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

Graduate Lecture Series

Leslie Shows
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 6:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Lecture: Mine Map

Leslie Shows uses diverse materials such as aluminum, Plexiglas, rust, ink, sand, mylar, and sulfur, in addition to paint and collage, in layered, primarily 2-dimensional works that address landscape depiction, scale, and the illusionistic and representational capacities of materials. Shows’ work has been exhibited at the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s anniversary exhibition, 75 Years of Looking Forward. She has been the recipient of a Eureka Fellowship, an SFMOMA SECA Award, an Artadia Award, and the Tournesol Award from Headlands Center for the Arts. 

Leslie Shows
Face P, 2011
Mixed media on aluminum
55"x 48"

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 Summer GLS lectures begin at 6:30 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