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December 2023

November 2023

  • November 30, SF Chronicle: "S.F.’s space-age public toilets haven’t landed — but futuristic kiosks are touching down" by John King
  • November 27, SFStandard: "Comics Highlight Asian American Artists on San Francisco’s Market Street" by Han Li
  • November 20, KQED: "SFAC Votes to Remove ‘Dragon Relief’ Over Broadway Tunnel" by Sarah Hotchkiss

July 2023

  • July 21, SFist: "Deplorable Vandals Damage Historic Lotta’s Fountain Landmark in Downtown SF" by Joe Kukura
  • July 21, SFGate: "Lotta's Fountain in San Francisco vandalized" by Sam Mauhay-Moore
  • July 20, KTVU: "Vandals damage historic Lotta's Fountain in San Francisco"
  • July 20, Latina Magazine: "A Guide to the Bay Area’s Summer Art Scene: Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia" by Joanna García Cherán
  • July 20, SF Standard: "San Francisco’s Most Beloved Monument Vandalized" by Julie Zigoris

June 2023

  • June 29, Nob Hill Gazette: "A New Point of Interest on Yerba Buena Island" by Max Blue
  • June 26, HyperAllergic: "Capturing the Elusive Magic of California’s Golden Light" by Renée Reizman 
  • June 26, Local News Matters: "A monumental challenge: San Francisco gets $3M grant to bring diversity to its memorials" by Lydia Sidhom, Bay City News
  • June 23, Barron's: "Public Statues Are Changing. How Boston and San Francisco Will Tell the ‘Complexity of the American Story’" by V.L. Hendrickson
  • June 22, Observer: "In Philanthropy: Rescinded Pledges, Billion-Dollar Foundations Changing Course and Modern Monuments" by Alexandra Tremayne-Pengelly
  • June 22, The Economist: "A sculpture in San Francisco Bay points towards the future"
  • June 21, ArtForum: "Mellon Foundation Issues $25 Million In Grants To Fund Diverse Monuments"
  • June 21, SF Standard: "Boom Loop: This San Francisco Neighborhood Is Riding Arts and Culture to Recovery" by Julie Zigoris
  • June 21, The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Mellon Foundation Awards $25 Million to 9 Cities Through Its Monuments Project" by M.J. Prest
  • June 20, ArtDependence: "Monuments Project Giving Exceeds $150M; Grantmaking Expands to Nine Municipalities"
  • June 20, Forbes: "As Tech Companies Abandon San Francisco, A Towering New Artwork Points Toward A Better Future" by Jonathon Keats
  • June 20, Philanthropy News Digest: "Mellon Foundation Monuments Project awards $25 million to nine cities"
  • June 19, The Art Newspaper: "Nine US cities receive grants totalling $25m to develop more diverse monuments" by Wallace Ludel
  • June 19, Architect News: "The Mellon Foundation's Monuments Project awards $25 million worth of grant funding to 9 municipalities" By Josh Niland
  • June 17, SF Standard: "Flying SFO This Summer? Here Are 25 Insider Tips for New Food, Fun and Transport - No 10. Soak in Fine Art" by by Maryann Jones Thompson
  • June 16, Art Asia Pacific: "Hiroshi Sugimoto Completes Public Sculpture in California"
  • June 15, Architect's Newspaper: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Point of Infinity completes on San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island
  • June 14, ArtDependence: New Monumental Sculpture by Internationally Renowned Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto Installed on Yerba Buena Island
  • June 14, Local News Matters: "‘Infinity’ and beyond: First public art display on Yerba Buena Island part of grander vision" by Lydia Sidhom, Bay City News
  • June 14, Artdaily: "A new Hiroshi Sugimoto sculpture in San Francisco reaches for infinity"
  • June 13, "Hiroshi Sugimoto changes the San Francisco skyline" by Giorgia Massari
  • June 13, ArtNet: "Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto Has Unveiled His First Major Work in the U.S.: A Towering Sculpture That Pierces the San Francisco Sky" by Jo Lawson-Tancred
  • June 12, SurfaceMag: "A Hiroshi Sugimoto sculpture launches San Francisco’s Treasure Island Art Program" 
  • June 12, SF FunCheap: "Huge 69-Foot Sculpture Unveiled at SF’s New Hilltop Park" by Bay City News
  • June 12, SF Standard: "What Is That Giant Needle Doing on Top of Yerba Buena Island?" by Sarah Holtz
  • June 11, Hoodline: "New Sculpture on Yerba Buena Island is so Huge that it is Visible from San Francisco" by SFist
  • June 9, SFist: "Yerba Buena Island Gets Nice 69-Foot-Tall Sundial Sculpture That’s Visible From SF" by Joe Kukura
  • June 9, KQED: "A New Piece of Public Art Makes a Point Above Yerba Buena Island" by Ariana Proehl
  • June 9, New York Times: "A New Hiroshi Sugimoto Sculpture in San Francisco Reaches for Infinity" by Jori Finkel
  • June 8, SF Examiner: "Bay Area Black artists expose inequity of San Francisco's liberal values" by Max Blue

