative messages with inventive technique. Fans and art collectors will see an innovative display of Altered Books. Mary Austin, Co-Founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, will select the award-winners from 150 outstanding pieces. The artworks are eagerly sought by book art aficionados, who return year after year to see the show.

We invite the public to view and bid on their favorite works during the silent auction from April 28 - June 2. The Closing Party and Live Auction will be held on June 2, 5-8 pm, when all the book art objects will be auctioned to the highest bidder. MarinMOCA is extremely grateful for the artists who are donating their work. This event is MarinMOCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds from the auction support our exhibitions and programming.

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 nine 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 ninth Altered Book Show.

Image credit: "Rotations" by Kerith Lisi

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

June 16, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Reception: June 16, 5-7pm

A national juried exhibition. Artists use marks to create form, line, pattern and texture. Mark-making can be loose and spontaneous or intentionally controlled and structured. Marks can be descriptive, expressive, conceptual, or symbolic, and appear across all genres of artwork from abstract to representational. A mark can be made with a splash or drip of paint, or a thread through space. From Vincent Van Gogh to Cy Twombly, mark-making has been an integral part of the artistic process yet it can be elusive to define. This exhibit will feature both 2D and 3D artwork.

Juried by Jen Tough, owner of Jen Tough Gallery, located in Benicia, California. A contemporary gallery and art consultancy.

Recently Closed Exhibitions

Nathan Oliveira: The Figure Over Time

Nathan Oliveira: The Figure Over Time

March 3, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Reception: March 3, from 5-7 pm

Docent tours: Every Friday at 11 am and Saturday at 2 pm except Friday, March 9, and March 23, when the tour is at 2 pm.

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Nathan Oliveira: The figure over time,” representing the most extensive collection of the artist's work ever shown in the North Bay. Nathan Oliveira (1928 - 2010), well-known Bay Area Figurative artist and professor at Stanford University, “believed deeply in art’s ability to connect human beings and explore commonalities of experience” states Steve Nash, author of the exhibition catalog essay. The exhibition portrays the evolution of Oliveira's figurative work over a 50 year time span, and includes paintings, prints, and sculpture, as well as a selection of work shown publicly for the first time. Co-curated with Joe Oliveira, Nathan’s son, MarinMOCA is grateful for his generosity to the art-lovers of Marin who can experience this fantastic exhibition of work by a world-renowned Bay Area artist.

Nathan Oliveira studied painting and printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland, and in the summer of 1950 with Max Beckmann at Mills College in Oakland. As a professor at Stanford, Oliveira was a generous and caring teacher to his students, often inviting them to the family home for meals and to share his inspirations. His work is in the collections of many museums, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A catalog will be produced in conjunction with the exhibition.

Image: Head #6, 2010, oil on panel

InnerScapes<br>Artists of MarinMOCA Exhibition

Artists of MarinMOCA Exhibition

January 13, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Main Gallery
Reception: January 13, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Get a glimpse into the artists’ subconscious at "InnerScapes." A revealing look at the emotional, spiritual and intellectual process undertaken by artists in the pursuit of their craft. We invite visitors to experience the powerful and authentic creativity that comes from the artist dipping his/her brush into their inner state.

Image credit: Detail from "Holographic Turbulence" by Solon

My<br>Artist in Residence<br>Melissa Shanley

Artist in Residence
Melissa Shanley

January 13, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Ron Collins Nook

This exhibit of work is a culmination of Melissa’s five-month residency at MarinMOCA. "My" consists of detailed abstractions of the female body, printed on paper and silk. The images are duplicated and layered, one over the other, to create a veiled, or concealed image. This work is a response to the current political climate as contemporary women struggle to decide what is their own, and what is to be revealed.

Contemporary Landscape<br>Presented By: Bank of Marin

Contemporary Landscape
Presented By: Bank of Marin

December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Main Gallery
Reception: December 2, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Contemporary Landscape, an exhibit of work by artists from across the nation. Juror Chester Arnold chose the work while evacuated from his home during the recent North Bay fires, so the viewer can expect to see work that shows the devastation wrought by nature and man on our environment. From the turbulence of a clearing sky to the catastrophic effects of climate change, this exhibit investigates the impact nature has on us, and vice versa. Says Arnold "The general museum-going public is still looking for art that is beautiful . . . . But I feel painting could be more than that. It should raise questions; raise the hairs on the back of your neck. It can be used to explore issues that are more troubling than reassuring. If one would just stop and ask ‘why would anyone do something like this?’ It would be satisfying." We invite the public to experience "earth, wind and fire," on display at this transformational exhibit.

About the Juror: Chester Arnold is an instructor at College of Marin and nationally exhibited painter whose works explore the contemporary landscape. He is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Image detail: "Clearing Up Over The Bay (View From The Ark)" by Jeffrey Beauchamp

> List of participating artists

> Award Winners

Small Treasures

Small Treasures

December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Ron Collins Gallery

This exhibition will feature small works made by our Artist Members, and a portion of the sales of each work will go to the members’ chosen local non-profit, including relief for artists affected by the North Bay fires. This exhibit will help raise awareness and benefit our community and local non-profit organizations.

Traveling Postcards: Art for Social Change

Traveling Postcards: Art for Social Change

December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Ron Collins Gallery

Traveling Postcards are handmade art postcards that travel to women around the world who are survivors of violence and oppression. This exhibit will feature some of the postcards made during the Traveling Postcard workshops held at MarinMOCA. Traveling Postcards is a program of The Women’s Wisdom Initiative, a Bay Area nonprofit that uses the transformative nature of art to heal trauma from violence and to fight for gender equality.