Gearbox History


Engage! An Opening, at GearBox Gallery

Gearbox Gallery was founded in 2015 by a group of artists from Gallery 621 in Benicia, CA. After finding out the Benicia gallery’s lease would not be renewed, several artists began looking for a new space to house their vision for a collectively-run art gallery. 
At a gallery meeting, Ruth Santee offered rent a space she co-owned in Oakland, which was also the location of a gallery she co-owns, Transmission Gallery.  Many members drove to Oakland to see the new space. In the meantime, another space was found in Benicia. Half of the members decided to stay in Benicia and the other half came to Oakland and rented the space near Transmission Gallery, thus Gearbox was born. Our first show at the newly named, newly formed gallery, was a pop-up! This came after the founding members: TaVee Lee, David Fitzgerald, Joseph Mele, Ruth Santee, Linda Stevenson Dunlop, Susan Aulik, Kari Brink, Phyllis Lasche and Betsy Kluga, all worked very hard to transform warehouse space into a gallery.

In the list of names below, we’ve included links to the exhibitions in which each artist, juror and curator was a part.


GearBox Gallery Alumni:

Gearbox Gallery Guest Artists and Guest Jurors:                         

Alphabetical order by last name