Past Exhibitions

Palate to Palette: The Imagery Collection at SSU

University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University

July 14 - July 31, 2016

Palate to Palette: The Imagery Collection at SSU is the premiere exhibition of works from the Imagery Estate Winery Collection that was generously donated to Sonoma State University this past December. Palate to Palette, on view from July 14 - July 31, 2016, features a rich and diverse selection drawn from the more than 440 works by regional, national, and internationally known artists that are now part of the Sonoma State University Art Collection.

The exhibition will feature works by many significant artists from American contemporary art, such as Robert Arneson, Chester Arnold, John Baldessari, Squeak Carnwath, Lewis deSoto, Stephen Galloway, Nancy Graves, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Sol LeWitt, Hung Liu, Nathan Oliviera, Pat Steir, William T. Wiley, and several others. Many SSU art faculty and alumni are represented as well, including Kurt Kemp, Bob Nugent, Heather Patterson, Frank Ryan, Mark Perlman, Wil Smith, Jennifer Sturgill, and Shane Weare.

The collection contains artworks originally commissioned as wine labels. "It should be exciting to see the original works of art of images people might be familiar with as wine labels," says University Art Gallery Director Michael Schwager. "Some of the pieces are very large, and it's a chance to see the texture and materials you don't always see in the printed version."

"The Imagery Collection is remarkable and unique in that the art it contains is representative work from a cross-section of notable 20th and 21st century contemporary artists, all of whom marry their visual aesthetic in nuanced, subtle ways with the art of wine and winemaking," says Thaine Stearns, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

"It was always our hope that the collection would stay together and be exhibited in the years to come," says Benziger family member and former Benziger Family Winery President Tim Wallace. "We feel that Sonoma State University is the perfect home for the collection."