Press Releases

06/09/2020

San Francisco Art Institute Marks 150th Anniversary with Video Art Projection in Times Square

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), in association with ZAZ Corner, presents Tunnels of the Mind, a selection of 18 recent works by SFAI-affiliated artists, appearing on a Jumbotron in Times Square, New York City, starting at 7am on June 10th, 2020 and running through June 15, 2020 at midnight.

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05/11/2020

San Francisco Art Institute plans multi-faceted, online commencement ceremony and year-end MFA/BFA exhibitions

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) will honor its graduating students with a wide-reaching, online, year-end celebration that features virtual MFA/BFA exhibitions, a live-streamed Symposium, and online Commencement Ceremony, including the presentation of honorary doctorates to two accomplished alumni, Nao Bustamante (MFA, 2001) and Catherine Opie (BFA, 1985).

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04/27/2020

SFAI Board Votes to Keep School Open with Limited Academic, Exhibition Offerings—Targets Major Partnership, Philanthropic Outreach to Ensure School’s Future

Contrary to previous reports in the media, The Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) confirmed today that the school will continue to graduate students this spring and over the summer, and next school year offer on-site and on-line studio art classes, public education programs, and grant-supported exhibitions and conservation projects, suspending degree programs while launching a campaign to reset and reinvent the school’s business model.

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03/06/2020

Jerry Garcia Paintings + Drawings: 1961–1995

This summer, San Francisco Art Institute presents the first survey of legendary musician Jerry Garcia’s lifelong visual art practice.

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02/20/2020

SFAI Receives Prestigious Grant to Digitize Recordings Featuring Some of the Most Prominent Names in 20th Century Art History

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) has been awarded a prestigious Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

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02/04/2020

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá

An immersive installation by Ana Teresa Fernández that brings the unique mark-making processes of Creativity Explored artists to life.

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12/10/2019

Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and San Francisco Art Institute present West Coast debut of Rashaad Newsome’s To Be Real

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11/04/2019

Flash Point

Artist Jefferson Pinder debuts new video works in response to the 100th anniversary of the Red Summer in a new exhibition presented by SFAI and Aggregate Space Gallery. This exhibition is on view December 6, 2019–March 28, 2020 in the Walter & McBean Galleries at SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus.

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10/01/2019

Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse

Art collective Postcommodity focuses its indigenous lens on San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower in new sound installation at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

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09/23/2019

SFAI Receives $94,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant to Restore Recently Discovered New Deal-Era Frescoes

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) was awarded a $94,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to restore and conserve two major New Deal-era frescoes on the walls of SFAI's historic campus in the North Beach neighborhood. The frescoes, which had been whitewashed and forgotten for decades, were rediscovered in late 2013 by SFAI’s VP of Operations & Facilities, Heather Hickman Holland, who noticed ghostly, web-like traces along the walls of a corner hallway. Upon closer examination, she realized that these marks were in fact outlines of figures and buildings. Through careful research of SFAI’s archives, Holland identified at least six of these “lost” frescoes throughout the building, with the positive identification of one of them—a delicate painting by Frederick Olmsted, titled Marble Workers (1935).

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08/19/2019

Mike Henderson: Honest to Goodness

Mike Henderson: Honest to Goodness celebrates the work of pioneering SFAI alumni and Bay Area artist Mike Henderson (b.1944), bringing together a selection of key works from a dynamic practice that spans more than fifty years.

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07/02/2019

More Than 700 Years: SFAI Faculty Exhibition

More Than 700 Years, the title of the 2019 SFAI Faculty Exhibition, springs from the summation of time invested by each participating faculty member: an amalgam of years of activity both in the studio and in the classroom. In this way, the showcase is an intersection of artistic labor, education, and dedication.

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07/02/2019

In A Flash: SFAI Alumni Exhibition Features Tattoo-Inspired Work By Alumni Including Don Ed Hardy

In a Flash is an exhibition of works by San Francisco Art Institute alumni whose practices encompass the art or history of tattooing and tattoo aesthetics. Featuring alumni from across four decades, this exhibition aims to showcase the range of imagery that comes from the realm of tattoo art and its variety of applications.  

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07/01/2019

SFAI Announces New Degree Programs in Art, Place + Public Studies

This Fall, San Francisco Art Institute will become the first school in the Bay Area to introduce a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Art, Place, + Public Studies (APPS). Situated in San Francisco, at the heart of a city facing difficult and important questions inspired by rapid gentrification and changes in the distribution of wealth, SFAI’s Art, Place + Public Studies programs will ask students to consider the current and historical role of contemporary art in public life.

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03/15/2019

Former Dean of Academic Affairs at SFAI Okwui Enwezor dead at 55—SFAI remembers his legacy

Okwui Enwezor, Dean of Academic Affairs at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) from 2005-2009 and globally influential curator and scholar, has died at age 55 following a battle with cancer.

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03/13/2019

Maya Stovall: Under New Ownership

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) and San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) jointly present Maya Stovall: Under New Ownership, an exhibition of the artist’s innovative performance-based interventions in public life.

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02/12/2019

From the Tower: Andy Warhol

San Francisco Art Institute unveils its archive of Andy Warhol screenprints for the first time, along with a selection of the artist’s Polaroids and photographs.

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01/09/2019

Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures

An exhibition revisiting the 1968 photographic essay Black Panthers by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch including never-before-seen work and a selection of contemporary works by four African-American artists and art collectives that connect the past and present of the Black political imagination.

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12/10/2018

Patti Smith: Wing

An exhibition of photographs by Patti Smith on view for one week only at San Francisco Art Institute in collaboration with kurimanzutto.

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09/18/2018

Pam Rorke Levy to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees of San Francisco Art Institute

The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) announces the appointment of Pam Rorke Levy as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Levy, who has been a member of the Board since 2013, assumed her new role in July 2018, ahead of the September start of the current academic year.

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08/21/2018

Will Brown: Ether

Local arts collective invests entire exhibition budget into digital cryptocurrency in a creative action to support art education and the public is invited to monitor its value in a new exhibition at SFAI. 

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08/07/2018

XL Catlin Art Prize Exhibition

Prestigious student art exhibition begins its national tour at San Francisco Art Institute and features the work of two of its students

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05/30/2018

Martin Machado: Fluid State

An exhibition of drawings, paintings, and photographs that offer a window into this often-overlooked system of global commerce.

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02/26/2018

Philippe Rahm: The Anthropocene Style

A newly commissioned exhibition by award-winning Swiss architect Philippe Rahm...

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02/02/2018

Bill Fontana: Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns

An exhibition by Bay Area sound artist Bill Fontana...

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12/10/2017

Exhibition Schedule 2018

San Francisco Art Institute introduces its 2018 exhibitions, taking place at both its new Fort Mason campus and its historic campus on Chestnut Street.

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10/17/2017

Fort Mason—Opening Spectacle

An inaugural party celebrating the public opening of SFAI’s new Fort Mason campus with exhibitions, open studios, a student art sale, and more.

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08/17/2017

Fort Mason Campus

SFAI introduces the public to its stunning second campus at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: the 67,000 square foot renovated pier is the new home to over 160 art studios for students, faculty, and visiting artists.

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01/11/2017

3rd Street Studios Program

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE LAUNCHES PROFESSIONAL STUDIO RESIDENCY PROGRAM One of the country’s last remaining schools dedicated entirely to the fine arts takes a stand for artists in San Francisco, offering 25 subsidized studios to practicing artists in the newly minted Dogpatch arts hub .

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06/06/2016

Jill Magid: The Proposal

U.S. PREMIERE ON VIEW AT SFAI’s WALTER AND McBEAN GALLERIES A two-carat diamond engagement ring grown from the cremated remains of architect Luis Barragán's body brings artist Jill Magid's extended, multimedia project The Barragán Archives to a climax. On view September 9-December 10, 2016.

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03/14/2016

Mariana Castillo Deball: Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE AND KADIST ART FOUNDATION INAUGURATE joint fellowship program with exhibition by artist-in-residence Mariana Castillo Deball. On view April 14–July 30, 2016.

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01/20/2016

David Ireland

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS An Exhibition by SFAI Alumnus and Celebrated San Francisco Conceptual Artist David Ireland Includes recreations of famed work from Ireland’s 1987 show at SFAI, coincides with the re-opening of the David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street in the Mission District. On view January 14–March 26, 2016.

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02/04/2015

SFAI and SFMOMA Present Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described

SFAI and SFMOMA are pleased to jointly present Doug Hall’s seminal largescale installation The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described (1987), which conjoins industrial imagery with documentary scenes of nature in turmoil. Its three channels of video, displayed on six monitors and a projection, are accompanied by the sculptural presence of a functioning Tesla coil, two large steel chairs, and a tilted, commanding steel-mesh barricade. Bringing together the immediacy of sculpture with powerful moving images, and startling jolts extending from the coil, the installation is a potent reminder that we are subject to the forces of nature and the influence of media.

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