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

Public Special Events


Thursday, May 16 - Sunday, May 19, 2013
Free and Open to the Public
The Old Mint
88 5th Street
San Francisco,

Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 7–9 pm
Exhibition hours: 11 am–6 pm daily

The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to present Currency, a showcase of provocative new work from nearly 100 emerging artists. At a time in our society when many are reflecting upon national economic conditions, this exhibition at The Old Mint offers a unique opportunity for SFAI's artists to juxtapose contemporary expression with a stunning National Historic Landmark that was central to the country's economic development.

SFAI's 2013 MFA graduates—working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across media—will present work that embraces the Institute's signature spirit of experimentation and conceptual risk-taking. The result of an intense period of collaboration, critical engagement, and artistic development, the work reflects both current dialogues in contemporary art and strong individual points of view. In addition, many artists have created site-specific pieces that respond to the history, character, and physical spaces of The Old Mint.

SFAI has been at the vanguard of contemporary art for more than 140 years. Currency invites curators, collectors, critics, family, friends, and the general public to discover the next generation of pioneering artists from this celebrated institution.

At the opening reception, there is a suggested donation of $20 to support SFAI's educational and public programs.

In conjunction with this event, SFAI is presenting Gala Vernissage—an exclusive opportunity to preview the 2013 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. Learn more

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Exhibiting MFA Artists

Elisabeth Ajtay
Zach R. Alspaugh
Chandra Baerg
Cory Bates
Andrew Bevington
Allie Blanchard
Alyssa Block
Tristan Cai
Elizabeth Cayne
Pabi Chulo
Lynn Colingham
Chris Corrente
Alexis Courtney
Amber Crabbe
Marcella S. Davis
Javier De Frutos
April Marie Dean
U. V. Dogan
Adam Donnelly
Francesca Du Brock
Catherine Lynn Eller
Missy Engelhardt
Ivan M. Farmer
Jaik Faulk
Toni Gentilli
Danielle Gravon
Rebecca Grodofsky
Conrad Guevara
Erin R. Hall
Chason Huggins
Nancy L. Ivanhoe
David Janesko
Heejin Jang
Cheng Jiang
Ilchi Kim
Chad Kipfer
Marie-Luise Klotz
Amelia Konow
Hanna Kunysz
Li Le
Oliver Leach
Dianna M. Lindquist
Xing Liu (King)

Qi Luo
Tom Loughlin
Ray Mack
Justin Margitich
Tony Maridakis
Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard
Nicole Mcclure
Sam Mell
Andréanne Michon
Mie Hørlyck Mogensen
Cate Nelson
Kelly Nettles
Jon Padrnos
Zoe Phillips
Ruya Qian
Evan Reiser
Naaman Rosen
Raelyn Ruppel
Rohit Krishnan Sabu
Ouater Sand
Tamra Seal
Alex Shepard
Dimitra Skandali
Javid Soriano
John Steck Jr.
Jill Taffet
Sarah Tell
Miao Tian
Kevin Tijerina
Moises Levi Toledano
Geoffrey Traxler
Jos Truitt
Lindsay Tully
Alfred Vidaurri III
Lauren M.Visceglia
Sarah Vittetoe
Linsey A. Wallace
Missy Weimer
Ingrid V. Wells
Lana Williams
Michal Wisniowski
Momo Yao
Hanhan Zhang

MA Collaborative Projects

Cultures Of The Maker: San Francisco Art Institute And Creative Growth (Claire Daigle)
Malic Amalya
Kira A. Dralle
Christina Elliott
Joël Frudden
Danielle Gravon
Aimee B. Harlib
Angelica Jardini
Zoë Martell
Carolyn Jean Martin
Zach Mitlas
Amy Mutza
Manuela Ochoa Ronderos
Saher Sohail

Everything Out There: Bay Area’s First Triennial Now (Betti-Sue Hertz)
Regina Velasco Gómez
Suzanne Minatra
Carlos Garcia Montero
Sarah Nantais
Martin Jay Strickland
Stephanie Tran
Ariel Zaccheo