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San Francisco Art Institute

About

History

Since 1871, SFAI has attracted individuals who push beyond boundaries to discover uncharted artistic terrain. With an ever-expanding roster of esteemed faculty and alumni, robust exhibitions and public programs, and a mission dedicated to the intrinsic value of art, SFAI is poised to expand upon the West Coast legacy of radical innovation that grounds SFAI’s philosophy for another century.

Education

Public Education’s noncredit evening and weekend courses span the breadth of contemporary art—from traditional techniques in drawing, painting, photography, film, printmaking, and sculpture to radical excursions in food, art, meditation, and mapping.

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Student Life

Campus life

SFAI’s historic 800 Chestnut Street campus, located in Russian Hill, has:

  • Studios and classrooms with individual studios for honors students
  • Walter and McBean Galleries—a professional exhibition space featuring work by international contemporary artists
  • Diego Rivera Gallery—a student-run space that provides opportunities to curate and exhibit work
  • Prentice and Paul Sack Still Lights Galleries for photo-based work
  • State-of-the-art digital labs supporting sound, photography, film, video, design, web programming, and print
  • Rooftop amphitheater
  • Courtyard café

San Francisco, California, United States

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