About the Artist

Robert Tomlinson has served as executive director and curator for The San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Gallery One Visual Arts Center and the Oregon Arts Alliance. He has curated and installed over 100 exhibitions and created a gallery for the developmentally disabled. A working artist, Tomlinson has conducted his own studio practice for over 35 years. In 2011 he co-founded 13 Hats, a group of artist and writers that collaborated for two years on a wide range of creative projects and exhibitions. His work has been featured in 35 solo shows and over 50 group exhibitions.

Currently, Tomlinson is serving on the Smith Fine Arts Board and as the President of the Board for the newly formed, Ash Creek Arts Center, which he helped to start. He has also launched a new radio & t.v. show for WIMPEG called, MI-Kidz, a platform for art related discussions with children. Tomlinson is co-founder & co-editor for the new arts & literary quarterly journal, Picture Sentence. He will also be the “Art Vision” curator for the Lake Oswego Arts Festival in 2015.



2015 “Robert 2: Work & More Work” Cannon Gallery, WOU, Monmouth, OR

2014 “Take Cover”, Project Space, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR 

2014 “Ghosts, Fragments, Melodies & Pages”, Lewis-Clark Cultural Center, Lewiston, ID

2014 “Stream” Glyph Cafe & Art Space

2014  "Stream"  Penninsula College  Port Angeles, WA

2013 "The Continents"  Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT

2013 "Robert<2"  collaborative portraits with Bob Schegel, Luke's Frame Shop, Portland, OR 

2012 "Original Weather"  Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR 

2012 "Original Weather"  Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR

2012 “Drawings”  Butters Gallery, Portland, OR 

2012 “Ballades”  Donna Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR

2012 “Original Weather”  Eastern Washington University Gallery Cheney, WA.

2011 “Pictures and Words”  Newport Visual Arts Center  Newport, OR.

2011 “Drawings”  Lukes Frame Shop  Portland, OR.

2011 “Originall Weather”  Moses Lake Museum & Art Center Moses Lake, WA.

2011 “Open Spaces”  Chandron State College Gallery  Chandron, NE.

2010 “Chronicles”  Lightbox Gallery  Astoria, OR.

2010 “Time Streets”  12 x 16 Gallery  Portland, OR.

2007 “Drawings”  Stave Gallery  Napa, CA.

2006 “Photographs”  Merced College  Merced, CA.

2005 “Darkroom Drawings”  Photo Lab  Berkeley, CA.

1987 “Heads & Bodies”  Bank of America Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1986 “Paintings & Drawings”  Van Straaten Gallery  Chicago, Ill.

1986 “Drawings” 1981-85”  Allegra Gallery, San Jose, CA.

1986 “Drawings & Monotypes”  Art Space Gallery  Los Angeles, CA.

1986 “Paintings”  Jennifer Pauls Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1986 “Body Poems:  Installation”  1708 East Main St. Gallery Richmond, VA.

1985 “Eclectic Passions”  Art Space Gallery  Los Angeles, CA.

1985 “Robert Tomlinson”  John Douglas Kline Gallery  Phoenix, AZ.

1984 “Ghosts, Gardens & Intuitions”  Twin Palms Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1984 “Recent Paintings”  San Jose State Union Gallery  San Jose, CA>

1983 “Dreamtime Tracks”  Chan Elliott Gallery  Sacramento, CA.

1983 “Recent Works”  Diablo Valley College Gallery  Pleasant Hills, CA.

1983 “We Live As We Dream, Alone”  Heller Gallery  U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, CA.

1982 “Works On Paper”  Tri Gallery  Walnut Creek, CA.

1982 “Buddhist Chimneys/ Catholic Streets”  Chan Elliott Gallery Sacramento, CA.

1982 “Odd Man Out”  Academy of Art College  San Francisco, CA.

1982 “Buddhist Chimneys/ Catholic Streets”  Pace-Price Gallery  San Francisco, CA.


2015 “Subtext” The Art Center, Corvallis, OR

2014  "Visual Narratives"  Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN

2013 "Particles On The Wall"  Ecotrust Portland, OR

2013 "Portrait of a Process"  SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 "13 Hats @ 12 x 16 Gallery", Portland, OR

2012 “Drawings”  Rogue Museum and Art Center  Medford, OR. 

2012 “Portrait Of A Process”  Gallery Homeland  Portland, OR

2011 “Welcome To My World”  23 Sandy Gallery  Portland, OR.

2011 “Arts Alive-75 Reunion”  Richmond Art Center  Richmond, CA.

2011 “9th All Around Oregon”  The Arts Center  Corvalis, WA.

2011 “Photon Extrordinary”  Springbox Gallery  Portland, OR.

2010 “Small Pleasures”  Jacobs Gallery  Eugene, OR

2010 “”5th Anniversary Exhibition”  12 x 16 Gallery  Portland, OR

2010 “”Opening Exhibition”  Opus Vll Gallery  Eugene, OR.

2010 “Beyond The Lens”  Tubac Center For The Arts  Tubac, AZ.

2010 “22nd Annual”  Photo Zone juried exhibition  Springfield, OR.

2009 “36th National”  Yakima Valley Community College juried exhibition Yakima, WA.

2009 “Urban Matrix”  Chandra Cerrito Contemporary  Oakland, CA.

2009 “Three Photographers”  Lorinda Knight Gallery  Spokane, WA.

2008 “Photo Biennial”  Whatcom Museum  Bellingham, WA.

2007 “Headtrip”  Barbara Anderson Gallery  Berkeley, CA.

