• solo exhibition

    Robb Putnam: Unattended Creatures

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    12 September - 31 October 2020

    Social Distance Opening Reception:
    Saturday, September 12, 2:00 - 6:00pm
    (controlled capacity and masks required)

  • Peace on Earth

    Museum of Art and History
    665 W. Lancaster Blvd,
    Lancaster, CA 93534

    January 26 - April 21, 2019
    Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM


  • New Threads: Perspectives in Contemporary Fiber Art

    Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymont University
    1 LMU Drive,
    Los Angeles, California 90045

    January 27 - March 17, 2018
    Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 2 - 5 pm


  • solo exhibition

    Robb Putnam: Interlopers

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    6 January - 24 February 2018
    Opening Reception: Saturday, January 6th, 6-8pm


  • Los Angeles Times

    Date Book: Art about memory, sculptural bears and a show devoted to art crime
    Carolina A.Miranda, Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2018


  • Sew What?

    Children’s Museum of the Arts
    103 Charlton St.
    New York, New York

    February 02, 2016 – May 22, 2016


  • art ltd. article

    Artist Profile: Robb Putnam

    George Melrod, art ltd., September-October 2015 edition


  • solo exhibition

    Robb Putnam: Loiterers

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    12 September - 24 October 2015
    Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 6-8pm


  • Reigning Cats and Dogs

    Rena Bransten Projects
    1639 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    November 14, 2014 - January 10, 2014


  • squarecylinder.com review

    Julia Couzens,% Robb Putnam at Rena Bransten Projects%, squarecylinder.com, September 27, 2014


  • SF Chronicle, SF Gate article

    Bay Area arts news, Sept. 11
    Jesse Hamlin, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, September 10, 2014


  • solo exhibition

    Robb Putnam: Foundlings

    1639 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    September 6 - October 25th, 2014
    Opening Reception: September 6, 1-5pm

    Second solo show of sculptures and drawings with Rena Bransten Gallery
    Press Release: renabranstengallery.com/exhibitions/pre…

  • "60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can't Miss"
    artnet News, Wednesday, September 3, 2014


  • "Robb Putnam: Oakland rat fan sees trash outcasts' role in world"
    By Jesse Hamlin

    San Francisco Chronicle
    Bay Area Arts News, September 11, 2014


  • Larger than Life: Exploring Scale in Contemporary Art

    Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts
    1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    June 2 - August 18, 2013

    Group exhibition featuring the work of Chuck Close, Viola Frey, Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor, Tristin Lowe, Robb Putnam, Harry Siter, Michael Stutz, Clayton Thiel and Tara Tucker

  • Threading the Needle

    2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
    8 September - 27 October 2012

    Group Exhibition including works by Margarita Cabrera, Maria E. Piñeres, Robb Putnam, Nike Schroeder, Lisa Solomon and Jil Weinstock

  • Robb Putnam, Castoffs

    2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    January 7 - February 18, 2012
    Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 6-8pm

    My second solo show of sculpture and drawings at Walter Maciel.

  • Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation

    Bellevue Arts Museum
    510 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    August 26 - December 31, 2011

    Reception: August 25, 6pm to 9pm
    Free for members and members joining at the door/$10 for non-members

    Artists: Janice Arnold, Margarita Cabrera, Marc Dombrosky, Erika Harrsch, Cal Lane, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz and Robb Putnam

    For some, traveling is pure leisure – going to exotic places around the world in search for new, enlightening experiences. For others it is displacement; leaving their ravaged home countries behind; crossing borders; encountering hunger, thirst, violence. This exhibition brings together a select group of contemporary artists who address the ambiguous motif of travel and the objects associated with it. Ordinary trinkets such as snow globes or past icons like the Volkswagen Beetle are transformed into sculptures and installations that reveal the many facets of travel – both romanticized and actual.


  • Size Matters

    2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    16 July - 19 August 2011
    Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16th, 6-8pm

    Including works by Rebeca Bollinger, James Buckhouse, Carolyn Castano, Andrea Cohen, Oscar Cueto, Colin Doherty, Cynthia Ona Innis, Charles LaBelle, Sandra Low, Dean Monogenis, Robb Putnam, Nike Schroeder and Lisa Solomon

  • Big Ass Sculpture Show

    June 9 - July 16 2011

    To introduce our summer exhibitions, the Rena Bransten Gallery will present large scale sculptures selected to delight viewers with their impressive mass, sense of tension, and proof of daring engineering bravado. Works by artists J.B. Blunk, Viola Frey, Dennis Gallagher, Jun Kaneko, Sam Perry, Robb Putnam, and Desi Santiago will form a wondrous maze directing foot traffic as well as gazes throughout the gallery space.

  • Recent Museum Acquisition

    I recently installed one of my large format sculptures entitled Stray at the Palm Springs Art Museum as a new acquisition to the collection. It is currently on display in the museum lobby, sharing the space with another large sculpture of a dog by Yoshimoto Nara.

  • Elements of Nature, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

    NOVEMBER 6, 2010 to FEBRUARY 27, 2011
    curated by Billie Milam Weisman
    Reception: Saturday, November 6, 2010
    from 6-8pm

    Exhibition Statement:
    Nature has been a primary source of inspiration for artists throughout history. From the time of the earliest cave paintings artists have continued man’s ceaseless dialogue with the elements, drawing inspiration from natural phenomena as well as wildlife. Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation takes this theme as timely and poignantly relevant considering how severely Louisiana has been impacted by recent environmental disasters. As seen in the works presented, the “elements of nature” are not limited to the ancient conception of earth, air, fire, and water. They also include volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, eclipses, and sunsets, as well as plant and animal life. Many other natural occurrences impact, and are impacted, by our lives on earth. Each artist in this exhibition helps us to view nature through their aesthetic eye.

