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About Mission Artists United

Mission Artists

Mission Artists was founded in 2009 by a group of artists in the Mission District of San Francisco. The Mission is an evolving neighborhood alive with passion and creativity. We discovered that if we came together to find ways to connect and promote the rich and diverse art of our neighborhood our visions could reach further and shine brighter. We have an organic and collective organizational structure and we are completely volunteer run.

One of our largest efforts has been to build an online catalog of the art in the Mission ( On our website, each artist can show their work and share information about their process and exhibitions.

Another of our endeavors is Mission Open Studios - an event held every spring. This is a neighborhood-wide art show that brings together over one hundred artists who open their studios to the public for a weekend. Thousands of visitors come to enjoy, be inspired by, and support their local artists directly.

We are currently exploring a third effort to develop a matchmaking function between artists looking to show and venues hoping to fill their gallery or alternative space with art.

There are no dues to be a member of Mission Artists, or to join our events and our online catalog - you just need to be an artist in the Mission.


Who were the original artists who came together in 2009?

Jon Rogers, Trish Tunney, Ellen Rosenthal, Matt Frederick, Shawn Ray Harris, Chris Leib, Sidnea D'Amico, Katja Leibenath, Paul Morin, Sevilla Granger, Cynthia Tom, Charlie Ornett, Susan Peterson, Martha Rodriguez, Carrie Nardello

If you were there but we didn’t list you, send Trish an email, she’s trying to put the history together.