Upcoming Events

40 by 40: The Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday, November 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through December 9, 2018.

After years of planning and last-minute funding from the State of California, Sonoma State University’s gleaming new University Art Gallery opened its doors to the public for the first time on April 7, 1978.

40 by 40 celebrates this milestone occasion in the history of the University Art Gallery with an exhibition presenting one work each by 40 artists who have been featured in either solo or group shows since the Gallery first opened in 1978. Participating artists include Seyed Alavi, Robert Arneson, Marilyn Bridges, Morrie Camhi, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Lowell Darling, Manoel Fernandes, John Yoyogi Fortes, Viola Frey, Carmen Lomas Garza, Mineko Grimmer, Wally Hedrick, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Judith Linhares, Hung Liu, Robert McCauley, William Morehouse, Bob Nugent, Jennifer Nuss, Joan Perlman, Mark Perlman, Favianna Rodriguez, John Roloff, Susan Rothenberg, Yoshitomo Saito, Cornelia Schulz, Mark Sheinkman, Joan Snyder, Inez Storer, Masami Teraoka, Tomas Vu, Howard Warshaw, Shane Weare, Carrie Mae Weems,William Wegman, Cate White, and Wanxin Zhang.

Public programs for the Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary include a walkthrough of the exhibition by Gallery Director Michael Schwager on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. and a panel discussion about the history of the SSU Art Gallery on Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

35th annual ART FROM THE HEART benefit art auction

Saturday, February 2, 2019, marks the date for the 35th annual Art from the Heart silent art auction and party at the University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery's exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. There will be a free preview of the artwork on Wednesday, January 30; Thursday, January 31; and Friday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

As always, Art from the Heart is exciting evening of art, food, wine, and music that has become one of the oldest continually-held fundraising events in the area and a “must” for novice and seasoned collectors alike (Dave Getz Jazz Trio will perform this year). The auction features modestly priced works of art that are sold during a silent auction. It’s a wonderful way to have a good time, support the Gallery (and in turn, the careers of worthy artists), and go home with an original work of art.