Born 1955 Pittsburgh, PA


1972       Studied at California State University Long Beach Summer School of Dance

1973-77  Studied at California State University Sonoma, French, Dance, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, BA.

1976-81  Studied at l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux- Arts de Paris, France Painting, Drawing, Art History, Diplôme d’arts plastique

1977       Studied at La Escuela de Bellas Artes, Madrid Spain

1981-82  Worked in the studio of Sheila Hicks, Paris France


2021        Break and Bleed   San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, curated by Rory Padeken

2021        Open Field  Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019        Covered in Sky   Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017        Waiting for the Barbarians  Right Window, San Francisco, CA
2014        From Here to Timbuktu  555 California Street Plaza Gallery, SF, CA
2013        From India to the Planet Mars  Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2012        Vacilando   Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2007        Recent WorkBrian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2006        Ricochet   Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2004        The Weatherhead Series  Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2003        Suspended Passage The LAB, San Francisco, CA
1992        Paramour  Turn of the Century Fine Arts, Berkeley, CA
1991        Amy Trachtenberg Show and Tell, San Francisco, CA

Fundamental Complications  Root Division, San Francisco CA
Curated by Mel Prest

Artists’ Annual, KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Acoustic Habitats /Graphic Scores  Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA
Dumbball: David Ireland and His Circle  Anglim Gilbert Gallery
The Sound of Blue    500 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA   Curated by Rebecca Goldfarb
Welcome to the Left Coast   Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA  Curated by Andres Guerrero and Matt Gonzalez
Found/Made   San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San José, CA  Curated by Roderick Kiracofe
Possibilities of Paper: Select Work by Lucas Artists Fellows (2005-2015), Project Space Gallery at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

The Possible/Minimum Dwelling: Making and Unmaking the Body 
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, curated by Lawrence Rinder and David Wilson. 

Local Color, San José Museum of Art, San José, CA, curated by Rory Padeken
Making Place Public, Sculpture on the Grounds,Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA 
Unruly, BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA curated by Lucinda Barnes

Factor XX,Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, CA Curated by Jenny Balisle

Tomorrow’s Legacies, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
Gesture, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Art on Market Street, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Group Show, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

In the Fullness of Time,Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Artists,Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Black & White,Holland Tunnel Art, Brooklyn, NY

Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004, California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA

No War Show, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, curated by Adriane Colburn, Laurie Lazer and Darrel Smith

Bodies Changed; The Natural History of Market Street,San Francisco Art Commission Art in Transit at the Millennium, San Francisco, CA

Towards the Millennium, New Painting from Northern California, Monterey Museum
Three person show Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, curated by Laurie Lazer and Darrel Smith
Body of Memory, Downtown Artists Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Anti-Pesszimizmus, Gallery Jozsef Nador, Budapest, Hungary

Group Show,Show N Tell, San Francisco, CA

Telling Stories/Artists Books, Mills College, Oakland, CA
New Work, Show N Tell, San Francisco, CA

Tendances de la Peinture Abstraite, Paris, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, France; curated by Gerard Xurigeura              


2021 Façade Jung Institute of San Francisco with Trachtenberg Architects

2020 Ecstatic Voyaging  BART Station, Milpitas, CA Commissioned by VTA and BART opening in Dec. 2019

2016  Sun Sea Counterpoint, 2016 Commissioned by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

2013 Clearing  Ashland Youth Center, San Leandro, CA Alameda County Arts Commission with architect Mallory Cusenbery

2012 Counterpoint: Creekside Studio  Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA with landscape architect Jeffrey Miller
Sleeping Beauty II  Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek, CA
2010   4 Songs of Motion UCLA Olive View Mental Health Center, Los Angeles County Civic Art 
2006  Groundwork  Hillview Library San José Public Art Program, San José, CA
2002 The Atrium Project  Children's Hospital Oakland Outpatient Clinic, Oakland, CA 

1999  Bodies Changed; The Natural History of Market Street, San Francisco Art Commission Art in Transit at the Millennium, San Francisco, CA


