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Road Map Resources | Services | Contacts


Spring 2017

Kaitlin Trataris (MFA, 2016) at SFAI’s 2016 Graduation. Photographed by Claudine Gossett.

Table of Contents WELCOME TO SFAI 5 TRANSITION TO SFAI Orientation 7 Housing


Health Insurance


SFAI ID Cards SFAI Email + Online Resources


Connect With Us





Academic Resource Center (ARC)


Accessibility Services


Counseling Services Career Resources + Professional Practices


Anne Bremer Memorial Library



ACADEMIC PROGRAM OVERVIEW MFA and MA Reviews and Capstone Projects


Post-Baccalaureate Seminar and Exhibition


Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships


Graduate Lecture Series (GLS)


Exhibition Opportunities




Art Supply Stores


Public Transportation


Places to Stay in San Francisco


Directory 32 Graduate Center Staff


General Directory


Checklist 35

ENCLOSED: STUDIO REQUEST FORM COVER Ilchi Kim (MFA, 2013), A Metropolitan Lover (detail), 2012; Acrylic on board, 12 x 12 in.



A view of the SFAI tower from atop the Zellerbach Quad.

Dear Student, As Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs at SFAI, I am pleased to welcome you to campus for this coming spring semester. The Student Affairs division at SFAI offers a broad range of programs and services that promote artistic growth, academic success, community engagement, and personal development for all students. We are staffed by an extraordinarily dedicated group of professionals who look forward to supporting your experience when you arrive at SFAI. An SFAI education provides students with an opportunity for life-changing, transformative growth. Our staff is here to extend comprehensive support to you as you pursue that opportunity. I strongly encourage you to reach out to us whenever you need advice, face a challenge, or have a concern. Our goal is to create the most positive conditions possible to allow you to take full advantage of being here in this special community. The enclosed Road Map is an excellent resource for you. Please utilize it as a helpful guide in your process of transitioning to SFAI. I look forward to meeting you personally very soon.

All my best,

Mark Campbell Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs

P.S. For reference, please visit where you can find links to SFAI’s many services.


Transition To SFAI

Soraya Sharghi (MFA, 2016) at work in her graduate studio. Photographed by Stephanie Smith.

Orientation We are thrilled to welcome you to SFAI! New Student Orientation introduces incoming students to SFAI—its faculty and staff, facilities, and campus resources— and the opportunities that await you as you join this vibrant community and begin what is sure to be a meaningful and transformative experience. Orientation is required for all incoming students to facilitate a smooth transition into each program. Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Student Orientation—ALL STUDENTS Thursday, January 19–20 Family and Friends Orientation Thursday, January 19 Chestnut Street Campus A short welcome will also take place at Residence Hall Move-In on Wednesday, January 18 Need more information? Visit Contact: Galen Crawford,, 415.351.3509 A detailed orientation schedule will be posted on Monday, January 9.


Housing Graduate students at SFAI have the option of living in SFAI housing or in an apartment off campus. This guide will help you navigate the process of securing accommodations for the spring. SFAI Residence Halls Housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students alike in Abby Hall, which caters specifically to transfer and graduate students. Benefits of living in Abby Hall include: • Increased opportunity to become immersed in a community of artists, connect with classmates, and participate in fun events, organized by the Resident Advisors • A supportive place to learn and grow your practice outside of the classroom • Central location makes exploring the city easy, and provides access to public transportation systems, galleries, shops, and restaurants • Ease of access to SFAI resources and services, including personal counseling, academic advising, and registration • No hassle of apartment hunting, paying large security deposits, and signing 12month leases To apply for SFAI housing, please visit Note that the priority housing deadline is December 7, 2016. After this date spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to apply right away. Residence Hall Move-In The SFAI residence halls will open for the spring semester on January 18, 2017. For those students who have successfully completed a housing application, you will receive your room placement information and specific move-in time by email. Please note that it is not possible to move in earlier than January 18, and we cannot accept packages or store items for incoming residents prior to move-in day (special arrangements will be made for international students who need to move in early to begin Orientation). We will have staff on-site to help you move in that day, and we’re all looking forward to welcoming you into your new home for the year!


