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 @, 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 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

Reopening Guidelines:
Alameda County Health Officer Orders
San Mateo County Health Officer Orders
Cleaning and Disinfecting guidelines from CDC
Disinfectants for use against COVID-19 from EPA
Guidance for retailers from State of CA (detailed)
Checklist for Reopening after Coronavirus shutdown
California general checklist for retailers with details on cleaning, training, distancing and more
Free Signage:
Request free COVID posters and flyers from City of SF with delivery or pick-up (at Moscone) in 24-48 hours
Print your own signage in multiple languages & sizes:
•”Re-open safely together” – free to print, multilingual
•”Stay six feet apart” – free to print, multilingual
City of SF toolkit for IG graphics & more.
Where to purchase PPE:  List from Marin Recovers

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 Relief Fund:  Granting $3 million to small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and residential tenants

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



California Arts Council:  Comprehensive list of resources

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation:  Links to resources, many for artists

NEA:  A list of links to arts service organizations offering assistance

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  Resource links

US Black Chambers:  Cares Act and more links & resources

MoAD:  COVID-19 Resource guide for artists, workers, and more


Gallery Job Listings

San Francisco:  Hashimoto Contemporary is seeking a full-time Gallery Assistant.  Duties include front desk work, communications, social media, database and archive maintenance and other gallery work.  For full job description and to apply, contact

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