This entry refers to a departed business — a business that has closed or left town. Information here is mostly for historical reference.

Former Location
1040 River St, Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060
April 2007 to May 2010

The Dead Cow Gallery was the first art space open to the public at the Tannery Arts Center as the live/work spaces were being constructed. Kirby Scudder, director of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, described the motivation behind the non-commercial gallery's founding in an interview with Maureen Davidson: "Ceil Cirillo (then Redevelopment chief) asked me if I’d live at the Tannery to provide security for all the vacant buildings while waiting for construction to begin. I proposed that, instead of me and a shotgun and guard dogs, that a number of people live in the vacant Kron House and open up a gallery so there would always be people on the site."1


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