Archival black and white image of Rena Bransten Gallery staff in empty gallery space

Our History

Since its inception, Rena Bransten Gallery, founded by Rena Bransten in 1974, has sought to define its artistic program by including both established and emerging artists whose work engages with contemporary social and cultural climates. While originally focusing on ceramic sculpture, often by California artists, the physical gallery space and scope of exhibitions soon expanded to include a multidisciplinary program – all the while sustaining a deep rooted connection to the crafted object. Now, almost fifty years later, the gallery continues to exhibit both national and international contemporary artists in one person and thematic exhibitions which maintain a dialog with other galleries, museums, and curators.


Portrait of gallery owner Rena Bransten

Rena Bransten

Portrait of gallery director Trish Bransten

Trish Bransten

Jenny Baie with flowers

Jenny Baie

Staff portrait of China Langford

China Langford

Communications + Design