San Francisco's Premier Outdoor Art Gallery – Founded in 1961

Artist Guild of San Francisco morning set-up in Union Square
The Artists Guild of San Francisco morning set-up in Union Square

The Artists Guild of San Francisco

The Artists Guild of San Francisco (AGSF) was founded in 1961 by a group of urban artists who wanted to exhibit their work independently in outdoor sites across the city of San Francisco.

In 1995, the Guild was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization. In the fifty years since its founding, the Artists Guild has developed into a venue that supports professional gallery-quality artists, allowing them to survive and thrive in San Francisco.

The Artists Guild sponsors weekend art exhibitions in San Francisco city parks such as Union Square, Maiden Lane, Huntington Park, and the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, in front of the deYoung Art Museum. Other exhibition sites include Washington Square in North Beach, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Marina Green.

The Guild requires that the artist must be present when exhibiting. Only original paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints created and printed by the artist may be displayed. The Guild does not allow crafts, photographs or digitized reproductions/photo-mechanical reproductions of art works.

Our mission is twofold. First, to bring art and artists into the community for public interaction and education; and second, to help artists develop the skills that will permit them to sustain themselves with art as their full-time career.

The Board of Directors

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Artists Guild of San Francisco board of directors oversees the financial, legal and strategic direction of the organization.

Terry Guyer, President

Gary Becker, Secretary

Timon Sloan, Treasurer

Stevens Jay Carter

Susan Johnson

Carole Moore

John Petach

The Artist Committee

The Artists Committe (AC) of the Artists Guild of San Francisco addresses day-to-day working issues, streamlines proceedures and implements new processes as issues arise or changes are needed.

John Petach, AC Chair