M.F.A. (Printmaking), San Francisco State University

            Distinguished Graduate Student Award

B.F.A. (Painting), University of Hawaii


Selected Solo Exhibitions:


Saving Face, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY


To the New York Islands, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY


Personal References, Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY


Gayle Tanaka:  It's About Time, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Artist Access Gallery, Staten Island, NY


Personal Effects, El Museo, Buffalo, NY


Gayle Tanaka:  Boxing Memories, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL


Office Politics, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY


Gayle Tanaka:  Office Politics, San Francisco Art Commission, San Francisco, CA


Gayle Tanaka:  View from Without, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL


Gayle Tanaka, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions:


Ancestral Journeys, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA


Temperature Change, Soho20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


20 Years in Allentown, El Museo, Buffalo, NY


Black and Blue, Soho20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Always/Never, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY


Between the Lines, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY


The Artists of Zyzzyva, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Broad Shoulders & Brotherly Love, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL


Radiant, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Fresh A.I.R., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL


Scents of Purpose, Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Silver:  Snug Harbor Cultural Center Studio Program, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY

Artists in Residence, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL


A.R.C. National II, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL

Invisible Cities, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY


Making Change, Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Passing, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA

Casa de Espantos, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA

Resilient Images:  Reflections upon Japanese Internment, Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco, CA


The Mexterminator:  Museo Interactivo de Etnografia Experimental & Cultura Apocaliptica, SOMAR, San Francisco, CA

Labyrinth:  A Day of the Dead Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

Contents and Contexts:  Lithography after 200 Years, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI

Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos:  Artists' Installations, The Museum of Art & History, The McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, CA


VIVA:  A Celebration of Three Decades at the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Labyrinth for the Dead, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


Yesterday, Today & Manana:  Rooms for the Dead, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


Kala Fellowship Awards Exhibition, Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA

Cultural Baggage, Rice Media Center Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX


bodies and souls, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Rooms for the Dead, Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA


Object, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA




BCAT/Rotunda Gallery Artists' Residency, Brooklyn, NY


Knight Foundation Visiting Artist Fellowship at Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Anchor Graphics Artists in Residence, Chicago, IL


Puffin Foundation Grant Award


Kala Fellowship Award, Berkeley, CA



Gayle Tanaka, textimage, Zyzzyva, Spring 2009.

Kara Kelley Hallmark, Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists, Greenwood Press, 2007.

Ariella Cohen, Ritual Objects Redefined, review, Forward, 6 May 2005.

Michael J. Freesola, A Fresh Take on Old Topics in 'It's About Time' Installation, review,

     Staten Island Advance, 10 January 2003.

Allan L. Edmunds, Three Decades of American Printmaking:  The Brandywine Workshop Collection,

     Hudson Hills Press, 2004.

Blaise Schweitzer, In the Eyes of Beholders, review, Sunday Freeman, 2 June 2002.

Bruce Adams, East Meets West, review, Buffalo News, 12 April 2002.

Gayle Tanaka, I'll Miss Myself When I Die, New Graphics Revival, 2001.

Making Change:  Reinterpreting the Act of Charity in Jewish Culture and Faith, review,

     Spirituality & Health, Fall 2000.

Michael Weinstein, 5 Shows to See Now, review, New City, 20 April 2000.

Nancy Segal, More Than Just a Box, review, Forward, 31 December 1999.

Jean Schiffman, A Great Escape:  San Francisco's Small Museums, review,

     San Francisco Arts Monthly, December 1999.

Allison Arieff, A Mexican Presence:  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, California,

     review, Art Nexus, February-April 1999.

Kenneth Baker, Nontraditional Fare From Israel, Mexico:  Yerba Buena shows pick apart

     stereotypes, review, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 September 1998.

Jose F. Aranda, Betty Joseph and Padmaja Challakere, Unpacking Postcolonialism, review,

     afterimage, January/February 1996.

Michael Weinstein, review, New City, September 1995.

Margaret Hawkins, Exhibits Look in on Outsider Art, review, Chicago Sun-Times,

     1 September 1995.

Gayle Tanaka, The Long and the Short of It, Zyzzyva, Spring 1995.

Terri Cohn, Where Worlds Meet:  Vida y Muerte:  art that honors life through death, review, Artweek,

     1 December 1994.

Terri Cohn, Shaped Identities:  The Photographic Object, Camerawork, Spring/Summer 1994.

David Bonetti, Alternative Production Looks from the Floor up, review, San Francisco Examiner,

     13 January 1994.