Welcome to the SF Open Studios Guide Website!
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, 40 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 pubic their art on their designated weekend.
Attend ArtLaunch on Thursday, October 8 and visit the SF Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center to preview over 400 artworks by SF Open Studios Artists.
Weekend 1: October 17 & 18, 11am to 6pm
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
Weekend 2: October 24 & 25, 11am to 6pm
Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Western Addition, Haight, Buena Vista, Richmond, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview
Weekend 3: October 31 & November 1, 11am to 6pm
SOMA, Tenderloin, MIDMA, Downtown, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview, Portola, Excelsior,
Weekend 4: November 7 & 8, 11am to 6pm
Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, Glen Park
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 the 40th Anniversary of SF Open Studios.
Use this Google Map to plot your explorations on your mobile device!
Using this Guide: For the First Time Participant
The Guide is your travel companion for each weekend of SF Open Studios. Inside, you will find studio information and artwork examples from participating artists, as well as their locations on a fold-out map of the entire city. 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
From the disco days to the technology craze, ArtSpan has been connecting San Francisco artists with an enthusiastic public. In 1975, a handful of artists came together to host the very first SF Open Studios. Fast forward 40 years and now over 800 artists produce countless works of art in the country’s largest and oldest open studios event. SF Open Studios is truly San Francisco’s most expansive city-wide creative and social event!
However, all is not well in our creative city. You don’t have to be a real estate agent to see that rents have tripled in the last 10 years. Countless artists are losing their studios, galleries, and homes. Making art in San Francisco is getting harder to do. The city we all know and love as being creative, risk-taking, even sometimes outlandish is becoming less so. We don’t think that’s good for our city!
2015: Our Biggest Year
Ever It’s against this urgent backdrop that ArtSpan worked to deliver even more events and programming for our artists and the art community at large. In fact, 2015 marked our biggest year ever, with expanded Youth Open Studios activities, as well as the creation of a massive mural at Market and Van Ness in conjunction with our first ever artist-in-residency program. In January, we hosted the Selections Exhibition highlighting some of our most notable ArtSpan Artists. During our first annual Benefactor Gala and surrounded by Selections artwork, major art community leaders, including Andy and Deborah Rappaport and Supervisor Eric Mar, spoke of the urgent need to support the arts in our city. ArtSpan and our artist members also helped to bring about the $7 million Shared Prosperity Package to Support the Arts budget measure that will provide expanded funding to the city’s many non-profit art organizations. We were very busy in 2015 and did more than we have ever done before—but still more is needed.
Art Everywhere Capacity Campaign
To ensure that the visual arts remain an integral part of the San Francisco experience, ArtSpan is launching its inaugural capacity campaign: Art Everywhere. Funds from the campaign will help us transform ArtSpan into an organization with year-round, city-wide impact, address some of the more urgent and intractable problems in the San Francisco arts community (e.g., studio space), and support our sustained growth. Overall, our annual program budget will more than double. We urge you to join Art Everywhere and donate now at www.ArtSpan.org.
On behalf of ArtSpan’s 1,000 artist members, countless volunteers and supporters, our professional staff, our Benefactors, and the Board of Directors, we thank all of the people who have enjoyed and participated in SF Open Studios these past 40 years, and brought so much inspiration and beauty to the people of San Francisco. YOU are part of this. By working together, we can make sure San Francisco’s artistic creativity thrives for another 40 years!: SF Open Studios!
Chairman of the Board