art

Police mistake muralists for vandals

September 17, 2018 News 0 Comments

Two artists hired to revise a fading mural on the outside wall of Healthy Spirits and Liquor on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District were hassled by police who accused them of being vandals the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 4. Victor Gomez, 21, and Alex Nadel, 24, earn their living as artists in the ...

Global Museum foreshadows major exhibit

September 17, 2018 News 0 Comments

Tucked away within the Fine Arts Building is a mini-museum that will soon transport students to ancient Egypt, allow them to interact with a magic story board, and invite them to appreciate art while learning about climate change. The SF State Global Museum was originally established in April 2018 to provide a sanctuary for art ...

Art display addresses the importance of student mental health services

May 10, 2018 Life

The California Faculty Association is advocating the importance of mental health on California State University campuses with a traveling art display called Tissues for Issues. Throughout the month of May, Tissues for Issues will be making single day stops at various CSU campuses to highlight the underinvestment of mental health within the CSU system. The ...

Black Lives Chatter

December 13, 2017 Life

“When we say black, what does that mean?” Jarrel Phillips, artist and curator, asked himself that question in order to assemble his latest exhibit. “I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence,” on display in the Associated Students’ Art Gallery, explores the way black people and their culture are viewed and discussed within and outside ...

Experimental College creates fundraiser for Syrian refugees

December 5, 2017 Life Multimedia

by Roxanne Hernandez, Garrett Bergthold, Bryan Ramirez Students from SF State’s Experimental College produced an art gallery fundraiser on campus for the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Monday Dec. 4, 2017. Alisar Mustafa, political science major, who teaches an experimental class about Syria and the Middle East, assigned her students to create interactive art for the ...

Local artists share passions in pursuit of building community

November 29, 2017 Life News

One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for the word “collective” is “involving all members of a group as distinct from its individuals.” There may as well be a picture of Macro Waves next to that sentence. Macro Waves is a Bay Area art collective, composed of six artists – Robin David, Jeffrey Yip, Thavin Rajanakhan, Dominic Cheng, ...

Distortion and fuzz cause a buzz

November 9, 2017 Life

Reverb and delay pave the way for the latest exhibit at the SF State Design Gallery, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts building. Pedal Culture held its opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 2. It was curated by Ron Light, SF State anthropology alumnus from ’71. Light spent the past year scouring Youtube ...

Local artist collective spotlights importance of mental health

October 24, 2017 Life

Mental health and the excessive use of technology are discussed in the latest exhibit at SF State’s  Associated Students’ art gallery. Macro Waves, an artist collective based in Oakland, held the opening reception for NVM (never-mind) on Thursday, Oct. 19. It was originally scheduled for Oct. 12, but due to the air quality concerns from ...

Art, dance and food fill Filipino festival

October 23, 2017 Life

On Friday night San Franciscans gathered in the South of Market District to enjoy the Filipino Night Market Festival, which is a monthly ongoing festival that showcases art, music and food that celebrates Filipino culture. Hosted by Undiscovered SF, the event is both an indoor and outdoor event every third Friday of each month.

Two SF State students put together an art showcase to strengthen community

October 16, 2017 Life

Art and activism were prevalent at a SF State student-curated show in the Mission District. Jules Retzlaff, a cinema major, and Lilith King-Smithson, an Africana studies and multimedia double major, put together their second art and social event at Heartspace, a community development center. Heartspace is a membership-based rentable unit for “local healers, teachers, artists ...

Two blocks of art

October 15, 2017 Life News

On Friday, two blocks of Soma’s district held a block party showcasing multiple artists, dancers, and live performers. The showcase was filled with events ranging from a live Samba dance to a giant wall used to highlight members of the crowd in costume. The event was hosted by Central Market Community Benefit District. This was ...

Gallery hosts queer conceptual art show

September 12, 2017 Life

“Queer Virality” held its opening reception in the Associated Students Inc. art gallery on Friday, Sept. 8, which displayed conceptual art from several different artists. Renae Moua, the show’s curator, chose a theme that hit very close to home as a queer person of color. She’s frustrated by the lack of artistic spaces for people ...

SF State Wind Ensemble welcomes diversity

April 15, 2017 Multimedia

The SF State Wind Ensemble debuted “Into the forge! Music of Earth, Death, Metal, Fire & Oil,” on March 14, 2017 at Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building. The wind ensemble holds auditions at the beginning of each semester and is open to current students of all majors, alumni and faculty members at SF ...

Local artist pays tribute to students lost in Ghost Ship fire

March 8, 2017 Life 2 Comments

Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly identified Michela Gregory’s birthday as May 14. The article has since been corrected. The famous Clarion Alley in the Mission District is now a place of remembrance and celebration for family, friends and the SF State community who knew Michela Gregory and Alex Vega, two of the ...

Students and members of B.R.U.H. gather to celebrate Black History Month with open mic and art gallery

February 28, 2017 Life

SF State’s Black Residents United in Housing used music, spoken-word performances and art to unite people in celebration of Black History Month. B.R.U.H. hosted the open mic and art gallery Friday evening in the Mary Park Lounge. Approximately 50 people of all backgrounds came to listen to fellow students perform heartfelt songs and political poetry ...

Temporary studio space offered in ASI art gallery

February 8, 2017 Life

Walls that are usually home to hanging art pieces were temporarily bare, with only a large wooden studio desk and an unarranged photography backdrop taking up the open space at SF State’s Associated Students Inc. art gallery. Located at the top of the Cesar Chavez student center, ASI opened their empty gallery for the first ...

Students spark discussion on structural violence in self-built art exhibit

January 25, 2017 Life

Personal moments and intriguing faces were displayed along the walls of the student-built art exhibit “Potential,” which was held at popular Oakland art venue The Flight Deck, on the first Friday of the year. Through black and white photography, live performances and interactive artist-to-audience conversation, the idea of structural violence evolved into a space of ...