2007 Gensler & Associates  San Francisco, CA.

2007 Mercury 20 Gallery  Oakland, CA.

2006 “National”  juried exhibition  Center For The Arts, Toledo, OH.

2004 “Trace”  MoCA  Luther Burbank Center  Santa Rosa, CA.

2000 “Abstraction”  juried exhibition  Sebastopol Art Center Sebastopol, CA.

1989 “New American Talent”  juried exhibition  Texas Fine Art Association  Austin, TX.

1988 “Chain Reaction”  San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1987 “The Artist & The Myth”  Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art Monterey, CA.

1987   “Recent Figurative Works”  Southern Exposure Gallery  San Francisoc, CA.

1987 “Natural Affinities”  Mills College Art Gallery  Oakland, CA.

1987 “Bay Area Small Works Invitational”  Janet Steinberg Gallery San Francisco, CA.

1986 “All California Biennial”  Riverside Art Museum  Riverside, CA.

1986 “Expressions of the Human Figure”  Muchenthaaler Cultural Center Fullerton, CA.

1986 “Selections”  Security Pacific Corp. Collection  S.F. Arts Comm. Gallery,  S.F., CA.

1986 “Bay Arts 86”  Twin Pines Cultural Center  Belmont, CA.

1986 “San Jose Biennial”  San Jose Museum of Art  San Jose, CA.

1985 “Richmond Works”  Richmond Art Center  Richmond, CA.

1985 Janet Steinberg Gallery exhibition  San Francisco, CA.

1984 “San Jose/ Santa Cruz Exchange”  U.C. Santa Cruz  Santa Cruz, CA.

1984 “”Works on Paper”  San Jose Art League  San Jose, CA.

1984 “”Face To Face”  Berkeley Art Center”  Berkeley, CA.

1983 “Drawings”  Carolyn Watson Gallery  Santa Barbara, CA.

1983 “Works On Paper”  Triton Museum of Art  Santa Clara, CA.

1983 “”Festival of the Arts”  San Francisco, CA.

1983 “Eight Bat Area Painters”  SF MOMA Rental Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1983 “Mark Making”  Sonoma State University  Rohnert Park, CA.

1983 “Mark Making”  Ca. State University  San Luis Obispo, CA.

1982 “Red & Shiny”  Flood Gallery  San Francisco, CA.

1982 “17th November Annual”  Coos Bay Art Museum  Coos Bay, OR.

1982 “Through The Figure”  Tri Gallery  Walnut Creek, CA.

1982 “21st Annual”  Forum For The Arts  Hayward, CA.

1982 “Bay Area Arts”  Twin Pines Arts Center  Belmont, CA.

1982 “11th Annual Print & Drawing National”  Minot St. College Minot, SD.


2015 Artist-in-Residence, Playa residency, Summer Lake, OR

2014  Artist-in-Residence  Prattsville, NY

2011 “Juror’s choice – Best of Show”  “9th All Around Oregon”  The Arts Center  Corvallis, OR.

2010 Artist-in-Residence  Montana Artists Refuge  Basin, Mt.

2006 Artist-in-Residence  Kala Institute  Berkeley, CA.

1987 Pollack/ Krasner Foundation grant  NYC, NY

1986 Artist-in-Residence  Ragdale Foundation  Lake Forest, ILL.

1983 “Juror’s choice – Best of Show”  San Francisco Festival of the Arts

1982 “Juror’s choice -- Best of Show”  “Bay Area Arts”  Twin Pines Art Center  Belmont, CA.


2014 “SHOTS” magazine, Autumn, 2014

2014 “Visual Narrative” catalog, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN

2014 “Stream” featured in “Picture Sentence”, Summer, 2014

2013 cover, "Dawn's Erasure"  James Yeary, Couch Press, Portland, OR

2012 "Third Friday Artwalk", Mail Tribune, Medford, OR

2012 Tomlinson / EWU Gallery, Free Press, Cheney, WA

2011 Art Focus/ KBOO radio interview with Eva Lake, Portland, OR

2011 News Times  Newport, OR 

2011 Columbia Basin Herald  Moses Lake, WA. 2009  Spokesman Review

2010 “Original Weather” catalog, Uttered Chaos press  Eugene, OR.

2010 Astoria Artwalk, Coast Weekend, Astoria, OR 

2007 Santa Clara University

2007 Photo Review


2006 Contemporary Quarterly 3  Napa Valley, CA.

1987 Northern Calif. Home & Garden  “Robert Tomlinson”  San Francisco, CA.

1986 San Jose Mercury News  “Critic’s Choice”  San Jose, CA.

1986 San Jose Mercury News  “Best Bets”  San Jose, CA.

1986 ARTWEEK  “Drawings From A Painter”  Oakland, CA.

1985 Los Angeles Times  Art Review  Los Angeles, CA. 

1984 ARTWEEK  “Tapping The Power of Ritual”  Oakland, CA.

1984 Artists Magazine  “Interview with Robert Tomlinson” 

1894 Metier  “Face To Face”  San Jose, CA.

1983 Contra Costa Times  “Contrasting Work”  Walnut Creek, CA

1983 ARTWEEK  “On Edging And Emerging”  Oakland, CA.

1983 Times-Tribune  “Works On Paper”  Santa Clara, CA.

1983 Valley Journal  “Imagery By Tomlinson Highlight Show…” Santa Clara, CA.

1982 Contra Costa Times  “Works On Paper”  Walnut Creek, CA. 


Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT

Mainsail Partners, San Francisco, CA.

Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP  Redwood City, CA.

San Jose Museum of Art,  San Jose, CA.

Security Pacific Corporate Collection, San Francisco, CA.

University of Washington, Seattle, WA