Achenbach Collection, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA
Addis Group, Berkeley, CA
Alameda County Public Art Collection
Allergan Corp. Irvine, CA
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Children's Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Crowell & Moring LLP  San Francisco, CA
De Menil Collection, New York, NY and Paris, France
Goods Inc., Heidelberg, Germany
Haitian Embassy, Paris, France
Howe-Lewis International, Palo Alto, CA
Long Meadow Ranch and Winery, Saint Helena, CA
Los Angeles County Civic Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA
​Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
Neiman Marcus Group, Dallas, TX
Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA
City of San Francisco Civic Art Collection, San Francisco, CA
San José Museum of Art, San José, CA
City of San José, San José, CA
Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Valley Transit Authority, Santa Clara, CA

Cultural Equity Individual Artists Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission, SF, CA
Montalvo Arts Center, Lucas Arts Residency, Saratoga, CA
Third Intl. Symposium of Contemporary Art, Angouleme, France
2008 Year in Review Award, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts, New York, NY
Opera America, New York
AiA Award of Honor, Santa Clara Valley, CA
AiA East Bay Design Award. REACH Ashland Youth Center, Alameda County, CA
California Arts Council, CA
KALA Arts Center, Berkeley, CA
Marin County Arts Guild, Marin, CA
Mesa Refuge Residency, Point Reyes, CA
The Nichols Foundation, New York
Opera America, New York
Peter S. Reed Foundation, New York
Prix Albert Rocheron, Paris, France
Salon des Jeunes Artistes Francais, Paris, France


Dear Reader Robin Tremblay McGaw
Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prized Inside Norma Cole  Omnidawn Press
The Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K   edited by Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis, and Kate Schatz, Image and text
New Goose, Poems by Lorine Niedecker   
Harvard Review 33 Harvard University edited by Christina Thompson, Image and text
Viz. Inter-Arts: Event, A Trans- Genre Anthology edited by Roxanne Power Hamilton, Image and text
Zzyzzyva 10th anniversary We Address with poet, Norma Cole , Image and text
Mirage edited by Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
Aerial 8 / on Barrett Watten, Cover 
Five Fingers Review, SKIN edited by Patricia Dienstfrey, Natural History of Market Street, Image and text 
VOLT edited by Gillian Conoley, Image and text 
Markzine Deb Marks image text The Games with poet, Carla Harryman , Image and text
Chain image text The Games with poet, Carla Harryman , Images
avec edited by Norma Cole, image text with poet, Carla Harryman  
River of Fire, Crisis in the Commons, Chapter with image and text  The Pumping Station
ECHO/riding the rapids Sara Shelton Mann, choreographer Dock’11, Berlin, Germany and ODC, San Francisco

Sub Rosa Artifact, Graphic score commission performed by Rovaté  ODC , San Francisco, CA

Very Rainy Night & Lexington Avenue, two plays by Frank O'Hara, directed by Mac McGinnes Poet’s Theater, Small Press Traffic, San Francisco, CA  Pamela Z   Voci  ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

Performing Objects Stationed in the SubWorld, by Carla Harryman, directed by Jim Cave The LAB, San Francisco, CA

A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, opera by Erling Wold/Max Ernst, directed by Jim Cave, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA, produced by Opera America and Paul Dresher Ensemble

The Butterfly by Bijan Mofid, directed and translated from Farsi by Zara Houshmand with Darvag Iranian Theater Company, San Francisco, CA

Goya's L.A., by Leslie Scalapino, directed by Carla Harryman, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, opera premiere by Erling Wold/Max Ernst,directed by Jim Cave, The Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 
ODC Dance Company, choreography by KT Nelson, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Thicket, by Susan Griffin, directed by Mary Forcade, Life on the Water and Climate Theater, SF, CA

Hunger, by Peter Mattei, directed by Mary Forcade, Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA
The Magic Flute, by Mozart, Spreckels Performing Arts Theater, Rohnert Park, CA

Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, directed by Marvin Klebe, Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma, CA
Bluebeard's Castle, Bartok, directed by Marvin Klebe, Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma, CA
Emperor of Atlantis, opera by Victor Ullman, originated in Terezin Concentration Camp, directed by Ann Woodhead, Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Petaluma, CA

Summer Festival of Opera & Contemporary Music, Chartres, Dijon, Vezelay, France

2019   Youth Artist Mentorship Program at Southern Exposure SF, CA Interdisciplinary Symposium at California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA with Pireeni Sundaralingam

2016    Sound of Blue at 500 Capp St, SF
2015   SFAI : In Conversation with Connie Lewallen and Gay Outlaw on David Ireland’s 500 Capp Street, SF “Groundwork: By Any Means Necessary” : Crocker Art Museum/ Kingsley Crocker Lecture
2010    Americans for the Arts: Curriculum  Talks
2008   SOTA School of the Arts, San Francisco, CA visiting artist
Provoking the Ripple Effect: with artists Susan Schwartzenberg  American Evolution: Arts in the New Civic Life, Americans for the Arts ,Philadelphia, PA 
Coexistence Through Art with Youssef Ismail PanelIslamic Networks Group and Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley at Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA
Found in Translation on Paros    non-site collective with artist Elliot Anderson, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA 
Public Histories: Susan Schwartzenberg, Barbara Goldstein, Amy Trachtenberg City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA
The Right to the City: Public Space as Commons Panel with Chris Carlsson, Christopher Ratcliff, Carmen Rojas Crisis of the California Commons Conference, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA
2005    Hellenic International Studies in the Arts: Mass College of Art, Paros, Greece Drawing, Painting and Art Theory teaching semester
1998-2005      VALA /Visual Arts Literary Arts: Teaching and arts curriculum development Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond Public Schools: 
1993   I.O.U. Poet's Theater with Carla Harryman, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA


2019  Roth, David Claudia La Rocco Amy Trachtenberg Covered in Sky Catalogue Editions Michel Eyquem

Porges, Maria  Square Cylinder Amy Trachtenberg @ Luggage Store
Paull, Laura  J Weekly Summer Has Landed in the Bay Area, Bringing New Art With It

2016  Roth, David  Square Cylinder  Dumbball at Anglim Gilbert Gallery February 16, 2016
Roth, David  Square Cylinder David Ireland Remembered at SFAI and Anglim Gilbert
2013  Roth, David  Square Cylinder February 6  "Amy Trachtenberg at Brian Gross"
Curiel, Jonathan SF WEEKLY January 23 "Photo Negative: Two Exhibits Reconsider Historic Images"
Tremblay-McGaw, Robin X Poetics February 24 "From India to Planet Mars: Amy Trachtenberg"

2011  O'Malley, Susan, Factor XX catalogue, Los Gatos Museum of Art

2009  Solnit, Rebecca and Burger, Mary Groundwork, ORO Editions 
Baker, Kenneth San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, “Amy Trachtenberg at Brian Gross”
Cheng, Dewitt Art Ltd. West Coast Art and Design,  October “Amy Trachtenberg at Brian Gross”
Hamilton, Roxanne Power, ed., Viz. Inter-Arts: Event, Trans- Genre  Anthology  

2004  Baker, Kenneth San Francisco Chronicle, July 17 “Amy Trachtenberg at Brian Gross”

2000  Kosman, Joshua San Francisco Chronicle, March 14, “Fevered Dreams”

1998  Cseko, Kristina Budapest News, February, “Art From S.F. to Budapest”

1995  Chang, Ching San Francisco Bay Times, January 9, “Ernst Opera”
Harvey, Dennis San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 15, ”A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil”
Sizenski, Liz San Francisco Weekly, January 18, “Ecstasy's Revolution”
Kosman, Joshua San Francisco Chronicle, January 28, “Surrealist Ernst Novel Inspires Dreamy Opera”
Boone, Charles P – Form, Spring,“Max Ernst Opera,”

1991  Brady, Lee San Francisco Bay Guardian, October, “A Grim Fairy Tale”
Winn, Steven San Francisco Chronicle, October 31, “Playwright Puts It All Out on the Table”

1990  Bammer, Richard Courrier, January 19, ”Perrault, Ravel, Bartok”
Schiller, Karla Argus Courrier, February 2, “With Bartok Season Begins on Sublime Note” Bammer, Richard 

1989  Reveaux, Tony Artweek, November 29, “Amy Trachtenberg at Show N Tell,”
Butterfields,“Art Against AIDS” catalogue
“Line and Form,” Hatley Martin Gallery, catalogue by Robert F. Johnson catalogue

1988  “National Invitational Collage Show,” Santa Rosa Jr. College Gallery, catalogue

1982  “Tendances de la Peinture Abstraite, European Invitational”; Paris, Grenoble,Sens, Montpellier, Toulouse, France; catalogue by Gerard Xuriguera  catalogue