Royal NoneSuch Gallery is an artist-run alternative art and event space located in the Temescal district of Oakland, California. We are dedicated to creating community around art-based experiences that are thought provoking and conceptually rigorous, while also being accessible and fun. Through a framework of monthly exhibitions and related programs, we strive to maintain a dynamic schedule in which the gallery is continuously reinvented to reflect the spirit and process of an artist, specific program series, or collaboration.
The Royal NoneSuch Gallery is not motivated by commercial interests, but instead by working with other artists and creators to facilitate experimentation and social engagement through monthly exhibitions and events. We encourage artists to translate their studio practice, not only into a month long installation, but into a social context that allows the public to actively connect with the central concepts and ideas of the exhibition through opportunities for participation. We take active responsibility for being part of an emerging art scene in Oakland by encouraging an atmosphere of creative risk taking from artists and participation from the community, aiming always for public experiences that are inclusive, innovative, and educational. Visitors to Royal NoneSuch can expect to see, hear, learn, experiment, and participate.
Our Name: Borrowed from the crafty theater troupe in Mark Twain’s novel Huckleberry Finn, Royal NoneSuch Gallery was named in the spirit of participation, interaction, and art making of all kinds.
Elizabeth Bernstein, Founder and Co-Director, 2009 - Present
Elizabeth Bernstein is an artist, educator, and gallery director who lives in Oakland, CA. She received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. In addition to being the Co-Director of Royal NoneSuch Gallery, she is visiting faculty in the photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a photographer whose work examines the visual language of our daily lives, and how it communicates our complex emotional and psychological landscape. Elizabeth has shown her work on the East Coast and in the Bay Area. Select exhibitions include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, Five Points Arthouse in San Francisco, and Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA.
Zoë Taleporos, Co-Director, 2014 - Present
Zoë Taleporos is a curator and arts administrator based in San Francisco. In addition to her work at Royal NoneSuch Gallery, she is a Public Art Project Manager for the San Francisco Arts Commission where she is involved in commissioning a wide range of artworks for public spaces. From 2009- 2012, she was a Co-Director of Queen's Nails Projects where she curated numerous exhibitions, lectures, music shows, and other types of programs. Prior to that, she worked as the Gallery Manager of New Langton Arts. As an independent curator, she has curated exhibitions and programs for Pro Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Real Time and Space, S.H.E.D. Projects, California College of the Arts, and Triple Base Gallery. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.
Dana Hemenway, Co-Director, 2015 - Present
Dana Hemenway is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. She is interested in the aesthetics of context and display; the resulting work ranges from sculpture to video to site-specific installation. Dana received her MFA in 2010 from Mills College. She has taught at University of California Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and CSU East Bay as a visiting lecturer. Prior to graduate school Dana worked for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery as the Gallery Manager. In 2012 she work with ZERO1 on several projects for their Biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley. Dana has curated and juried exhibitions at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Root Division, 31 Rausch St, and Artist Television Access in San Francisco. As an artist, Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, ÆQAI, SFGate.com, KQED.org, ARTSlant, and Art Cards. This summer Dana will be an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.
Sarah Thibault, Co-Director, 2015 - Present
Sarah Thibault is an artist, writer and curator living in San Francisco. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and abroad including with the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Steve Turner Contemporary, Jack Hanley Gallery and Mark Wolfe Gallery. Her paintings have been featured in The Huffington Post, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner and 7x7. Thibault curates a monthly lecture series called The Painting Salon and contributes regularly as a writer to SFAQ Online. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Carrie Hott, Founder and Co-Director, 2009-2012
Carey Lin, Co-Director, 2011-2015
Susannah Magers, Co-Director, 2014-2015
Hillary Wiedemann, Co-Director, 2014-2015
Kathleen Quillian, Co-Director, 2011-2012