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

Graduate Lecture Series

John Roloff
Friday, November 2, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
In Sentient Terrains: Selected Works, visual artist and SFAI faculty John Roloff will discuss his conceptual work with site, process, and natural systems. His projects often take the form of large-scale environmental and gallery installations, reflecting his background in both art and science.

Artist Bio
In addition to numerous environmental and site-specific installations in the United States, Canada, and Europe, John Roloff's work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Berkeley Art Museum; SFMOMA; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Photoscene Cologne, Germany; and the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales. He is a recipient of three visual arts fellowships from the NEA, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a California Arts Council Grant for Visual Artists, and a Bernard Osher Foundation Fellowship at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. In the late 1960s at UC Davis, Roloff studied geology with Professor Eldridge Moores and art with Bob Arneson and William T. Wiley. He is currently Chair of the Sculpture/Ceramics Department at SFAI.


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