Renata Breth, Gallery Director

Black and white photograph of Renata Breth, Gallery Director
Gallery Director, Renata Breth
Office: #785 2nd floor / #796 photo lab Analy Hall / Santa Rosa
(707) 527-4297

In 1839 French painter Hippolyte Delaroche remarked upon the invention of photography: "from this time on, painting is dead".   Interesting quote, what do you think?  Here are is a 21st Century quote from the article "The New Color: The Return of Black-and-White" by Charlotte Cotton.  "I am sure I’m not alone in beginning to think that the more complex, messy, unfashionable, and broad territory of black-and-white photography is where we are going to find some of the grist to the mill in photography’s substantive and longer-term positioning within art. Established, darkroom-trial-and-error-loving photographers are stockpiling their preferred papers and film, and younger practitioners are beginning the experimentation of finding digital alternatives, replete with all the inherent irony of converting chromatic digital to monochrome. In and of itself, this kind of contradictory momentum will create important discourse while also continuing to link the various value systems."


MFA / Filmmaking and Photography / Art Institute of Chicago, IL 
Special Graduate Studies / MIT / Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Undergraduate Studies / Math and Chemistry / University of Vienna



SRJC, Full-time Art Department Faculty since 1997 
Santa Rosa Jr. College Art Department Chair, 2005 - 2008 
SRJC Gallery Director, College Art Gallery, 1999-2003 and currently 
Adjunct Teaching: 
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA (Lecturer, Sabbatical Replacement) 
Columbia College, Chicago, IL (Lecturer) 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (TA) 
University of Vienna, Austria (Research Assistant) 


SSU, Rohnert Park, CA 
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA 
American Consulate, Amerika Haus, Vienna, Austria 
Catskill Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY 
Los Angeles Filmforum 
San Francisco Cinemateque, San Francisco, CA 
Millennium, New York, NY 
Cultural Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL 
Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI 
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL 
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA 
Berks Filmmakers, Albright College, Reading, PA 
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 
Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL



Chicago, IL 1982-1985

Professional Areas of Interest

Installation Art 
Sequence Photography 
Outsider and Visionary Art 



EXHIBITS, selected from a total of ca 95 
(+++ one person show) 
Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria, 2012 
time_travel, Sabbatical Show, Art Gallery, California, USA, 2011 +++ 
ZEITZONEN, FotoforumWest, Innsbruck, Austria, 2010 +++ 
PALINLALIE, Zellikofer Galerie, River Junction, VT, 2009 +++ 
Museum Moderner Kunst, Salzburg, Austria, 2009 
Eye Object, SRJC Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 2004 
International Danube Conference on Art and Culture, Belgrade, Serbia, 2003 
Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY, 1999 
Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna, Austria, 1993, 1999 +++ 
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1995 
USA Within Limits, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1995 
American Cultural Center, Austria, Vienna, 1994 +++ 
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, 1991 
Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria, 1989 
Fotogalerie Wien WUK, Vienna, Austria, 1987 +++ 
Galerie Faber, Vienna, Austria, 1986 +++ 
Neue Galerie Linz, Austria, 1986 +++ 
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1985 
Torino Fotografia, Turin, Italy, 1985 
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria, 1985 +++ 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL 
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1984 
Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WIS, 1984 +++ 
Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria, 1984 +++ 
PM-Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982 +++ 
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, 1981 
Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY, 1981 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 1980 
Since 1983 yearly INSTALLATIONS, EXHIBITS or event-based ventures for DIA DE MUERTOS (+++) 
2013 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA for Aaron Swartz 
2012 SRJC Museum for Mohamed Bouazizi and Malcolm Browne 
2011 House Altar for Steve Jobs 
2009 House Altar for Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch and open House 
2008 House Altar for Bruce Conner and Open House 
2007 Private Altar for Paul Danzinger 
2006 Various Lectures for Community 
2005 College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, "For Hurricane Katrina Victims" 
2004 Professional Development Activity - Faculty Presentation 
2003, 2002, 2001 Lectures to Photo Students 
1999 Mahoney Library, Petaluma, CA "Altar for Victims of the Bosnia Conflict" 
1998 Private Altar, Sonoma County, CA, "For Christa Nickles 100th Birthday" 
1997 SRJC Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, "Altar for Gianni Versace" 
1996 Documentation of SARGFABRIK 
1995 Public Piece, McDonald Ave, Santa Rosa, CA, "Altar for Liz Quandt" 
1994 Walburg Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, Altar and Exhibit 
1993 Public Piece, Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA "Altar for People who Died of Hunger" 
1992 Community Workshop With Kindergarten Children 
1991 Public Piece, Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA "Altar for Oakland's Firestorm Victims" 
1990 Sonoma State University, California "Altar for Harold Edgerton" and Exhibit 
1989 Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA "Outdoor Altar for Loma Prieta Quake Victims" 
1988 Outdoor Piece, Sonoma County, CA, "Altar for Hollis Frampton" 
1987 Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria "Altar for Gideon Mantell and his Wife" and Exhibit 
1986 Public Altar, Downtown Santa Rosa, CA "Altar for Chernobyl: Nuclear Reactor Accident" 
1985 Public Altar, Mission District, San Francisco, CA "Altar for the Victims of Mexico City's Earthquake"



Purchase Award, Ministry of Art, Republic of Austria 
Purchase Award, Collection Rupertinum Salzburg, Austria 
Purchase Award, City of Vienna 
Purchase Award, Collection Rupertinum Salzburg, Austria 
Purchase Award, Austrian Government 
Osterreichische Filmfoerderungssubvention (Award) 
Osterreichischer Foerderungspreis fur Photographie 
Bundesministerium fur Unterricht und Kunst, (Award) 
Artist-in-Residence for the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL 
Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council 
Neighborhood Artist Project, City of Chicago 
Chairman's Grant, Illinois Arts Council 
Artist-in-Residence Grant, Illinois Arts Council 
Completion Grant, Illinois Arts Council


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