Off-Campus Housing The housing office can provide advice and guidance in your search for off-campus housing. Our off-campus housing page offers resources to help get you started. On the SFAI website, you can access the SFAI housing board to connect with other students who are looking for housemates, and see available apartments listed by members of the community. You will also have access to the Living in San Francisco Housing Guide, which offers information on the various neighborhoods in San Francisco, as well as advice on how to find and secure a place. If you have any questions about housing for next year, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon! Need more information? Visit Contact: Housing Office,, 415.351.3556

SFAI’s residence halls are in the heart of downtown San Francisco, surrounded by

View of the Zellerbach Quad. Photographed by Claudine Gossett.

great restaurants, galleries, and entertainment options.


Health Insurance SFAI provides a student health insurance plan offered through Kaiser Permanente. All degree-seeking students who are enrolled in six or more units are required to take action to either enroll in the plan or waive coverage online through the Kaiser Student Net website. Kaiser Permanente Plan The health insurance plan provides comprehensive coverage, with an emphasis on preventative care, ease of access to your physician, and overall wellness. To enroll, waive, or view plan rates, please visit In order to waive coverage, you will need to provide information on your current health insurance plan, including plan provider and policy number. If you do not have current insurance coverage, you will not be eligible to waive the SFAI-sponsored insurance plan. The deadline to waive or enroll is February 6, 2017. Late waivers will not be accepted. If students have not waived or enrolled in the insurance by the deadline, they will be automatically enrolled in the plan and their student account will be charged. Need more information? Visit Contact: Galen Crawford,, 415.351.3509

SFAI ID Cards Your student ID card is an all-access pass to SFAI. You can use it to check out library books and audio-visual equipment, purchase food at the SFAI Café, and get access to offers around the city. To receive your ID at Orientation, you must submit identification info and a photo by January 13, 2017. Visit for detailed instructions. Please keep in mind the following guidelines when selecting a photo: • Choose a recent color photo of yourself. Your entire head and shoulders must be visible, and you should be facing the camera. Photographs in which you are wearing a hat, sunglasses, or anything else that obscures your face or head will not be accepted. • Save your photograph as a JPG or JPEG file and name the file with your student ID number. You can find your ID on your schedule of classes. • Image files must not be larger than 2 MB. Need more information? Visit Contact: 10

SFAI Email + Online Resources Email, Registration, Billing, and Learning Management System All students at SFAI are given a user account through which they access their SFAI email account, registration, grade information, and SFAI’s learning management system. You have been sent information on your user account, including your username, ID number, initial password, and access instructions in an email delivered to your personal email account. All students are required to use the email address provided to them by SFAI. This address will be the school’s primary mode of communication with you. Your email address is your username combined with Again, instructions for setting up your SFAI email account have been sent to your personal email account. You will also use your SFAI username to access registration, billing, and grade information via WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor is a portal where you can retrieve your schedule, view grades, access the course schedule, review financial aid information, and view and pay your bill. You can log in to WebAdvisor from SFAI’s homepage or at Lastly, you will use your user account to access Moodle, SFAI’s learning management system. Faculty use Moodle to facilitate and augment their courses. Although not all faculty use Moodle to help facilitate courses, each course you are enrolled in has a corresponding Moodle course set up. You can access Moodle at Need more information or technical support? Contact:, 415.351.3545

Connect With Us Keep up with events and enjoy an array of videos, photo essays, and Q & A’s featuring students, alumni, and faculty.



Resources for Student Success

Cristina Velázquez Valencia’s (Dual MA/MFA, 2017) graduate studio. Photographed by Stephanie Smith.

