Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is one of the U.S.’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. It boasts an illustrious list of alumni in all of its areas of focus. But most important, it has consistently held fast to its core philosophy of creating programs where creativity and critical thinking are fostered in one of the most open, innovative, and interdisciplinary environments in higher education. At SFAI we focus on educating artists who will become the creative leaders of their generation.
Walter and McBean Galleries
Each year the Walter and McBean Galleries organize an active schedule of exhibitions and public programs which include: presenting and commissioning new experimental work through artists' projects and residencies; international visiting artists in residence who create new work, give lectures, and participate in critiques and workshops with students; and guest-curated group exhibitions often featuring a new premise by visiting international curators or other prominent local museum colleague.