Rebecca Palmer has been especially interested in the poetic and expressive possibilities of the photographic medium. Much of her work speaks to an inner landscape of the imagination. Her work affirms our human connection with the natural world.

She is a native Californian and a long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay area. During her undergraduate years at Stanford University, she studied literature, painting and drawing. She earned a MFA in photography from San Jose State University. Workshops taught by Oliver Gagliani were an important part of her early photographic education.

Her photographs have been exhibited in California as well as in national and international exhibitions. Her work is in many private collections and is held in public collections including the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, California; Art Center Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain; and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France. She has taught courses in art and photography. She has also written about photography; her articles were published in ArtweekPhoto Metro and (detail) magazines. 


Triton Museum, Dreaming a Garden, 2008, Santa Clara, CA

Silver Eye Center for Photography, New Works 2007, Pittsburgh, PA

Euphrat Museum of Art, Land Values, 1997, Creative Arts Center, Sunnyvale, CA

L'Ete de la Photographie, 1992, La Cathedrale, Laon, France,

Exit Gallery, University of Nevada-Reno, The Tree of Life, 1990, Reno, NV

University California Extension Center, Observations, Possibilities, 1989, San Francisco CA

Main Street Gallery, Napa Valley College, Meditations, 1985, Napa, CA

San Jose Institute Contemporary Art, Recent Work, 1985, 3Com Corporation, Mt. View, CA


The Curated Fridge, Summer 2018, Sommerville, MA and Napa, CA

San Jose Institute Contemporary Art, Auction Exhibition 2018, San Jose, CA

Griffin Museum of Photography, Aviary, 2017, Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA

Anne & Mark’s Art Party, 2016, San Jose, CA

YEP Studio, Four Quiet Places, 2015, Santa Clara, CA

Candela Gallery, Unbound 3!, 2014, Richmond, VA

Norton Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, InFocus Auction Exhibition, 2013, Phoenix, AZ

Norton Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, InFocus Auction Exhibition, 2012, Phoenix, AZ

Bedford Gallery, SNAP!, 2011, Walnut Creek, CA

Benicia Public Library, I Read the News Today, (with poet Nils Peterson), 2011, Benicia, CA

San Francisco Camerawork, Auction Exhibition, 2011, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Camerawork, Group Exhibition, 2009, San Francisco, CA
Falkirk Cultural Center, The Food Show, 2008, San Rafael, CA

Photo Alliance and S.F. Art Commission, Our World, 2007, City Hall, San Francisco CA

Works Gallery, Ray’s World, 2006, San Jose, CA

Center for Fine Art Photography, Intimate Flora, 2005, Ft. Collins, CO

Silver Eye Center for Photography, Fellowship 2001, Pittsburgh, PA

Houston Center for Photography, Poetic Localities, Garden Landscapes, 2001, Houston, TX

Applied Materials, Inc., Masters of Fine Arts, 1999, Applied Global University, Santa Clara, CA

Euphrat Museum of Art, Land Values 1997, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

The Photographer's Gallery, Out of the Darkroom II, 1996, Palo Alto, CA

Art Center Santa Monica, The Primordial Image (4 person), 1991, Barcelona, Spain

San Francisco Camerawork, Bay Area Project, 1988, San Francisco, CA

Euphrat Gallery, Art of the Darkroom, 1988, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SNAP, 1985, San Francisco, CA

San Jose Institute Contemporary Art, Ten Artists, 1983, San Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA



Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Art Center Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Prague House of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic


"Take Flight!", Elin Spring, What Will You Remember Photoblog\ (, 5/31/2017

“The Visual Armistice”, 2017, 10th Annual Juried Showcase, Blue Mitchell curator,

“Peninsula Artists at Anne & Mark’s Art Party”, Anna Koster,

"Los Altos Artist Rebecca Palmer", Lois Requist,, 6/22/11

“Works on Paper”, Zyzzyva, Winter 2006

"Portfolio", Photo Metro, Volume 17, Issue 156, Fall, 1999

"Masters of Fine Arts: Celebrating the MFA degree at SJSU", September, 1999, Catalogue

"Up Close: Open Studios", Melinda Sacks, San Jose Mercury, 4/7/96

"L'ete de la Photographie", L'Aisne Nouvelle, Laon, France, 7/11/92

"Primordial Image", Art Center Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain, 1991, Catalogue

"Photographs Inside and Out", Jim Jordan, Artweek, 4/15/89

"Out of the Darkroom", Euphrat Gallery, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA, 1986, Catalogue

"Photographer Invents the Beautiful", L. Newman, Los Altos Town Crier, 11/12/86


1985, M.F.A., San Jose State University, CA

1964, B.A., Stanford University, CA