Academic Advising, the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Accessibility Services Office, Counseling Services, and the Career Resources Center work collaboratively to provide transitional, academic, personal, and social support, ensuring that all students can thrive at SFAI and beyond. Embarking on a graduate program is often challenging for students, and our goal is to support you through those challenges. SFAI empowers students with the skills and abilities to direct and govern their learning throughout their lives by teaching cognitive strategies and behaviors; facilitating maturity through the development of personal insight and awareness; fostering engagement between students and faculty; and creating programs and services that are student-centered for success and perseverance.

Academic Advising All students of the Graduate program are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss their academic progress. Academic Advisors help students: • Find faculty with similar research and creative interests who will be particularly helpful in the development of creative work • Prepare for Graduate Reviews, art applications, and exhibitions, including helping students refine written statements and materials • Create a general plan of study for progress toward the degree • Create a plan of study and offer advisement for students on academic probation or who have not passed their Intermediate or Final Reviews An Academic Advising schedule is provided to students during Orientation. Contact: Zeina Barakeh,, 415.351.3571

Academic Resource Center (ARC) The Academic Resource Center provides free tutoring and academic support to the entire SFAI student body. Graduate students visit the ARC for a variety of reasons, from organizing a research paper to brushing up their Photoshop skills. We can help you gather your thoughts in the early stages of the writing process or proofread a final draft for grammar and usage errors. Our tutors—graduate students with a background in education and a passion for teaching—can help you develop a sophisticated approach to your academic and studio work.


Melissa Kozibrock’s (MFA, 2016) graduate studio. Photographed by Stephanie Smith.

At the ARC, you can: • Seek guidance on academic papers, artist statements, and creative written work • Submit essay drafts to our Google Drive, ARC Online, and receive feedback from a tutor in two to three days • Improve your English vocabulary, grammar, or conversation skills • Recalibrate your study techniques and time-management skills to meet the demands of a graduate-level program and balance your academic work with your studio time • Study by yourself in a quiet environment, surrounded by excellent resources— reference books, computers, coffee and tea, and tutors happy to answer any questions that come up Tutoring is available at: • The Chestnut Street campus, lower level, Monday through Friday from 10am–4pm, with additional late night hours once a week • The Third Street campus, in the Library Annex, Tuesday from 11am–2pm Make an appointment: Visit or stop by any time during our normal hours for a drop-in appointment. Need more information? Visit Contact: Ashley Clarke,, 415.749.4593


Accessibility Services The Accessibility Services Office (ASO) ensures that students with documented disabilities have equal access to the curricular and school environment at SFAI by providing a range of accommodations, including extra time for assignments, a quiet place for exams, and note-takers. If you have had accommodations in the past, used a 504 plan, or believe that you might qualify for accommodations during your time at SFAI, the ASO can assist you in determining and arranging for these accommodations. In order to begin the registration process, students must complete an ASO Student Registration Form, available at Completed paperwork should be submitted no later than January 6, 2017, in order for accommodations to be in place by the beginning of the spring semester. We suggest beginning this process as early as possible. Even if you are not sure whether you need accommodations or qualify for them, we advise that you complete the registration paperwork so that you may be eligible for accommodations throughout the semester, should you need them. Need more information? Visit Contact: Kara Urion, PsyD,, 415.351.3523


Counseling Services SFAI provides free, short-term counseling—a space to talk about your worries, hopes, fears, goals, and strengths—with a licensed clinical social worker or a supervised master’s-level clinical intern. All conversations are confidential: No information will be shared without your written permission. The conversation can be wide-ranging and the time is collaborative and student-centered. People come to counseling for support with any number of challenges, including transitions and adjustments, overwhelming sadness, anxiety, problematic use of alcohol or drugs, trouble with eating, and interpersonal or academic problems. They might also come to talk through a frustrating critique, tension with a loved one, self-doubt, feeling stuck or unfulfilled, or simply with a hope for support in examining their lives. How can counseling support you at SFAI? Many things can happen when you have a place to talk without fear of judgment, a chance to explore your ideas and potential, and room to imagine new possibilities. Together, we can work toward a stronger understanding of persistent patterns in your life and relationships, of what’s holding you back or moving you forward, and of how to build a place for yourself in the world. We offer: • A semester’s worth of free counseling each academic year (15 sessions)—once a week, every other week, or perhaps just a few times, if you prefer • Walk-in hours every day from noon to 1 pm at the Chestnut Street location • Workshops, groups, and trainings • Referrals to outside resources, providers, and psychiatrists for medication management and long-term care We offer counseling at the following locations: • Chestnut Street, Lower Level, Room 103 • Residence Halls • Third Street Graduate Center Need more information? Visit Contact: Deb Schneider, LCSW,, 415.749.4587


