Elemental Exposures | Nov. 30, 2021-Feb. 20, 2022
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.
Image credit: Katie Dorame, Abalone over L.A., digitized collage and watercolor painting: digital print, 2020
The Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco sits on the unceded land of the Ramaytush-speaking people of the Yelamu tribe, one of approximately fifty independent nations now referred to as Ohlone. We acknowledge the rich cultural heritage that has survived colonization and genocide, and honor Ohlone artists – past, present, and future.
The Ohlone people are still here, working for their right to remain and evolve in the place we consider San Francisco. In recognition that we all benefit from this land, we encourage you to: learn about the Indigenous communities in the spaces you occupy; acknowledge the difficult truths of our shared histories and the ways in which these continue to shape our lives; inform yourself about current land issues and become a steward of these cultures and ecologies; and center and amplify Indigenous voices in these spaces.
As members of the academic museum community, the staff at the Thacher Gallery recognizes our place of privilege and the corresponding responsibility to foster equity and justice in presenting arts and cultural programs. As we present the 21-22 season of exhibitions addressing the climate crisis, we will work to center environmental justice and community.
Our land acknowledgement has been adapted from one written by a fellow guest in Ohlone territory: Calina Lawrence (’16, USF), Suquamish Nation
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.
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 check in at the circulation desk prior to entering the Library gates.
The sculpture terrace, located on the third floor of Kalmanovitz Hall, is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the academic year. Appointments are recommended.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Sergio De La Torre, Department of Art + Architecture
Gladys Perez, Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Javier Plasencia, Program Manager, Museum Studies
Fabiola Hernandez-Soto, MLIS (BA, ’07), Gleeson Library | Geschke Center
Kevin Chen, Curator
Victoria Farlow, Program Assistant
Nell Herbert, Gallery Manager
Glori Simmons, Director
Current student gallery assistants: Andrea Gonzales, Lily Basting, and Somer Taylor
For more information, please contact Glori Simmons, Director:
Phone: (415) 422-5178
The Thacher Gallery is open to the public from 12-6 p.m. daily. The gallery will be closed Dec. 18-19, and Dec. 25 - Jan. 3.