SFAC Galleries
We bring the community together through art.

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 art landscape.

SFAC Main Gallery located in the War Memorial Veterans Building

The Arts Commission founded its exhibitions program in 1970 with the opening of Capricorn Asunder, a gallery space located across from City Hall at 155 Grove Street. Over the years, the gallery has evolved into the SFAC Galleries, a dynamic contemporary art program that has shown more than 4,400 local, national and international artists in over 480 exhibitions at two unique Civic Center locations. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist’s projects, the SFAC Galleries provides new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialog.

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Artist in Residence Program

Launched in 2015, the San Francisco Arts Commission's Artist in Residence (AIR) program builds partnerships with City Departments in order to provide unique residency opportunities that result in strengthening the value of artists participating in and responding to the advancement of civic dialogue. AIR opportunities are only open to artists residing in the Bay Area.


SFAC Main Gallery
War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126 (MAP)
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SFAC Galleries - Art at City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, ground floor (MAP)
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


June 03, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
July 01, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
August 05, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
September 06, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
October 07, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
November 28, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO, November 28, 2023 – San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Arts Commission (SFAC) announce a new project by artist-in-residence, writer and educator tanea lunsford lynx . Titled we were here , this creative investigation delves into the Black American presence in San Francisco...
November 09, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO, November 9, 2023 - San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) announce a captivating new three-channel video and multimedia installation by local artist Gazelle Samizay at the Main Library. On view November 9 through January 7, 2024, The Ink of...
October 04, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO, October 4, 2023 - San Francisco Main Library is proud to announce the world premiere of THE MAIN°, a new work by Emmy-nominated, San Francisco-based filmmaker James Q. Chan . The free interactive screening takes place on October 19, 5 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 100 Larkin...

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Public Meetings

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What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 18
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

December 16
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

December 11
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 408 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

December 09
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online