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October 10, 2020January 31, 2021

The de Young Open

Prepare for your visit with Insights into 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: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

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 in The de Young Open.

The de Young Open continues the museum’s long-standing tradition of engaging the local community and showcasing the talent of Bay Area artists, who offer their pieces for sale and retain 100 percent of the proceeds. Access The de Young Open Web Gallery to explore artworks in the exhibition. You will find instructions for purchase on this site. If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ.

The de Young Open Web Gallery

Please note that you are exiting, and are entering a third-party website. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are not responsible for any sales transactions.

Image (left to right):  jesuuna, detail of Ophelia. © jesuuna, image courtesy of the artist; John Bonick, Wired (The Golden Thicket). © John Bonick, image courtesy of the artist; Christopher Williams, detail of The Long Goodbye. © Christopher Williams, image courtesy of the artist; Steve Mainini, detail of Homage to Michelangelo. © Steve Mainini, image courtesy of the artist; Lorenz Sonneman, detail of The River Thing King. © Lorenz Sonneman, image courtesy of the artist; Orin Carpenter, detail of Can You Hear Me Now?! © Orin Carpenter, image courtesy of the artist; Diana Liu Benet, detail of Heritage Moves. © Diana Liu Benet, image courtesy of the artist; Pablo Villicana, detail of Maya. © Pablo Villicana, image courtesy of the artist; Carmen McNall, detail of In Her Own Element. © Carmen McNall, image courtesy of the artist 

In Depth

In March, following the unexpected closure of the Fine Arts Museums, The de Young Open and a call for submissions were announced and, beginning in June, local artists were encouraged to submit recent or newly created work to the exhibition through an online portal. An impressive 11,514 artworks submitted by 6,188 artists from across the nine Bay Area counties.

Every artwork image was reviewed anonymously multiple times by a group of qualified jurors who did not know the identities of the artists. The jurors included four Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curators in charge and three prominent Bay Area artists: Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, and Enrique Chagoya. Given the space limitations in our main exhibition galleries, the seven jurors were faced with the challenging task of selecting and accepting less than 8 percent of all the works submitted.

The Museums want to thank every artist who submitted works for enriching the Bay Area’s cultural landscape, as well as that of the United States. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco would not exist without the talented artists whose works make our very existence possible.

We promise to carry on the mission of engaging with our local artistic communities through projects like The de Young Open, and look forward to welcoming artists—and all of our community members—back to the de Young as soon as it is safe to gather again in person.

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