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October Exhibitions 10/5 - 10/30


435 Jefferson Gallery

Jessie Janine - Abandonment

Artist Reception: Thursday, October 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

Abandoned houses can be a wealth of inspiration to those with the artistic curiosity to explore them. Formerly the focal points of peoples' lives, their timelines have been diverted, or permanently paused. Jessie Janine’s Abandonment captures the frozen narrative and allows us to consider our complex relationships with things we leave behind.

“There is an undeniably artistic element to decayed sites, abandonment, and an immense number of social and philosophical questions they pose.” says Janine. “Why do we abandon? What does our relationship with abandonment tell us about ourselves?”

Jessie Janine grew up on the tiny gulf coast Island of Cedar Key, Florida, where her love of photography developed as a way to preserve the natural beauty that surrounded her. She completed her BFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2016.

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625 Sutter Gallery

Gregory Beams - Technology's Promises

Artist Reception: Thursday, October 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

Gregory Beams has always thought of himself as something of an outsider, a sort of independent viewer watching life unfold from behind a window. His photo series Technology’s Promises reflects that sense of separation and observation.

“It’s important that my photography be based in reality, that they reflect an urban environment that feels familiar to people when they see them,” says Beams. “Equally important is the sense of something missing, something not quite right within the photograph that requires the viewer to resolve.”

Born in the suburbs north of Seattle, Washington, Gregory Beams didn’t begin to seriously explore photography until later in life. In 2011 he began to pursue his MFA degree at Academy of Art University, where he is expected to graduate in the fall of 2016. Beams still lives and produces most of his work in the Seattle area.

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688 Sutter Gallery

Rachel Liu - Witness

Artist Reception: Thursday, October 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

Considering the landscape as a physical record of change, Rachel Liu’s Witness seeks out the the forgotten stories left behind in the wake of shifting progress. These narrative clues function as focal points that provide windows into forgotten pasts and abandoned futures anachronistically framed by the present.

“Witness is comprised of a series of black and white landscape photographs of my adopted homeland, the Silicon Valley, that invites contemplation and reflection upon this land that has witnessed and endured many changing economic forces and boom-and-bust economic cycles." says Liu. “By looking back to history, to remnants of the past, to marginalized communities, and landscapes in transition juxtaposing traces of the old and new, these images offer an alternative story to the conventional belief of Silicon Valley as the archetypal promised land of opportunity.” 

Originally from Qingdao, China, Rachel Liu takes a project based approach, choosing traditional or alternative photographic processes to suit the subject at hand. She has produced large-scale landscapes and figurative works, as well as installation pieces that blur the boundary between photography and sculpture. Liu completed her MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2015. Today she lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Cannery Galleries Courtyard

4th Annual Veterans Art Exhibition

Original Works by US Military Service Members from World War II to the present

The San Francisco Fleet Week Association (SFFWA) is proud to present our fourth annual Veterans Art Exhibition during Fleet Week 2016. Fleet Week is a time when we pay tribute to our women and men in uniform, and also focus on ways to improve the way we provide humanitarian assistance and educate ourselves about disaster preparedness. 

San Francisco Fleet Week has earned the reputation of producing the largest Fleet Week in the United States. And as Fleet Week has grown, so has its mission. Since 2010, with the establishment of its Center for Humanitarian Assistance, Fleet Week has helped bring together leaders of Federal, State and Local government disaster response agencies, first responders, foreign dignitaries, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies with Department of Defense services to improve the nation’s ability to respond to catastrophic disasters. As a precursor to Fleet Week, more than 150 officials from federal, state and local governments and the military take part in an interactive exercise focused on military support in response to a catastrophic event. 

The Art Exhibit at the Academy of Art University in the Cannery Galleries features original works by US Military Service members from World War II to the present. The San Francisco Fleet Week Association with the support of Academy of Art University presents this special exhibit for the month of October. 

All of us with the SFFWA thank you for your support and participation in today’s exhibit. 

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Atelier Gallery

School of Architecture - Resilient

Exhibition continues through October

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