Elizabeth Cayne (MFA, 2013) Untitled, 2012 Archival inkjet print of photo montage 27.75 x 39.5 inches


Career Resources + Professional Practices If you’re interested in working either on or off campus, San Francisco Art Institute has an online campus job and opportunity board. In this centralized location, you can learn about jobs posted specifically for SFAI students. This is also a great place to find open calls, grants, residencies, awards, and scholarships that are available to both SFAI students and alumni. Other Career Resources include: • One-on-one career counseling for career development and professional preparation • Assistance with submitting work to galleries and shows • Assistance building a strong, professional portfolio • Support in the application process for the many opportunities that are available to students • Document review: resumes, cover letters, artist statements, and more • Advising for funding, including: Fulbright, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships, and other types of grants and scholarships • Planning and implementing long-term career goals Need more information? Visit Contact:, 415.351.3509

SFAI’s iconic archival tower photographed by Claudine Gossett.


A view inside the Anne Bremer Memorial Library. Photographed by Marco David.

Anne Bremer Memorial Library The library at SFAI is a unique and valuable resource, offering students a quiet setting for research and study. The library’s collection emphasizes modern and contemporary art, art history, theory, and criticism, and contains an outstanding collection of exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, fine art photography titles, rare monographs, visual resources, and unusual ephemera. The library subscribes to an extensive list of print journals and periodicals as well as having access to various research databases. Explore our catalogue, collections, and resources online at The library staff works with students on an individual basis, helping them to take advantage of the library’s specialized resources. The library also sponsors an annual artist’s book contest and has changing exhibitions of books, posters, photographs, and archival material. Be sure to stop by the library during Orientation—browse around, peruse our magazines and journals, look at our extensive and eclectic DVD and video collection, and see what titles we have for you. Need more information? Visit Contact:, 415.749.4562 19

Academic Program Overview

The 2016 Graduate Exhibition photographed by Gary Sexton.

MFA and MA Reviews + Capstone Projects MFA Review Process During Review Week, each MFA student presents a body of work to a committee of three faculty members drawn from various disciplines. There are two types of reviews: the Intermediate Review, and the Final Review. Intermediate Review The Intermediate Review takes place at the end of the second semester of the MFA Program, near completion of 30 units. The review is an evaluation of whether or not the student is prepared to advance to MFA candidacy. It is an assessment of the development of the student’s ideas and methods throughout the first year of the program and a forum for critical feedback from the student’s committee. Final Review The Final Review takes place at the end of the fourth semester of the MFA program, near completion of 60 units, or at the end of the semester in which the student petitions to graduate. For the Final Review, the student must present an accomplished body of work exhibiting a high-standard of creative production. The review—which serves as the student’s thesis presentation and defense—is an assessment of the quality of work and a vote to award, or not, the Master of Fine Arts degree. The MFA Exhibition follows the Final Review and is also required in order to graduate from the program. MFA Exhibition The MFA Exhibition is celebrated throughout the Bay Area for its intellectual rigor and diverse, cutting-edge creative output. All graduating MFA students (including second-year Dual Degree students) must participate in the exhibition in order to obtain their degree. The process of curating, installing, and refining the overall exhibition is an important pedagogic moment in all graduate students’ careers as they prepare for entry into the art world. MFA Screening In conjunction with the MFA Exhibition, the MFA Screening provides space for graduating students to showcase their moving-image works. Investigations in this screening range from narrative films and short videos to digital animations and pioneering hybrids of sound/image.


MA Review Process In the second year, each MA student and each third-year Dual Degree student begins to develop and write a thesis with the advisement of a thesis committee. MA students take two reviews during their tenure: an Intermediate Review (in the sixth or seventh week of the spring semester); and a Final Review (in the eighth or ninth week of the spring semester). The goal of the reviews is for the thesis committee to assess the student’s progress toward the degree and to offer feedback on the shape, scope, and structure of the student’s thesis, methodologies, and case studies. Graduating MA students present and defend selections of their completed theses at the annual MA Thesis Symposium. Collaborative Project In the second year of the program, in addition to the independent thesis projects, MA students also complete the Collaborative Project—an interdisciplinary collaboration that coalesces the major concerns of the students in the program into a multifaceted public work. Projects may include exhibitions, publications, websites, panel discussions, public events, and more.

Post-Baccalaureate Seminar All Post-Baccalaureate students must enroll each semester in the Post-Baccalaureate Seminar, which focuses on critique of student work. Conceptual and material methodologies are emphasized. The seminar includes lectures, readings, field trips, and other curricular activities.

Teaching Assistantships MFA, MA, and Dual Degree students have the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants (TAs) for undergraduate courses, or as Graduate Assistants (GAs) for graduate courses. Paid Assistantships A graduate student can apply to be a paid assistant for specific courses announced by the Graduate Office following each registration period. The assistantship comes with a stipend, and the assistantship is listed on the student’s transcript as carrying 0 units.


Voluntary Assistantships A graduate student can apply to be a voluntary assistant for any graduate or undergraduate course not assigned a paid assistant. The voluntary assistantship does not carry a stipend, but it is listed on the student’s transcript as carrying 0 units. All graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. How to Apply To apply for both paid and voluntary assistantships, you will need to contact the instructor of the course that you would like to be an assistant for directly (either in person or by email); you are required to send the instructor your qualifications in the form of a cover letter and resume. These materials should highlight your skills, any relevant work experience or professional qualifications you may have, as well as your interest in the position. It is the responsibility of the instructor to select a TA or GA for their course and to notify the Graduate Office. It is the responsibility of the selected candidate to complete the TA or GA hire paperwork provided by the Graduate Office and to return it in a timely fashion. Eligibility Requirements • The student must be an MFA, MA, Dual Degree, or Low-Residency MFA student in order to apply to be a TA/GA. • The student must be enrolled in at least 6 units for the semester in which they would be working as a TA (exceptions to this rule are made for Low-Residency MFA students). • In the interest of providing the broadest possible range of teaching opportunities to graduate students, no student can repeat the same class as a paid assistant. • No students may be a TA or GA for a course in which they are simultaneously enrolled. • Students applying for assistantships must be in good academic standing, as defined by the following criteria. The student must not be: (1) currently failing any courses; (2) carrying more than one unresolved “incomplete”; and (3) on academic probation during the semester prior to the prospective assistantship, or during the semester in which the assistantship is sought. • A student may only be a TA/GA for one course per semester, whether or not the assistantship is paid or voluntary. • Note that if the prospective TA/GA is an international student, the student must apply for a U.S. Social Security number prior to beginning employment. To apply, please contact Dominic Shing (, Global Programs and Student Engagement Specialist, in the Student Affairs Office. Contact: Zeina Barakeh,, 415.351.3571


Graduate Lecture Series The Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) brings accomplished artists and scholars from around the globe to SFAI for dialogue on the practice and study of contemporary art. In addition to giving a public lecture, GLS guests also conduct studio visits with graduate students at the Third Street Graduate Center, granting the graduate community immediate access to leading cultural figures. Graduate lectures occur on Friday afternoons from 4:30–6:30pm in the SFAI Lecture Hall. Attendance is required for all MFA, MA, Dual Degree, and PostBaccalaureate students. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS), held at the Chestnut Street campus, featuring internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in all disciplines. Need more information? Visit Contact: Zeina Barakeh,, 415.351.3571

