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Welcome to the Arts at San Francisco University High School!

As an academic department, our curriculum is designed to allow students to develop both the understanding and the creation of the arts. Every graduate of UHS has a hands-on experience in the arts, as well as a historical context for the discipline. The Course Catalog explains our curriculum in greater detail. In addition to our strong curriculum, the Arts faculty is proud to present an exciting program of events. We invite you to attend our performances, exhibits, and concerts, as this is the best way for you to experience our program. The vibrancy and energy of these events are a reflection of what students and teachers experience in our classrooms everyday. Our Arts Calendar can keep you up to date on our events.

Overview of the Arts Department:

  • Over 75% of the student body is enrolled in arts classes
  • We offer over 35 arts classes
  • Over 80% of students take more than the minimum graduation requirement for the arts
  • We host three theater productions, six art openings, and four music concerts every year
  • A large percentage of the school’s Independent Studies projects are sponsored by the Arts faculty
  • We have nine Arts faculty members: seven full-time teachers and two part-time teachers; the Arts faculty are trained specifically in the disciplines that they teach

James Faerron
Arts Department Chair

Jackson Street Gallery Professional Art Opening #2:
Everything All at Once and Falling

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 5:00-7:00pm
Art Show up from November 2 - December 2
Jackson Street Gallery and Lounge

Vanessa Marsh is a visual artist working in Oakland, CA. Born in Seattle, Washington she first became interested in Photography when her mother gave her a Nikon E series camera in 9th grade. She earned her BA from Western Washington University in 2001 and her MFA in 2004 from California College of the Arts. Marsh has exhibited widely including the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, Foley Gallery in New York, and photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe. She has received fellowships from the Headlands Center for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Kala Art Institute and has been an artist in residence at Rayko Photo Center and Jentel Foundation. vanessamarshfineart.com

Winter Arts Festival
December 7

Student Art Show: Jackson Street and Washington Street Galleries (6-7:30)
Concert: Theater (7:30-9:30)
Post-Concert Reception: Student Center (9:30-10)

Please join us in celebrating the Arts at UHS at the Winter Arts Festival on Friday, December 7, 2018!

The Visual Arts Opening Reception, with a show featuring the work of every student enrolled in a visual art class, is from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Jackson Street Gallery and Washington Street Foyer.  

The Winter Concert follows at 7:30 PM in the Theatre, featuring the talents of Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble, and UHS’ very own Satonics.

A tea and cookies reception will follow the concert at about 9:30 PM in the Student Center. 

Let’s close out – and celebrate – the fall semester with art and music!

Admission is FREE!

Arts Calendar






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