2014 Board and President Desmarais announce $24 million capital campaign for 2nd Campus
2015 SFAI / Fort Mason Campus design completion $26.5 Million
2017 SFAI / Fort Mason Campus Opened Fall
2019 Board / President Knox initiative to endow Diego Rivera Mural, enact strategic budget cuts and merger negotiations to avert financial crisis
SFAI announced campus closes on March 13th due to COVID-19.
SFAI closes Fort Mason for shelter in place due to COVID-19.
Faculty Trustee Town Hall. School announces closure as merger fell through.
KQED article: SFAI Suspends Enrollment, Plans Layoffs
NYTIMES article: Top Art School Plans Closing
ARTNews article: no clear path forward
Hyperallergic article: SFAI closing due to rocky finances
Architects NewsPaper article: expected to close permanently
Student Town Hall
Alumni Town Hall, link. Alumni make it clear they do not want the school to close.
Faculty Town Hall
Student Demands sent out to the Board of Trustees and administration.
Artnet article: 5 Celebrated Artists Reflect on How the School Shaped Them
April 2nd: Public letter is released: A PUBLIC STATEMENT WITH REGARD TO THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE signed by over 60 art’s professionals in San Francisco
SFHeritage SFAI Announces Planned Closure
Public letter is released: A PUBLIC STATEMENT WITH REGARD TO THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE signed by over 60 art’s professionals in San Francisco
Board President announced Gordon Knox’s leave-of-absence from his role as President, and a newly formed leadership team would take place effective March 31st. Jennifer Rissler now CAO and Mark Kushner COO.
SF Chronicle article: president takes leave amid existential upheaval
CCA accepts transfer of continuing SFAI students with financial aid intact and housing for all continuing students.
SFAI responds to student demands
Immediate Needs at SFAI Community Petition goes out. 1700+ signatures collected
Student Town Hall, addressing the state of the school, protocols for commencement, transfers, and end of year exhibitions.
KQED article: SFAI Will Never Be What it Once Was
SFAI announces the board will vote in a closed session on April 14th to decide if or any degree programs will continue.
SFAI announces a reset.
Transfer out process for all continuing student is fully active
Faculty Town Hall addressing the state of the school and answering questions.
Alumni Town Hall addressing the state of the school and answering questions.
Mike Henderson joins the Board
Staff and Faculty Town Hall: PPP loan, the May 23rd WARN Act date and employment status
Spring 2020 semester ends, Adjunct contracts end and are laid off (unless any are teaching in the summer teach-out)
Graduate Student Town Hall
Commencement Live YouTube Stream Emcee, Jeff Gunderson, Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Cathy Opie, Nao Bustamante, faculty speaker J. John Priola
Registration for Public Education classes and Pre-college students and Y oung Artists opens
SFAI releases Striving for Solidarity, A Letter to the SFAI Community
Through union bargaining, and government bailout PPP money, Adjuncts are given extended contracts until June 19 as severance pay.
All staff meeting- end dates announced, staff drastically cut.
ARTnews article: Faculty Speak Out Amid Epic Upheaval
Doug Hall joins the Board, Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced.
Summer teach-out begins for students who have between 6-21 credits to finish their SFAI degree. 34 students (79% of eligible students), 12 tenure track faculty + 6 adjunct faculty. are teaching in the Summer teach-out.
-Summer Intensive 1 - May 26 to June 5
-Summer 8-week session - June 8 to July 31
-Summer Intensive 2 - August 3 to August 14
ARTFORUM article: TEACH-OUT
DATEBOOK article: SFAI launches 150th anniversary in year of tumult and upheaval
Last day for 13 staff members, additional last days coming June 30.
HYPERALLERGIC article: Time Capsule of Student Work
Doug Hall releases letter to the community
Full time faculty win grievance and keep contracts through summer 2021
Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced in email to staff, students, alumni, trustees, trustees emeriti and faculty. Memorandum describing the Committee’s assignment
MISSION LOCAL article: Bank moves to foreclose on San Francisco Art Institute
DATEBOOK article: SFAI reverses course, retains teachers, invites students to return.
SFAI press release: San Francisco Art Institute Reinstates Degree Programs...
EXAMINER article: SFAI restores degree classes, seeks subtenant for Fort Mason campus
HYPERALLERGIC article: After Securing $4M in Donations, SFAI Will Remain Operational