We've gathered over 100 links to resources that will provide you with further enjoyment of the arts. You'll find everything from art classes and artists' resources, to museum and exhibit listings. Enjoy!
: Presented by the California Arts Council, a database of Calls for Artists from across the state.
: Resources to present, promote, and market your art.
: Services to showcase, advertise, promote and sell your artwork on the Internet. Based in SF, created and designed by artists for artists.
: The Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists (MITRA) is on online forum that brings together materials experts from the industry, art conservators, and scientists in an effort to make the most up-to-date knowledge regarding artists’ materials readily available.
San Francisco Art Forum
is an open resource for SF Bay Area visual artists. Connect with innovative art professionals, art enthusiasts and possible buyers.
: A non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
: A non-profit that provides grants for parents who are artists and writers. Their goal is to present opportunities for talented people feeling the demands of raising a family to continue their creative pursuits.
: For emerging artists, Vango helps get your original artwork in front of buyers.
Art Explosion Studios
is an organization that provides affordable art studios in San Francisco and produces art shows for its member artists.
Berkeley Art Center presents visual arts exhibitions and provides education programs for young artists and public events and workshops for all.
Emeryville Artists' Cooperative: The mission of the 45th Street Artists' Cooperative is to provide affordable live/work space for artists in a supportive environment.
We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA)
is an inclusive organization of artists, tenants, and community activists dedicated to working with city officials to ensure safe, long-term spaces for the creative community in Oakland, the larger Bay Area, and throughout the United States.
Alameda County Arts Commission
: Promotes opportunities for area artists and art organizations through grants, public art, education programs and more.
ArtSeed: Innovative art education program aiding disadvantaged students.
Creative Growth Art Center serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a studio environment for artistic and social development and gallery representation.
Independent Arts & Media
: This organization supports independent and non-commercial art projects while engaging community involvement.
Innovation Hangar (iHangar)
is a non-profit located in the iconic Palace of Fine Arts, committed to featuring exhibits, workshops, community events, education programs and open workspaces for inventors and entrepreneurs.
Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork.
Leap, Arts in Education provides quality arts education programs that help students build skills to reach their fullest potential.
Pro Arts is an Oakland-based organization that engages the community in exhibitions, open studios and arts education programs and provides artists services and commissionings.
Root Division: A nonprofit that supports the artist community through education, exhibitions, and studios.
San Francisco Print Collective
The SFPC is a printmaking collective that uses graphic art to support social justice organizing, and runs an eight week class that teaches screen printing and Photoshop as a tool for activism.
SF Camerawork: First gallery dedicated solely to the print medium, SFC is a nonprofit that supports emerging photographers.
provides essential programs and services to the visual arts community through gallery-based projects and off-site works, artists in education programs, performances, residencies, exhibitions, events, and workshops.
SOMArts is an independent nonprofit that operates the South of Market Cultural Center, part of a network of six cultural centers in San Francisco.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts i
s a high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives.
(state and national resources)
Guides and Calendars
: Covering cultural events, art, books, music, and news.
: A calendar listing of gallery events in San Francisco and beyond. Use the calendar drop-down menu to search for museums and much more. Search by district to see what’s in your neighborhood.
: A comprehensive guide to San Francisco Arts.
: Presenting and promoting Oakland and Bay Area visual art.
Artists Guild of San Francisco
: More than an art walk, The Artists Guild sponsors a consistent run of weekend art exhibitions in well-known San Francisco city parks. Go and interact directly with the artists about their artwork, as they explain technical details, creative decisions, and the many other aspects of producing a painting or a sculpture.
First Thursday Art Walk
: A downtown tradition since 1993, on the first Thursday of every month many member galleries of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association are open late for a casual open house. (Many galleries across the City have a adopted first Thursdays.)
Alameda, 2nd Friday Artwalk
: Discover over 30 galleries and visual art venues, all open in the evening on the 2nd Friday off the month.
