Jul 13 – Oct 20, 2024
5 young women wearing bathing suits and carrying surf boards walk down a street, ready to hit the beach


Coastal California is the land of sun, sand, and surf. It is ingrained in the lifestyle, sold to tourists and residents alike so much so that if you conduct an internet search for “California surfer” you will be inundated by pictures of men and women who are overwhelmingly young, white, and fit. However, these images do not reflect reality and exclude many historically underrepresented and excluded communities, sending the message that surfing isn’t for them.

This Gray Wing exhibition will build upon the photojournalistic work of Southern California artist Gabriella Angotti-Jones whose “I Just Wanna Surf” book highlights Black female and non-binary surfers as well as other unseen or outright ignored communities that ride the waves off the Golden State. The exhibition will explore the history of California surfing from a socio-political perspective through the work of additional Central Coast and California artists that represent the impacted communities.

Additional artists include Stephen Milner, Shea Somma, Tracey Moffatt, and Joni Sternbach. Stay tuned for public programming!

This exhibition is generously presented by

RRM Design Group logo
Megan's Organic Market logo in red letters

Additional support generously provided by

The City of San Luis Obispo logo

Special thanks to our wine partner for the exhibition opening

Austin Hope Family Wines logo

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