Press Release: Passport 2013 is Sunday, October 13!



Media Contact:
Kate Patterson
Tel: 415-252-4638



For the fifth year in a row, the SFAC Galleries’ popular
PASSPORT event will feature original work by some of
San Francisco’s leading contemporary artists

Divisadero Corridor, Sunday, October 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2013 - The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) is hosting its signature fundraising event, Passport, on Sunday, October 13, 2013. This unique event allows the public a hands-on art collecting experience by bringing local artists to neighborhood venues where the buyers can “create” a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized Moleskine “passport” notebook. Walking throughout the Divisadero corridor from noon to 4 p.m., hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot local artists while discovering the small businesses that line the neighborhood.

San Francisco artists participating in the event this year include: Michael Arcega, John Bankston, Brian Barneclo, Claire Colette, Teraneh Hemami, Dana Hemenway, Sanaz Mazinani, Tahiti Pehrson, Ferris Plock, Favianna Rodriguez, Sarah Smith, Josephine Taylor, Nate van Dyke, Martin Venezky and William T. Wiley.

This fall, Passport will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. SFAC Galleries has been able to support its mission of making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through this annual fundraising event. In four years, Passport has taken over The Mission (2009), Hayes Valley (2010), the Castro (2011) and North Beach (2012), worked with 50 local Bay Area artists including Barry McGee, Claire Rojas, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, partnered with 50 San Francisco neighborhood businesses and venues, managed hundreds of community volunteers and sold 1080 passports bringing in over $24,000 to help support SFAC Galleries future exhibitions and programming.


Passports may be purchased in advance for $25 online at Passports will be available for purchase the day of the event at Passport Home Base (Location TBA). Only official Passport 2013 notebooks will be eligible to receive stamps.

For $125, collectors can purchase a Concierge Passport; gallery staff will collect all the stamps and mail it to the purchaser’s home.

About SFAC Galleries
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist's projects, the SFAC Galleries' programs provide new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialogue. The SFAC Galleries was founded in 1970 and is the exhibitions program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City's well-being. Our programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. The Commission was established by charter in 1932 (Charter sections 5.103 and 16.106).


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