Gala Vernissage

Support SFAI’s emerging artists.

Gala Vernissage is SFAI’s premier annual fundraising event to support student scholarships and includes a special VIP preview of the annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition.

SFAI’s MFA Exhibition has long showcased the next generation of pioneering visual artists. Some will shape the direction of contemporary art, both on a national and international scale, while others will pursue highly successful careers in business, design, and technology. Gala attendees are the first to view and purchase work, meet this dynamic group of ambitious young artists, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind party with hundreds of leading creative minds and supporters of the arts from around the country.

Gala Vernissage 2015 will be held on May 13, 2015 at historic Pier 2, Fort Mason Center—the intended future site of SFAI’s new 67,000-square-foot graduate center.

Learn more by contacting Lindsey Lyons, Manager of Gala Vernissage at or 415.749.4512.

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SFAI invites you to become a sponsor of Gala Vernissage 2015.

Gala Vernissage left me excited for the future of art-making in the Bay Area.

—KQED Review of Currency, SFAI’s 2013 MFA Exhibition


By becoming a sponsor of Gala Vernissage—which supports student scholarships—you help ensure the highest quality of art education at SFAI.

You make it possible for daring artists and scholars to start their investigations, explore their questions critically and creatively, and to create and make an impact. Today, as our community thrives and grows, this is a truly exciting time for you to see what our students, faculty, and staff have to offer.

Become a sponsor of SFAI’s Gala Vernissage and enjoy the exclusive benefits that your company’s sponsorship brings. Learn more by contacting Cristiana Baik, Manager of Institutional Giving at or 415.749.4504.