Art on Market Street: SFAC Kiosk Poster Project

September 24 - November 22, 2009

 SFAC Kiosk Banner Website

Since 1992, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) has commissioned original artwork by Bay Area artists for temporary display as posters in 24 of the triangular advertising kiosks located along the sidewalks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero.  The Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Program provides round-the-clock access to contemporary art for thousands of pedestrians, many of whom may not frequent traditional art venues. The Bedford Gallery exhibition profiles this successful and model public art project by featuring thirty of the original 6x4 foot posters. For the first time ever, a selection of past posters will be shown as a group, inside a gallery.

Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer worked collaboratively with the Art on Market Street Project Manager Judy Moran to organize the exhibition. Lederer points out, “this exhibition has significance in the field of public art, as a retrospective look at an ongoing project. Few of us ever have the chance to enjoy the whole series while it’s up on Market Street. This will allow viewers to take in the complete picture. The caliber of this project is an example for Arts Commissions everywhere—an idea worth aspiring to.”

 Artists, who create their poster designs in a range of media, have included such well known names as: Seyed Alavi, Katherine Aoki, Mildred Howard, Amanda Hughen, Jason Jagel, Packard Jennings, Abner Nolan, Owen Smith, Megan Wilson and Jenifer Wofford.  Each commissioned artist or artist team creates a series of six poster designs based on a single theme that are reproduced into posters for a three month exhibition.  Recently, the Art on Market Street Kiosk Program has had an annual theme, such as “Bay Area Urban Systems” or “San Francisco Stories”, and each series now includes an auxiliary public program.

According to Luis R. Cancel, director of cultural affairs for San Francisco, “The Arts Commission has enjoyed making art a part of daily life for San Francisco residents, workers, shoppers and visitors through the Art on Market Street Program. With each dynamic exhibition of posters by Bay Area artists, the street becomes a destination rather than just a thoroughfare and the pedestrian experience is enlivened by endlessly imaginative interpretations of urban life in San Francisco. We are delighted to partner with Bedford Gallery to share these wonderful posters with new audiences.”

Exhibition Artists:

Amy Claire Trachtenberg
Jon Rubin
Mark Brest van Kempen
Margaret Kilgallen
Maya Hayuk
Kara Maria
Katherine Aoki
Jason Jagel
Megan Wilson
Mildred Howard
René Garcia & John Leaños
Abner Nolan
Amanda Hughen & Jennifer Starkweather
Helena Keeffe
Packard Jennings & Steve Lambert
Owen Smith
Jenifer K Wofford
Brian Miller & Thien Pham


Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 5:00-7:00 pm
Be transported to the colorful sidewalks of Market Street. Enjoy wine and hors d'ouevres provided by the Bedford Gallery Guild. General admission $5; Free for LCA members.

Bg Art Morning: Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 am
Judy Moran, Project Manager of Public Art Programs at the SFAC will join us for an informative presentation. Admission $7 Space is limited, call 925-295-1423 for tickets.

 Bg Craft Fest: Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
An extravaganza of handmade items perfect for gift-giving! FREE entry includes gallery admission.

 About the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Public Art Program:

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, SFAC programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Gallery, Street Artists Licensing, and the Summer in the City Concert Series. The agency’s core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.