SOMA, SF Closing Reception: April 19, 2018 6-8pm

Join us for the closing of the SOMA|South of Market, SF exhibit on April 19, 2018 6-8pm in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Rosenberg Library. There will be new content added before the closing. You will not want to miss it!

Thank you to the artists and organizations who participated in this exhibit! You gave us an opportunity to get to know you and to follow your work.


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SOMA|South of Market, SF

Please join us
Thursday, November 30 for the opening reception

2nd floor, Rosenberg Library, Ocean Campus
CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave.

Welcome to the SOMA. Three artist-led teams are working in the South of Market to create new artwork with neighborhood residents and businesses. Deep engagement in the SOMA is producing innovative projects and power packed imagery by multigenerational participants. Each team has a different focus, a different vision.

The work of the three teams brings into focus the way that working class neighborhoods in concert with artists can powerfully express, strengthen and advocate for a working class/working artist perspective in all our under-assault neighborhoods. The three distinct projects serve as a laboratory for building resilience , countering gentrification and celebrating grass roots culture through three very different lenses.

The three collaborations will continue throughout the Spring of 2018. Parts of this exhibition will change and transform as the teams develop their projects. Enjoy the first iteration and check back later in the spring for the second installment of this exhibition.

The exhibition is divided into 3 parts:

Pinoy Stories in Words and Pictures:
Illustrator Don Aguillo in tandem with illustrator/writer Raf Salazar, and Kulintang Arts, Inc. (KulArts) are collaborating to create Pinoy Superheroes Here and Now!, spotlighting untold stories of everyday Pilipino heroes who live or work in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Aguillo and Salazar will create a graphic novel-style episodic comic book that will be available in print and online, as well as six posters based on the comic book.

We Live Here:
Multidisciplinary artist Jerome Reyes and the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN), are collaborating on a multi-platform political campaign that generates and circulates artwork throughout the neighborhood. Materials created through the “We Live Here” project are focused on local issues that SOMCAN members of immigrant youth and families are collectively organizing on so they can live, work and thrive in San Francisco.

Means of Exchange: 
Artists Weston Teruya and Kimberley Arteche are partnering with Kearny Street Workshop to create “Means of Exchange,” engaging with small businesses in San Francisco’s rapidly changing South of Market district to co-create art products and pop-up businesses. The artists will spend time meeting, building trust, and offering artmaking activities to varied South of Market enterprises, eventually working with
four or more businesses to co-create artworks that highlight different facets of South of Market life.

Thank you: Friends of the CCSF Library for supporting Library Exhibitions, The Creative Work Fund for supporting these three projects; Mark Albright for signage, David Liang for installation assistance, Johanna Rudolph for printing and, as always, Vanessa Williams for all her work to make the Library a welcoming place.

Kate Connell
Curator, Library Exhibition Program

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Rough Resemblance

Celebrating 80 Years of Forum Magazine

Established in 1937, Forum Magazine is a student-run literary journal that serves the City College of San Francisco community. Forum magazine is a reflection of the work, and the work is a reflection of a particular time. The interest of this exhibit, “Rough Resemblance: Celebrating 80 Years of Forum Magazine,” is to demonstrate that a fellowship of artists can be found despite individual experiences and historical differences. Two striking features of Forum magazine are content and form. A wide range of views have been expressed in the eight decades of Forum’s publication. Remarkably, noticeable themes like identity, technology, and habitat repeat and overlap across decades. Additionally, student editors have fiddled with Forum’s style for decades, building a legacy of unique perspectives. No issue looks exactly like another: cover design, magazine shape, formatting, and layout are periodically standardized or differentiated.

The City College of San Francisco community continues to grow, and many entrants to this community are unaware of Forum‘s legacy. The literary publication serves both the contributors and the students who produce the magazine. For the talented authors, poets, and visual artists the magazine is a platform for their unique voice. For the students responsible for production, they learn technical copy editing and publishing skills while engaging in the local literary community. Forum Magazine is looking for original works of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Memoir, Essays, Comics, Photographs, Paintings, Etchings and more. Email submissions to

The Creative Writing Certificate is supported by City College of San Francisco’s English Department. Students interested in participating in the publication of Forum Magazine should review CCSF’s course catalog (ENGL 35L/M).

Guest Curators: Natasha Forner and Isabel Magdaleno

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