The Fine Arts Museums' School Programs enable students to make connections and develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. The programs described below offer a vast array of experiences ranging from independent viewing to facilitated visits with docents, museum artists, poets and the Museum Ambassadors. All guided programs provide opportunities for students to work directly with ideas, interpretation and communication in the gallery and/or artist studio.
Make your family's next visit to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco one to remember! Whether you are interested in seeing art or making it, your family will take away more than just memories from the Museums.
The conservation and care of works of art is fundamental to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s mission to provide its community and region with high quality exhibitions, programs, education and outreach. The FAMSF conservation department was founded in 1972 to support the preservation, study, and treatment of objects, paintings, paper, and textiles. The conservation department continues to be devoted to the needs of the wide-ranging collections, educational programs, and exhibitions.
Image: Ed Ruscha, Dog, 1995. © Ed Ruscha
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Located at the Legion of Honor, the paper conservation laboratory handles the preservation and conservation needs of close to 100,000 prints, drawings, photographs and books in the Museums’ collection. Caring for such varied works of art presents unique challenges and requires varied treatments. The scale of conservation efforts ranges from working under the microscope consolidating paint on an Indian miniature to devising the best way way to display a 17-foot contemporary photograph.
Located at the de Young Museum, the Sardegna Paintings Conservation Center is devoted to the preservation, study and treatment of the nearly two thousand paintings in the European and American Art Departments and their frames. From the reduction of a yellowed varnish from a 17th-century Italian painting to the reattachment of flaking paint on an early American portrait or the removal of a grime layer on a 20th-century abstract work, the conservation treatment activities of the department are as varied as the paintings in the collection.
Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993). Green (detail), 1986. Color aquatint, spit bite aquatint, soap ground aquatint, and drypoint. Printed by Marcia Bartholme, published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Crown Point Press. 1991.28.1274
Acquired in 1991, the Crown Point Press Archive located at the Legion of Honor contains one impression (usually Artist’s Proof 6) from every print edition published by Crown Point Press as well as many proofs from editions printed, but not published, by the Press since its inception in 1962 to the present day. Also included in the archive are unique materials including artist’s preparatory sketches, notes, working proofs, blocks, and plates.
Located at the de Young, the Penny and James Coulter Objects Conservation Center provides for the preservation, conservation and scientific study of all three-dimensional works of art in the FAMSF collections, which total more than three-quarters of the collections out on permanent display. Working with such diverse collections, the conservators must have a strong understanding of a wide range of materials and techniques as well as an awareness of culturally sensitive issues specific to each object.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco provide images from our collection for a variety of needs. We have over 80,000 objects including prints, drawings, paintings, textiles, and 3-dimensional artwork. If you’d like to browse our collection, please visit the ImageBase where you can search for artwork by artist, title, or subject matter.
For press requests, please contact our Marketing department.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) provide images for a variety of purposes. We have over 80,000 images of prints, drawings, paintings, textiles and 3-dimensional artwork from our permanent collections. If you’d like to browse our collection, visit the ImageBase where you can search for artwork by artist or title.
For press requests, please visit the Press Room.