SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. Like a city-wide treasure hunt, artists and collectors discover each other in unique environments. The map guides visitors to complex caverns of industrious studios and also to tiny pockets of originality. Over 800 artists all over the city participate. Whether you are shopping for art or seeking to connect with the creative soul of the city, you are welcome to attend.
SF Open Studios takes place over five weekends, each featuring a different section of the city. Each weekend, participating artists in their designated section of San Francisco welcome the public into their homes and workspaces to share their artwork and engage in dialogue. Use this guide and our iPhone app, ArtSpan SF Open Studios, to help you find artists you love and discover new ones.
Every weekend October 14 - November 12,
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WEEKEND 1 | OCTOBER 14-15
WEEKEND 2 | OCTOBER 21-22
WEEKEND 3 | OCTOBER 28-29
WEEKEND 4 | NOVEMBER 4-5
WEEKEND 5 | NOVEMBER 11-12
Events at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, SF
SF Open Studios Exhibition, October 12, 2017- November 12, 2017
Preview art from over 400 participating artists. A great way to plan your weekends!
ArtLaunch, SFOS Exhibition Opening
Kick off the SFOS 2017 season. Meet SFOS artists, enjoy libations and light fare.
Thursday, October 12, 6:30-9 p.m.
Art Tasting, Juror, and Artist Talk
Please your palette with art, wine, and stimulating discussion.
Tuesday, October 17, 6-8 p.m.
for more information and discover even more artists!
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
San Francisco has a perpetual ebb and flow of opportunity and challenge. Since before the boom of the gold rush, thriving here has required resilience, persistence, and a vital, supportive community.
In my four years as ArtSpan’s Executive Director, I have focused on finding ways to amplify the voices of our creative community so that they can be heard even in the din of construction and growth. Artists are independent by nature, which can make them vulnerable in our shifting economic environment. Working together toward shared goals, we have found tremendous power, and ways to increase our impact every day, in every corner of the city.
ArtSpan has cultivated more places for artists to work, more places to exhibit, and more ways to connect with colleagues and mentors.
We are working to realize our Vision 2020: where art and artists thrive throughout the
Bay Area. For the first time, SF Open Studios extends over five weekends, so more people can discover more art. We anticipate that over 90,000 visitors will attend this free event.
We’ve added more sites to our Art-in-Neighborhood program, facilitating year-round exhibitions with local businesses. We’ve expanded our Youth Open Studios activities, continue to support 30 artists’ workspaces in our Artist-in-Residency program, and hosted our third annual Gala and Selections Exhibition at the beautiful Heron Arts.
Most dramatically, Vision 2020 includes the first ever ArtSpan Art Center! Our Onondaga
Art Center will include artist studios, a public gallery, and a community space for classes, meetings, and workshops. It will house the ArtSpan offices and provide a base from which we can increase our activity all around the city. Believing that art builds bridges between individuals, communities, cultures, and around the world, we are pleased to be creating a secure space for art and artists to welcome community. Read more about our plans and how you can be part of them on page 32.
On behalf of ArtSpan’s 1,200 artist members, hundreds of volunteers and supporters, our
staff, our Benefactors, and the Board of Directors, I want to thank every one of you who has
enjoyed and participated in SF Open Studios for the role you play in supporting San Francisco’s creative community. YOU are what makes this city great!
Working together, we can make sure San Francisco’s creative community thrives into the
year 2020 and beyond!
ArtSpan, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, produces SF Open Studios, Art for City Youth, Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibitions, Studio Residency programs, youth and adult education, artist networking and public engagment events, and exhibition opportunities for Bay Area artists.SEE THE VIRTUAL ONLINE GUIDE CLICK HERE