Press Releases


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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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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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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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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Philippe Rahm: The Anthropocene Style

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

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Bill Fontana: Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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