Since 1997, Traywick Contemporary has represented emerging and mid-career artists who have a decidedly west coast influence, though many live and work outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Our program has consistently brought together a range of diverse, and thoughtfully selected artistic practices that focus on materials and process.
Traywick Contemporary's primary exhibition space is located in a former Masonic Temple in Berkeley, California, that is also home for Katrina Traywick and her family. Our gallery model allows for and encourages new possibilities in the way art is both exhibited and experienced. Our program extends beyond traditional media and often includes site-specific installations and commissions that respond to and address our unique exhibition space. Our program also extends beyond the gallery walls and takes us to changing locations for off-site projects, art fairs and exhibitions -- Katrina recently guest-curated, Color Theory, a critically acclaimed exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Traywick Contemporary's efforts to work outside the status quo have been widely recognized, most recently being included as one of the top 15 galleries in the Bay Area by Art Practical & SFist.
Director and founder Katrina Traywick opened Traywick Gallery in 1997, which became Traywick Contemporary Art + Projects in 2005. Katrina has been involved in the Bay Area art community since 1990 when she began her art career with positions at prestigious local institutions such as Crown Point Press and Paulson Bott Press before founding Traywick Gallery in Berkeley and establishing it as a notable destination for contemporary art in the Bay Area. She is a member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and ArtTable, a national organization of professional women in the Arts. She has been a guest speaker for art programs and classes at prominent Bay Area colleges and universities including San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Mills College and UC Berkeley. Through Traywick Contemporary, she is a regular supporter of Bay Area non-profit art venues such as Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, SF Camerawork and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.