Exhibition Opportunities Swell Gallery The Swell Gallery is a graduate student–run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational context. The mission of the Swell Gallery is to provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of varying artistic perspectives as generated by the graduate student body. Located at the Third Street Graduate Center, this laboratory exhibition space operates as a platform for events, collaborations, shows, and more. Learn more at

Diego Rivera Gallery The Diego Rivera Gallery at the Chestnut Street campus—home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural—is a student-directed exhibition space. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs (undergraduate and graduate) to present their work or curate exhibitions in a professional, public venue. Students submit applications for exhibitions in November and March annually, and a jury of alumni selects the artists who will exhibit. Students may apply to have an individual show, to participate in a group show, or to curate a show. About 40 exhibitions per year are scheduled in the Diego, with nearly 200 students exhibiting each year. Learn more at


Diego Rivera, The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, 1931.


Before You Start

A graduate student at work in her studio, Photographed by Joshua Band.

Gallery Guide The following galleries represent a small piece of the vibrant art scene in San Francisco, but they all have one thing in common: their connection to SFAI. One of the most important things that SFAI students do is become involved with the San Francisco art world—think of this brief gallery guide as your first step in familiarizing yourself with galleries, art spaces, and museums in San Francisco. To explore the galleries and alternative spaces that SFAI alumni have founded, visit

Aggregate Space Established in a renovated warehouse in West Oakland by Willis (MFA Sculpture, 2008) and Conrad Meyers (MFA Sculpture, 2008), Aggregate Space is an exhibition venue that engages in discourse embracing collaboration, new and old modes of making, cross-media practices, and self-reliance. The gallery provides access to artists driving innovation with sculptural and digital media and whose breadth of work evokes conceptual rigor and advanced ideation processes. They invite innovation in the arts by providing the necessary space for artists in a professionally outfitted facility equipped with a fabrication shop, design studio, and screening room. They have also instituted an artist-in-residence program for artists and writers.

Artists’ Television Access (ATA) Artists’ Television Access is a San Francisco–based, artist-run, nonprofit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally aware underground media and experimental art. ATA was founded in 1984 by a group of young, radical artists and activists, including Marshall Weber (MFA Art and Art History, 1984) and John Martin (BFA Interdisciplinary, 1980), who are committed to using video, performance, art, and education to progress culture and community. They provide an accessible venue for the presentation of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and events, and believe in fostering a supportive community for the exhibition of innovative art and the exchange of nonconformist ideas.


Ever Gold [Projects] Andrew McClintock (BFA Photography, 2008) and Gregory Ito (BFA Painting, 2008) opened Ever Gold Gallery shortly after they graduated from SFAI. Converting a jewelry store in the Tenderloin into a gallery with the same name, Ever Gold opened its doors to programming that include a mix of highbrow/lowbrow aesthetics and local/international themes from artists of all ages and backgrounds. While they maintain a for-profit status, their curatorial choices continue to be conceptually driven. The gallery offers a rotating residency program that transforms the space into an artist’s studio.

Gallery 16 Founded by Griff Williams (MFA Painting, 1993), Gallery 16 has been a force in the San Francisco art world since 1993. Gallery 16’s exhibition program involves artists working in a wide range of media exploring a variety of aesthetic, conceptual, and technological issues. If there is a predominant theme, it is art as a form of research and an act of investigation. In subsequent years, Gallery 16 has started its own publishing program, utilizing contemporary printmaking methods to create portfolios and artist books for many notable contemporary artists.

