Women in Art & Design


Join us for an immersive evening at the Oakland Museum of California including a
Women in Art & Design panel and exclusive access to the Eames exhibit, the last stop on their international traveling tour.

November 15, 2018

Doors Open at 5:30pm | Panel Discussion Starts at 6:30pm | Exhibit Access from 7:15 - 9pm


Bites by Mamacitas Cafe & bubbles by Grace Street Catering included

Our goal is to make these events accessible for everyone. We need to charge to cover our costs, but if you’re facing
a hardship and would like to attend, please contact us at
hello@bright-side.co and we’ll see what we can do.


Fueled by their belief in design as a way of life, the innovative husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Go beyond their most well-known designs in this intimate and inspiring exhibition portraying their legacy and lives in California. The Eameses—who founded The Eames Office—valued knowledge and discovery, embraced the joy of trial and error, and saw no separation between life and work. Through multi-media installations, films, rare prototypes, photography, furniture, toys, products, as well as personal letters, drawings, and artwork, discover the story of the Eameses from a fresh perspective. Explore the breadth of their work across many fields in this interactive exhibition that brings their ideas and playful spirit to life.

Charles and Ray Eames sitting on the La Chaise Prototype, 1948. ©Eames Office LLC.⁣ The World of Charles and Ray Eames is curated and organized by Barbican Art Gallery, London.

Charles and Ray Eames sitting on the La Chaise Prototype, 1948. ©Eames Office LLC.⁣
The World of Charles and Ray Eames is curated and organized by Barbican Art Gallery, London.


“They expanded the field of design beyond objects
and into the realm of experience and ideas.”

—Carin Adams, OMCA curator & Bright Side Collective’s Women in Art & Design panel moderator


Lauren Geremia
Interior & Furniture Designer, Geremia Design

Lauren Geremia is the founder and principal designer of Geremia Design. She has been acclaimed by Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and Architectural Digest’s “Ones to Watch.” Lauren leads her team from ideation to completion while maintaining her long formed relationships with artists, galleries and vendors. She’s a hands-on designer who draws on her fine arts background for concepts and designs. Her designs incorporate unique pieces, including custom furniture that’s created by both Lauren and her friends who are fabricators and artists. She started her career working on tech offices which included Dropbox and Instagram. The firm has pivoted to high end residential and hospitality working on the next set of locations for Autocamp which we started in Russian River. Our latest residential work is work we're excited as it showcases work from artists all across the world.


Katie Gong

Katie Gong, a California born sculptor, is best known for her woodwork. In this medium she creates works of art that are simultaneously visually stunning and functionally brilliant. Her work can be seen out of her studio, Get High On Mountains, in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Her unique pioneering of steam bending techniques allows her to challenge and develop classic woodworking practices.

She also is an interior designer, installation artist and maker, Katie Gong has worked with a prodigious variety of mediums and materials in a diversity of settings. She excels in creating interesting designs that are inspired by natural beauty, thoughtful design, & clever solutions.  Katie's background is as a maker.  She has been making furniture pieces and installations ever since she was young enough to run around her father's woodshop.  Whatever your project may entail she is sure to know how to tackle it.


Irina Kozlovskaya
Industrial Designer

Irina Kozlovskaya is a senior industrial design manager at Fitbit,  a health and fitness technology company based in San Francisco. At Fitbit Irina  manages a team of amazingly talented designers and works to build products that help transform people’s lives.

Prior to joining Fitbit, Irina has worked in corporate environments, as well as running her own consulting firm in New York. Her past employers and clients include Nest, HTC, Kitchenaid, Martha Stewart, B&N Nook, among others.

Irina grew up in Russia in a family of architects. Having moved to the United States, she attended Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design.

Her work has been recognized by Red Dot, IF,  ICFF Studio, IDEA, and Spark awards.


Elizabeth Hernández

Liz Hernández is an artist and designer from Mexico City, now based in Oakland, CA, who works primarily with topics related to her identity. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area In 2011 to study Industrial Design at California College of the Arts, only to find out that her true interest lays within the narratives we place on the objects of our everyday life. She is continually concerned with the distance immigration takes us from where we were born, but also from the person we were while living there.


Larissa Erin Greer
Creative Director, IDEO

Larissa Erin Greer is an independent writer, artist and creative director. She's interested in working on projects that bring real, meaningful change to our society, our planet and our collective culture. Larissa holds an MFA in studio art from California College of the Arts, where she investigated the intersection of painting, and design. Her work is focused on rethinking food, fashion, tech, retail, media, and finance, with a focus on designing companies and collectives that are empowered to create industry-leading change. She has worked on innovation and communication design projects with established brands like Williams-Sonoma, GAP, Target, Walmart, Ford and Levi's—while also spearheading full-stack creative development for brand new companies like Shopkick, BloomThat, Doughbies and Miss Jones. 

She currently works as a creative consultant to IDEO and as principal on Hologram Studio's always-evolving list of projects.

Carin Adams

Curator of Art and OMCA Curator of The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Carin Adams is the Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California. She conducts and manages the acquisition, documentation, research, and development of OMCA art and material culture collections and content across diverse delivery platforms, including multidisciplinary exhibitions, public programs, publications, and online activities.

Her current project, The World of Charles and Ray Eames, is an exhibition celebrating two of the most influential designers of the 20th century through more than 380 of their works. Adams has been with the Oakland Museum of California since 2006 as the Associate Curator in the former Professional Services Division. In this position, she was the Curator and Project Manager for up to three exhibits per year produced for Oakland International Airport. Her responsibilities included research and development of exhibit concepts, presenting exhibit concepts for approval to the Port of Oakland’s Public Art Committee, working directly with artists, lenders, and the exhibition development team during all phases of exhibit development and production. Adams’s expertise lies particularly in the selection process for public art works and acquisitions throughout Alameda County and the larger Bay Area.

Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.

Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.

Image by     Zoe Larkin

Image by Zoe Larkin

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state's art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

Directions & Parking

  • OMCA is located at Oak and 10th Street, conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station (between 8th and 9th streets at Oak Street). An accessibility ramp is located at the main entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 11th. 

  • The entrance to the parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $3 per hour. Street parking is also available. Disabled parking stalls and entrance to the Museum are on the main street level of the garage. An entrance ramp is located on Oak Street (adjacent to the stairs), and at 10th and Fallon Street.

  • Free, on-street bike parking is available outside the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Limited free covered bike parking is available in the OMCA Garage during garage hours. OMCA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property left at bike parking.

  • More information about directions and accessibility is available at museumca.org/visit

  • The event is held inside the Blue Oak café on Level 1. The special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames is in the Great Hall on Level 1. 

  • Lockers, Food, and Drinks

    • Food and drinks are not allowed in the gallery unless designated. 

    • On-site lockers are available free of charge to visitors. 

  • Referring to OMCA

    • Please refer to the Museum as Oakland Museum of California or OMCA, not Oakland Museum, Oakland Museum CA, or any other derivatives.