About Chandra Cerrito/ Art Advisors

Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors provides curatorial expertise, extensive art resources, and outstanding service to a wide range of clientele seeking to develop high quality, uniquely tailored art programs. We believe that art can significantly enhance environments and enrich our experiences of them. Through a collaborative process, we engage our clients to learn about the design and function of their spaces and to identify their aesthetic interests, programmatic goals, potential audiences, and budget parameters. With that understanding, we present targeted art concepts that lead to successful, harmonious art installations. With our combined 40+ years of art consulting experience and our educational backgrounds in art history and studio art, we have the capability to connect clients with exceptional works by artists at all levels.

Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors
626 Costa Drive
Napa, CA 94558
(415) 577-7537

Areas of Expertise

Public Art Consulting

  • Municipal Commissions

  • Public Art in Private Development

  • Public Art Policy

Interior Art Consulting

  • Corporate

  • Health Care

  • Hospitality

  • Residential

  • Retail

  • Exhibitions


  • Site Assessment

  • Determining Art Locations

  • Allocation and Management of Budgets from under $10,000 to over $4 million

  • Art Procurement and Commissions

  • Site-Specific and Architecturally Integrated Works

  • Custom Framing, Delivery, and Professional Installation for Interior Art Collections

  • Existing Art Assessment and Relocation

  • Collaboration with Clients, Architects, and Designers

  • Temporary and Rotating Exhibitions

  • Artist Research, RFQs, RFPs, and Calls for Entries

  • Public Art Plans

  • Overseeing Conceptual Design Proposals, Fabrication, and Installation of Public Art

  • Obtaining City Approval of Public Art

  • Facilitating Public Art Contracts

  • Coordination with Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Lighting Designers, and Contractors for Public Art Integration

  • Artwork Cataloguing, Wall Labels, and Identifying Plaques

Select Clients

Financial / Business Consulting / Insurance

  • AAA Regional Headquarters, Walnut Creek

  • Emergence Capital Partners, San Mateo

  • F&M Bank, Modesto, Galt, Sacramento, Lodi, Stockton

  • Franklin Templeton Investments, San Mateo

  • L.E.K. Consulting, San Francisco

  • Mainsail Partners, San Francisco

  • Northwestern Mutual, San Francisco

  • Presidio Bank, Palo Alto, SF, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek

  • Summit State Bank, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa

  • ULLICO, Inc., Washington D.C.

Architecture / Design

  • Arquitectonica, Los Angeles

  • Bruce Jett Associates, Inc., Orinda

  • HOK, Inc., San Francisco

  • KMD Architects, San Francisco

  • Lowney Architecture, Oakland

  • Martin-Vegue Design Studio, San Francisco

  • Studio O+A, San Francisco

  • The Guzzardo Partnership, San Francisco

  • Tom Eliot Fisch, San Francisco

Hospitality and Retail

  • Aloft Hotel, Cupertino

  • Avia Hotel, Napa

  • Bloomingdale’s, Palo Alto

  • Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

  • Carneros Inn, Napa

  • Neiman Marcus, Bellevue, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, St. Louis, Walnut Creek

  • Shakewell, Oakland

  • Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

  • Stonebrae Golf Club, Hayward

  • The Battery, San Francisco

  • The Orchards, Walnut Creek

  • Westin Verasa, Napa

Health Care

  • California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

  • John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek

  • Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, San Leandro, Pinole

  • Napa Valley Plastic Surgery, Napa

  • Oakmont Senior Living, Santa Rosa

  • Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, Santa Rosa

  • Oakland Eco Dental, Oakland

  • QVH Wellness Center, Napa

  • UCSF, San Francisco

Non-Profits and Municipalities

  • Cities of Chico, Dublin, Napa, Petaluma, Pinole, Walnut Creek

  • David Brower Center, Berkeley

  • Napa County Transit and Planning Agency, Napa

  • San Francisco Arts Commission

Technology / Biotechnology

  • 650 Townsend, San Francisco

  • Centennial Towers, South San Francisco

  • CyberSource Inc., Mountain View

  • Elan Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco


  • Compass Lexecon, Oakland

  • Cooley, Manion, Jones, San Francisco

  • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, SF

  • Law Offices of Meisel & Krentsa, San Francisco

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Redwood City

Real Estate

  • BHV CenterStreet Properties LLC, Danville

  • BRE Properties, Inc., Emeryville

  • Forest City Development, San Francisco

  • Macerich, Santa Monica

  • Myers Development Company, San Francisco

  • Opus West Corporation, Pleasanton and San Jose

  • Property Development Centers / Terramar, Pleasanton

  • Regency Centers, Walnut Creek

  • Sares Regis Group, San Mateo

  • Simon Property Group, Indianapolis

  • TMG Partners, San Francisco

  • Trinity Properties, San Francisco

  • Summerhill Homes, Palo Alto


  • AvalonBay, Dublin, San Francisco, San Jose, Union City, Walnut Creek

  • Brio, Walnut Creek

  • Paragon, Fremont

  • Park Terrace, San Francisco

  • Peninsula Mandalay, South San Francisco

  • Symphony Towers, San Francisco

  • The Landing, Walnut Creek

  • The Uptown, Oakland

  • Trinity Place, San Francisco

  • Private Residences in Lake Tahoe, Oakland, Piedmont, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Sonoma, New York, Woodside

Our Team

Chandra Cerrito, Principal

Chandra Cerrito received a BA in art history, with an emphasis in modern and contemporary art, and a Certificate of Visual Art, with an emphasis in printmaking, from Princeton University in 1991.  In 1994, she earned an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts in Oakland.  Starting in 1991, Cerrito has worked in galleries and art consulting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area as manager, assistant to the director and art consultant.  In 2004, she founded Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors, in Napa, CA, which helps create collections for corporate, hospitality and health care clients.  In addition, Cerrito is a public art advisor, working with property owners, developers and cities to manage public art projects or develop public art policy.

