May is filled with MFA exhibits, art fairs and the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, don’t miss out on these great opportunities to see a wide range of art.
4/21 – 5/11: San Francisco State University MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Gallery, 1600 Holloway Avenue: Nine emerging artists present new work in ceramics, painting, photography, textiles, printmaking and multimedia. Showcasing the creativity and diversity in the Art Department’s 3-year MFA program. Gallery open Wednesday – Saturdays 11am – 4pm.
4/28 – 5/27: The Last Show on Earth, Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland: The culmination of 2 years of study by a promising group of emerging artists, The Last Show on Earth alludes to both predictions of an imminent global apocalypse and the smaller cataclysm of the completion of graduate school. Museum open Tues – Sunday 11 am – 4pm.
5/10 – 5/19: California College of Arts MFA Exhibition, 1111 Eight Street at 16th: The exhibition features works by nearly 50 artists graduating this spring. The MFA exhibition is part of a larger year-end celebration that includes thesis exhibitions by all seven CCA graduate programs. Exhibition open 10 am – 7:30 pm daily.
5/11 – 5/13: San Francisco Art Institute MFA Graduate Exhibition at The Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy Street: The exhibition showcases student work that continues the school’s legacy of innovative thinking and experimentation. Nearly 100 graduating MFA students working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance and across disciplines will transform the iconic Phoenix Hotel for a limited-engagement exhibition. Exhibition open Noon – 10pm daily.
5/15 – 6/17: Never Odd or Even, Stanford University MFA Thesis exhibition, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lausen Mall, Stanford Campus: Never Odd or Even is a n exhibition of artwork created by 5 graduating artists for their final MFA Thesis. This exhibit will have a second installation and viewing at Root Division 3175 17th Street, May 23 – June 1, open Wednesday through Saturday 2-6pm.
5/17 – 5/20 Over these 4 days San Francisco will host 3 different art fairs with a variety of events and performances. Here are the two fairs we recommend: ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. ArtMRKT at the Concourse Exhibition Center is a contemporary and modern art fair featuring 70 galleries from around the globe.
In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge there are two International Orange exhibits that are a must see: May 14th – August 4th, International Orange: The Bridge Re-Imagined at the Mills Building, 200 Montgomery Street. Presented by the San Francisco Arts Education Project, students from participating elementary, middle and high schools around the city will display paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media creations honoring the bridge. May 25th – October 28th, International Orange a FOR-SITE Foundation project at historic Fort Point features work by 16 contemporary artists presenting new work responding to the bridge as icon, historic structure, and conceptual inspiration.