Since founding her gallery in 1974, Rena Bransten has sought out artists whose work has cultural and societal relevance. Early in her career, she focused largely on ceramic and sculpture by California artists. In 2016, Bransten moved from Geary St to Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch, expanding her square footage and artistic scope. Her roster of nearly 40 artists includes painters, photographers, ceramicists, and video artists. Many of those represented have had works acquired by museums—SFMOMA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and beyond. Photographer Dawoud Bey, whose work is regularly showcased at the gallery, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017.