Welcome to the SF Open Studios Guide Website!
When SF Open Studios was started by a group of enterprising artists in 1975, it was unimaginable that 41 years later, the program would serve over 800 artists throughout San Francisco over four weekends in October and November. San Francisco Open Studios is proudly the first 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 celebration of those that are the main contributors to the cultural wealth of the city. These artists are fighting tooth and nail to stay in this beautiful and inspiring location, and your participation and attendance at SF Open Studios helps give them another day here.
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.
New map and neighborhood divisions this year!
SFOS Hub Exhibition Opening Weekend: October 1 & 2
October 1st and 2nd is the opening weekend of ArtSpan’s SFOS Hub Exhibitions,
where sneak previews of SF Open Studios artists’ artwork can be found at businesses
all over San Francisco.
Preview Weekend: October 8 & 9
Attend ArtLaunch, the SF Open Studios Exhibition Opening Reception, on Thursday, October 6, SF Art Tasting Juror & Artist Talk on Saturday, October 8, and visit the SF Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center this weekend to preview over 400 artworks by SF Open Studios Artists.
WEEKEND 1: October 15 & 16, 11am to 6pm
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
WEEKEND 2: October 22 & 23, 11am to 6pm
Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Downtown, Tenderloin, MIDMA, SOMA, Western Addition, NOPA, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview
WEEKEND 3: October 29 & 30, 11am to 6pm
Presidio, Richmond, Upper Haight, Buena Vista, Cole Valley, Sunset, Ocean View, West Portal, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park
WEEKEND 4: November 5 & 6, 11am to 6pm
Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, Glen Park
Using this Guide: For the First Time User
The Guide is your travel companion for each weekend of SF Open Studios. Inside, you will find studio information and artwork examples from artists, as well as their locations on a fold-out map of the entire city. The artwork is available for purchase, but much more than potential sales are at stake: an exchange of ideas, opinions, and passions take place, and visitors potentially learn about the motivation behind a life devoted to the creation and preservation of art. Start planning your own SF Open Studios route! Already have artists in mind? Look them up by last name or primary medium in the indices in the back of the Guide.
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
Three years ago, when I stepped into the role of Executive Director, I promised to do more for artists than ArtSpan had ever done. I was compelled to the role because I saw what was happening in San Francisco. I saw artists’ rents soaring, their studios disappearing, and their opportunities shrinking. But what I’ve seen in these years has blown me away. The dedication of this city’s artists and patrons, and of ArtSpan’s board and staff, has allowed this organization to grow and thrive in spite of the challenges. We now have year-round, city-wide impact, and we will continue to address the most urgent and intractable problems affecting the San Francisco arts community.
We feel a dramatic shift in the cultural landscape of San Francisco. In response, we embrace the themes that reflect our experiences. We’ve shown resilience in the face of change; persistence in retaining our identities; and vitality in our capacity to continue to grow, thrive, and adapt. These themes not only represent our artists, but our staff, Board of Directors, and supporters. We’re not just weathering the storm, we’re moving forward towards a vision.
ArtSpan grew this year. We expanded programs, we expanded audiences, we expanded imaginations! In 2016, we added to our Art-in-Neighborhoods program, facilitating year-round exhibitions with local businesses, exposing more people to art, and more artists to viewers. Over 800 people have attended our free art openings already this year. We anticipate more than 80,000 attendees will enjoy the month-long SF Open Studios free event. We’ve expanded our Youth Open Studios activities, created a second artist-in-residency program, Art Hive, and hosted our second annual Gala and Selections Exhibition, where we highlighted some of our most notable ArtSpan Artists, and Supervisor Jane Kim spoke of the urgent need to support the arts in our city. We grew our membership and engaged with two ballot measures to help support local arts.
On behalf of ArtSpan’s 1,000 artist members, countless 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 helping San Francisco’s creative community flourish. YOU are not just a PART of what makes this city great, you ARE what makes this city great!
Working together, we can make sure that San Francisco’s creative community thrives!