May 2023

  • May 30, SF State News: "‘Finding Filipino’: Renowned comics artist discovered herself attending SF State" by Matt Itelson
  • May 25, KCBS: "New artwork at Fire Station 49 honors city's valiant EMS crews" by David Welch
  • May 25, KQED: "At SFAC, a Soulful Exploration of James Baldwin's Legacy in the Bay" by Ariana Proehl
  • May 19, KQED: "Invincible Black Soul: The Art of Bearing Witness” by Brian Watt
  • May 18, SF Standard: "San Francisco’s Favorite Monument Was a Gift From a Vaudeville Dancer" by Julie Zigoris
  • May 17, SF Chronicle: "This is the most hated statue in San Francisco, city poll reveals" by Annie Vainshtein
  • May 13, SF Chronicle: "‘Node,’ the controversial sculpture at Yerba Buena-Moscone station, is worth seeing in person" by Tony Bravo
  • May 13, Mission Local: "People we meet: Violinist and mayoral hopeful Ben Barnes" by Will Jarrett
  • May 5, SF Chronicle: "Oakland cartoonist’s latest tells the story of San Francisco’s Depression-era Filipino Americans" by Brandon Yu
  • May 4, SFist: "That Rogue Butterfly Statue Has Been Placed In Storage, Arts Commission ‘Evaluating Options’ For Its Future" by Joe Kukura

April 2023

  • April 30, Local News Matters: "‘Sculpture intervention’: A rogue tribute to an extinct butterfly is removed from its pedestal" by Kiley Russell, Bay City News
  • April 28, Nob Hill Gazette: "Flights of Fancy at SFO" by Max Blue
  • April 28, BrokeAssStuart: "City Officials Remove Unauthorized renegade Butterfly Statue" by Katy Atchison
  • April 28, CBS Bay Area: "Rogue sculpture of extinct butterfly removed from San Francisco's Golden Gate Park"
  • April 28, SFist: "Rogue Butterfly Statue Goes Up in Golden Gate Park, But City Hall Swats It Down" by Bay City News
  • April 28, SF Chronicle: "Why a mysterious statue appeared — and disappeared — in Golden Gate Park" by Aidin Vaziri
  • April 28, SF Gate: "SF officials tear down ‘surreptitiously installed’ statue in Golden Gate Park" by Amanda Bartlett and Sam Muhay-Moore
  • April 27, SF Standard: "Guerrilla Statue of This Extinct Creature Appears in Golden Gate Park" by Christina Campodonico
  • April 26, BrokeAssStuart: "Renegade Statue Celebrating Extinct Buterfly Appears In Golden Gate Park" by Stuart Schuffman
  • April 25, SF Standard: "This New 102-Foot Public Art Installation Cost Over $1M and Has Been in the Works for 10 Years" by Julie Zigoris
  • April 24, ABC 7: "102-foot steel sculpture installed at San Francisco Muni station"
  • April 24, SFist: "Ten Years After It Was Commissioned, 102-Foot Twisting Sculpture Installed at 4th Street Central Subway Station" by Jay Barmann
  • April 23, SF Chronicle: "‘Very Jack in the Beanstock’: S.F.’s new tallest sculpture goes up south of Market" by Sam Whiting
  • April 22, SFGate: "Bay Area’S Big Contemporary Art Fair At Fort Mason This Weekend" by Leslie Katz, Bay City News
  • April 12, SF Standard: "From Ansel Adams to Open Studios: Check Out These Must-See Spring Arts Celebrations" by Christina Campodonico
  • April 6, Mission Local: "Sculpture crushed, allegedly nearly stolen. SF says it can’t intervene" by Yujie Zhou & Joe Eskenazi

