Public Art Practice: Site-Specific Mural Installation in San Francisco

2019 Course Information

Course Description

This class is an immersive hands-on introduction to contemporary public art practices, with a focus on production and installation. Field trips to galleries, artist studios, public art sites, and fabricators are included and will introduce students to the work of Julie Chang, a San Francisco based contemporary artist. Students will work with Chang to create a permanent interior mural at the Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. In partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission Public Arts Program, the artwork will be context and site-specific and span two levels across 850 feet. Students with interests in painting, visual art, design and arts administration will gain a multifaceted look into the process of site-specific public art practice.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Julie Chang

Julie Chang is a San Francisco based contemporary artist whose work investigates how identities are constructed and how (mis)understandings of both self and other might be resisted, subverted, and reimagined. Chang received her MFA from Stanford University in 2007, her BA in Sociology from Tufts University and her BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1999. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Jose Museum of Art, Stanford University, Transformer Gallery in Washington DC, Montserrat College of Art, Tulane University, Iowa State University and Yeditepe University in Istanbul. She was a recipient of the 2004 Murphy Cadogan Award, 2007 Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Studio Award and is represented by Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco.      

Gina Hernandez Clarke

Gina Hernandez Clarke is a Lecturer in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (by courtesy) and Director of Arts in Undergraduate Education, VPUE. Hernandez received a M.F.A. in Theater, Film and Television from University of California, Los Angeles and has been a creative producer in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  A participant in the Smithsonian Latino Center Museum Studies Program in 2009 she teaches courses in Latino visual and performing arts and community-based and collective art making for CSRE.