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Rainey Straus

  • 17 Woodland Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA

About The Artist

Artist Statement


My work responds to the unfolding absences of the climate catastrophe.  It reaches for different ways of being and knowing —  a practice that opens to the more-than-human world as anthropologist Tim Ingold describes, a correspondence that keeps the world alive and emergent. My work begins during walks in Northern California. I make cyanotypes and paintings rooted in direct experiences of walking the land. I am curious about how we perceive and build relationships with specific places.


After many years of working as a tech designer, Rainey has returned to art practice. Earlier work explored the impact of technology on the body/mind and the world of computer games as art. Her current inquiry turns away from human exceptionalism to collaborate with the more-than-human world. Rainey’s work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Design Exchange Museum in Toronto, Canada. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center as an Artist’s grant recipient. Select publications include Dark Mountain Journal, Aeonian Magazine Online, Sculpture Magazine, Rhizome Online, Videogames and Art, edited by Andy Clarke and Grethe Mitchell, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. Rainey holds a BFA in Painting from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Sculpture from the California College of the Arts.

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, Photography, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Studio Information

Building Name

Woodland Studios

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

2nd Floor Studio

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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions


Annual Member Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA.

Cornucopia, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA.

Small Works, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Juror: Emebet Korn, Director Desta Gallery

Out of the Blue: Experiments with Cyanotypes, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA.

Contemporary Botanicals, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA., Juror:  Vanessa Indies, Director Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery



Extinction – 2021 Save the Planet, Exhibits Online



SimVeillance, Edge Conditions, The San Jose Museum of Art, ISEA 2006, San Jose, CA

Grrls, Chicks, Sisters & Squaws, Let Citoyennes du Cyberspace, MAWA, Winnipeg,  Canada


IMC Expo at the Chelsea Museum, New York, New York

Entermultimediale.2 (Festival of new media art), Prague, Czech Republic



Performance Night, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

New Fangle, GenArts, San Francisco, CA

Digifest, The Design Exchange Museum, Toronto, Canada

Bang the Machine, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Erotic LA, The Erotic Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Virtual Galleries, Timeexpo Museum, Waterbury, CN



(Solo) Aphasia, Gallery 364 Hayes, San Francisco, CA

1111 – MFA Exhibition California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA



5 At Eye Level, Rizzoli Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“I don’t know much about art, but…,” Live Culture Gallery, Oakland, CA



Recent Work, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Gen Art Tour, with Sally Cote at San Francisco Open Studios, San Francisco, CA

Selections ‘98, The Academy of Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA




Dark Mountain Journal: Issue 22 – ARK

WEAD Magazine Online: Issue No. 13 – The Politics of Empathy

Unpsychology Magazine: Warm Data, Issue 8, Cover and Feature

Aeonian Magazine, Experimental and Alternative Photography,  Online – Issue 6



Honorable Mention, Adobe Emerging Artists Award, Zero One/ISEA: Global Festival of Art on the Edge
Electronic Arts Project Support Grant

New Voices Winner Digifest

Artist’s Grant Recipient – The Vermont Studio Center
San Francisco Art Council Grant finalist


Ho, Yin, Speaking in Blobjects: A Conversation with Katherine Isbister and Rainey Straus, Rhizome, February 13, 2012

Clarke, Andy and Mitchell, Grethe, Videogames and Art, Intellect Books

Antonucci, Mike, San Jose meets the Sims, San Jose Mercury News, August 5, 2006
Winn, Steven, It’s hard to tell where pixels end and reality begins, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 6, 2006

Casolari, Pierluigi, Interview with Rainey Straus and Katherine Isbister

Casolari, Pierluigi, “Vista la SimGallery”, Glamour Magazine (Italian edition), Dec. 2004 2003
Cohn, Terri, “Rainey Straus”, Sculpture Magazine, October 2003
Bianco, Alessandro Piana, “Ten Questions on the SimGallery Project”,

Colin, Berry, “Featured Open Studio Artist”, CitySearch7 online
Colin, Berry, “Recent Work at Crucible Steel Gallery”, CitySearch7 online



MFA Sculpture, California College of the Arts


BFA Painting, State University of New York at Purchase


Open late April to Mid May, 2024
May 4-5 & 11-12, 2024

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