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JULIO CESAR MORALES – Co-Founder, 2005
Julio Cesar Morales is faculty in the school’s New Genres, Urban Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. He is an artist/educator/curator currently residing in San Francisco and working both individually and collaboratively. He uses a range of media (photography, video, and printed and digital media) to make conceptual projects that address the productive friction that occurs in transcultural territories such as urban Tijuana and San Francisco, as well as in inherently impure media—such as popular music and graphic design.

Morales’ recent solo exhibitions include, Fototeca de Havana in Cuba, Peres Projects in Los Angeles,Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma, Mexico City, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art with groups shows at The San Juan Triennial in Puerto Rico, Harris Lieberman, New York City, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, and representing Mexico in the 2006 Singapore Biennale, as well as the 10th Annual Istanbul Biennale. His curatorial projects include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, The San Francisco Arts Commission, Southern Exposure, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art amongst others. He is the founder and co-curator for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco, and is also an adjunct curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has received awards by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Creative Work Fund, Artadia, The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program, The California Arts Council, The Fleishhacker Foundation, and AIT Arts Initiative Tokyo in collaboration with The Ishibashi Foundation. 

CHRIS BRATTON – Co-Founder, 2005
Chris Bratton was formerly President of the San Francisco Art Institute and is now president of School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and deputy director of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bratton joined the San Francisco Art Institute in January 2004 and served as its president until Spring 2010. Bratton is a national leader in arts education and a co-founder of Chicago’s Video Machete, a community-based, youth-organizing arts and media project. Bratton was instrumental to implementing the City Studio Year-Round Program in 2005 and is leading an institutional commitment to strengthening youth and community education and engagement. As an artist and videographer, his work has been shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; Franklin Furnace, New York; P.S. 122, New York; and on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Bratton, received his M.F.A. in film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994, attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York from 1984 to 1986, and received his B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art in 1982. Since 1992, he has been on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where, prior to serving as dean, he chaired the Department of Film, Video, and New Media (2000-01); and the Department of Video (1993-95 and 97-98). He is the recipient of grants from the J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wexner Center for Contemporary Art.
JD BELTRAN – Director, 2010 – Present
JD Beltran possesses a wealth of experience in arts education and specifically, youth education. She achieved her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, and has been faculty in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute since 2002. She also has a J.D. from the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. She teaches in the school’s programs in New Genres, Film, Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Studies, and Urban Studies, and co-developed and has taught the freshman core program, Contemporary Practices, for the past six years. She also has extensive experience conducting arts workshops with underserved populations through the TODCO Group, which provides housing and social services for the poor, disadvantaged, and the working people of South of Market — elders, hotel residents, homeless, immigrants and families. Those projects included arts workshops collaborating with the residents to create short film documentaries, photography histories, and oral histories, plus staging annual exhibitions of the work.

Beltran’s art practice includes working in film, painting, photography, new media, text, sound, and new genres. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the M.H. De Young Museum, the Kitchen in New York, both 2006 and 2008 01SJ New Media Biennials, the Singapore Digital Media Festival, and the Perm Center for Contemporary Art in Perm, Russia. Her public artwork commissioned by the City of San Jose was recognized as one of the best public artworks in the United States for 2009 by the Public Art Network. She has received awards from Artadia, The Public Art Network, The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program, The Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Arts Writers Program, and ID Magazine. Ms. Beltran also serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Arts Commission (where she serves on the Executive and Visual Arts Committees), and as Vice President of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, (where she is Chair of Marketing). She also writes as a columnist on art and culture for the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.  

JEANNENE PRZYBLYSKI – Dean of The College and Senior Vice President
Jeannene Przyblyski chairs the school’s Program in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art and, as a faculty member in the School for Interdisciplinary Studies, she played a key leadership role in developing new programs and initiatives for the school.
Dean Przyblyski has lectured frequently at Bay Area cultural institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her publications span topics in the histories of art, photography and urbanism. She is the executive director of the San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, a visual arts and urbanism think tank that incubates and promotes art and political interventions in city life. She also serves as an artist and consultant for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board (2002-2007) and Advisory Council (2007-present) of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), where she is a frequent contributor to SPUR publications. She also served on the San Francisco Arts Commission from 2004 to 2009, where she chaired the Visual Arts Committee and served on the Civic Design Review and Executive Committees. She also serves on the advisory committee of ROOT Division in San Francisco. 


Raqs Media Collective
Gina Osterloh
Raul Cardenas
Felipe Dulzaides
Rene de Guzman, Curator
Desiree Holman
Jerome Reyes


Amy Berk
Laura Boles Faw
Marijke Jorritsma
Meghann Riepenhoff
Allison Taylor
Erik Wilson


CHRISTINE LEE – Assistant Director, 2005


TAMMY KO ROBINSON – Director, 2006


BARBARA GARBER – Assistant Director, 2007