Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Graduate Lecture Series

J. John Priola
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
In Form | Idea, photographer and SFAI teacher J. John Priola discusses how his work intersects documentary and conceptual art, considering the essential relationship between forms and ideas. His recent color series Philanthropy catalogs things residents set on their curbs to be picked up by nonprofits; other bodies of work, in black and white, focus on unassuming details of domestic architecture, farm sites across the United States, and ordinary yet evocative objects.

Artist Bio
Priola's work has been shown in major exhibitions including La Natura Della Natura Morta, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy; In a Different Light, Berkeley Art Museum; Prospect 96, at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; and the traveling exhibition Picturing Eden, launched from the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. His work is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMOMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the recipient of awards from the John Anson Kittredge Fund, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, and the California Arts Council. His monograph, Once Removed: Portraits, focuses on three bodies of Priola’s work. Priola teaches in the Graduate Program at SFAI, and is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Weston Gallery, Carmel, California; and the Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California. Born in Denver, Colorado, Priola received a BA from Metropolitan State College, Denver, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.


About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All GLS lectures begin at 4:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit