Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine history-making institutions such as archives, databases, governmental assimilation efforts, and algorithmic categorizations to realize the effects such processes have in forming identity and culture. Gayer received her dual masters degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno.
Her curatorial projects have been exhibited at Root Division, San Francisco, CA; Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; The Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA; Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; CTRL + SHFT Gallery, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA; and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been in residence at Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; Picture Berlin in Germany; and Signal Culture in Owego, NY. Her writing has been published in Daily Serving, in exhibition catalogs associated with CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Holland Project, Reno, NV; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; and co-produced a one-off audio podcast for a Living Room Light Exchange publication. Gayer has lectured at UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, California College of the Arts, and at the CODAME Art + Tech Festival #ARTOBOT. She has held positions at Richmond Art Center, Brian Gross Fine Art, 6th on 7th Gallery, among others. Currently, she is the Exhibitions Assistant at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Chief Curator for Soundwave 9.