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Poetry & Fine Art

The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives


1: Allen Ginsberg
2: Richard O. Moore, Robert Duncan, James Parkinson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti at a poetry reading at SFSU
3: Madeline Gleason



Location: Humanities Building, Room 512
Phone: 415/338-2227
Web: http://www.sfsu.edu/~poetry
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment


The Poetry Center was founded in 1954 with a gift from poet W.H. Auden. It is one of the most long-lived and nationally renowned literary arts institutions in the United States. The Center has presented nearly one hundred continuous seasons of outstanding readings. With its companion project, The American Poetry Archives, the Center has amassed well over 2,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works. It represents an irreplaceable collective record of the past half-century of American literary accomplishment. Beginning in 1973 every reading presented by the Center has been video-recorded. Rare audio, video, and film documents of special significance from private and other sources have also been collected through donations. The collection of taped materials represents the second largest archive of literary recordings in the United States (the largest is that of the Library of Congress). Archive holdings are available to the public, students and faculty of SFSU via loan and purchase. Contact the Center for a catalogue of available audio and video recordings. A minimum of one week’s notice is necessary for all requested materials.

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SFSU Fine Arts Gallery




1: SFSU MFA Thesis exhibition 2004
2 + 3: Faculty Exhibition 2004


Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 238
Phone: 415/338-6535
Web: http://gallery.sfsu.edu
Hours: During exhibits, Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.


The Fine Arts Gallery’s four annual exhibitions feature both professional artists and SFSU student artists. Student exhibitions include the MFA graduate thesis exhibition and an annual juried undergraduate student show. Professional artist exhibitions explore multiethnic contributions to California art history and international contemporary art developments, bringing art of the highest quality to the University community and the greater Bay Area.

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Art Department Print Collection


1: John Gutmann (portrait by Richard McLean, Professor Emeritus)
2: "Menudo: Breakfast of Champions" by Xavier Viramontes; etching
3: "Elysian Fall" by Kim Anno; lithography and monotype



Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 259
Phone: 415/338-1591
Hours: By special arrangement only

This teaching collection was started by noted photographer John Gutmann, SFSU professor of art, in the 1950s. It contains more than 1000 original prints and includes a range of historical master prints from the 15th century to the present time. Works by many well-known artists such as Winslow Homer and Max Beckmann are included in the collection.


The Collection consists primarily of fine art prints (over 500) dating from the 15th century (German) through contemporary work by such artists as Robert Bechtle, Paul Wunderlich, Beth van Hoesen, and Warrington Colescott. Art Department printmaking professor, John Ihle managed the collection and added to the archives with purchases of etchings, lithographs, and unusual artifacts such as a 19th century Japanese fabric design silkscreen and a Persian miniature enamel painting. Professor Ihle was an astute collector of prints and did so under the premise that the archive would be a "teaching collection" enabling students in printmaking to view historical and contemporary works in the various media within printmaking.


Professor Dennis Beall, former curator of prints at the Achenbach Collection of the Fine Arts Museum, and professor in printmaking at SFSU took charge of cataloging the works and keeping a register of these works. He also designed the archival box setting where the works remain today as well as storage of the strike posters from the 1968 SFSU student and faculty strike. These are important to the discussion of prints and posters as a means to activism.


As budget cuts have decreased the printmaking area's ability to purchase quality prints for the collection we rely on gifts of works from generous donors, fine art pre-professional printing training for advanced students, and book arts donations as a means to keep the collection current. There is also a collection of graduate and undergraduate student work in printmaking that again acts as a teaching collection.


The Printmaking Area in the Art Department funds, manages and supports the archives. The collection is located in the Fine Arts building, Room 259, and is available to anyone who wishes to view the works or complete research. It is constantly being updated and currently is in transition for computer cataloging and remounting many of the prints.

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