Main Gallery


Visions Opening Reception

Visions into Infinite Archives Opening Reception, Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.

Current & upcoming exhibitions: 

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch
December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Touch On is a deep inquiry into the multifaceted nature of touch curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster. The first exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition challenges viewers to reconsider preconceived notions of the meaning of touch through sculpture, installation, performance, traditional art and digital mediums. Touch On is the first in a series of curatorial programs by Fleming and Lovemonster.

Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, December 1, 6–9 pm, Touch On reveals the contingency of touch through the perspectives of fourteen Bay Area artists. Experimental engagements with touch encourage viewers to rethink their expectations of a visual art exhibition — creating an immersive gallery experience that inspires somatic and kinesthetic responses to contemporary art.

More information on the exhibition, including a full list of participating artists, is available here. 

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 the United States of Asian America Festival (May), the National Queer Arts Festival (June), and ArtSpan Open Studios (October).

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’ staff 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:

October 7–November 5, 2016 | A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos 2016 | Photos

September 1–24, 2016 The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts present the annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Photos

July 7–August 17, 2016 The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code | Photos

June 5–24, 2016 | Queer Cultural Center presents Creative Labor: Queer it Yourself

May 6–26, 2016 APICC presents Resistance 

February 18–March 23, 2016 Timeless Motion | Photos

January 14–February 10, 2016 Visions into Infinite Archives | Photos

November 19–December 11, 2015 A Place of Her Own | Photos

October 8–November 8, 2015 | ArtSpan SF Open Studios Exhibition

September 3–September 26, 2015 The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Photos

July 9–August 20, 2015 Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces | Photos

July 19, 2015 Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party – Making a Scene | Photos

June 4–27, 2015 Queer Cultural Center presents Glitter Bomb | Photos 

May 1–27, 2015 | APICC Presents ONE IN WHICH WE ARE

March 24–April 23, 2015 | DIS/PLAY Photos

February 12–March 14, 2015 Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture Project Photos 

January 8–February 4, 2015 Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle Photos 

November 20–December 13, 2014 Place/Displaced Photos 

October 11–November 9, 2014 |  SF Open Studios Exhibition Photos 

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

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.