2021 Exhibitions

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Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis
SF Museum of Modern Art
March - September 2021

2020 Exhibitions

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Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
November 14 - December 24, 2020
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What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next?)
Nancy Toomey Fine Arts @ MSP
San Francisco, CA
October 15 - November 30, 2020

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Death + Legacy + The Census:
Systemic + Visual Representations of our Shared Humanity

Presented by the Art+Action Coalition in partnership with Saint Joseph’s Arts Society

Sunday, November 1 at 2pm PST

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Villa SF, curated by re:riddle
September 1 - November 30, 2020

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Four Artists
Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco
Sept 16 - October 24, 2020

Latitude & Longitude

Solo Exhibition
Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College
Incline Village, NV 
Feb 13 - March 20, 2020

Strange Fruit

Solo Pop-Up Exhibition

Cathedral Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

February 8 - 28, 2020

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2019 Exhibitions


National Veterans Art Museum

Chicago, Illinois

May 2 - July 28, 2019


Museum of African Diaspora

San Francisco, CA 

May 10 - June 22, 2019


The Euphrat Museum, DeAnza College,

Cupertino, CA

February 4 - March 21, 2019


Cove Studio
Oakland, CA

February 2 - March 14, 2019

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2018 Exhibitions


Minnesota Street Project

San Francisco CA

December 1 - 29, 2018


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 Bay Area. 

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

The Growlery

San Francisco, CA

November 10 - December 15, 2018 


140 Characters

Root Division

San Francisco, CA   


November 7 - December 1, 2018 


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: Town Hall  *CCA Creative Citizenship in Action series

CCA Nave Alcove

San Francisco, CA

October 25, 2018

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 2 - November 4, 2018

Art & Activism: Drawing the LIne

Children's Museum of Arts

New York, NY

September 15, 2018 – October 28, 2018

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

Museum of Northern California Art

Chico, CA

September 6 - October 28, 2018

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

San Francisco, CA

September 14 - October 26, 2018


National Veterans Art Museum

Chicago, IL


May 1 - September 30, 2018 

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.

Human Beings: Sanctuary City

​SFAC Art on Market Street

San Francisco, CA

May 1 - August 31, 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


Lisboa Portugal

Pop Up Show: July 19, 2018

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


Lisboa Portugal

Pop Up Show: June 26, 2018

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, Margaret Carey Timbrell Hiatt, Truong Tran, among many others.

UNTITLED ART FAIR: Southern Exposure

UNTITLED, ART San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts

San Francisco, CA

January 12 - 14, 2018


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.


Between Walls and Ceilings

San Francisco, CA 

October 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

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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2017 Exhibitions

Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot

Southern Exposure

San Francisco, CA

October 6 - 31, 2017

Rodney Ewing's installation Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot takes shape on the street-facing wall of Southern Exposure, visible to passersby on Alabama Street. Like a traditional West African griot, Ewing is a collector and conveyor of neighborhood oral information. Traditionally griots perform the role of community historians – public speakers or singers of stories documenting local history for social gatherings and public ceremonies.

Ewing’s work often reflects upon and layers intersecting social histories, and in The Unexpected Griot he weaves together overheard conversational fragments with notations of time, memorializing and elevating ephemeral moments of social engagement. He catches and holds these shards of conversation as they roll past, recording them over the course of a year or more. By stenciling this found text in powdered graphite directly onto the gallery wall, he fills the wall with a dense, cacophonous, smeared sociality.

With Liberty and Justice for Some?

Berkeley Arts Center

Berkeley, CA

September 1 - 30, 2017

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

San Francisco, CA

March 25 - April 8, 2017


​Walter Maciel Gallery

Los Angeles, CA 

January 7 - March 4, 2017


​Our country needs us now more than ever. Communities are finding themselves under duress, attack and even deportation. Many artists urgently feel a call to arms. Curator Monica Lundy asked working artists from across the country to create at least one, 8x8” portrait of an individual who came to the United States as an immigrant: the portrait(s) could be of anyone, spanning from historic to contemporary individuals, a stranger, someone you know personally or even a self-portrait. These individual portraits are assembled in an installation depicting the American Flag.  


Arc Gallery

San Francisco 

August 24 - September 14, 2017


One of sixteen pieces made for Arc Gallery's FourSquared exhibition in August, the series Strange Fruit is a response to the murders of Black men, women, and children by police and entitled civilians in America. This piece is dedicated to Sandra Bland.