Oakland Art Murmur (OAM)
: Experience visual art in Oakland when galleries are collectively open on First Friday
(6-9pm) and for the weekly Saturday Stroll
(1-5pm). They also host a monthly Guided Walking Tour.
Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market
: This free outdoor art festival features over 65 local Alameda and Bay Area artists. Mingle with local emerging and established artists creating unique artwork during the fair! See live painting, sketching, sculpting and illustration, live music, poetry and performance art.
Art Market San Francsico
: Featuring a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from around the globe, Art Market's goal is to create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art. The event is held in April at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
FOG Design+Art Fair
celebrates today’s most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts. The event takes place in January at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
: A leading faire promoting the maker and DIY movements.
Renegade Craft Fair
is the worlds largest curated showcase of independent art and design. Now held three times a year at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
stArtup Art Fair
provides a professional exhibition venue for independent artists where they can present and sell their work on their own terms and the public can acquire amazing art work from some of the best independent artists working today. At the Hotel del Sol in San Francisco in April.
West Coast Craft
is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftsmen and women inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. The event takes place in June at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
Marin Open Studios
- Every May, with a published directory and map of artists throughout the county.
Find more California locations at MesArt
is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions.
Reviews and Information on exhibits and so much more. Be sure to check out their SPARK
, the SFMOMA blog, is focused on producing an array of critical and personal writings about art, visual culture in general, and issues specific to the Bay Area.
SFArts.org - A comprehensive guide to San Francisco arts.
SF Gate: The San Francisco Chronicle online.
Stretcher: Encouraging dialog about contemporary art and visual culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
: An online publication for discerning readers who care about art.
Arts Benicia: Arts Benicia offers an exciting year-round schedule of quarterly art classes (4-8 weeks) for adults in painting, drawing, and printmaking, plus workshops in a wide range of topics as well as after school programs, classes for teens, and summer youth art camps.
Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier
: BACAA offers weekly art classes and workshops for artists of all abilities who desire to study drawing and painting in the tradition of Contemporary Classical Realism.
City College of San Francisco
provides affordable public art education. Coursework includes watercolor, drawing, illustration, design, painting, printmaking, chinese brush painting, metal/jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, and art career and transfer portfolio preparation, and more. They also offer Continuing Education
: A non-profit educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community.
The Golden Gate Atalier
: Located in Oakland, the Atalier offers a complete classical training for the realist artist. Students draw and paint the human figure from life using sight-size. In addition, they receive a thorough grounding in constructive drawing, anatomy, and perspective.
Kala Art Institute
: Located in Berkeley, Kala offers a full range of classes covering all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts.
Point Reyes Field Institute
: In association with the non-profit Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), they offer art classes to help people connect with nature and the outdoors in ways that they may not have before.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective: Offers an accessible space in Oakland with free and low-cost classes, curated and open submission art shows, a drop in arts lab, community events space, and youth involvement.
San Francisco Center for the Book
: As their name implies, SFCB offers workshops for the book arts, and that includes so much! See workshops on gilding, letterpress, calligraphy, linoleum block printing, origami, monotype printing, book binding and more.
Sharon Art Studio
: The jewel of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks' Cultural Division, Sharon Art Studios offers affordable arts and crafts classes for everyone.
SOMArts cultivates access to the arts by offering classes in Ceramics, Figurative Drawing & Printmaking and more.
Berkeley Art Center:
Presents visual arts exhibitions and provides education programs for young artists and public events and workshops for all.
Richmond Art Center
is the largest East Bay Art Center engaging the community through creative education programs and exhibitions of emerging and established Bay Area artists.
The Bay Area is home to over 100 museums. Explore the listings below and you are sure to find a year's worth of delightful afternoon activities.
Museum Education/Family Programs
: Two artists making art from beach trash, and making a difference.
Minnesota Street Project
offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district.
San Francisco Mural Arts
: Highlights hundreds of murals throughout the city, and includes photos, locations, and details about each piece.