Bass & Reiner is a gallery and curatorial collective with a mission to foster dynamic dialogues in the Bay Area while creating access to other emergent art worlds in order to promote, stimulate, and encourage a communal exchange. Our goal is to introduce local artists to a broader audience and bring artwork from elsewhere to The Bay to expand beyond traditional regional boundaries. Bass & Reiner began as a gallery located in the now-displaced Studio 17 artist studios, inside the Redlick Building on 17th & Mission. After being displaced, Bass & Reiner spent several months doing over 100 studio visits with bay area artists and hosting pop-up arts and happenings. In March of 2016 Bass & Reiner opened a new space in Minnesota Street Project.
Bass & Reiner's Co-Directors are Mariel Bayona, Chris Grunder, Emily Reynolds, and Cléa Massiani.
Mariel Bayona is an artist, born in El Paso, Texas in 1988 and currently based in San Francisco. Raised in Mexico, Bayona came back to the US to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Art History in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her MFA in sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute which she completed in 2014. Bayona is exhibiting both nationally and abroad, and is also interested in celebrating and supporting fellow emerging artists from the Bay Area and México through Bass&Reiner Gallery.
Chris Grunder is an artist living and working in San Francisco. He received his BA in History and Art History in 2007 from the University of Washington and his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked as a freelance retoucher, digital technician, and fine art printer since 2008. His work has been exhibited widely in the Bay Area, including shows at Some Thing Spacious, Oakland; double Bread (dB), San Francisco; and de Young Museum, San Francisco.
Cléa Massiani is originally from Southern France. She obtained a Master’s degree in History from the Sorbonne University and a second Master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in Exhibition and Museum Studies. Besides being a founding partner of Bass & Reiner, Massiani has also curated and co-curated several shows in museums and galleries and held professional art positions both in Europe and the US. Massiani also organized the first curated show at the Google HQ in Mountain View, Ca.
Emily Reynolds is a curator and art professional based in Oakland, CA. She holds a bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Colorado and a masters degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Beyond Bass & Reiner, Reynolds works as the Marketing Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), consults artists on writing grants and applications, and organizes art events.
Bass & Reiner's branding is by Vissuel.