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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Paul Sietsema
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Artist Bio
Paul Sietsema’s layered, self-reflective work explores how imagery and material affect society’s understanding of culture and history. Deeply invested in the process of image-making and adept at illusionary techniques of trompe l’oeil, he uses photographs and objects as starting points for carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which in turn may become source materials and subjects for films.

Sietsema has had solo museum exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SFMOMA; the de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA, New York; Cubitt, London; and the Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Wexner Center Residency Award. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin, and is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery. Sietsema is also a recipient of the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices at SFAI this semester. 


About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit 


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winfred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is funded by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn.