SFAC Galleries
We bring the community together through art.

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international art landscape.

SFAC Main Gallery located in the War Memorial Veterans Building

The Arts Commission founded its exhibitions program in 1970 with the opening of Capricorn Asunder, a gallery space located across from City Hall at 155 Grove Street. Over the years, the gallery has evolved into the SFAC Galleries, a dynamic contemporary art program that has shown more than 4,400 local, national and international artists in over 480 exhibitions at two unique Civic Center locations. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist’s projects, the SFAC Galleries provides new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialog.

Current Exhibitions PRESS ROOM

Artist in Residence Program

Launched in 2015, the San Francisco Arts Commission's Artist in Residence (AIR) program builds partnerships with City Departments in order to provide unique residency opportunities that result in strengthening the value of artists participating in and responding to the advancement of civic dialogue. AIR opportunities are only open to artists residing in the Bay Area.

Two LOCATIONS

SFAC Main Gallery
War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126 (MAP)
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SFAC Galleries - Art at City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, ground floor (MAP)
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Event
December 09, 2022 / 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SFAC Main Gallery
January 02, 2023 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
February 06, 2023 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
March 06, 2023 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
April 03, 2023 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
May 01, 2023 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
November 21, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO – November 21, 2022 —The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Main Gallery, in partnership with Alternative Space LOOP in Seoul, South Korea, are proud to present Sowing Worlds , an international joint exhibition featuring works by five artists based in the Bay Area alongside five...
October 19, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO, October 19, 2022 – The San Francisco Arts Commission is thrilled to announce that Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez will be joining the Arts Commission as its new Director of Galleries and Public Programs. In this role, Aranibar-Fernandez will curate and produce exhibitions and public...
June 27, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2022 – The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), in partnership with San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), is pleased to announce the selection of four Bay Area artists for the SFAC Artist in Residence (AIR) program at SFPL. Artists James Q. Chan (filmmaker), Xandra Ibarra (...

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What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

December 14
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3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

December 12
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2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Full Arts Commission Meeting

January 02
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2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

December 12
/
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting