San Francisco Arts - Organizations


While San Francisco has its share of starving artists and unsung visionaries, the City by the Bay also has many arts organizations that provide structure and focus to the San Francisco art scene, from public art organizations like the San Francisco Art Commission to gendered art support groups like the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery.

American Institute of Graphic Arts-SF

1111 8th St., San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 415.626.6008
San Francisco graphic designers flew high in the Dot Com rush of the mid-1990s, only to feel the graphic art bubble burst along with tech bust. Recovering graphic artists have a support group in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the San Francisco branch of a national art organization representing 14,000 graphic design professionals.


934 Brannon St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.861.9838
A non-profit San Francisco art organization that is a willing liaison between San Francisco's visual arts community and the public. ArtSpan produces the San Francisco Open Studios and Art for Inner City Youth, in addition to holding professional development workshops for artists.


A San Francisco branch of a New York art organization for Generation Art, GEN ART is a non-profit organization that supports and connects emerging San Francisco artists, including San Francisco film, fashion, visual art and music, through an online gallery and San Francisco events. GEN ART also has connections in other US cities, including New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.

Queer Arts Resource

160 Chattanooga St., San Francisco CA 94114
A San Francisco-based arts organization dedicated to connecting and exposing Queer artists from San Francisco and beyond through Queer Arts Resource's virtual museum showcasing the works of diverse artists, writers and cultural organizations.

San Francisco Art Commission

401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco CA 94102; Tel. 415.554.6080
San Francisco's city-sponsored art organization that champions the arts in San Francisco by integrating art into San Francisco public spaces, projects and works, as well as offering grants for local artists and hosting a San Francisco Art Commission Gallery.

San Francisco Open Studios

934 Brannon St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.861.9838
For four weekends in October, local San Francisco visual artists open their studios to public perusal. Explore San Francisco's artist's studios with a map in hand, and venture across neighborhoods to see works in progress, discuss inspiration first hand with artists and contemplate quitting that day job for a life of art production. ArtSpan produces the month-long event and inquiries about particular artists or to join the roster should be directed to ArtSpan.

San Francisco Women Artists

3489 Sacramento St. (at Laurel St.), San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.440.7392
San Francisco's art organization for women started as a "Sketch Club" in the 1880s and today exhibits the work of over 300 members in galleries and art fairs around the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. San Francisco Women Artists also pays special attention to emerging San Francisco women artists.
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