Robin Cowley

Robin Cowley is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working on surface design projects ranging from architectural surfaces to studio art quilts.

Her source materials include the colors and textures in nature and contemporary architecture. Her textiles and interiors combine color and space in an abstract manner. A practicing artist, her work engages viewers with humor and lightness.

Solo Exhibitions

Robin Cowley at the Montclair Art Gallery, Oakland, CA 2004.

Fresh: Ten Years Later, Keller Mitchell & Co. Oakland, CA 2003 – 2004.

Chroma Chroma, 425 Market Street Building, Stankus Conway Associates, San Francisco, CA 1998-1999.

Robin Cowley – Flying Colors, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery “Art in City Hall” Program, San Francisco, CA 1998.

High Voltage Color, Robin Cowley – Translating Art to the Garden, Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, CA 1998.

Robin Cowley: Contemporary Textiles, AirTouch Communications Corporate Gallery, Stankus Conway Associates, Walnut Creek, CA 1997.

Color & Water — a Studio Showing, Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, Oakland, CA 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2013.

One Flight Up – An Exhibit of Recent Art Quilts, Takara Sake USA Tasting Room Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1995.

Transitions – An Exhibit, Keller Mitchell Caronna, San Francisco, CA 1993.

Group Exhibitions

Contemporary Craft, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA 2004.

Fine Focus ’04, Four Venues: Mansfield Richland Library, Mansfield, OH 2004; Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Culpepper, VA 2004; Thayer Memorial Library, Lowell, MA 2004; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, 2004-2005.

The Art of Sewing Art, the Museum of the Americas in Madrid, Spain 2003.

Up Close and Far Away, Surface Design Association Conference at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 2003.

Digital Delight, Banner Exhibit for the Surface Design Association Conference at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO 2003.

16th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc., Emeryville, CA 2002.

Piecing a Quilt of Life: Contemporary Art Quilts by Senior Women, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC 2002.

Born in the USA: Contemporary Quilters Look at Their Music, Somers, NY 2002,

Quilters’ Heritage Celebration – Rock & Roll, Lancaster, PA 2002.

Piecing a Quilt of Life, ARC Special Events Gallery & Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL 2001.

Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2001.

Rock & Roll Icons, A Traveling Exhibit, Quilters’ Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA 1998 and at Quilt America!, Indianapolis, IN 1998.

Contemporary American Quilts, Shaklee Building, San Francisco, Suzy R. Locke & Assoc., San Francisco, CA 1997.

Trilogy: Two Quilters and a Weaver, American Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA 1997.

Tactile Architecture 1996-1997, a Traveling Exhibit, at International Quilt Festival/Market, Houston TX 1996; and at Spring Quilt Market, Minneapolis, MN 1997; and at Montpelier, VA 1997.

California Design ’97 and 2000, California Contemporary Craft Association, Contract Design Center, San Francisco, CA 1997 and 2000.

Pro Arts 1996 Holiday Show, Featured Artist, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA 1996.

The Artful Hand, Gallery Concord, Concord, CA 1996.

Borders Art Quilt Show, Borders Books & Music Store, Pleasanton, CA 1996.

17th Annual Quilt Show, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA 1996.

1995 Holiday Open Studio, The Studio Gallery & Showroom, Alameda, A 1995.

Beyond the Block ’95. . . a Sampler, Thimble Creek Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 1995.

Encore! Beyond The Block Quilters, New Pieces Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1994; and at Mission Coffees. . . and More!, Fremont, CA 1994.

Selected Commissions

Adobe Systems Headquarters, San Jose, CA.

Alameda County Medical Center, Critical Care Building, Oakland, CA.

U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Program, Ambassador’s Residence, Yerevan, Armenia.

U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA.

Brokstein & Rosen, CPA’s, Walnut Creek, CA.

Silverman & Light, Inc. Engineers, Emeryville, CA.

“Art Apartment” at Central Park, NYC.

Circuit City Headquarters, Richmond, VA.

Fisher Children’s Center, Camp Pendleton USMC, Oceanside, CA.

Relay Health Center, Reno, NV.

Many pieces in private collections across the United States.



  • photography
  • travel
  • nature
  • contrast & patterns
  • color
  • what I see every day