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Thacher Gallery Information

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 talks, craft seminars, gallery publications, and guided tours to increase art appreciation and cross-disciplinary discussions on campus and in the community. Exhibitions 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, past and present, such as Eleanor Dickinson, David Lance Goines, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Killion, Henry Evans, Carleton Watkins and William Keith;
  • Emerging California artists such as Desiree Holman, Tahiti Pehrson and Mitra Fabian;
  • Exemplary spiritual and historical exhibitions such as Georges Rouault’s Miserere et Guerre, Sacramental Light: Latin American Devotional Art, Galleons and Globalization: California Mission Arts and Pacific Rim;
  • and innovative collaborations with groups such as the Three Point Nine Collective, Taller Tupac Amaru, Women’s Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) and the Faithful Fools/Kopanang Women’s Group from South American.

Location and Hours

map The 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.

To submit work, please send an email inquiry with a brief description of your work to If it fits within the gallery’s mission and current needs, we will request a complete submission. The gallery calendar is selected annually by a rotating curatorial board made up of faculty, staff and local arts administrators. On occasion, we issue call for submissions for thematic exhibitions.


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

(415) 422-5178

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