Headlands Center for the Arts

Project Space

Project Space presents site-specific exhibitions that are guided by information and experiences gathered while work is in progress at Headlands. Home to select Artists in Residence each season, as well as occasional group exhibitions by visiting artists and curators, Project Space is a place of exchange among working artists and visitors—a place where ideas are germinated, conversations are shared, and new work is made.

Visitors are invited in to witness and engage with the space throughout the various stages of making: as working studios undergoing transformation, or in their final state as complete exhibitions. Located on the top floor of Main Building 944, Project Space doors are open to the public whenever Headlands is; stop in to say hello Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM.

This Spring in Project Space

March 13–April 28:
Opening receptions: Sunday, April 17, 12–5PM

Adventures in Solitude: Cybele Lyle

Incorporating Project Space’s spacious interior and its many windows, Cybele Lyle’s exhibition works from a queer perspective to explore the unknown by building multiple architectures and rooms within rooms. Evoking the emotionally intimate and inhabitable language of “home,” Lyle produces walls, small objects, and furniture, and incorporates projections, prints, fabrics and other materials into these constructed spaces. From the outset, Lyle’s project articulates an emotional reality—one of privacy, warmth, safety, and intimacy—that always confronts the vulnerability of what is made public and visible. Through this investigation, Adventures in Solitude intentionally conflates the physical and emotional, and blurs the boundaries between form and feeling.

Broken Solar: Sarah Rara

Sarah Rara’s ongoing project, Broken Solar, is a meditation on natural resources, human-built environments, and the aesthetics of renewable energy. While at Headlands, Rara will work on videos that make use of discarded pieces of broken solar cells by reconstituting and recombining their fragments into warped grids that respond to a mix of daylight and video projection. She will also continue work on a series of paintings of photo-voltaic surfaces. Each painting studies the solar cell as a formal device, and reiterates modular layouts and translations of space, light, and electricity. Broken Solar is fueled by a certain urgency that holds at its core the question of how to sustain life on Earth at a moment of environmental crisis.

May 15–June 5:
Opening reception: Sunday, May 15, 12–5PM

Graduate Fellows Exhibition

Headlands’ Graduate Fellowship is a year-long studio program for recent MFA graduates in partnership with esteemed Bay Area academic institutions. Graduate Fellows are given the support of a private studio, public presentation opportunities, and participation in Headlands’ peer-to-peer community of local, national, and international artists. Our seven 2015-16 Graduate Fellows present work made during their time at Headlands in a culminating group exhibition, guest curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Curator of Exhibitions at California Museum of Photography.

Participating artists:

Rachelle Bussières, San Francisco Art Institute
Tanja Geis, University of California, Berkeley
Kaveh Irani, California College of the Arts
Sara Kerr, Mills College
Christopher Nickel, Stanford University
Brittany M. Powell, San Francisco State University
Jonathan Sprague, University of California, Davis


Upcoming in Project Space

Life After Life (Karthik Pandian & Paige. K Johnston): June 19–August 24
Fritzia Irizar: July 10–August 24

Chris Duncan: September 18–November 18
Alejandro Guzmán: September 18–November 18