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. A recurring theme in her work is an affirmation of 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 published articles appeared in ArtweekPhoto Metro and (detail) magazines. 


  • 2008  Dreaming a Garden, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2007  New Works, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2000  Seasons, Peace Corps Regional Office, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997  Land Values (Euphrat Museum), Center for Creative Arts, Sunnyvale, CA
  • 1992  L'Ete de la Photographie, Laon, France
  • 1990  The Tree of Life, Department of Art, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
  • 1989  Observations and Possibilities, U.C. Extension Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 1985  Meditations, Napa Valley College, Napa, CA
  • 1985  Recent Work, (San Jose ICA) 3Com Corporate Headquarters, Mt View, CA


  • 2017 Aviary, Griffin Museum, Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA
  • 2016 Anne & Mark’s Art Party, San Jose, CA
  • 2015 Reflect and Create, Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos, CA
  • 2015 Four Quiet Places, YEP Studio, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2014 Anne & Mark’s Art Party, San Jose, CA
  • 2014 Unbound!, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2013  Moving Art Forward, Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos, CA
  • 2013  INFOCUS exhibition & benefit auction, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2012  INFOCUS exhibition & benefit auction, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2011  SNAP!, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 2011  I Read the News Today, (with poet Nils Peterson), Benicia Public Library, Benicia, CA
  • 2011  San Francsico Camerawork exhibition and benefit auction, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011  Life Support Japan, (online benefit), WallSpace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2011  Anne and Mark’s Art Party, San Jose, CA
  • 2010  Photography Today, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2009  Ersatz Group Exhibition, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008  The Food Show, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
  • 2007  Our World, Photo Alliance at SF Art Commission, City Hall, San Francisco,CA
  • 2006  Ray's World, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • 2005  Intimate Flora, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 2004  Life in Art, Art in Life, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2001  Fellowship 2001,honorable mention, Silver Eye Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2001  Poetic Localities, Garden Landscapes, Houston Center Photography, TX
  • 1999  Masters of Fine Arts, Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, CA
  • 1997  Land Values, Euphrat Museum, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
  • 1996  Out of the Darkroom, The Photographer's Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1995  Chaminade Artist Series, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1992  Yosemite Renaissance VII, honorable mention, Yosemite National Park, CA
  • 1991  The Primordial Image (4 person), Art Center Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1988  Bay Area Project, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
  • 1987  Seven Photographers, Art Corridor, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1986  Art of the Darkroom, Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
  • 1985  SNAP, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983  Ten Artists, San Jose City Hall, sponsored by San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA


Art Center Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Prague House of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic


Aviary”, Griffin Museum of Photography, Exhibition Catalogue, 2017

"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

Joy of Giving Something, Website Contest winner, September 2008,

“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