In the Gallery

2020-21 Exhibition Season:

The Exhibitions Program has reopened the Souza and South Galleries to the public!  The 2021-22 Season closes with a special summer exhibit in collaboration with the Tracy Camera Club.  Tracy Photographers Richard Beebe, Geoffry Faulkner, and Michael McGuire have selected recent works that not only capture their vision and interests in fine art photography, but also explore a variety of techniques.

The Tracy Camera Club has been an important collaborator in the Center’s history, with members exhibiting in the Galleries, teaching and providing technical support in the Arts Education Program, and hosting monthly meetings at the facility.  They welcome anyone interested in sharing photography while building their skills set – from beginner hobbyists to professionals – to join their organization.

As part of Tracy Arts Month, a special selection of works from the City Art Collection are on display in the the windows of the GWF Energy Gallery.  A compelling group of objects by artists David Anthony, Sandra Bayhi, Ilena Finocchi, Lino Giovacchini, Gayle Knize, Warren McKenzie, and Pat Sanchez were chosen.

Working in a variety of media, each of these artists add unique qualities and themes to the Collection.  Many of them have had meaningful relationships collaborations with the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts and the City of Tracy over time.

Of particular note, the exhibit includes the debut of a portrait in honor of Leona Darr Willis – a founding patron of the Grand’s revival – by Tracy artist Gayle Knize.  Ms. Willis was a Grand Girl working in the theatre during its mid-20th heyday, and a seminal member of the Arts Leadership Alliance/Grand Foundation, Tracy Arts Commission, and Tracy Art League.  In recognition of her legacy in the creative community, Grand Staff personally commissioned her portrait from celebrated Tracy artist, Gayle Knize.  The painting was then donated to the Collection to be placed near the Box Office in which Leona was the naming donor.


Expressions! Selections is presented in collaboration with the Tracy Art League (TAL) and honors works entered into the TAL’s Expressions! exhibit, held annually at the Tracy Community Center. A selection of 22 works by 21 artists on display in the GWF Energy Gallery have been chosen for special recognition in this feature exhibition by William Wilson, Cultural Arts Manager at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

Expressions! Selections artists include: Greg Adams, Samuel Bassett, Richard Beebe, Rudie Byrd, Halina Domanski, Chella Gonsalves, Tricia Hand, Tiffanie Heben, Debbie Jones, Gayle Knize, Mark Knize, Judith Kunzle, Robyn Leimer, Dave Matthews, Clay Musa, Delbert Park, Don Person, Susan Richardson, Dean Taylor, Christine Watters, and Kathy White.

In preparation for the Celebrate Tracy – Youth Photography Exhibit, the Tracy Press asked local youth to show the community “A Day in Your Life in Tracy.” Award winners will be featured in the Souza Gallery and entries will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Center. Awards will be announced during the Opening Reception at 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 4th. Winners will receive cash prizes and be published in the Tracy Press special edition Celebrate Tracy in May. This programming is presented by the Tracy Press in collaboration with the Grand Foundation and Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

Earth, Air, Water, Fire: Balancing on the Edge presents the work of Kelly Leahy Radding and Sanda Manuila, and is curated by Gwenda Joyce.  The exhibition explores the challenges to our environment from climate change, disasters, human development, and pollution and the impact upon threatened species, habitats, and natural resources.  The disruption to the primary balance of the elements is examined through a variety of media including egg tempera, casein, oil, pastel, and watercolor.

Kelly Leahy Radding (Columbia, CT) is an award-winning artist whose passion for wildlife is the thread running through her life and art.  She has painted in a realistic style for many years, first as a botanical artist and recently as a fine artist.  Kelly travels widely away from her home in Connecticut and photographs in nature, which become the sources for her paintings.  Her focus has been on the species that are threatened with extinction or have survived, becoming the success stories of our current age.  Her aesthetic challenge is to use different media, from casein and egg tempera to watercolor, to find that perfect means of her expression.

