Our world has been challenged and how we meet that challenge will shape our future. SFWA wishes to express our deepest gratitude to all those who are helping to ensure that our historic San Francisco Women Artists survives.
What is meant when we refer to San Francisco Women Artists being “Historic”? Here are just a few highlights from our SFWA Timeline History:
1885 – First exhibition by women artists in California; many participants are students at The Design School on Pine St. which later becomes the Art Institute
1887 – Society of San Francisco Women Artists (also called The Sketch Club) formed by the artists, hosting semi-annual exhibits and monthly lectures
1894 – 28 members exhibit their work in the 1894 Mid-Winter Fair in the California Pavilion
1906 – Earthquake destroys headquarters
1915 – Society of San Francisco Women Artists (SSFWA) merges with San Francisco Art Association – until 1925
1926 – SSFWA holds its first solo Exhibition; Member meetings held at the Museum of Modern Art on Van Ness Avenue
1932 – First Annual Museum Exhibition, at the Legion of Honor, the de Young, and later at the Museum of Modern Art. This continued for 37 years.
Frida Kahlo’s painting “Frieda and Diego Rivera” is shown in the “Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Society of Women Artists” – Legion of Honor; it is the first public showing of Frida’s work.
1939 – SSFWA participates in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition
1946 – SSFWA changes its name to San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA) and is incorporated – becoming a nonprofit arts organization
1970’s – SF Women Artists Holds 3rd Annual Exhibition of Photographs at the De Young Museum. Juror: Wynn Bullock. SFWA artists include Imogen Cunningham
1985 – SFWA Gallery opens on 370 Hayes Street, hosts monthly exhibitions, including sculptures by member Ruth Asawa
1996 – SFWA purchases 3489 Sacramento Street property, continues monthly juried exhibitions; sale of Gallery in 2014
2015 – SFWA relocates to current Inner Sunset location at 647 Irving Street where it has become an anchor in this vibrant and evolving arts community, hosting monthly juried exhibitions
2016-19 – Awarded 3 Neighborhood Art Collaborative grants from the SF Grants for the Arts, partners with Inner Sunset organizations and installs art banners on lightpoles along the Irving Street corridor
2020 – TBD