Ann Chamberlain, "Untitled Installation 2," 2006. Ink on graph paper, fifty sheets, 8.5 x 11 inches.
Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco.

ann chamberlain distinguished visiting artist program in interdisciplinary studies

Named in honor of artist and SFAI faculty member Ann Chamberlain and launched in 2010, the Ann Chamberlain Distinguished Visiting Artist Program in Interdisciplinary Studies was created as a lasting reminder of Ann Chamberlain’s contributions to SFAI and to the art world at large. The program includes public lectures and colloquia by distinguished visitors, as well as symposia and publications, and is meant to facilitate sustained on-campus residencies that enable discussions of process, aesthetics, cultural influences, and career paths. The program is envisioned to provide SFAI’s students with direct access to artists and thinkers whose contributions to contemporary interdisciplinary practices and methodologies represent the highest level of achievement.

The Ann Chamberlain Distinguished Visiting Artist Program in Interdisciplinary Studies is supported by a generous bequest by artist and SFAI faculty member Ann Chamberlain made through the Harker Trust Fund at the San Francisco Foundation.

Fellowship Recipients:

Nina Katchadourian, 2012
Lucy Orta, 2011
Andrea Zittel, 2010
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 2010


People and Places: A Symposium on Public Practices in Honor of Ann Chamberlain, June 29-30, 2010

A two-day symposium in honor of former SFAI faculty member and artist Ann Chamberlain, “People and Places” launched a sustained inquiry at SFAI into contemporary public practices. Pursued in conventionally artistic or increasingly hybridized ways, permissioned or nonpermissioned, and publicly underwritten or privately supported, the work of cultural producers in the public sphere is ongoing. The need to interrogate the foundations of such work is also ongoing, and that interrogation is itself inflected by increasingly nuanced and contested understandings, in a globalized world, of the signal concepts “public” and “practice.” 

“People and Places” was structured around a series of open-ended questions related to this vital strain of cultural activity: What does it mean for a contemporary artists to work in public settings or to solicit exchanges with the general populace? How do notions of “generosity” as a mode of social interaction, of “storytelling” as a project of collective history, and of “community” as a way of defining common ground inform creative strategies of public engagement? How are such negotiations located in particular places and enacted within particular social and political contexts?

Taken up by practitioners who work with people and places in a wide variety of forms and approaches, these questions informed three moderated conversations: Defining Community, Practicing Generosity, and Telling Stories. 

Participants included Andrea Bowers, Glen Helfand, Jessica Hobbs, Walter Hood, Helena Keefe, Julie Lazar, Malcolm Margolin, Jeannene Przyblyski, Pedro Reyes, Susan Schwartzenberg, and Natasha Wheat.