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.
Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic
SF Arts Relief Fund: Providing $2.5 million in grants to artists and loans to arts organizations
SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development: Numerous resources, including links to federal loans for businesses and nonprofits
Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Fund: Raising money and giving grants to arts workers facing loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis
Berkeley: Business continuity grants
US Department of the Treasury: Assistance for small businesses – Paycheck Protection Program and more (new)
US Small Business Association: Loan information and guidance
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Grants to help businesses pay rent and operating expenses
Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency grants for artists
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Map shows where COVID-19 tenant protection legislation is in force or in progress
MORE RESOURCE LISTS:
California Arts Council: Comprehensive list of resources
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation: Links to resources, many for artists
Creative Capital: List of Resources for artists and arts organizations
The Visual Capitalist: The Seven best COVID-19 Resources We’ve Discovered So Far (general info)
Americans for the Arts: Resource and Response Center with more links
Grantmakers in the Arts: Articles, information hubs and more
4CULTURE.org: Resource links
US Black Chambers: Cares Act and more links & resources
Gallery Job Listings
Jenkins Johnson Gallery is seeking a full-time, personable and motivated Gallery Associate for art sales, artist liaison, admin and public relations. Requirements include knowledge of art and the contemporary art market, experience in art sales, museum curatorial protocol, gallery admin, and press outreach. Must be availability to travel to art fairs & other event. For the full job description and to submit letter/resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenkins Johnson Gallery is seeking a full-time, detail-oriented and motivated Registrar with 3+ years’ experience and knowledge of the gallery and museum businesses. Candidate should display excellent organizational skills, ability to effectively prioritize tasks, and work with deadlines in a fast-paced environment. For the full job description and to submit letter/resume: email@example.com.
Altman Siegel seeks an experienced, full time Art Handler / Registrar. Hours are 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 the full job description, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Gallery Assistant / Social Media Manager to manage all aspects of social media, create e-mail campaigns, newsletters and exhibition catalogues. Must be able to work independently, possess excellent writing and organizational skills and have up to date knowledge of WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop and various social media platforms. This is a freelance or part time position. Please direct all resumes and inquiries to email@example.com.
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)