Threatened creative spaces are a haven for underrepresented artists

December 13, 2016 Opinion

One of the enduring thoughts  I will take away from this semester is that art is not only a powerful vessel of self-expression, but a tool of representation for a public much larger than an individual. Costanoan Ohlone historian and activist Ann Marie Sayers highlighted the importance of that representation as a guest speaker at ...

MFA Art Grads Showcase Latest Works

April 26, 2016 Life

Shannon Abac’s biomorphic ceramic sculptures, dripping in glossy color, mingle with nearby woven textiles by Kimberly Arteche, depicting deliberate, close crops of pixelated photographs in muted, warm tones. Leah Virsik’s suspended forest of deconstructed denim jeans, imposing and comforting, hang in a giant, perfect cube near Nash Bellows’ floor-to-ceiling grid of paintings with layers of curving shapes, sharp ...

Frida Kahlo would hate your Frida Kahlo shirt

March 29, 2016 Opinion

I spotted it from across the room and immediately hurried my pace. Gingerly hung in the cold, dead space of a stark, white room in the Museum of Modern Art was a vibrant self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, rich with color. I was surprised that Kahlo had only one piece on display at a world-class museum ...

Queer and trans women of color are central focus of new Castro art exhibit

March 9, 2016 Life

“Sisterhood is Powerful!” read the brightly colored poster that greeted guests at the GLBT History Museum. A new exhibit titled “Feminists to Feministas: Women of Color in Prints and Posters” opened March 4 at the Castro-based museum, just in time for Women’s History Month. The gallery features 29 pieces of artwork that highlight the struggles of queer and trans women of ...

Photography book revisits the Philippine Revolution

February 25, 2016 Life

Pulitzer Prize winner and SF State assistant professor of photojournalism Kim Komenich celebrated the release of his book “Revolution Revisited” with a photography exhibition and book signing Tuesday at Leica Store San Francisco. The release comes three decades after Komenich, 59, documented the Philippine People Power Revolution with over 30,000 photographs, earning him the 1987 ...

Faculty showcase personal stories through artwork in student-run exhibit

February 23, 2016 Life

The Fine Arts Gallery was bustling Tuesday night, with faculty and student conversations echoing throughout the large room. The white walls were well-lit, highlighting the faculty members’ artwork while students were immersed in their professors’ personal pieces. Four intricately woven tapestries showcasing four different residents of the Mission were hung up on a wall, staring ...

Design gallery expects to offer innovative exhibitions

February 23, 2016 Life

SF State began construction on a 2,000-square-foot design gallery over winter break on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The gallery, set to open Fall 2016, is part of a larger project that includes the new dance studio that opened this semester in the Creative Arts Building and the reopening of the Global ...

Increased fees bittersweet for art department

February 9, 2016 News

SF State’s art department made its first major increases to instructional materials fees in 20 years this spring, forcing returning studio art majors to pay double or even triple the fee costs of last semester. Of the 80 studio art classes currently requiring materials fees, 38 of those had their fees increased by at least 50 ...

New art exhibit commemorates resistance of Filipino people

February 3, 2016 Life

The resiliency of the Filipino people will be celebrated in the Associated Students’ Art Gallery during a new exhibit in honor of the 30th anniversary month of the People Power Revolution of the Philippines. The exhibit will highlight the role that art and culture played in mobilizing the Filipino people against dictatorship. The exhibit, “Resiliencies: ...

#Arthoe more than aesthetic appeal

September 29, 2015 Life Opinion

[media-credit name=”(Eva Rodriguez / Xpress)” align=”alignnone” width=”800″][/media-credit] Connecting like-minded people through images has produced some of the recent decade’s most interesting Internet subcultures. From the Adidas-obsessed monochromatic health goth to the 90’s-web-nostalgic sea punk, its evident when someone gets their fashion cues online. Arguably more productive than other Internet trends based on aesthetic congruence alone, art hoe is a movement whose ...

Spilled ink: students share tattoo stories

September 22, 2015 Life 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’67689′] Twisting lines of blue ink wrap around a pale thigh to form dark waves. Further down the tattooed leg lurks a hammerhead shark, peeping almost coyly out from the bottom of a current. A black octopus is tucked in the safety of a shadow. So far, this work of living art has taken ...

PHOTOS: Earth Day brings out creativity in SF State students

April 26, 2014

  The Holistic Health Network and Sustainability Office came together to host Create to Relate, one of the many events that took place Tuesday, April 22 in celebration of Earth Day. Hula hoops, art supplies and canvases were provided to anyone and everyone who was interested in taking part in the festivities.    

Textile artist creates artwork from garbage

March 12, 2014 Life 1 Comment

Hands are a textile crafter’s most important tool. With each grab, flick and pull, even the slightest flaw could put his work in the trash. His hands are what make each item, from quilts to fabric pieces, different from every other mass-produced item for sale on the shelves. Dan Freeman, a fine arts alumnus, has been ...

Seaweed exhibit previews artist alum’s upcoming book

January 29, 2014 Life 2 Comments

[HTML1] The beauty of nature is on vivid display in the main lobby of the Administration Building this semester in the form of three large images of seaweed. Josie Iselin, the artist behind the images, earned a master’s degree in fine arts from SF State in 1994. Iselin is a photographer, writer and book designer ...

Back to school shows to see in August and September

August 26, 2013 Life

Summer is coming to an end and it’s about that time to jump out of bed and chase down MUNI, crash that impacted class and wait in a winding line to purchase books. But it’s also time to get acclimated to school and take advantage of the fun, friendly student-priced opportunities SF State has to ...