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70 Artists Face Displacement In The Mission

Updated: Apr 17, 2015 08:37
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Studio 17, Mission District San Francisco, one of our city’s largest art collectives


Studio 17, one of our city’s largest art collectives may disappear this year.  Redlick Building owner failed to renew the lease which expires June 2015.

“We are stuck in limbo and our situation as working artists in this city is dire,” said Robert Donald, visual artist and the master leaseholder for Studio 17 who has made numerous attempts to work with Holman and his realtors to renew the studio’s lease.

“As a longstanding and cornerstone presence in the heart and soul of San Francisco’s Mission District, we are looking to find solutions that preserve our presence as artists and as a community.”

Since purchasing the building in 2013, Rick Holman has evicted In the Works, a community and events collective, and Homeless Children’s Network, a non-profit dedicated to solving homelessness and poverty among youth, has silently left the building. Despite being zoned for a neighborhood-serving business, the space once home to the Homeless Children’s Network is currently being rented to PlanGrid, a software company.

Studio 17 is one of at least three artist studios currently facing eviction in San Francisco. The other artist collectives are Workspace Limited and SOMA Artists Studios, which are home to about 30, and more than 40 artists respectively.  These open studios could be the last opportunity for the San Francisco community to engage with Studio 17 as a collective artist community.

The Artists of Studio 17
“San Francisco has a unique,creative culture that draws people from all over the world and the city’s artists are essential in crafting a robust and vibrant society,” said Joen Madonna, Executive Director, Art Span. “In this boom economy, we are losing artists studios at an unprecedented rate and now more than ever we need conscientious protection of these valuable communities.”
The artists of Studio 17 have exhibited their work in galleries, museums and collections around the world including the San Francisco MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art,University of California, Mills College Art Museum, Jewish Museum, Smithsonian, YBCA,SOMarts, Southern Exposure, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Museums of SF, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Artnow International, CA Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis, California Historical Society, The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway to name a few. Notable artists that have been or are members of the Studio 17 collective include: Rosana Castrillo, Elisheva Biernoff, Jim Goldberg, Truong Tran, Kristina Lewis, Lava Thomas, Andy Vogt, Sarah Smith, Kate Nichols, Mark Garrett, and many more. Studio 17 is a member of Mission Artists United, a forum for Mission-based artists to connect and promote each other’s work. Through Mission Artists United, the artists of studio 17 often host open studios providing the community with the opportunity to engage with them and view their work.The artists of Studio 17 will host an opening reception for their spring open studios on April 17, 6:00-9:00pm. 

Open Studios 2015 will commence on April 18th and 19th, 12:00-6:00pm.
For more info on these artists and their work,  Alex Nichols has been documenting both on his blog:
 All photos courtesy of Studio 17
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