The Luggage Store The Luggage Store is a nonprofit, artist-run, multidisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1987. The Luggage Store’s mission is to build a community by organizing multidisciplinary arts programming accessible to and reflective of the Bay Area’s residents. To implement their mission, they organize exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education, and public art programs designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents to promote inclusion and respect, to reduce intergroup tensions, and to work toward dispelling the stereotypes and fear that continue to separate the community. The late faculty member Carlos Villa served on the Board of Directors for many years.

Root Division Root Division’s mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. Root Division is a launching pad for artists, a stepping-stone for educators, a door to creativity for youth, and a bridge for the general public to become supporters of the arts. Root Division was founded in 2002 by three SFAI alumni to remedy the lack of arts education in schools while creating a sustainable arts hub that would constructively address the three main challenges facing Bay Area emerging artists: the need for (1) low-cost studio space; (2) exhibition opportunities; and (3) income-generating professional experience. 28

Royal Nonesuch Gallery Elizabeth Bernstein (MFA Photography, 2007) and Carrie Hott (MFA Painting, 2007) established Royal NoneSuch Gallery, located in the Temescal district of Oakland. It is an artist-run alternative space that is dedicated to creating community around art-based experiences that are thought-provoking and conceptually rigorous, while also being accessible and fun. Through a framework of monthly exhibitions and related programs, Royal NoneSuch strives to maintain a dynamic schedule in which the gallery is continuously reinvented to reflect the spirit and process of an artist, specific program series, or collaboration.

Embark Gallery Embark Gallery offers exhibition opportunities to graduate students of the fine arts in the Bay Area. Tania Houtzager (PB, 2014) founded the space to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art. A nonprofit organization supported by the Kabouter Foundation, Embark’s programming represents the diversity of the talented artists studying at eight local art institutions: San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco State University, UC Davis, San Jose State University, and Stanford University. The juried exhibitions are held at its newly renovated gallery in the historic Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture in San Francisco.

Bass & Reiner Founded by SFAI alumni Mariel Bayona (MFA Sculpture, 2014), Chris Grunder (MFA Photography, 2014), Cléa Massiani (MA Exhibition and Museum Studies, 2014) and Emily Reynolds (MA Exhibition and Museum Studies, 2014), Bass & Reiner’s mission is to foster dynamic dialogues in the Bay Area while creating access to other emergent art worlds to promote, stimulate, and encourage a communal exchange. They work to introduce local artists to a broader audience, bringing artwork from elsewhere to the Bay Area to expand beyond traditional regional boundaries. Bass & Reiner is open to the public by appointment, during regularly scheduled gallery hours, and during special events. CONTINUING TO EXPLORE THE ART SCENE See these Bay Area publications to learn and see more about the local arts scene, all founded by, and often featuring the work of SFAI artists and alumni. | |


Art Supply Stores San Francisco has a large variety of art stores selling both traditional and unusual materials to meet all your creative needs. Many stores honor student discounts, including Artist & Craftsman Supply, Blick Art Materials, Arch, and Flax. Aaron Brothers

Discount Fabrics

5600 Geary Blvd

2170 Cesar Chavez St



Adolph Gasser Inc.

Flax Art & Design

181 2nd St

Fort Mason Center



The Arch PopUp


2349 3rd St

1556 Haight St



Artist & Craftsman Supply


555 Pacific Ave

801 Toland St



Blick San Francisco

Rayko Photo Center

Three locations

428 Third St


Public Transportation Using public transportation is a great way to get around in San Francisco. To learn more about the public transportation system, fares, and to plan a trip, visit


Places to Stay in San Francisco Looking for a place to stay during your next visit to campus? Whether you need a room for the night before residence hall move-in, or for a week to explore the city, San Francisco offers a number of short-term housing options to meet your needs. Below are just a few of the great hotels and hostels located near the Chestnut Street campus and residence halls.

