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
The New York Times Chairwoman of San Francisco Art School Facing Budget Issues Resigns
SF Chronicle Datebook In tough times, S.F. Art Institute gets new president, completing overhaul of board
Live and Recorded Public meetings of BOS Land Use and Transportation Committee for City and County of San Francisco BOS Land Use and Transportation Committee
UNIVISION brief segment Edición Digital: very short interview with Faculty Trustee María Elena Gonzalez
El UNIVERSAL article San Francisco vendería mural que Diego Rivera pintó en 1931
El SIGLO deTORREÓN Pondrían en venta mural de Diego Rivera
El COMENTARIO Podrían vender mural de Diego Rivera en San Francisco
Catherine Opie, SFAI Student to Alumni Open letter to the trustees of SFAI
ADJUNCT FACULTY open letter to the community
SF Chronicle Datebook S.F. Art Institute’s Diego Rivera mural not being pushed for sale, board chair says
Chris Manfield, SFAI Student Letter To The Editor
The New York Times San Francisco’s Top Art School Says Future Hinges on a Diego Rivera Mural
ADJUNCT FACULTY open letter to the community
HYPERALLERGIC article: After Securing $4M in Donations, SFAI Will Remain Operational
EXAMINER article: SFAI restores degree classes, seeks subtenant for Fort Mason campus
DATEBOOK article: SFAI reverses course, retains teachers, invites students to return.
SFAI press release: San Francisco Art Institute Reinstates Degree Programs...
MISSION LOCAL article: Bank moves to foreclose on San Francisco Art Institute
Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced in email to staff, students, alumni, trustees, trustees emeriti and faculty. Memorandum describing the Committee’s assignment
Full time faculty win grievance and keep contracts through summer 2021
Doug Hall releases letter to the community
HYPERALLERGIC article: Time Capsule of Student Work
Last day for 13 staff members, additional last days coming June 30.
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
Doug Hall joins the Board, Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced.
ARTnews article: Faculty Speak Out Amid Epic Upheaval
All staff meeting- end dates announced, staff drastically cut.
Through union bargaining, and government bailout PPP money, Adjuncts are given extended contracts until June 19 as severance pay.
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
Commencement Live YouTube Stream Emcee, Jeff Gunderson, Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Cathy Opie, Nao Bustamante, faculty speaker J. John Priola
Graduate Student Town Hall
Spring 2020 semester ends, Adjunct contracts end and are laid off (unless any are teaching in the summer teach-out)
Staff and Faculty Town Hall: PPP loan, the May 23rd WARN Act date and employment status
Mike Henderson joins the Board
Alumni Town Hall addressing the state of the school and answering questions.
Faculty Town Hall addressing the state of the school and answering questions.
SFAI announces a reset.
Transfer out process for all continuing student is fully active
SFAI announces the board will vote in a closed session on April 14th to decide if or any degree programs will continue.
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 responds to student demands
CCA accepts transfer of continuing SFAI students with financial aid intact and housing for all continuing students.
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
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
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
Student Demands sent out to the Board of Trustees and administration.
Alumni Town Hall, link. Alumni make it clear they do not want the school to close.
Faculty Town Hall
Architects NewsPaper article: expected to close permanently
Student Town Hall
NYTIMES article: Top Art School Plans Closing
ARTNews article: no clear path forward
Hyperallergic article: SFAI closing due to rocky finances
Faculty Trustee Town Hall. School announces closure as merger fell through.
KQED article: SFAI Suspends Enrollment, Plans Layoffs
SFAI closes Fort Mason for shelter in place due to COVID-19.
SFAI announced campus closes on March 13th due to COVID-19.