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The Art of Textiles \ The de Young Open, hosted by curator Jill D'Alessandro

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Kira Dominguez-Hultgren, Oakland Native, 2019

Kira Dominguez-Hultgren, Oakland Native, 2019

Virtual Event

Meet the artists featured in the exhibition, The de Young Open! Every Wednesday during the month of December, join us for weekly artist panels hosted by the Fine Arts Museums curators. Hear from artists of a diverse range of disciplines, backgrounds, identities, and abilities that capture the talents and vibrancy of the Bay Area. 

These evening programs strive to continue the museums’ commitment to engaging and supporting local Bay Area artists and communities. 

Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco brings unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

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Featured Artists

Alice Beasley is a self-taught artist who works almost exclusively with fabric, collaging and sewing images of people as well as still lifes.  She has been producing art for more than 30 years and has exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, France, Japan, Namibia and Croatia.

Sherwin Rio is an interdisciplinary artist with a dual MFA/MA in Studio Art/History and Theory of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited as a solo and collaborative artist throughout the U.S. and recent awards include the 2019 Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship.

Kira Dominguez Hultgren (b. 1980) is a new-to-Chicago-based textile artist. She holds an MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Dominguez Hultgren is a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts and is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery.

Ben Venom is a textile artist based in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Levi Strauss Museum, the National Folk Museum of Korea, HPGRP Gallery, Taubman Museum, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, and the Gregg Museum. Venom has been
interviewed by NPR, Playboy, Juxtapoz, KQED, Maxim, and CBS Sunday Morning. He is currently Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute.


Jill D'Alessandro is the Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Textile and costume curator with experience in textile history and woman’s costume; seasoned exhibition curator; Fulbright Scholar; published author; educator; symposium organizer; nationally exhibited fiber artist; staff and intern supervisor; collaborator 

About the Exhibition

In celebration of the de Young museum’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are hosting The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition of submissions by artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties. Works of art in The de Young Open are hung “salon-style,” installed edge to edge and floor to ceiling, which enables a maximum number of works to be displayed. The de Young filled the 12,000-square-foot Herbst Exhibition Galleries with 877 artworks by 762 Bay Area artists.

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