Visitors watch artist Shahzia Sikander's animation The Last Post in the Walter and McBean Galleries,
which present exhibitions of global contemporary art. 

exhibitions and public programs

SFAI’S Exhibitions and Public Programs provide direct access to artists and ideas that advance our culture.

The Walter and McBean Galleries, established in 1969, present exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary art practice. The gallery serves as a laboratory for innovative and adventurous projects and commissions new work from emerging and established artists. SFAI’s Public Programs develop meaningful interactions between artists, students, and audiences through lectures, education opportunities, and artist-driven experiences.

Together, the exhibitions and public programs of the San Francisco Art Institute promote an environment that catalyzes the creative processes of its student artists and thinkers, and creates intimate connections between the SFAI community and the public.

See the full schedule for the Spring 2014 Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and Graduate Lecture Series.


Basil Twist
Visiting Artist Lecture 
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm

Alfredo Jaar
Graduate Lecture
Friday, April 25, Special Time » 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 26, 7–10 pm

SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Major support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Program support is provided by the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices is funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund and the Visiting Artists Fund of the SFAI Endowment.