San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133


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Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest schools of higher education in contemporary art. SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries were established in 1969 to present exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary art practice.

The gallery provides a venue for innovative projects, and commissions new work from emerging and established artists. "SFAI’s Public Programs develop meaningful interactions between artists, students, and audiences through lectures, education opportunities, and artist-driven experiences.

The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students.

The Swell Gallery is a graduate student-run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational sphere.

Together, the exhibitions and public programs of the San Francisco Art Institute promote an environment that catalyzes the creative processes of its student artists and thinkers, and creates intimate connections between the SFAI community and the public."

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