SFAI’s Summer Institute
San Francisco Art Institute

SFAI’s Summer Instituteoffers an exciting and thought-provoking series of courses, lectures, and events for Low-Residency MFA and non-degree students.

Low-Residency MFA Program
Designed for working artists, teachers, and other art professionals, the Low-Residency MFA curriculum broadens and advances the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to develop and sustain an active contemporary studio practice. It features a flexible schedule that permits students to study with SFAI resident and visiting faculty for three or four summers.

Master Classes
SFAI is launching a series of master classes focused on drawing from multiple approaches, from free form and gestural to the strategic use of technical printmaking processes. Building upon the individual legacies of these artists’ practices, SFAI’s master classes include sustained studio investigations, intensive mentoring and guidance, and rigorous in-class interactions focusing on critical discussion.

Larry Thomas
Drawing Prints – Printing Drawings
June 13–July 8, Monday-Friday, 9 am–1:30 pm

Dewey Crumpler
Improvisational Drawing
May 31–June 10, Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm

PreCollege Program
June 20–July 22

The PreCollege Program is a five-week, five-college-credit course of study for artists who have completed tenth grade but haven’t yet started college. The program introduces participants to what it’s like to be in art school—to the broad range of techniques, concepts, and debates that make up the contemporary art scene. In addition to a required art history seminar, students choose two core studio courses from an array of classes, making for an experience comparable to that of first-year BFA students at SFAI.

For more information about the PreCollege Program, please contact [email protected] or 415.749.4554.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
June 24–July 22
Fridays, 6:30 pm, SFAI Lecture Hall

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series provides students and faculty at SFAI—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct access to major practitioners and theorists of contemporary art and culture. It creates an open forum through which students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches.

June 24, Dean Smith
July 1, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman
July 8, Ian McDonald
July 15, Barbara DeGenevieve
July 22, Carrot Workers Collective

Art Criticism Conference
August 8–13

This one-week intensive class and conference is designed to acquaint students with the contemporary practice of writing about art in its many poetic and professional functions. Specific topics to be addressed include the changing function of the contemporary critic; the role of the institution in the support of written commentary; editorial roles and responsibilities; and the contemporary and classical categories of rhetoric and argumentation.

Conversation with Bill Berkson and Dean Jeannene Przyblyski
Thursday, August 11
7:30 pm, SFAI Lecture Hall

Keynote: Molly Nesbit
Friday, August 12
7:30 pm, SFAI Lecture Hall

Film Screenings

Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, 2010, directed by Emiko Omori
Saturday, June 11
7:30 pm, SFAI Lecture Hall

After graduating from SFAI in 1967 with plans for a career in the fine arts, Ed Hardy veered off course into the seamy world of drunken sailors and fallen women to pursue his childhood obsession: tattooing. With his fine art training and vast knowledge of art history and the cultures of Asia, Polynesia, and Mexico, he refined and reinvigorated tattoo imagery, and has had a phenomenal influence on pop culture.

The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art, 2007, directed by Olympia Stone
Friday, June 17
4:30 pm, SFAI Lecture Hall

The Collector is a cinematic portrait of Allan Stone, famed New York City gallery owner and keen-minded art collector. The documentary traces his rise in the international art world from the 1950s to his death in 2006. A pioneering collector, Allan Stone was considered an expert on the work of Abstract Expressionists, particularly Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Barnett Newman, and Franz Kline.

Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. We boast an illustrious list of faculty and alumni in all areas of focus. But most importantly, SFAI has consistently held fast to a core philosophy of fostering creativity and critical thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary environment. At SFAI, we focus on educating artists who will become the creative leaders of their generation.

April 18, 2011