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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 12 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: Are We Not All Animals?

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5-7 PM; Art Show up from November 1-29


ARTIST: t.c. moore
CURATOR: Jenifer Kent
WHERE: Jackson Street Gallery & Lounge


Are We Not All Animals
Please join the UHS Arts Department on Nov. 1st from 5-7 pm in the Jackson Street Gallery for the opening reception of “Are We Not All Animals?” an exhibition of mixed-media work by Bay Area artist t.c. moore. 

Moore says, “I am an environmental artist who uses an array of natural materials, horse hair, hoof clippings, wood shavings, teeth, feathers and fur to create work which celebrates the organic unity of all living things. My work is inspired by the Biophilia hypothesis, a term coined by E.O. Wilson which states that humans as a species have a universal love for the natural world. Visually, my work combines ephemeral assemblies of natural materials mixed with traditional art materials, graphically strong and at times, enigmatic, ethereal, ghostlike and primeval. My work balances the patterns of nature with the formalism created with my hands. Looking, collecting and touching nature’s materials are integral with the process of creating my work.”

t.c. moore Artist Bio

t.c moore’s work has been exhibited across the United States in solo and juried exhibitions.  She has taught drawing, watercolor, process media and methods at Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley Extension, and the University of Oregon in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.  Her travels have included studies at the Glasgow School of Art, as well as teaching a field studies seminar in Italy’s Veneto region.  She earned an MFA in Studio Arts from JFK University in Berkeley, a Masters in Landscape Architecture, a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and an Associate degree in Interior Design from Mt. Royal University in Canada.  Her work questions the definitions and boundaries of drawing, painting, sculpture and fiber arts and she encourages you to look at her website www.tcmoorestudio.com.

San Francisco University High School Presents: Under Milk Wood

By Dylan Thomas
Directed by Jon Tracy*

*Member of SDC, the Stage Directors & Choreographers Union 

Time passes. Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow
deep salt and silent black, bandaged night.

Written by the great Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas in 1953 – and completed a month before his death – and first performed in 1954 as a radio play, Under Milk Wood spans the course of one full day, as an omniscient narrator invites us to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of Llareggub – a small, Welsh, seaside town.

October 25-26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

All Tickets $10.00

UHS Theater
3150 Washington Street

Under Milk Wood is performed with the permission of Samuel French, Ltd

Jackson Street Gallery Professional Art Opening #1: Listening Without Ears to Tongueless Voices

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 13, 5:00-7 p.m.; Art Show up from Sept. 13-Oct. 25

ARTIST: Kate Rannells
CURATOR: Lisa Carroll
WHERE: Jackson Street Gallery and Lounge

WHY: For the first exhibition in the Jackson Street Gallery this fall, UHS Arts Instructor Lisa Carroll, is bringing Oakland Sculptor Kate Rannells, to UHS. Ms. Rannells will show several works that consider ideas of what communication can be within the more than human languages of the natural world and how the human perception of time infiltrates our understanding of nature. The work encourages us to shift our understanding, to perhaps hear with our hands, and feel with our eyes. “Gold Scroll: What Will Remain II,” an installation made of imitation and genuine gold leaf, metal foil and salt evokes the process of decay and the release of all material back to the earth. “(A)drift in (An)amnesis: We Repass, in Our Memory, Our Whole Life,”a haptic sound sculpture made of found wood, electronics and sound asks the viewer turned audience to engage with all their senses, in particular the sense of touch. And finally, an installation of discarded maps transformed into a kind of visual dictionary of mycelium. Opening Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-7p.

Artist statement: 

Darkness is not the absence of light, but full with unseen presence. Time is not fixed, but a subjective and personal experience. What we perceive is not Truth with a capital T, but our human perspective. The need to make sense creates dualistic order which breaks up the squishy continuum of existence into self/other, good/bad, black/white. This habit of making sense through rigid and dividing classifications is hard to break.

Art participates with existence and matter in physically engaged, nonlinear, nonhierarchical ways.  It is a means beyond divisions.  Making begins with an intervention into the state of matter, an interruption in its process. Matter is not inert, but active, with a language of its own. Processes like accretion, corrosion, erosion, compression, and expansion are all part of the lexicon of matter.  Using salt, water, rust, weight, air, sound and time, I speak the lyricism of matter as a metaphor to our relationship to ecology and nature.

Kate Rannells artist bio:

I am a sculptor based in Oakland, California I have a BA in Art Criticism with a minor in Sculpture from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I have just completed the Dual-Degree Masters program at San Francisco Art Institute, MFA in Studio Art, MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art in 2019. 

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