Hotels Holiday Inn-Fisherman’s Wharf*

Park Hotel

1300 Columbus Avenue

325 Sutter Street



Holiday Inn Express-

Hotel Des Arts

Fisherman’s Wharf*

447 Bush Street

550 North Point Street


415.409.4600 Columbus Motor Inn 1075 Columbus Avenue 415.885.1492 *The Holiday Inn Hotel Group offers preferred rates for SFAI students and guests. Visit for more information and links to special rates.

Hostels USA Hostels

Hostelling International

711 Post Street

Several locations



The Living in San Francisco Housing Guide offers information on short and long-term housing options in the city. More information is available at


Directory Questions? Reach out to us. Contact: Tony Labat Chair, Master of Fine Arts Department Tony Labat oversees and directs the MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs. This position involves a range of tasks, including teaching graduate studio courses and developing studio curricula and programs in conjunction with fellow faculty and Academic Affairs. A paramount role involves formally advising MFA and PostBaccalaureate students, but also, informally, being accessible to discuss all graduate students’ academic and artistic practices and progress toward the degree. Tony directs the Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) with Claire Daigle. Claire Daigle Chair, Master of Arts Department Claire Daigle oversees and directs the MA and Dual Degree programs. This involves a range of tasks, including teaching graduate seminars and developing MA curricula and programs in conjunction with fellow faculty and Academic Affairs. A paramount role involves formally advising MA and Dual Degree students, but also, informally, being accessible to discuss all graduate students’ academic and artistic practices and progress toward the degree. With Tony Labat, Claire directs the Graduate Lecture Series (GLS). BELOW A student-artist at work in the Graduate Center, photographed by Joshua Band.


Graduate Center Staff During your time at SFAI, you will work closely with the staff of the Graduate Center. The members of the community listed below are often your primary points of contact with the administration at large and can help you become acquainted with the requirements of your program and the graduate facilities. Zeina Barakeh Director of Graduate Administration | 415.351.3571 Zeina Barakeh implements and directs all graduate academic events that occur throughout the year, including orientation, registration, reviews, the graduate catalogue, co-curricular projects, graduate exhibitions, studio visits, curatorial week, and open studios. She is available to address all graduate academic issues and is the liaison between Academic Affairs, the faculty, and the students. Niki Korth Manager of Graduate Administration | 415.351.3572 Niki Korth coordinates graduate administrative functions related to the overall flow of academic events, programs, and extracurricular and off-campus initiatives. At the Graduate Center, Niki is available to help students with general questions and to facilitate communication between students, faculty, and other institutional departments. Milton Freitas Gouveia Graduate Studio Operations Manager | 415.351.3575 Milton Freitas Gouveia manages Graduate Center resources and improvements. He supervises the A/V Checkout and oversees film and video resources at the Graduate Center. He is a point person for student and faculty concerns and is an emergency contact for students and faculty. Srimongkol Darawali Graduate Studio Evening Coordinator | 415.351.3576 Srimongkol Darawali is the evening coordinator at the Graduate Center. He contributes to the efficiency of Graduate Center resources and improvements. During the evening hours, he also supervises the A/V Checkout and oversees the film and video resources. He is the evening emergency contact for students and faculty and is available to assist with any issues related to student projects, work spaces, and other Graduate Center affairs. 33

General Directory Academic Resource Center

Housing and Residential Life

Ashley Clarke



Accessibility Services

ID Cards

Kara Urion International Student Advising


Dominic Shing Career Resources Center and

Professional Practices


Galen Crawford 415.351.3509

Library 415.749.4562

Counseling Center 415.749.4587


Email Support

Student Accounts


Hasib Khan

Financial Aid


415.749.4520 Health Insurance Galen Crawford 415.351.3509


Checklist I have waived or enrolled in health insurance. (pg. 10) I have sent my photo for my SFAI ID card. (pg. 10) I have set up my SFAI email.

(pg. 11)

I have submitted complete paperwork to the Accessibility Services Office, if applicable. (pg. 15) I have turned in my housing application or secured off-campus housing . (pg. 8) I have submitted my studio request form. (see included materials)

I have completed my financial aid paperwork. (see included materials)

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