The SFAI course listings for the Spring 1993 semester made sure to include on its cover an announcement for the December 1, 1992 “Day Without Art.” Begun in 1989 as “an international day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis,” the School would always participate—covering artwork throughout campus. At sunset, around 5pm, there would be a very moving candlelight vigil in the courtyard as students, faculty, staff and visitors embraced while surrounded by shrouded paintings in the School’s courtyard.

For more on the history of Day Without Art and how to support ongoing efforts see: here

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


SFAI’s Anne Bremer Memorial Library dedicatory wood relief, gold leaf tablet, The Soil by Jacques Schnier, 1935


Albert Bender (1866-1941) never took a class at the School, he never taught at SFAI, and was not an artist. Bender was a Board member (1933-1941) but most importantly he was the philanthropic underpinning for Bay Area art and artists from the 1920s until his death in 1941. He was introduced to the California art world through his cousin, the painter and poet, Anne Bremer. An early collector and supporter of Edward Weston, Bender also sponsored Ansel Adams’ Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras portfolio in 1927 as well as being instrumental in bringing Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and their artwork to San Francisco. Erin O’Toole writes that Bender gave SFMOMA “11,000 objects” noting that Bender’s “mission was to support living artists.” Bender was particularly important to SFAI--funding scholarships, commissioning artwork for the School, providing annual donations, and underwriting SFAI’s Anne Bremer Memorial Library.


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



Education has always been a collaborative effort at SFAI as noted in this 1978 request from SFAI President Stephen Goldstine to Library/Archival Specialist, Harry Mulford to: “Please conduct Wally Hedrick and his class on a tour of the Tower---and please be sure to include the GHOST.”

For more on the SFAI Ghost and the School’s Haunted Tower, please scroll through the following link at the University of California’s BAM/PFA online exhibition, "Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories, Matrix 277"


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.

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