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 MFA 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 and curator 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 had residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), The Wassaic Project (Upstate New York), Root Division (San Francisco, CA), and is a charter resident of the Minnesota Street Project's Studio Program (San Francisco, CA). Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in SFAQ, SF Weekly, KQED, Art Practical, San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, ÆQAI, among others. Dana is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery, in San Francisco, CA.
Christina Wiles, Co-Director, 2017 - Present
Christina Wiles is an independent curator based in Oakland. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where she was a Curatorial Assistant. At SFMOMA, Christina worked on exhibitions including California and the West, Anthony Hernandez, and New Work: Sohei Nishino. Previously, Christina has held positions at the Wassaic Project, Aperture, The International Center of Photography, and Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2008, as Resident Curator at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, she organized exhibitions including Sam Falls and Light Spill: Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. In 2016, as guest curator at Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Christina organized the exhibition, Echo, Decoy, Limit. She holds an MA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Reed College.
Carrie Hott, Founder and Co-Director, 2009-2012
Carey Lin, Co-Director, 2011-2015
Susannah Magers, Co-Director, 2014-2015
Kathleen Quillian, Co-Director, 2011-2012
Sarah Thibault, Co-Director, 2015-2017
Hillary Wiedemann, Co-Director, 2014-2015