About SFAC Galleries

Mission & History

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 Arts Commission Galleries works with an active board of advisors.


Meet The Gallery Staff

Meg Shiffler, Galleries Director

Meg Shiffler assumed the role of Gallery Director for the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2005. She is also a visiting faculty member in the MA department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to her tenure at the Arts Commission, Shiffler worked in New York as a freelance curator, researcher and consultant for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Andrea Rosen Gallery and the Ursula Meyer Art Conservancy. She co-founded the multidisciplinary art center Consolidated Works in Seattle, WA, and was the Gallery Director from 1998 to 2003; prior to that, she was the Director of 20th Century Masterworks at Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, and the Gallery Director for MIA Gallery, both located in Seattle. Meg attended the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.

Cece Carpio, Interim Galleries Manager

Cece Carpio, a long time resident of the Bay Area originally from the Philippines. Carpio is an experienced arts administrator as well as a working visual artist. Most recently she was a Program Manager at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, where she worked on over 250 events annually.


Advisory Board

Jay Auslander
Julie Casemore
Jenn Doyle Crane
April Johnston
Lauranne Lospalluto
Amy Ress
Lani Rovzar
Josh Singer
Julie Thompson


Contact Information

Mailing Address

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102
phone: 415.554.6080
Locations & Maps

There are three program sites:

  1. Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Avenue (CLOSED UNTIL 2015 FOR EXPANSION)
  2. Window Installation Site, 155 Grove Street
  3. Art at City Hall, San Francisco City Hall

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Click here to see a floor plan of the SFAC Main Gallery
Click here to see a floor plan of the Window Site at 155 Grove Street



Window Installation Site (155 Grove St): Available for viewing 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Art at City Hall: Monday through Friday, 8 am–8 pm Closed on all legal Holidays

SFAC Gallery office hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm

SFAC Galleries

401 Van Ness Ave (at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA 94102
p: 415.554.6080 | f: 415.554.6093

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