Introducing the Bay Area community to thought-provoking new talents and providing visitors with an overview of exciting directions in art today.
The culmination of the MFA degree is the highly anticipated MFA Exhibition held annually on campus or at an offsite venue—recent spaces include The Winery SF on Treasure Island, the retro Phoenix Hotel, and the National Historic Landmark the Old Mint. Showcasing the work of nearly 100 artists each year, the exhibition is nationally recognized for its intellectual rigor and groundbreaking creative output.
Gallery and museum curators, art collectors and critics, as well as family, friends, and the general public are invited to attend this celebration recognizing the next generation of emerging artists.
2020: 2020 MFA Exhibition, online
A singular generation of SFAI MFA artists come together here for the 2020 MFA Exhibition, documenting works across media including: painting, photography, printmaking, digital technologies, sculpture, installation, video, film, and performance.
2019: 2019 MFA Exhibition, held at SFAI's Fort Mason Campus.
More than 50 MFA artists will transform SFAI’s Fort Mason Campus into a dynamic, large-scale gallery of contemporary installations, painting, sound, video, sculpture, photography, printmaking, performance, and more.
2018: 2018 MFA Exhibition, held at SFAI's Fort Mason Campus.
Click here for images of works ranging from performance, film, photography, installation, drawing, painting, collage and more!
2017: MFA/MA Exhibition, held at The San Francisco Mint
Installations, painting, sound, video, sculpture, photography, printmaking, performance, and hybrids came together for an exclusive exhibition.
2016: Graduate Exhibition, held at The Fort Mason Center
91 artists transformed Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture into a sprawling exhibition of new work.
2015: Edge Effect, held at Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center
See photos from SF Art Enthusiast. Learn about four featured artists in Juxtapoz magazine. Read a review from the Examiner.
2013: Currency, held at the Old Mint
Go behind-the-scenes of Currency and read a review from KQED Arts.
2014: Principal, held at the Old Mint
View more photos from San Francisco Art Enthusiast. Read a review from the San Francisco Chronicle.
2012 MFA Exhibition, held at the Phoenix Hotel
See pictures from the installation of the exhibition and read a review from KQED Arts.
2012 MFA/MA Art and Ideas
This book showcases SFAI's graduate programs and the diverse, ambitious work by the next generation of artists from this celebrated school.
2011 MFA Exhibition, held at the Winery SF on Treasure Island
Watch a video from the opening reception (Vernissage). Courtesy of martinfilms.