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

Diego Rivera Gallery

Glow, Impermanence, Glass Metal & Wood
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9:00am - Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 5:00pm
Diego Rivera Gallery
Opening Reception Tuesday October 16, 5-7pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Student Solo Exhibitions

Melanie Piech
Glass,  Metal & Wood

In Louvered View, a steel frame suspends old glass louvers in ball bearings to capture a view beyond. In Remains of the Leaded Windows No.1, glass shards from an old window are upended and lifted to fly above a steel grid. In Wooden Circles, steel braces hold the two parts of 19 wooden rings together, the ring’s openings rhythmically shifting along the length of the piece. All three are exercises in the use of the basic materials identified in the title of the exhibition. The first two pieces were inspired by “found” window glass; the third, by the angles of a circle. All three also explore as design themes repetition of form and line, and positive versus negative spaces.

Ramona Stoianova

A group of works exploring the materiality and possibility of temporal objects and spaces. 

Tamra Seal
The zeitgeist of the mid-twentieth century as depicted in movies from that period is a recurring theme of my sculpture. They are meditations upon cinematic imagery and materials from that period: A plastic diving board inspired by The Swimmer, UFOs from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, a deformed telephone booth at carnival suggests the adrenalized Gun Crazy, and twin orbs that would be at home in The Demon Seed. The minimalism of my sculpture allows the viewer’s mind to “script” stories connecting iconic two dimensional images dimly remembered through old movies to the phenomenology of the three dimensional contemporary experience.


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 4:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit