SFAI 2012 MFA Graduate Exhibition

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SFAI 2012 MFA Graduate Exhibition

601 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
May 11th, 2012 - May 13th, 2012
Opening: May 11th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, figurative, modern, sculpture
Free and open to the public


The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to present the 2012 MFA Graduate Exhibition, which showcases student work that continues the school’s legacy of innovative thinking and experimentation. Nearly 100 graduating MFA students working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across disciplines will transform the iconic Phoenix Hotel for a limited-engagement exhibition.

“The MFA Graduate Exhibition is one of the most exciting times for SFAI’s Graduate Program, when we see in one place the manifestation of two years of labor, sacrifice, and commitment by a new generation of artists ready to contribute to the landscape of contemporary art and culture,” says Tony Labat, Director of MFA Programs. “The Bay Area has always been at the forefront of artists and curators seeking alternative spaces for exhibition and production, and this exhibition continues that important tradition.”

Artists will exhibit in individual guest rooms, the poolside courtyard, and other spaces throughout the Phoenix Hotel, and many have created pieces and installations specifically responding to the site. The diverse, ambitious work will highlight distinct points of view, as well as cutting-edge directions in art today.

The public is also invited to purchase tickets to an exclusive Preview Party on May 10 in support of student scholarships. 

A catalogue, MFA/MA Art and Ideas, will be available for purchase for $20 at the opening reception on May 11 and afterwards in the Walter and McBean Galleries on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. 

Free and open to the public

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The Phoenix Hotel 
601 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109