A public art gallery in the University of San Francisco's main library, the Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery is a forum 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: June Dao, Blue Poppy, photograph, 8.5”x11”, 2017
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 call for submissions for thematic exhibitions.
Arturo Araujo, S.J., Department of Art + Architecture
Alejandro Covarrubias, Cultural Centers
Janet Carmona (MA, '14), Gleeson Library | Geschke Center
Sabrina Oliveros (MA, ’15), Earprint Productions
Nathan Dennis, Department of Art + Architecture
Nell Herbert, Gallery Manager
Glori Simmons, Director
Breanne Batara, Public Programs and Exhibitions Coordinator
Current student gallery assistants: Delaney Gibbons, Grace Hanford, Corinne Ladner, McKenna Pahl, and Rain Thomas
For more information, please contact Glori Simmons, Director:
Phone: (415) 422-5178
Open to the public 12–6 p.m. daily