Main Gallery

norriswebFelicita Norris’ work as part of group exhibition  The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

Current & upcoming exhibitions: 

September 2–September 20, 2014 |  The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

Click here to read about three new Commons Curatorial Residency exhibitions announced for 2015!

About Main Gallery Exhibitions and Programs
SOMArts is a critical resource for contemporary arts production in San Francisco.  The organization produces three of its own curated exhibitions annually, along with numerous collaborative programs, and provides space for four guest-curated exhibitions annually through the Commons Curatorial Residency Program, which includes a stipend for selected curators and/or artist groups in addition to outreach and production support. The vaulted, 2-story gallery is 3,100 sq feet, a majestic space and the largest open gallery space in the city.

Through its Affordable Space Program, SOMArts annually hosts group exhibitions for ArtSpan Open Studios (October), the National Queer Arts Festival (June) and the United States of Asian America Festival (May).

The SOMArts Main Gallery exhibits the work of over 1,000 Bay Area artists each year, providing them with dynamic opportunities to take risks, find new collaborators, reach a wider audience, and achieve their vision. SOMArts’ Curator & Gallery Director Justin Hoover annually curates 2–3 exhibitions and supports curatorial residencies.

Click here to view the image archive of gallery exhibitions and events, or browse by exhibition below.

Recent exhibitions include:

July 22–August 16, 2014 | Projected Personae |Photos

July 19, 2014, 9pm–12am | Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2014 + Projected Personae Preview | Photos

June 7–28, 2014 | QCC’s Body, Body, Bodies…

May 1–30, 2014 | AAWAA & APICC’s Eating CulturesPhotos

March 29–April 24, 2014 | Work MORE! #6  | Main Gallery | Photos

February 22–March 22, 2014 | Hidden Cities | Main Gallery | Photos

January 14–February 13, 2014 | All Possible Futures | Main Gallery | Photos

January 4, 2014, 5:58pm–midnight | 100 Performances for The Hole | Main Gallery | Photos

November 22–December 21, 2013 | All Good Things… | Main Gallery | Photos

October 11–November 10, 2013 | ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Exhibition | Main Gallery

September 3–28, 2013 | TSFF & SOMArts Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Main Gallery | Photos

July 12–August 17, 2013 | Electronic Pacific | Main Gallery | Photos

June 1–30, 2013 | Zeitgeist | Queer Cultural Center | Main Gallery | Photos

May 2–25, 2013  | underCurrents | APICC & AAWAA | Main Gallery  | Photos

April 27, 2013 | Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party | Building-wide | Photos

April 5–26, 2013 | Dial Collect | Main Gallery |   Photos

March 8–29, 2013 | Overturn the Artifice |  Main Gallery | Photos

February 1–28, 2013 | Mourning and Scars: 20 Years After the War | Main Gallery Photos

January 4–24, 2013 | Speak Your Peace | Main Gallery | Photos

November 17–December 19, 2012 | Come Out & Play Festival and Exhibition | Main Gallery | Photos

October 11–November 3, 2012 | ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Exhibition  | Main Gallery

October 13–November 10, 2012 | Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012 | Bay Gallery  | Photos

September 4–October 2, 2012  | The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts’ Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition  | Photos

July 6–28, 2012 | Performing Community | Photos

June 2–26, 2012 | ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation | Photos

May 3–25, 2012 | The Future Is NOW: Asian America On Its Own Terms | Photos

April 27, 2012 | Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2012 | Photos

March 9–April 19, 2012 | I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law   | Photos

February 3–29, 2012 | At War  | Photos

December 17–January 26, 2012 | Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance | Photos

December 10, 2011  | Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole | Photos

November 4–30, 2011 | Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze | Photos

September 30–October 29, 2011 | SF Open Studios Exhibition

August 17–September 16, 2011 | Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Awards Exhibition | Photos

August 14, 2011 | Mobile Arts Platform Pop-Up Wrap-Up Exhibition | Photos

July 23, 2012 | Mobile Arts Platform at the Urban Youth Arts Festival | Photos

July 1–July 29, 2011 | The Book | Photos

June 4–24, 2011 | Queer It Yourself: Tools for Survival  | Photos

May 5–27, 2011  |  A Place of Her OwnPhotos

April 29 & 30, 2011 | Low Lives 3 | Photos

April 16, 2011 | Mobile Arts Platform at the Cherry Blossom Festival   |  Photos

April 8–28, 2011  |  Spread: California Conceptualism Then and Now  |  Photos

March 5–31, 2011 | Breathed…Unsaid… | Photos

February 4–24, 2011 | A Sensory Feast | Photos

December 9–January 28, 2011 | It’s All A Blur  |  Photos

November 5–30, 2010 | I Live Here: SF  | Photos

August 12–September 19, 2010 | What Cannot Be Taken Away: Families and Prisons Project  | Photos

July 17, 2010 | Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2010 | Photos

July 8–30, 2010 | Totally Unrealistic | Photos

June 5–June 26, 2010 | Chronotopia  | Photos

April 2–April 24, 2010 | Beauty Shop Culture Photos

March 6, 20 & 26, 2010  | Moments (Bringing Back The Now) | Photos

February 5–27, 2010 | Prints Byte: The Cutting Edge of Printmaking | Photos

The Ramp Gallery
In 2009, SOMArts created The Ramp Gallery, a smaller space located in the Center’s lobby to provide a highly visible display space for smaller spontaneous shows proposed by community members. The Ramp consists of two secure wall-mounted cases (24.75″ x 37″ and 137″ x 37″). Exhibitions range from a week to a month. For more information email gallery@somarts.orgClick here to view the archive of exhibitions in The Ramp Gallery.