New Graduate Center at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

SFAI is transforming historic Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, located on the northern waterfront just one mile from the 800 Chestnut Street campus, into a hub for graduate artist studios and public engagement. The new Graduate Center will open in Fall 2017. 

As brought to life by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the Graduate Center is a 67,000-square-foot space with a new mezzanine level. It will offer:

  • 3,300 square feet of exhibition galleries, open to the public free of charge
  • 170+ artist studios, grouped in suites of six to invite collaboration
  • Performance/video/installation spaces
  • Student lounge
  • Community room with direct views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Multipurpose teaching spaces
  • Graduate faculty and staff offices
  • The largest solar panel array on any National Park Service building, generating sufficient electricity for SFAI and contributing to the power needs of other Fort Mason Center buildings

The Graduate Center at Pier 2 will replace SFAI’s existing studios in the Dogpatch neighborhood. The project is supported by Making History: The Campaign for San Francisco Art Institute.

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About Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

SFAI will be an anchor tenant at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), a nonprofit operating within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area along the northern waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. FMCAC hosts an evolving rotation of artistic programming for over 1.2 million annual visitors that includes art installations, theater and dance performances, and educational and cultural classes.

FMCAC hosts nearly two dozen nonprofit and arts organizations as permanent residents. Current residents include the SFMOMA Artists Gallery; art supply store FLAX Art & Design; Embark Gallery, which offers exhibition opportunities to fine arts graduate students from Bay Area colleges; City College’s Fort Mason Art Campus; and the internationally acclaimed Greens Restaurant.