Robin McDonnell

Born NYC

Studio in Oakland CA


1996        M.F.A. University of California, Berkeley

1994        B.F.A.  With High Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts        

1982        B.A.   Television, San Francisco State University,  San Francisco, CA


2010        Affect|Effect, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco,CA

2007        Flux Constant, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA    

2005        Flux Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA


2016       Mirror Ball , Et Al., San Francisco, CA

2011        Robin McDonnell & Allen Moe, B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA


2016        On On and On, C2C projects, San Francisco, CA

2016        Airplane, B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

2012        Revelations, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011         Crocker Art Museum Silent Auction, Sacramento, CA

2010        Gesture, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2009        TRANS: Form | Color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009        TRANS:Formal, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008        Gesture,  Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2007         7-07 show, B.Sakata Garo Gallery , Sacramento , CA

2006        Gallery Artists,  Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2002         College of Marin Faculty Show, Marin CA

2001         Wendy Sussman MemorialShow, Worth Ryder Gallery , Berkeley

2000        College of Marin Faculty Show, Marin, CA

1998        FOUR-Painting in the Abstract, The Living Room, S.F, CA    

1997        Generations,  A.I.R. Gallery , New York, New York

1997        1997 Pro Arts Juried Annual,  Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

1996        J. Breslin Memorial Exhibition,Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1996        Mapping Mural, Chevron Corporation, Oakland, CA

1996        MFA Exhibition   - University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1995        Group Show - Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1983        West Coast Women’s Video Festival, Curator and Video Installation,S.F., CA


Baker, Kenneth, “Robin McDonnell’s‘Affect/Effects’, Photo, San Francisco Chronicle. February 13, 2010. 

McDaniel, Heather, “Features”, Photos, The Campanil ,Mills College, February 1 2010

Baker, Kenneth, “Abstracts commingle well at Meridian”, Photo, San Francisco Chronicle , November 28, 2009. 

Selz, Peter, "TRANS Form | Color," Exhibition Catalogue, November 2009

Butler, Sharon, "An International Cohort of Abstract Painters Deplanes in San Francisco," Two Coats of Paint 2009

Roth, David, “7.07”, Artweek, July, August 2007

Baker, Kenneth, “Visions of Light and Landscape, in Painting and Print”, Photo-San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2007

Baker, Kenneth, “‘Four’ at the Living Room”, Photo , San Francisco Chronicle, April 1998

Quintero, Fernando, “Works by Seven Student Artists ”Berkleyan, May 1996.

Dyrness, Christina, “Alive and Well”, Contra Costa Times, June, 1996

CCAC Annual Catalogue 1994, Photo and interview.


1997                        Jurors Prize- Pro Arts Juried Annual

1996                        Eisner Prize   in the Creative Arts

1995-1996               James Phelan Fellowship

1994                        Susan B. Irwin Scholarship in The Visual Arts  


2012-2013               Graduate Advisor, University of California , Berkeley

1999-2012               Visiting ArtistPainting Department and Graduate advisor,  Mills College

2011                         Lecturer, Painting, Stanford University

2006                       Graduate Committee, SFAI 

1998-2002              Instructor, Painting,Drawing and Sculpture, College of Marin