Students looking at an exhibit

Thacher Gallery

Located in the Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, the Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery is a crossroads where creativity, scholarship, and community converge.

Each year the Thacher Gallery presents a series of diverse, high-caliber art exhibitions that probe aesthetics, stimulate dialogue and reflect the urban Jesuit university’s commitment to social justice. With a focus on art from California, the Thacher Gallery shows emerging artists, Bay Area icons and major collections.

Along with its exhibition calendar, the Thacher Gallery presents free public programs, such as artist talks, craft demonstrations, and docent-led tours for all ages. The facility also serves as a professional training laboratory for students interested in arts management, museum studies and exhibitions.

Plan a Visit

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 free and open to the public daily from 12–6 p.m. If you do not carry a USF identification card, please ring the doorbell at the library entrance to be let in.

The sculpture terrace, located on the third floor of Kalmanovitz Hall, is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the academic year. Appointments are required for those without a USF ID card.


The Thacher Gallery accepts submissions from California-based artists and collectors. To submit a proposal, please send an email inquiry with a brief description of your work or collection to If the artwork 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 advisory board made up of faculty, staff and local arts administrators. On occasion, we issue calls for submissions for thematic exhibitions.

Curatorial Advisory Board

  • Sergio De La Torre, Department of Art + Architecture
  • Javier Plasencia, Program Manager, Museum Studies
  • Kevin Chen, Curator
  • Chanda Briggs, MLIS, Outreach Librarian, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center


Gleeson Library | Geschke Center
2495 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94117

Thacher Gallery is free and open to the public from 12-6 p.m. daily. Please check USF’s pandemic protocols before planning your visit.