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

Public Special Events


NY Times Critic Roberta Smith in Conversation with Charles Desmarais
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Catharine Clark Gallery
150 Minna Street
San Francisco,

To continue the celebration of our graduating artists and scholars, SFAI is proud to present a free, public event with renowned art critic Roberta Smith and SFAI President Charles Desmarais, on Friday, May 11, from 4–4:45 pm at Catharine Clark Gallery. The conversation, following SFAI's MFA film screening at nearby SFMOMA from 1–3 pm, will explore the contemporary art world, art criticism, and the nuanced differences between the New York and San Francisco scenes. This event is not to be missed!

About Roberta Smith
As an art critic at The New York Times for more than two decades, Roberta Smith is among the most influential writers on contemporary art in the United States. Smith has written numerous catalogue essays, monographs on contemporary artists, and exhibition reviews. In 2003, she was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism by the College Art Association. In 2011, she became co-chief art critic at the Times. Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at SFAI's 2012 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

Smith was born in New York City, raised in Lawrence, Kansas, and earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1969. An alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York before becoming a professional art critic. She published her first criticism in Arts Magazine in 1972, later wrote for Artforum, and then served as a senior editor for Art in America. In 1981, she became art critic for the Village Voice. Five years later she moved to The New York Times, where she remains today. Smith lives in New York with her husband Jerry Saltz, who is Senior Art Critic for New York magazine.