The Ann Getty Institute of Art and Design is an interdisciplinary center of experiential learning and innovation in the arts. It champions visual and performing artists, designers and architects, writers and filmmakers, and arts and museum scholars, as they hone their craft.

Bringing together the power of the arts and a Jesuit, liberal arts education, the institute expands and links USF's arts programs, spaces, and scholarships. Its goal is to nurture a community of artists across disciplines to create projects that support communities, transform lives, and inspire action for the common good.

The institute honors the legacy of renowned art collector Ann Getty, and is funded by her husband, San Francisco philanthropist Gordon Getty.

Our Arts Spaces

The Ann Getty Institute of Art and Design will include the Performing Arts/USF Stages and Presentation Theater, XARTS visual arts and design studios and Thacher Gallery, the Media Lab and Audio Recording Studio, along with new spaces that bring together the arts disciplines at USF for cross-pollination and collaboration.

The Ann Getty Endowed Chair

Professor Paula Birnbaum, PhD is the inaugural Ann Getty Endowed Chair, and will lead the institute's formative and research efforts. Professor Birnbaum, a scholar in art history and museum studies, has been teaching at USF and collaborating with Bay Area museums and art institutions for over 20 years. As the founding academic director of the Museum Studies program, she is dedicated to elevating USF’s creative work across the arts, recruiting outstanding faculty in cutting-edge research and artistic work, and creating programming initiatives.

Please stay tuned for information on future opportunities for Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars and a Spring 2024 Lecture by the Ann Getty Chair.

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Paula Birnbaum

Professor & Ann Getty Endowed Chair

Mrs. Getty's extraordinary eye for collecting and curation is something we will celebrate in USF’s new Ann Getty Institute of Art & Design, and I’m very honored to play a role in shaping this new Bay Area center for the arts.”

Paula Birnbaum

Professor & Ann Getty Endowed Chair

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