Minnesota Street Project
At 150,000+ square feet, the Minnesota Street Project (MSP) encompasses a massive amount of gallery space in the very heart of Dogpatch. Reclaiming a former raw warehouse and woodshop via a design by Jensen Architects, the 1275 Minnesota Street location houses 11 of MSP’s permanent galleries, as well as flexible spaces for temporary exhibitions and cutting-edge restaurant, Alta, by Chef Daniel Patterson which made its Dogpatch debut in June 2017. Also, a rentable atrium perfect for special events and larger installations, a state-of-the-art art storage facility carved from a nearby building, and a group of artist studios at the adjacent 1240 Minnesota Street contribute to MSP’s self-sustaining model: a change from the philanthropic outreach that is typical of other arts organizations.
It’s all part of MSP founders Deborah and Andy Rappaport’s vision of building San Francisco’s reputation as an “internationally recognized arts destination.” But, despite the rapid growth and success, MSP maintains a strict devotion to local artists, as well as a commitment to always welcoming proposals from outside curators and other arts organizations. Educational workshops further round out their offerings and make what’s happening at MSP even more accessible to the surrounding community.
Workshop Residence (WR) can be found at 833 22nd Street in the shell of a stable constructed in 1905 for Graham Fuel & Feed. WR has divided the space into workshops/markets for international artisans, craftspeople, and designers working with local manufacturers to bring you functional art. In short, their eight artists in residence make cool stuff you can use every day. Home goods, apparel, utility items, and bags are just a few of the treasures that you’ll find here, each inspired by contemporary design and material exploration.
WR also gives you the opportunity to explore your own artistic curiosity and practical do-it-yourself tendencies with workshops and educational offerings in a variety of disciplines, each named with cutting wit to match, including If you’re dying for love this Valentine’s Day, consider dyeing with us…, an indigo-dyeing workshop and For the love of mom, say it with good penmanship…, a hand-lettering class. For those who have an idea that may interest WR—or just a burning desire to share your craft with others—consider a proposal for WR’s Annual Residency Competition.
3rd Street Studios Program
With last year’s introduction of the 3rd Street Studios Program at the MFA Graduate Studios in Dogpatch, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) has found a unique way to integrate local artists and arts academia in a neutral, and quite natural, environment: the studio. Heavily subsidized studio space is offered to 25 successful applicants, with the only two caveats being that every artist must pay residency dues and must make use of the space. In addition to an inexpensive work area settled on premier Dogpatch real estate, the resident artists have access to MFA faculty and students, allowing for a healthy exchange of ideas and collaborative works not normally available in most graduate art programs.
Residents will also be pleased to know that they are both allowed and encouraged to sell their work. As an expansion of SFAI’s public education courses that provide learning for all skill levels in all manner of visual arts, the 3rd Street Studios Program is the ultimate grab for the local artist looking to find her or his place in an ever-evolving and thriving SF arts community.