2018 Exhibitions


Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco CA

December 1-29 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5 PM – 8 PM


Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, re:home is a For Freedoms exhibition and community action that examines how the broad societal crises of sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco BayArea. 

3.9 Collective: "Space is a Place: A San Francisco Funk Lesson"

The Growlery, Nov. 10th - December 15th, 2018 

Opening Reception Nov. 10th 2018 7-10pm

3.9 Collective: "Space is a Place: A San Francisco Funk Lesson"

140 Characters

Root Division, San Francisco, CA   Nov. 7th - December 1st 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018  7-9 pm  


140 Characters examines the role of text-based art within contemporary society and its relationship to continually changing technologies and forms of communication. Text-based art is inherently in contrast between the explicit and the ambiguous; text conveys specific ideas while the ambiguity of language often leaves itself open to interpretation.

Various social media platforms allow participants to craft personal brands and find 24-hour audiences, which significantly affect the way we choose to communicate and take in information. This group exhibition questions how new technologies and various social media influence creative production, as well as highlight the ways in which we connect and communicate with one another.

For Freedoms

For Freedoms: Town Hall  *CCA Creative Citizenship in Action series
When: 7:30pm, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Where: CCA Nave Alcove, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA
For more information: cca.edu & forfreedoms.org


Town hall features artist and CCA alumnus Hank Willis Thomas in discussion with members of the Bay Area arts community and CCA focused on the rights info@cca.edu

Organized by the California College of the Arts in conjunction with the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. For Freedoms believes art, and artists, play an important role in galvanizing our society towards a more representative and transparent government.

"Telling Stories"

Throckmorton Gallery and Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

October 2nd-November 4th

Art & Activism: Drawing the LIne

September 15, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Children's Museum of Arts, NY

Art & Activism: Drawing the line looks at art as a form of activism and considers different aesthetic strategies that artists have used to address the politically urgent questions of their time. The artists included in the exhibition draw from the emergence of protests and use contemporary art to rethink conventions of gender, sexuality, immigration and race.

Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits

September 6 thru October 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6th, from 6-8pm



Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits: In conjunction with monca's main exhibition Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in America, monca presents Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits, organized by Ramekon O'Arwisters, artist and retired curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport.  

Silence Out Loud  features members of the 3.9 Art Collective, an association of African American artists, curators, and art writers dedicated to drawing attention to the San Francisco Bay Area's dwindling black population through their art, activism, and social engagement. 

This exhibit examines a non-traditional presentation of the Black image. The exhibition presents abstract and conceptual works of art, which reflects a boarder and an extremely personal look at identity, gender, and race through contemporary portraiture. Artists included in the exhibition are Ron Saunders, Virginia Jourdan, Cheryl Derricotte, William Rhodes, Mark Harris, Kristine Mays, Michael Ross, Rodney Ewing, and Nancy Cato. 


Jackson Street Gallery, SF, CA

September 14th-October 26th


May through September 2018 

National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL: Artifacts explores the material and speculative objects that hold personal, cultural, and political import for those directly and indirectly impacted by war.

The exhibition features The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by internationally celebrated artist Michael Rakowitz; Exit Wounds and What We Carried by the award winning photographer Jim Lommasson; Battle Beyond the Battlefield by former Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and veteran artist Alicia Dietz; Sum of My Father by former de Young Fine Arts Museum Resident and veteran artist Rodney Ewing; The Shrapnel Project by Purple Heart recipient and artist Phillip Schladweiler; and the award winning Combat Paper by veteran artist Drew Cameron.

Bringing together photography, sculpture, and installation, the artworks in Artifacts serve to expand the definition of “artifact” and examine the ways in which collected objects hold meaning and significance for people, societies, and history impacted by war.

​SFAC Art on Market Street Human Beings: Sanctuary City

San Francisco, CA

May - August 2018


Six unique images by Rodney Ewing in bus kiosks along SF's busy commercial corridor.


With the current political climate of aggression toward Sanctuary cities and their constituents, along with federal reinforcement of this sentiment, the stories of immigrants and their families are being overlooked. The humanity of these individuals is being taken for granted, and as a result, our sense of empathy has also suffered.


In order to subvert this current state of suspicion, while also making individual narratives and identity paramount, I reconstructed institutional systems of identification to allow the participants in this project a platform to tell their diverse stories. My goal for this project is to move this discussion of immigration from being monolithic, to one that is complexed and nuanced as the people reflected in this art work.

PASS7: One Less Too Many

Pop Up Show: July 19, 2018

PASS7 Lisboa Portugal


One Less Too Many, a group exhibition by Portuguese artists: Carina Martins, Catarina Aguiar, David Lopes, Filipa Martins, Joana Hintze, José Cunhal, Katie Lagast, Luís Barata, Maria Santo, Marta Amaral, Paulo Simão and American artist: Rodney Ewing.

PASS7: Build It_Here

Pop Up Show: June 26, 2018

PASS7 Lisboa Portugal

Group POP UP exhibition with artists from Portugal, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, and the USA in Lisbon, Portugal.  This was the first Pop Up show at PASS7, an alternative art space in the Dos Capuchos neighborhood of LIsboa. Participating artists include: Gabriel Bott (SE), Alexandre Camarao (PT), Ricardo Dias Gomes (PT), Joao Dias (PT), Rodney Ewing (USA), Tore Hallas (DK), Donghwan Ko (KR), Anna Rettl (AT), Orly Ruaimi (USA), Joana Rufino (PT), Marta Sampaio Soares (PT), Caroline Valansi (BR), Maria Ana Vasco Costa (PT)

Days and Occassions: Moving Pictures

San Francisco, CA



The new work was a private commission in the Upper Haight and is a continued evolution of the artist's Days and Occasions project, on which he worked during his Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco.These text-based installations and works on paper question how we view time, memory, and history, as linear, isolated constructs, instead of concurrent moments. Physically, the work consists of text applied directly to walls with graphite. Each line of events / moments / observations is separated by increments of time that run parallel to each other, to emphasize the analogous nature of our reality. With this technique of documentation, Ewing records what happens between the minutes and seconds, the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and beautiful, in order to create an account that is infinitely more intimate than what we are subjected to in our daily lives. Along with several other works by Ewing, Moving Pictures resides among a collection including works by Enrique Chagoya, Fernando Guevara, Gregory Crewdson, and Margaret Carey Timbrell Hiatt, Truong Tran, among many others.

UNTITLED ART FAIR: Southern Exposure

As the featured artist with Southern Exposure at the UNTITLED, ART fair, an international, curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. I will exhibiting two bodies of work that focus on how we interpret stories and information; "Days and Occasions" and "Fact&Fiction".

"Days and Ocassions" is a text based body of work that documents what happens between the spaces of time. The origin of the text is from my observations of the world around me as well as conversations. With this technique of recording the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and beautiful I am creating account that is infinitely more intimate than what we are subjected to in our daily lives.

"Fact&Fiction" employs fiction-based literature to create a new narratives for the lives of actual individuals. These classic tales of the imagination are tools that frame these people as human beings who made decisions and may have been forced into events that we would all find challenging. The fiction is meant to establish empathy and invite introspection upon the actions of these persons.

UNTITLED, ART San Francisco, January 12-14, 2018. 
The Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA
Hours: Jan. 11 VIP/Press Preview 3-9 pm.
Opening Hours: Friday-Sat 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm 

​Recology: Between Walls and Ceilings

October 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

San Francisco, CA 

While at Recology, Rodney explored San Francisco's history and changes. He created mixed-media works combining text with photographic portraits from the early 20th Century. Rodney used lath - the material, along with plaster, that composes the walls of old San Francisco homes - as backgrounds for pieces to reference the people who once lived in the structures currently being remodeled or torn down for new construction. A series of lath cube sculptures connected by rope act as buoys, offering physical objects to grab onto to keep diverse San Francisco stories afloat.

Using materials all new to his practice, Rodney incorporated clock parts, a weather vane, kitchen drawers, ledger paper and basketballs found at Recology. Fragments of language paired
with altered photographs suggest traces of disappearing personal stories, and draw attention to a changing Present, by connecting it to a disappearing Past.

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