Jen Tough Gallery

Art Santa Fe 2018

Art Santa Fe 2018

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The Gallery

We're a contemporary art gallery in the Bay Area of California. Formerly in downtown Vallejo, the gallery is now located in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. We represent 20 emerging and mid-career artists, the majority of which are women.

Gallery programming includes an exhibition schedule of emerging and mid-career artists in group and solo shows and numerous off site exhibitions including art fairs and popups. In addition to our artist roster, we manage invitational art collectives, offer workshops, and have a passion for experimental offsite exhibitions.

We now have two exhibition spaces, one strictly for exhibition, and one with a garden patio for both exhibitions, workshops and creative projects. Both are housed in a gorgeous brick building built in 1879 with 20 foot ceilings, 12 foot high wood windows and fluted columns. 

The People

Jen Tough, Owner For over 20 years based primarily in Los Angeles, Jen worked as an Art Director for numerous highly recognized companies and people. She was the Art Director for Warner Bros Records, Urban Outfitters, Hollywood Records (Disney) and numerous national magazines (Bleach, Lava, Bikini/Raygun Publishing). Her extensive freelance work included dozens of wide ranging creative projects for comedian Drew Carey, as well as being a creative consultant for Nike for years where she directed retail focused campaigns for new product launches. She has won numerous awards including being named "one to watch" for the 2000's for art direction by famed designer David Carson in Metropolis magazine, included in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual for editorial art direction, and exhibition awards for art fairs from Redwood Media. She has a BFA/honors in general fine arts from Ohio State University, attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati for fine art foundation, and Parsons School of Design program in West Africa where she studied textile arts and African art history. 

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Todd Hemsley, Operations With 25 years experience working in the film industry as a Sr Visual Effects Artist, Todd is the "behind the scenes" gallery operations manager between his VFX gigs. Todd has worked on over 20 feature films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Apocalypto and Transformers as well as 100+ commercials, most recently several years at Apple. Todd keeps all the gallery parts moving smoothly... including being bartender at most openings.

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Karadan Clark, Exhibition Coordinator Karadan has a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting, which she studied in both the US and in Florence, Italy. Karadan is a practicing artist, (almost) fluent in American Sign Language, and is known by everyone for her amazing ability to organize almost anything. Karadan lives in Vallejo, has a hairless cat who is an occasional visitor at the gallery, and is a master art hanger and art fair pro. She focuses on exhibition management and all the important details. 

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Aidan Harley, Registrar Aidan attended Scripps College & University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated manga cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Feminist Studies. Her degree focused on how male power permeates all aspects of culture, and her thesis explored how historic & contemporary male-created representations of multiply-marginalized women in art & visual culture buttress dominant masculinist narratives that "justify" institutional expressions of male violence on female bodies. She is a 25-year Benicia native & local history expert.

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Ridj Johnson, Outreach San Francisco native Ridj is an abstract painter and former technology specialist for Salesforce and HP among others. He has lived in Santa Monica, Mexico, NYC and now the Bay Area. 


San Francisco popup,   New Lands  , October 2018 (photo: Michael VanAuken)

San Francisco popup, New Lands, October 2018 (photo: Michael VanAuken)

Jen Tough Gallery at Art Expo Las Vegas

Jen Tough Gallery at Art Expo Las Vegas

Vallejo gallery, California Printmaker's show

Vallejo gallery, California Printmaker's show