Sanda Manuila (St. Helena, CA) was born in Geneva, Switzerland of Romanian political refugees.  Having experienced expatriation and isolation, she left her native country as young adult and moved to Northern California.  Sanda paints visual stories to raise the question of our threatened environmental situation. Living so close to nature and the beautiful surroundings in Napa Valley’s wine country has made her extremely sensitive to its fragile beauty. Sanda’s concern for the threat to natural habitats that faces wildlife has become personal since she experienced evacuation from the threat of fires near her home in 2017.

“For all of us who are living today, there is a growing fear that the primary and steady distribution of resources that enables our surroundings will no longer remain stable.  We are seeing habitats threatened and experiencing environmental devastation all around us.  We fear that, if knocked off balance, life cannot continue to flourish and renew all living creatures.  There is a dynamic conflict between the fear of imminent loss and an appreciation and valuing of what already exists.  In dealing with these deep concerns, these artists [Kelly and Sanda] have created paintings to bring awareness to this situation that we face.  Their interest is in showing us what is important to preserve, and to remind and encourage us to value what we have, so that we don’t fall over the edge into the unknown.”  – Gwenda Joyce, Curator

Gwenda Joyce (Navato, CA) is the owner of Art Ambassador, working as an agent and career coach to support and guide artists to achieve success in their careers.  She is the former owner of Gwenda Jay Gallery in Chicago, IL and has curated for museums and galleries since 1993.  Recent projects include Love is a Rebellious Bird, featuring 23 artists working on themes of freedom and flight as characterized by birds, and an upcoming exhibition on homelessness by Megan Stefanki Segre at Tides Converge Galleries in the Presidio (San Francisco, CA).

As part of the annual Holidays at the Grand seasonal programming, a special exhibition of works by celebrated artists featured in Art Co-Opted – a curated, cooperative in the South Gallery – is presented. Dozens of artists, designers and lenders offer a diverse selection of hundreds of functional, decorative and fine quality works at very reasonable prices across all three of the Grand Galleries. Many of these handmade, one-of-kind items are only available for a limited time during this show. Consider unique gifts for your friends and family, or build your own collection this holiday season!

The Holiday Open House at the Grand is a family-friendly, special event held in conjunction with Tracy City Center Association’s Holiday Ornament Stroll. The public is invited to enjoy an evening featuring holiday-themed activities and attractions at the Center. The exhibition, Opening Reception and Open House are free and open to the public. The Ornament Stroll is a TCCA ticketed event.


You and Me on a Sunny Day presents an innovative series of large-format photographs exploring the life, dreams, and memories of 88-year-old Gilda Todar, a neighbor of the artist in San Francisco. Photographer Rocky McCorkle created a narrative and conceived a silent film featuring Ms. Todar in a sequence of built environments within his Tenderloin apartment.

The high-resolution detail in the prints are a result of a painstaking process of focus, stacking up to 22 individual 8×10-inch film negatives for each final plate, using digital technology to create a fantastically seamless montage. The outcome of this extensive project is a thoughtful and emotional telling of Gilda’s life story within an exhibit that transcends traditional photography into a dimensional experience.

Rocky McCorkle was born and raised in Ohio, and currently resides Campbell, California.  He received a BFA from Ohio State University in Photography, and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. Mr. McCorkle has received numerous awards including recent accolades from SFMOMA and Review Santa Fe, and has been exhibiting professionally since 2005. He is currently working on his next large format series of photographic works.

“My non-motion pictures are conceived as a silent film in the form of a sequence of stills. To complete this project, I spent nearly every Sunday for five years photographing my downstairs neighbor, Gilda Todar (1927–2017), in the lead role. In the exhibition, larger than life photographs will encircle and pull you through the space. Ultimately, each viewer has control over the pace and sequencing of the narrative, creating an emotional experience like no other.”  – Rocky McCorkle

Art Co-Opted

Special exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from dozens of local, regional and national artists are featured in the South Gallery. Over 1,800 items have been sold since 2009!  These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points ($500 and under) for a limited time only in this unique venue.

Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Art Co-Opted is presented as the featured exhibition in November and December annually as part of the seasonal Holidays at the Grand programming.

Artists, designers, collectors & gallerists interested in participating in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Galleries are closed in between exhibitions, on most holidays, and during the month of August.