Changing The Name Of The Game For Poster Artists

Roger McNamee, Jeremy Fish & Peter McQuaid get ready to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening!

Poster artists have always struggled to survive. A new poster artist collective that includes a print shop and gallery in the heart of Haight aims change the name of the game. 

Serving not only the Lower Haight, but the city at large with educational programming, the Haight Street Art Center (HSAC), a 501(c)3 non-profit San Francisco arts collective established to promote poster art production and education, opened its doors to artists and the general public on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jeremy Fish’s iconic Bronze Bunny, it was off-to-the-races with art classes for kids and adults, gallery tours, and printing demonstrations. The evening concluded with a welcoming lecture from Mariusz Knorowski, Chief Curator at Poster Museum at Wilanów, the oldest poster museum in the world located in Warsaw, Poland.

Mariusz Knorowski, Chief Curator at the Poster Museum at Wilanów.

In celebration of the Center’s opening and the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, the inaugural exhibition, “The Art of Consciousness,” features more than 90 seminal works from 1965 to 1967. The exhibit will run from July 1 through September.

On display will be never-before-seen Family Dog original art from the “Big Five” of San Francisco rock poster art – Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson – whose vision inspired thousands of young people in San Francisco and provided the visual vocabulary for the vibrant community that formed in the Haight-Ashbury.

Carolyn Ferris and Wes Wilson - one of the "Big Five" San Francisco poster artists.

The vibe is great, the poster art is phenomenal, and entrance is free! Check it out at 215 Haight Street, near the corner of Laguna.

Read more about the HSAC in Dr Gail Barnes' Guest Post on