An educational community is never complete without a space for the arts. The Art Gallery is a dedicated venue in the Student Center, run by a student staff, to bring the visual and interdisciplinary arts to the SF State community.
The Art Gallery curates a number of shows each semester ranging from University students, GED graduates, and non-student work. The gallery showcases exhibitions of both student and professional work, and aims to attract diverse audiences through socially relevant and cutting-edge art.
Every year the Art Gallery features many exhibits starting with an exhibit on the play of light and dark, a show featuring reclaimed wood pieces, a multi-media experience surrounding American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, a deeper look at sketchbooks, an examination of identity within the Bay Area Southeast Asian community, an annual showcase of bold Fine Art graduate work, and closed out the year with a graduating SF State senior’s art show.
Some of the remarkable exhibitions include:
“We Are Still Here” – a multi-media exhibit honoring the American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island.
Wild Wild East – an exhibition showcasing Huang Yan, Liu Xiaodong, Don Ed Hardy, and Debbie Han.
GWEILO – an exhibition showcasing work created by the art and wardrobe departments of Distant Thunder Films in conjunction with students from the SF State Cinema Department.
Lollipops and Threads – an exhibition that associated new works by Danyol and the recent art school graduate Jai Carrillo
Water Color – Watercolors from members of the National Watercolor Society.
Im(press)ions Printmaking at San Francisco State University – included work created by SF State students and a former printmaking student and represented a range of talents cultivated by this community.
In His Own Words: The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez – In His Own Words featured thirty-eight photographs accompanied by excerpts from his dynamic speeches, interviews, and authoritative writings.
Into Sonic Space – A sound art installation featuring sounds collected from and around SF State campus. The installation reflects the cultures and communities at San Francisco State University.
“It’s really refreshing to see some modern/ contemporary Chinese artwork here at State. Makes me miss the days of exploring the galleries at 798 District in Beijing.”
“Thanks for putting together such a diverse collection. I got to see a bit of everything from statues to paintings to 3-D works! Loved it! Ed Hardy’s presence is a bonus to an already wonderful show! Great job.
“Some really cool work!! Definitely loved E. Den. So many colors; vibrant rich deep colors, soft warm tones. Pink also killed it! Great work.”
“There were so many styles and themes to all the paintings! I think that’s what made the exhibition so fun for me.”
The Art Gallery was the inspiration for this career quiz that we help to design.