SF Past Exhibits & Programs

Sheila Ghidini
Mapping Memory
Gurpran Rau
Memory Traces
Olaitan Callender Scott
Dog Play
Elizabeth Ennis
Wanderings:  Traveling of the Mind
Livia Stein
Preserving Open Space
Robert Buelteman
Animal Insurrection  
Michelle Waters
Tierra Desolada
Edgar Angelone
Mirang Wonne

View From an Open Mind & Bottanic

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Exhibition date: September 10 through October 29, 2009

Please join us in celebration of our new exhibitions. In "View From an Open Mind," Mardi Burnham expresses her affection for the natural world by collecting natural material and juxtaposing them against the reality of ongoing environmental degradation, posing questions about larger social and environmental issues. Kevin Twomey's "Bottanic" pays homage to the botanical illustrators of the past, capturing his objects in crisp detail before they are recycled back into the earth.

Whole Earth Library's Sustainably Speaking series presents:
California's Energy Challenges
Presenter: Journalist Peter Asmus
Thursday, September 17, 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Pacific Room at Tides

Brown Bag: Access to Affordable Medicines? The Case of CAFTA
Presenters: Dr. Ellen Shaffer and Joe Brenner
Thursday, September 24, 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Atlantic Room at Tides

The Seed Gallery of Photographic Art is pleased to exhibit "Over the Elwha," a photographic essay by Robert Lundahl. These aerial images provide a glimpse of an altered ecosystem in advance of dam removal and ecosystem restoration.

Opening reception: Thursday, January 10, 5:00p to 7:00p

Exhibition date: January 10 through March 7, 2008

Elder Art Exhibition

July 13 through August 31, 2009

Art with Elders is a skills-building program dedicated to tapping into the the creativity and passion of elders placed in residential care facilities in the Bay Area. These on-going touring exhibits allow the public to see unique talent that otherwise would be not be seen without the organizational efforts of ElderGivers. Click here to learn more about Eldergivers.

Thursday, March 6, 5:00 to 8:00pm: Opening Reception

The Thoreau Gallery is pleased to exhibit "Monks & Nomads," the photography of Vassi Koutsaftis. Koutsaftis shares a special kinship with wanderers. "Monks & Nomads" features selected images from his more than 20 years of travel amonst people unfettered by the bounds of modern life.

Exhibition date: March 6 - May 9, 2008



The Thoreau Gallery is pleased to present "Elemental", featuring artwork by Emily Clawson, Jenny E. Balisle, and Mari Andrews. Three Bay Area artists' work are inspired by simplicity and nature. Fundamental concepts are presented in drawings, paintings, and sculpture.

Exhibit: June 18 through August 14, 2009


The Seed Gallery of Photographic Art

Robert Buelteman's "Preserving Open Space: Photography and Philanthropy Working Together."

April 9 through June 26, 2009

For over 20 years, Buelteman has worked out his activism toward land perservation by sharing his commissioned photography to help raise awareness about the importance of sustaining our local naturl habitats.

Faces of Prop 8

On March 5, 2009, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the validity of Proposition 8, which banned the once legal right for same-sex marriages in the state of California. The oral argument was televised at the San Francisco Civic Center, where many people attended demonstrating their views on the proposition.

Photographer Craig Winsor stood outside the courtroom photographing images expressing both sides of the debate.

May 6 through July 3, 2009. 

Special Exhibition by the Bridge Rail Foundation

"Whose Shoes?" February 19 through April 16, 2009
(Located in the corridor behind building 1016)

Over 1300 shoes were collected representing the number of suicide deaths off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sneakers from teens and young adults are included as well as the polished wing tips, sharp high heels and worn loafers of older adults. Central to the exhibit is a pair of US Army boots, commemorating the WWI veteran who was the first known suicide from the bridge.

Click here to learn more about the Bridge Rail Foundation.

The Seed Gallery is pleased to exhibit "Hereafter: Futures With Which We Can Live?"

Young ArtSeed Artists explore images and ideas running the gamut from trangression to meditation.

ArtSeed's mission is to inspire and empower the young or underprivileged to realize their full potential and embrace diverse communities through participation in the arts.

Closing reception: September 26, 5:00 to 7:00pm
Exhibition date: August 22 through September 26, 2008

Janet Kessler

"Myca of Twin Peaks," photographic exhibit , March 20 through May 16, 2008