Shape the world
with arts + ideas
Shape the world
with arts + ideas
Shape the world
with arts + ideas
$200K Grant for Rivera Mural

The Mellon Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant supporting the school’s monumental 1931 Diego Rivera fresco, The Making of a Fresco, Showing the Building of a City, one of San Francisco’s most enduring and beloved cultural assets.

The grant award will support the first phase of a multi-faceted initiative centered on the fresco, encompassing public programs, conservation, scholarship, and preserving and digitizing SFAI’s related archival collections. More info »

Events + Exhibitions
Nicholas Gamso: Strategies for Political Critique in the Arts
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022, 12:00PM
Graduate Lecture Series - Online
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Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision
Friday, Jun 17, 2022 - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022
Off-site - Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision
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Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019 -
The Tower
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Exploring our Future

SFAI announces its intention to merge with the University of San Francisco. Our shared goal is an integration that enhances the student experience with a premier arts curriculum in an immersive studio environment.

Details on the exploratory process »

A reflection from our board chair »

SFAI + 150 Years

Inspired by our legacy to always look forward, we have attracted individuals who push beyond boundaries to discover uncharted terrain.

SFAI Librarian Jeff Gunderson celebrates our faculty and alumni through a tour of our history.


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“When I switched to art definitely and entered the San Francisco Art Institute, it was the greatest experience of my life. I loved every minute of it.”

Enrique Chagoya BFA 1984, Honorary Doctorate 2017, Guggenheim Fellow 2021


We've got answers.

Admissions FAQ » 

“A lot of art schools teach you technique. At SFAI, they teach you to see.”

—Annie Liebovitz, BFA Photography

Degree Programs »


Student artwork and artist statements.

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A snapshot of life as a transfer or graduate student.

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"SFAI — one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious art schools”

--Art Forum, January 2021