Timeline

Background

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

January 2021

January 27: 

SFAI Adjunct Union Letter

January 22: 

The New York Times Chairwoman of San Francisco Art School Facing Budget Issues Resigns

SFist SF Art Institute Cleans House After Controversial Attempt to Sell Diego Rivera Mural

 

January 21: 

SF Chronicle Datebook In tough times, S.F. Art Institute gets new president, completing overhaul of board

January 14: 

Re-Imagine town hall meeting 

The Guardian 'Heresy': historic art college's fate could hang on a Diego Rivera mural

January 11: 

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

 

January 8: 

UNIVISION brief segment Edición Digital: very short interview with Faculty Trustee María Elena Gonzalez

January 7:

El UNIVERSAL article San Francisco vendería mural que Diego Rivera pintó en 1931

El DIARIO Planean venta de mural de Diego Rivera en San Francisco

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

January 6: 

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

ARTFORUM SFAI Explores Controversial sale of Diego Rivera Mural

ARTnews Will The San Francisco Art Institute Sell $50 M. Diego Rivera?

Chris Manfield, SFAI Student Letter To The Editor

January 5: 

ARTNET The Cash-Strapped San Francisco Art Institute May Sell a Beloved Diego Rivera Mural to George Lucas to Shore Up Its Finances

The New York Times San Francisco’s Top Art School Says Future Hinges on a Diego Rivera Mural

January 4: 

MISSION LOCAL Selling S.F. Art Institute’s Diego Rivera mural ‘would be a crime against art and the city’s heritage,’ says supe

January 1: 

SF Chronicle UC regents become S.F. Art Institute’s landlord after paying off its debt

July 2020

July 24th:

HYPERALLERGIC article: After Securing $4M in Donations, SFAI Will Remain Operational​

July 23rd:

EXAMINER article: SFAI restores degree classes, seeks subtenant for Fort Mason campus 

KQED article: Students Suffer Whiplash as SFAI Decides to Offer Classes After All

artnet article: SFAI Has Reversed Its Plans to Wind Down Following a $4 Million Surge...

SFiST article: San Francisco Art Institute Saved, Maybe, For Another School Year

July 22nd:

DATEBOOK article: SFAI reverses course, retains teachers, invites students to return.

SFAI press release: San Francisco Art Institute Reinstates Degree Programs...

July 17th:

MISSION LOCAL article: Bank moves to foreclose on San Francisco Art Institute

July 13th:

Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced in email to staff, students, alumni, trustees, trustees emeriti and faculty.  Memorandum describing the Committee’s assignment

July 1st:

Full time faculty win grievance and keep contracts through summer 2021

 

June 2020

June 30th:

Doug Hall releases letter to the community

June 29th:

HYPERALLERGIC article: Time Capsule of Student Work

June 19th:

Last day for 13 staff members, additional last days coming June 30.

June 12th:

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

June 9th:

Doug Hall joins the Board, Committee to Reimagine SFAI is announced.

June 8th:

ARTnews article: Faculty Speak Out Amid Epic Upheaval

June 4th:

All staff meeting- end dates announced, staff drastically cut.

June 3rd:

Through union bargaining, and government bailout PPP money, Adjuncts are given extended contracts until June 19 as severance pay.

June 2nd:

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

May 2020

May 16th:

Commencement Live YouTube Stream Emcee, Jeff Gunderson, Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Cathy Opie, Nao Bustamante, faculty speaker J. John Priola

May 15th:

Student Award Zoom Presentation, BFA and MFA virtual exhibitions open.

May 14th:

Graduate Student Town Hall

 

May 8th:

Spring 2020 semester ends, Adjunct contracts end and are laid off (unless any are teaching in the summer teach-out) 

May 6th:

Staff and Faculty Town Hall: PPP loan, the May 23rd WARN Act date and employment status

April 2020

April 28th:

Mike Henderson joins the Board

April 20th:

Alumni Town Hall  addressing the state of the school and answering questions.

April 17th:

Faculty Town Hall addressing the state of the school and answering questions.

April 15th:

SFAI announces a reset.

Transfer out process for all continuing student is fully active

April 13th:

SFAI announces the board will vote in a closed session on April 14th to decide if or  any degree programs will continue. 

April 10th:

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

April 9th:

SFAI responds to student demands

April 6th:

CCA accepts transfer of continuing SFAI students with financial aid intact and housing for all continuing students.

April 3rd:

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

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

April 1st:

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

March 2020

March 29th:

Student Demands sent out to the Board of Trustees and administration.  

March 26th:

Alumni Town Hall, link. Alumni make it clear they do not want the school to close.

Faculty Town Hall

March 25th:

Architects NewsPaper article: expected to close permanently 

Student Town Hall

March 24th:

NYTIMES article: Top Art School Plans Closing

ARTNews article: no clear path forward

Hyperallergic article: SFAI closing due to rocky finances

March 23rd:

Faculty Trustee Town Hall. School announces closure as merger fell through.  

KQED article: SFAI Suspends Enrollment, Plans Layoffs

March 16th:

SFAI closes Fort Mason for shelter in place due to COVID-19. 

March 12th:

SFAI announced campus closes on March 13th due to COVID-19.

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