Frequently Asked Questions
Can SFADA help me determine the value of my artwork?
SFADA does not have an art identification or appraisal service. We suggest you search for the artist online and try to find an art dealer who represents his/her work. You may also look for appraisers in your area, send them photos of the artwork, and ask them how to proceed. Appraisers are listed on the Appraisers Association of America website. To find a SFADA dealer who represents the artist’s or similar artwork, enter the artist’s name or style into search field (upper right corner) on this site.
How can I find a gallery to represent me and my work?
Research galleries to determine which ones might be appropriate aesthetic matches for your work. Contact those galleries to determine their individual preferred methods of reviewing work. Some post this information on their websites.
If you are a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist, we suggest you contact ArtSpan, a local nonprofit that organizes professional development workshops for artists as well as the annual SF Open Studios program.
How can I find out which gallery has a certain kind of art?
Use the Search function in the upper right corner of the screen and enter a keyword, or go to our Galleries page page and filter by the most common Art Specialties.
How can I find employment in an art gallery?
Each gallery does its own hiring, so it is best to contact a gallery for which you have a special interest. You are welcome to send your resume to info @ sfada.com, and if we know of open gallery positions, we will forward your information. You may also check galleries’ job postings on this page.
Can I exhibit my work during First Thursday?
SFADA organizes the monthly “First Thursday” openings, encouraging member galleries to stay open late and host exhibition receptions on those evenings. SFADA only lists member galleries and openings on the SFADA.com website; however, many galleries (including non-members and non-profit organizations) plan their opening receptions on Thursdays as well.
Gallery Job Listings
San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery is seeking undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining technical and administrative experience in a photography gallery for academic credit. Three internships are available September to December: Digital archive, registration assistant and administrative. For full internship descriptions, email email@example.com.
San Francisco: Hackett | Mill is seeking an experienced, motivated and detail-oriented Gallery Assistant. This position includes a variety of tasks pertaining to client, inventory and exhibition support as well as projects that improve the organization and general upkeep of the gallery. Work hours are M-F 9:30am-5:30pm. For a full job description, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco: Workshop Residence is seeking a Retail Sales & Studio Assistant. This is a part-time or full-time position that will provide front-line support and be the first person of contact to Workshop Residence, a unique retail shop and design/fabrication space. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated individual interested in working as part of a small team in art and design. For a full job description, email email@example.com.
San Francisco: Altman Siegel is seeking an experienced art handler with registrar experience. This is a full time job, Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 11-5, plus overtime during openings and installations. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about an art world job and have knowledge of the contemporary art world. For a full job description, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museums and Cultural Institutions
- Asian Art Museum
- Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
- Berkeley Art Center
- California Historical Society
- Cartoon Art Museum
- Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Djerassi Resident Artists Program
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor and M.H. de Young Museum
- Kala Art Institute
- The Lab
- Montalvo Arts Center
- The Mexican Museum
- The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD)
- Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD)
- New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU)
- Oakland Museum of California
- The Performance Art Institute
- San Francisco Arts Commission
- San Francisco Center for the Book
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- SF Camerawork
- Southern Exposure
- Walt Disney Family Museum
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)