Since 2003, Cerrito has been an independent curator, creating exhibitions for institutions such as Dorsky Curatorial Programs in Long Island City, NY, di Rosa in Napa, and the Sonoma Museum of Contemporary Art and Sonoma County Museum, both in Santa Rosa.  In 2005, she founded Contemporary Quarterly, a quarterly fine art publication and web-based virtual exhibition space.  Currently, she is the curator at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is a gallery located in downtown Oakland’s arts district.  Established in 2007, it features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional regional and national artists, with an emphasis on conceptual strength, refined craftsmanship, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.  The gallery is an active member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and Oakland Art Murmur.  It has participated in international art fairs in Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.  Cerrito is a board member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and a member of Americans for the Arts, the Public Art Network and the Northern California Public Art Administrators Network. 

Virginia Tominia, Senior Art Consultant and Managing Director

Virginia Tominia is a Senior Art Consultant at Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors, where she has worked since 2007.  Tominia earned a BA in art history with a focus on contemporary art from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she minored in fine art with a concentration in sculpture and philosophy. Early on, Tominia carved her way as a fine artist, having been awarded “First in Show” from the Visual Arts Department for her senior exhibition, and invited to show her work in local and international art spaces such as Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta and Studenthaus Wagner in Jena, Germany. Her mixed media installation was featured in the exhibition, Here Kitty Kitty at Nexus Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta alongside renowned artists Carolee Schneemann and William Wegman. Tominia was also a member of a contemporary art issues group of professional artists, writers and curators that met monthly at Nexus, where she later interned in the curatorial department. Since 1999, Tominia has worked as a fine art consultant in Atlanta and California, developing collections for hospitality, corporate and health care clients throughout the United States and abroad. Career highlights include being awarded her firm’s “High Achievement Award,” travel to Bermuda to commission local artists to create the $500,000 art program for Tucker’s Point Residencies and Club, and cataloguing the art collection of the Georgia Pacific Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Tominia has led or helped manage projects for a wide range of clients including Westin Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Kaiser Permanente and AAA California. 

 While working in the art consulting profession, Tominia also worked in the marketing and event production departments of Maker Media and Maker Faire during their infancy. From this kernel of inspiration, she curated The Maker Show, a 2010 exhibition at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary highlighting the diverse artworks grown out of the maker movement. For Tominia, yoga is another area of commitment and achievement. After eight years of continuous education and practicing clear, effective communication, Tominia earned her certification for instruction from the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, Pune India and is a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association, United States.

With a deep involvement in all aspects of contemporary art as well as proficiency in complementary fields, Tominia brings passion and extensive knowledge to art consulting, including creative art sourcing, skillful placement, overseeing site-specific commissions, and project management expertise. In addition to her work as Senior Art Consultant and Managing Director of Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors she is also Managing Director of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary which she helped open in 2007, and through which she has facilitated loans to institutions and auction donations, overseen over 30 gallery exhibitions, and positioned the gallery in numerous art fairs.

Donna Napper, Art Consultant 

Donna Napper has worked in the field of contemporary fine art since 2000, as a gallery owner, curator, and art consultant. She brings to her art consulting projects extensive experience building professional relationships with artists and years of assisting clients from private individuals and corporations to museums, with the acquisition of art for their collections.

She received a BA in Liberal Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and after working for galleries in Los Angeles for four years, she founded her own gallery, den contemporary, in 2005. Representing artists primarily based throughout the U.S., the gallery featured a variety of media including painting, works on paper, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art. Den contemporary also presented the first U.S. gallery solo or group exhibition for international artists from Colombia, Iceland, India, and Yugoslavia. The gallery was selected as “1 of 50 Emerging Galleries From Around the World” in the London-based magazine Contemporary, and participated in art fairs in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Napper previously held the position of Curator and Director of Public Programs for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, working on exhibitions featuring works by established artists such as Jim Campbell and Bruce Conner, and notable Bay Area–based artists Terry Berlier, Val Britton, Naomie Kremer, and Amy M. Ho. Napper curated the ICA’s first solo exhibition for an international artist, which featured a large-scale, site-specific installation by Leyla Cardenas from Bogota, Colombia. In 2015, she created ICA Live!, the organization’s first ongoing program of participatory and interactive sound and art performances.

She was invited to serve as exhibition curator and juror for several non-profit art organizations and universities throughout Los Angeles and the Bay Area, among which are Djerassi Artist Residency Program, Root Division, Verge Center for the Arts, Pacific Art League, Pacific Rim Sculptors, and Silicon Valley Arts Council Artist Laureate Award. She has participated in artist critiques at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, San Jose State University, Los Angeles Art Association, and Azusa Pacific University. Napper is a Founding Member of Contemporary Craft Council for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA. She currently serves on the Curatorial Committee for Root Division, and on the Executive Committee for the Northern California Chapter of ArtTable, a national organization of women leaders in the visual arts.