August 28, 2017

San Francisco Art Institute Graduate School Moves to Fort Mason Campus

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—San Francisco Art Institute began the relocation of its graduate programs from the school’s Dogpatch campus to expanded facilities in the city’s repurposed Fort Mason, a former military installation overlooking the Golden Gate. Sam Whiting reports for the San Francisco Chronicle that the Fort Mason campus will host all of the institute’s graduate programs, undergraduate painting and honors courses, as well as three public galleries and 170 private studios for graduate students.

The pier was refurbished at a cost of $50 million, of which SFAI contributed $19 million. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, as the site is now called, will also support the City College of San Francisco’s fine art program, the For-Site Foundation, numerous art galleries, including an offsite space directed by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as bars, cafés, and retail.

The Fort Mason campus puts the graduate programs within one mile of the school’s primary Russian Hill campus, an improvement over the hour-long commute from the Dogpatch. Before a shuttle bus is implemented in the fall, SFAI will subsidize Lyft rides between its two campuses. SFAI president Gordon Knox said the relocation of its graduate programs is “part of the concentrated effort to unify our two campuses into a single cultural entity.”

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