Jen Tough Gallery

The Gallery

We're a contemporary art gallery in the Bay Area of California. The gallery is located in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. Built in 1878, our lofty spaces feature 18 foot ceilings, tall windows and fluted columns. Gallery programming includes an exhibition schedule of group and solo shows, art fairs and popups. In addition to our artist roster of emerging, mid-career artists, and established artists, we manage an invitational art collective and offer workshops.



Jen Tough, Owner For over 20 years based primarily in Los Angeles, Jen worked as an Art Director for numerous highly recognized companies and people. She was the Art Director for Warner Bros Records, Urban Outfitters, Hollywood Records (Disney) and numerous national magazines. Her extensive freelance work included dozens of wide ranging creative projects for comedian Drew Carey, as well as being a creative consultant for Nike for years where she directed retail focused campaigns for new product launches. She has won numerous awards including being named "one to watch" for the 2000's for art direction by famed designer David Carson in Metropolis magazine, included in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual for editorial art direction, and exhibition awards for art fairs from Redwood Media. She has a BFA/honors in general fine arts from Ohio State University, attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati for fine art foundation, and Parsons School of Design program in West Africa where she studied textile arts and African art history. 

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Todd Hemsley, Operations With 25 years experience working in the film industry as a Sr Visual Effects Artist, Todd is the "behind the scenes" gallery operations manager between his VFX gigs. Todd has worked on over 20 feature films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Apocalypto and Transformers as well as 100+ commercials, most recently several years at Apple. Todd keeps all the gallery parts moving smoothly... including being bartender at most openings.

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Karadan Clark, Exhibition Coordinator Karadan has a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting, which she studied in both the US and in Florence, Italy. Karadan is a practicing artist, (almost) fluent in American Sign Language, and is known by everyone for her amazing ability to organize almost anything. Karadan lives in Vallejo, has a hairless cat who is an occasional visitor at the gallery, and is a master art hanger and art fair pro. She focuses on exhibition management and all the important details. 

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Aidan Harley, Registrar Aidan attended Scripps College & University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated manga cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Feminist Studies. Her degree focused on how male power permeates all aspects of culture, and her thesis explored how historic & contemporary male-created representations of multiply-marginalized women in art & visual culture buttress dominant masculinist narratives that "justify" institutional expressions of male violence on female bodies. She is a 25-year Benicia native & local history expert.

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Ridj Johnson, Outreach San Francisco native Ridj is an abstract painter and former technology specialist for Salesforce and HP among others. He has lived in Santa Monica, Mexico, NYC and now the Bay Area.