    Contemporary Art Center
    900 Camp Street
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
    Information: (504) 528-3805

    The exhibition is on view:
    November 6, 2010 to February 27, 2011
    Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Reception will be Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm

  • SF Chronicle, SF Gate review

    Sorell’s prints enhance the mysteries of poems, Putnam’s Orphans
    Kenneth Baker, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, August 14, 2010

  • SF Weekly article

    Diamond Dogs, review of “Orphans” at Rena Bransten Gallery
    Michael Leaverton, SF Weekly, July 14, 2010

  • Orphans

    Rena Bransten Gallery
    77 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    July 15 - August 21
    Opening Reception: Thursday, July 15, 5:30 - 7:30

    For my first solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery, I am exhibiting a brand-new series of sculptures on pedestals, a sculptural wall installation and a variety of mixed-media works on paper.

    Press Release:
    Robb Putnam’s first solo exhibition, Orphans, at the Rena Bransten Gallery is an exploration into the province of detritus dogs. With his sculpture, Putnam transforms previously discarded materials into castoff creatures who explore the dark spaces where emotions intersect. Old blankets, ripped shirts, fake fur, shredded rags, loose threads and plastic bags come together to become large-scale canine portrait heads whose individual personalities are expressed through a nuance of expression and texture. These oversized forms exist as misfits and reference a variety of sources: whimsical children’s-book characters, abandoned stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs, and imaginary friends. In addition to the sculptures, drawings of the dogs as disjointed animals within fevered dreams continue the associations of innocence and play as well as their physical distortions. In either dimension, Putnam evokes our empathy and our compassion for these beings.

  • Identity Based Vertigo

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    Pacific Design Center Showroom B261 (Second Floor)
    8687 Melrose Avenue
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    20 May - 25 June 2010
    Opening Reception:

    Featuring works by: John Bankston, Rebeca Bollinger, James Buckhouse, Margarita Cabrera, Carolyn Castano, Freddy Chandra, Andrea Cohen, Oscar Cueto, Archie Scott Gobber, Cynthia Ona Innis, John Jurayj, Hung Liu, Maria E. Pineres, Robb Putnam, Frank Ryan, Lisa Solomon and Jil Weinstock

  • Strays, New Sculptures and Drawings

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    November 7 - December 23, 2009
    Opening Reception: November 7

    Solo exhibition of recent sculptures and drawings.

  • Improvised Branches

    A survey of contemporary Bay Area Art
    Curated by Theo Konrad Auer
    Opening Reception: 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept.26th.
    Exhibition dates: Sept.26th to October 25th, 2009
    423 Water Street (across from Barnes and Noble in Jack London Square

    Oakland , CA 94607

    Participating Artists: Christopher Russell, Crystal Morey, Jake Watling, Kevin Earl Taylor, Nancy Chan, Mark Dukes, Daniel Healey, Dave Higgins, Obi Kaufmann, Robb Putnam and Michael Patton.

  • Sculpture at the Andaz

    Andaz West Hollywood
    8401 W. Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    I currently have a large sculpture on display at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, CA as a part of an exhibition program. The piece will be on display through the end of this year.

  • Laugh It Off

    Walter Maciel Gallery
    2642 S. La cienega boulevard
    Los Angeles, ca 90034

    July 11-August 22

    Opening; July 11th, 6-8pm

    One of my large sculptures is included in this group show in along with works by Oscar Cueto, Archie Scott Gobber, James Gobel, Laurie Hogan, William Powhida, Kammie Roulner, Lezley Saar and Fletcher Smith.

    Curated by Jane Scott, Girl Wonder Inc.

  • Lost and Found

    There is a three page spread featuring my work with an interview and photos in the Jan/Feb issue of The BARK, the dog culture magazine. The article is on p. 48 and is called Lost and Found.

  • Narrative Thread

    Lyons Wier • Ortt Contemporary Art
    175 7th Avenue, NYC 10011 212•242•6220

    The exhibit opens January 9th.
    Reception: 6-9pm

    I will have three sculptural works on display in this group show featuring fiber based artists. Images of the work can be seen at the gallery website: http://www.lyonswierortt.com/Narrative_Thread/index.html

  • Art in America

    Awards & Grants: Joan Mitchell Foundation
    Stephanie Cash, Art in America,
    February 2009 issue, p. 152

  • Artweek article

    Oakland artist receives Joan Mitchell grant
    Artweek, April 2009, Volume 40, Issue 3

  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

    December 2008

    2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant recipient;
    $25,000 award for artistic career development.

  • Bay Area Currents 2008

    Oakland Art Gallery
    Oct. 15, 2008 - Nov. 21, 2008

    Juried by Aimee Reed

    Exhibiting Artists: Steve Allen, Alexis Babayan, John Casey, Bill Domonkos, Bradley Hyppa, Andrea Land, Jessica Pezalla, Robb Putnam, Alanna Risse, Michael Ryan, Noah Sakamoto, Allison Watkins

  • Creature Feature

    Rena Bransten Gallery
    San Francisco, CA

    July 10 - August 16, 2008

    I will be exhibiting two large sculptures and four drawings. Also in the exhibit are works by John Bankston, Rupert Garcia, Don Ed Hardy, Baseera Khan, Vik Munz, Tracy Timmins and Tara Tucker.

    For a photographic tour of this exhibition, please check out the following gallery link: