Artist Studio Spaces in San Francisco

by Monique Delaunay, Editor on 01/05/2011

A new year, a fresh start: Getting serious about making art and selling it? From the advice of many successful artists, a secret to their success is finding a studio space to work everyday. It allows them a space to not only remove themselves from their personal lives, but also focus on their art process, like going to work for any professional. While there are many artists who prefer to work alone in single studio spaces found here and there in the city, there are also studio spaces in collective buildings where artists can congregate and share ideas and techniques. There are many great collectives who offer artist studio spaces and other perks to its members. But, there are also modern buildings exclusively for artist working spaces to rent with great  facilities and opportunities to meet and share experiences with other creative professionals.  

Art Explosion:
www.artexplosionstudios.com/ Located in San Franciscos Mission, Potrero Hill and Dogpatch districts, Art Explosion’s 320art studios provide an affordable place to work in a supportive and exciting arts community. Artists have opportunities to show their work during the year. They also have Spring, Fall and Holiday Open Studios. In the summer and winter months they offer exhibitions at 17th Street Gallery and Alabama St Gallery.

The Point: Hunter’s Point and Islias Creek Artists Colony:
www.thepointart.com/isliascreek.html This location offers studio space for painting, drawing, mixed media, textiles, ceramics and the metal arts:  Welding, blacksmithing and metal crafts. http://www.shipyardartists.com/artists/index.htm Twenty six years on the Shipyard, Hunter’s Point is one of the oldest artist colonies in America. There are over 250 resident artists at the location. They participate in both ArtSpan Open studios and their own weekly open studios.

CellSpace:
www.cellspace.org/services/studios.php CellSpace is a non-profit organization that offers studio space for emerging artists in the Bay Area. There are currently eight art studios that range from 60-300 square feet. While they do not provide direct events, they do participate in ArtSpan Open Studios and hold exhibitions sporadically in the Crucible Gallery.

1890 Bryant:
www.1890bryant.com 1890 Bryant Street Studios is located on the corner of Bryant and Mariposa Streets. Home to creative businesses including vintners, designers, a bakery, HO scale car-racing enthusiasts, architects, painters, jewelers, printmakers, photographers, and ceramicists, it isn’t direct on their website if they have studios available or if an application process is necessary. But by seeing these galleries in person, we can say it is certainly worth an inquiry as these studios are large spaces with lots of opportunities. They also have their Holiday Sale and participate in ArtSpan Open Studios.

ActivSpace:
www.activspace.com/mission-2.html A great space for emerging artists, hobbyists, and even small businesses, ActivSpace’s studios are clean, bright spaces with internet access, modern facilities, and opportunities to participate in community events like artwalks and open studios.

WorkSpaceLimited:
www.workspacelimited.org  Workspace is an old industrial building converted into a new 37,000 sq-ft arts facility. The building houses approximately 65 artists. Workspace also has a 1000-3000 sq-ft gallerywith lighting, tables, chairs, audio/video, grand piano, etc. available to rent to independent curators and event planners. Resident artists also have opportunities to exhibit in the gallery. They also have their own Open Studios, as well as participating in ArtSpan Open Studios.

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