SOMArts in the News, 2009–2013

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October 24, 2013
El Tecolote
Altars Pay Tribute to the Living and the Dead

October 15, 2013
Golden Gate Express
SOMArts Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

September 20, 2013
China Daily
Whimsical fabric installation inspired by China’s past

September 16, 2013
SF Art Enthusiast
Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards at SOMArts Cultural Center

September 5, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle, 96 Hours
Murphy and Cadogan Exhibition: Emerging artists

August 7, 2013
SF Gate
Silicon Valley Native turns Google Maps into Art

July 24, 2013
What Are We Saying? ‘Electronic Pacific’ at SOMArts

July 19, 2013
China Daily
Routes Across the Pacific Ocean

July 9, 2013
Atlantic Cities
137 World Landmarks in One Picture, and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

June 3, 2013
Huffington Post
Exhibitionist or Iconoclast? Marilee Talkington Injects Herself Onstage

May 24, 2013
China Daily
A Safe Space to Speak Out

May 17, 2013
San Francisco Arts Quarterly
Asian American Women Artists Association: “underCurrents and the Quest for Space”

May 15, 2013
SF Examiner
Asian-American Artists Fighting Stereotypes

April 3, 2013
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Artist Spotlight: Hugh Leeman exhibiting in Dial Collect

April 2, 2013
Psychology Today
Asian American Women Exploding Stereotypes

February 24, 2013
SF Gate
Philanthropy by Design silent auction 

February 23, 2013
SF Weekly
Slideshow: SF Weekly’s 6th Annual Artopia at SOMArts

February 21, 2013
The Pioneer Online, California State University, East Bay
SOMArts Cultural Center Exhibit Captures Essence of El Salvador’s Civil War

January 30, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle, 96 Hours
Mourning and Scars: Salvadoran Artists

January 31, 2013
Sonoma State University
Roxana Leiva Explores and Exposes Salvadoran Immigrant Experiences with Exhibition Mourning and Scars: 20 Years after the War

January 22, 2013
SF Weekly
SOMArts Explores Peace through Visual Art

January 2, 2013
96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle
‘Speak Your Peace’ at SOMArts

November 21, 2012
Come Out & Play Returns to San Francisco Streets

November 16, 2012
96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle
Come Out & Play: For kids, grown-ups

October 25, 2012
El Tecoloté
Day of the Dead altars come alive

October 19, 2012
Untapped Cities
Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: SOMArts Day of the Dead Exhibition

September 6, 2012
A Photo Catalog of One Woman’s Smashed Mementos

August 14, 2012
Deport Wolverine? Bay Area Artist’s Poster Campaign Uses Superheroes to Advocate for Immigrants’ Rights

June 27, 2012
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The Economies of Desire

March 15, 2012
Crime as American Idol

March 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
‘I Am Crime’: Art Explores Creativity, Resistance

January 7, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
John Cage’s Influence Explored in Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance

February 9, 2012
SF Weekly
Queer Performance Series The News Starts Strong at SOMArts

December 21, 2011
SF Weekly
100 Artists Perform Inside One Hole

November 21, 2011
Huffington Post
Naked Men Everywhere: New Exhibit Reverses the Gaze

November 2, 2011
KQED’s The Forum
Michael Krasny interviews Dia de los Muertos exhibition curator Rene Yañez

November 2, 2011
SF Weekly
Preview of Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze

November 4, 2011
The Good Men Project
Man as Object questions perceptions of male beauty

October 28, 2011
Ms. Magazine
Man as Object pushes our taken for granted ways of seeing

October 10, 2011
Mission Loc@l
MISSION EYES visits SOMArts Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition

August 25, 2011
7×7 Magazine
Test Your Balance at Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Awards Exhibition

August 16, 2011
SOMArts Executive Director Lex Leifheit’s Creative Eye Interview

August 12, 2011
Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011 provides a way for people to embrace the beauty of life and honor the spirits of the dead

August 12, 2011
SF Weekly
Pop-Up art fun: the traveling Mobile Arts Platform makes public art accessible

July 22, 2011
SF Weekly
At SOMArts’ Intimate Feast of Words, Eat, Write, and Share 

June 20, 2011
Mercury News
Avy K pulls in a variety of Bay Area artists for The Bookmultimedia installation

May 12, 2011
Shades Magazine
Asian Female Artists Find Their ‘Place’ Through Motivational, Interactive Exhibit

May 4, 2011
Half Moon Bay Review
Judy Shintani of APICC and AAWA’s “A Place of Her Own” profiled in local newspaper

April 28, 2011
Marin Independent Journal
Article features artist Cynthia Tom from APICC and AAWA’s “A Place of Her Own” at SOMArts

April 9, 2011
Mobile Arts Platform at Cherry Blossom Festival

April 8, 2011
Sunday: Free Yoga at SOMArts

April 3, 2011
San Francisco Examiner
Sarah Marloff highlights Kirya Traber and Peter Jackson at Feast of Words

March 23, 2011
Las Vegas Weekly
CAC’s ‘Blur” Strips Away the Myth of the American Dream–in Breathtaking Fashion

March 16, 2011
Las Vegas Weekly
CAC’s ‘Blur’ Will Make You Rub Your Eyes

February 20, 2011
Kearny Street Workshop and SOMArts: A Sensory Feast

February 15, 2011
SF Weekly
Bitter is the New Umami

February 8, 2011
Hyphen Magaizne
Food for all Senses: Kearny Street Workshop’s “A Sensory Feast”

February 2011
WordPress Showcase: SOMArts

January 12, 2011
Kearny Street Workshop: A Sensory Feast

January 11, 2011
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The Performant: Do you SQUART?


December 18, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Feast of Words Gives Writers A Chance to Improvise

December 16, 2010
El Tecolote
It’s All a Blur

December 9, 2010
Transcending Alterity

December 1, 2010
In Dance Magazine
Recognition, Resources and Relevance: Considering Cultural Centers

December 7, 2010
SOMArts Potluck Aims for Naughty and Nice

December 6, 2010
Two Art Events Worth Your Time

November 24, 2010
New American Media
Vietnamese Author Andrew Lam Serves Up Pho and the Diaspora’s Influence on America

November 14, 2010
Mission Mission
Bring Your Muni Experience Inside

November 2, 2010
SF Weekly
A Feast of Words: SOMArts’ Storytelling Potluck

November 2, 2010
The Daily Beat Blog
I Live Here SF

November 1,2010
Remembering the dead, with tokens, love and laughter

November 1, 2010
New Art Exhibit About Life in San Francisco Comes to SOMA

October 5, 2010
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The family Yañez and their evolving altars
(dowload pdf)

October 4, 2010
Tikkun Daily
Collaborative Art Fractures Prison Walls
(download pdf)

September 24, 2010
Wesleyan Connection
Bissell Creates Art as Collaborative Healing

April 22, 2010
The Eye That Writes
The Hole As A Whole: student review of 100 Performances

April 16, 2010
Beauty Junkie in SF
Beauty Shop Culture Exhibition at SOMArts

March 13, 2010
SOMArts Haiti Earthquake Gallery Fundraiser Show

January 8, 2010
The New York Times
Take 5: Cultural Doings Around the Bay


December 11, 2009
Gallery Opening coverage by Alan Bamberger

December 3, 2009
Winterfest 2009: Celebrating Bicycle Culture

November 5, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Isabel Rucker’s Long, Long Memoir

November 3, 2009
Unfurling: Isabel Rucker’s 400-foot-long graphic novel scroll

October 4, 2009
San Francisco Open Studios Returns