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Thacher Gallery

A public art crossroads in the University of San Francisco's main library, the Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery at USF is a forum where creativity, scholarship and community converge.

Each year the Thacher Gallery presents exhibitions that probe community and aesthetic issues, multicultural and interfaith dialogue, and the urban Jesuit university’s commitment to social justice.

The Rooftop Sculpture Terrace  on the third floor of Kalmanovitz Hall to serves as a venue for rotating outdoor exhibitions.

Along with its exhibition calendar, the Thacher Gallery presents free public programs, such as artist lectures and panels, craft seminars, gallery publications, and guided tours to increase art appreciation and cross-disciplinary discussions on campus and in the community. Exhibitions often complement University curricula across the disciplines while the facility serves as a professional training ground for students interested in art and arts management.

Rotating student shows take place throughout the year in the Art + Architecture Department’s Crossroads Gallery in the basement of the University Center.


The gift of Mary and Carter Thacher, the Thacher Gallery at USF mounted its first exhibition "Coyolxauhqui • Madre Cosmica" in the winter of 1998.

Since its inception, the gallery has been committed to presenting a range of artistic media and expression, from regional to international, from traditional to experimental. Each year the gallery presents a diverse range of exhibitions, including an annual student showcase.

Previous group exhibitions and solo shows include:

  • Bay Area icons such as Eleanor Dickinson, David Lance Goines and Lawrence Ferlinghetti;
  • international artists such as Claudia Bernardi of Argentina, Borbála Kováts of Hungary and Manuel Rodriguez Sr. of the Philippines;
  • exemplary spiritual exhibitions such as Georges Rouault’s Miserere et Guerre and Sacramental Light: Latin American Devotional Art;
  • and innovative collaborations with groups such as the California Society of Printmakers, Women’s Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD), and the Faithful Fools/Kopanang Women’s Group from South American.

Location and Hours

mapThe Thacher Gallery is located on the campus of the University of San Francisco in the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. The USF campus can be easily entered at Fulton and Cole, Parker and McAllister, and Golden Gate and Temescal. Directions to USF.

The Gallery is open to the public and the University community during regular library hours. If you do not carry a USF identification card, please check in at the circulation desk prior to entering the gates.

The sculpture terrace, located on the third floor of Kalmanovitz Hall, is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Thacher Gallery is committed to presenting established and emerging Bay Area artists representing a broad range of artistic expression.

Call for Outdoor Sculpture and Installations

The gallery is often scheduled one to two years out, but we accept and respond to submissions for individual and group shows throughout the year. In January, the curatorial board meets to finalize the upcoming academic calendar (Fall to Summer). On occasion, we issue call for submissions for thematic exhibitions.

Submissions should include an artist statement, project description, CV/resume, sample work (slides or digital), and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return. Email submissions are discouraged.

Mail to:

Glori Simmons
Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street — XARTS 016
San Francisco CA 94117


To receive announcements, send your email and/or mailing address to Glori Simmons.

For more information, please contact Glori Simmons, Associate Director:

(415) 422-5178

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