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

  • January 30, KALW: "Art With Elders @ SF City Hall" by Janice Lee
  • January 26, SF Standard: "Meet the SF Artist Who Sells Her Work From Inside a Vintage Newsstand" by Camillie Cohen
  • January 25, SF Standard: "What Is It Like To Navigate Market Street as a Pigeon?" By Christina Campodonico
  • January 21, SF Gate: "Artist’s Comic-Strip Mural Beautifies, Educates In Sf’S Bayview-Hunters Point" By Rowena Gonden (BCN)
  • January 19, NBC Nightly News: AI can create stunning portraits. What does that mean for the art world? By Jacob Ward
  • January 17, NBC Bay Area: "Relief Grants for Residents, Businesses Facing Flood Damage in San Francisco" by Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News
  • January 13, The Art Newspaper: Moving the Needle: "San Francisco to unveil Hiroshi Sugimoto's towering sundial monument" By Julie Baumgardner
  • January 3, SF Chronicle: (P)art of the City - "10 art installation to look for at S.F.'s Central Subway stations" By Tony Bravo

December 2022

November 2022

  • November 25, TimeOut: "A massive "Cathenge" is being unveiled in San Francisco with glowing feline monoliths" by Erika Mailman
  • November 20, SF Chronicle: "Catherine Wagner’s Central Subway installation aims to reflect S.F.’s past and present" by Tony Bravo
  • November 17, SF Standard: "Move Over Stoneheng. 'Cathenge' Comes to San Francisco" by Christina Campodonico
  • November 14, SF Examiner: "Central Subway opens with art worthy of S.F.'s dramatic, transient beauty" by Max Blue
  • November 5, SF Standard: "5 Things You Should Know About San Francisco’s Indigenous Past & Present" by Liz Lindqwister, Olivia Cruz Mayeda
  • November 4, Asian Journal Press: "A Comic Treat For Market Street: Fil-Am Artist Illustrates, Highlights San Francisco Poets In Street Poster Series"

October 2022

September 2022

August 2022

June 2022

  • June 19, SF Chronicle: "S.F. artist Carlos Villa was told there was no such thing as ‘Filipino art.’ So he made history" Letha Ch'ien
  • June 11, SF Standard: "New, Old, Quirky, Costly: Get Familiar With SF’s Civic Art Collection" by Christina Campodonico
  • June 11, SF Chronicle: "Ride on S.F. Muni becomes an art experience with new installation on Van Ness" by Tony Bravo
  • June 1, Bay Area Reporter: "Breed names lesbian artist Walker to SF police commission" by Matthew S. Bajko

May 2022

  • May 31, ARTnews: "These Are the Top Art Cities in the U.S., According to a New UBS Report" by Maximiliano Duron
  • May 31, ABC 7: "Here's a sneak peek of SF's Central Subway in Chinatown" by Amy Hollyfield
  • May 3, SF Chronicle: "Grants for the Arts, Arts Commission in talks about merging, dividing S.F. artists" by Lily Janiak

March 2022

February 2022

  • February 1, SFGate: "San Francisco's latest public art project on Market Street is a lesson in Black history" by Dan Gentile

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 18
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

December 16
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

December 11
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

December 09
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online