Welcome to the SF Open Studios Guide Website!
WHAT IS SF OPEN STUDIOS?
When SF Open Studios was started by a group of enterprising artists in 1975, no one could have foreseen that it would become a city-wide art celebration that includes over 800 artists. Now, thirty-nine years later, the event, which spans four weekends in October and November, is considered the largest and oldest open studios program in the country. But it’s more than just an annual event that connects the public to art; it’s a salute to the artists that make up the cultural wealth of our city, and gives us credence as one of the most creative places in the world.
If you are new to this event, here is the premise in a nutshell: The city is divided into four quadrants for the four open studios weekends. Artists in each neighborhood open their studio doors to show the public their art on their designated weekend. Be sure to note our new schedule this year with Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios opening SF Open Studios on Weekend 1.
October 11 & 12Attend ArtLaunch on Thursday, October 9 and visit the SF Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center to preview over 400 artworks by SF Open Studios Artists.
Weekend 1: October 18 & 19, 11am to 6pm
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
Weekend 2: October 25 & 26, 11am to 6pm
SOMA, Tenderloin, Downtown, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park
Weekend 3: November 1 & 2, 11am to 6pm
Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, Glen Park
Weekend 4: November 8 & 9, 11am to 6pm
Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Haight, Buena Vista, Richmond, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview
The artwork is for sale, but much more than an exchange of goods takes place: perspective, inspiration, and ideas are shared; creative processes are divulged; and the appreciation of a life devoted to art is doled out. Join in the celebration by exploring and investigating a vast range of artists and artwork during this year’s SF Open Studios.
Navigating the Online Guide
This website is an online version of the print guide published each year by ArtSpan for SF Open Studios. It contains all the articles published, artists listings with map numbers and live links, plus a page by page virtual guide preview.
You can find the artist listings by weekends on the tab WEEKEND LISTINGS.
A Letter from ArtSpan’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Board
Since 1975, ArtSpan’s mission has been guided by the conviction that art has the power to enrich lives—and that there’s no better way to experience art and connect with artists than by visiting their studios. Welcome to the nation’s oldest and largest open studios event: SF Open Studios!
Against the backdrop and excitement of this legendary event, we want to take a moment to address the current economic climate in the city from which all of this amazing creativity emanates. When a city goes through a boom, such as the one San Francisco is going through right now, artists are dealt a setback. Rapidly rising rents and evictions from studio and gallery spaces are the most visible side effects of the city’s growing affluence. Even so, we know it is not time to yield. Instead, it is time to think more creatively about how we can help artists succeed and how ArtSpan can continue to connect the public to art in the future. With this focus, and the belief that artists play a vital role in shaping our society, ArtSpan has chosen Resilience as our 2014 SF Open Studios theme.
Resilience evokes the power of perseverance and the dynamism to bounce back. With the inspiration of our 800 artists and hundreds of supporters urging us on, ArtSpan is fighting to ensure that artistic freedom and expression remain integral to the San Francisco experience. In just the last twelve months, we have steadied our financial footing, hosted our most successful Benefit Art Auction, and delivered more professional development artist workshops and artist networking opportunities than ever before. We have welcomed new members to reinvigorate our Board of Directors and, for the first time, we are producing Youth Open Studios, in which San Francisco’s youth will present their artwork directly to the public More strategically (but less visible to the outside world), ArtSpan has gone through an extensive planning process that will help guide our organization over the next three years. We encourage you to review our Strategic Plan on www.artspan.org and let us know what you think.
Even though ArtSpan will evolve in the coming years through innovation and expansion, there’s one thing that will never change: our commitment to cultivating a vibrant, accessible, sustainable, and world-class arts community in San Francisco. ArtSpan will always pride itself on representing a diverse artist community that works in varied mediums across the entire city. We welcome all who share this commitment to join us as we work towards a San Francisco in which personal connections made through art are a part of our everyday lives.
So on behalf of our 800 artists, thank you for being essential participants in this community and for helping to make our mission resilient. We look forward to connecting with you as you embark upon your 2014 SF Open Studios art adventure!
Chairman of the Board