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List Rules People on this list must have gone to San Francisco Art Institute and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from San Francisco Art Institute, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from San Francisco Art Institute include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished San Francisco Art Institute alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended San Francisco Art Institute are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from San Francisco Art Institute.

Examples of graduates on this list include Jerry Garcia and Kathryn Bigelow.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to San Francisco Art Institute?” and “Which celebrities are San Francisco Art Institute alumni?”

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Jerry Garcia Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence ...more

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Manuel Neri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Manuel Neri Artist Manuel Neri is an American sculptor, painter, and printmaker and a notable member of the "second generation" of the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Annie Leibovitz Artist, Photographer Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer.

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Devendra Banhart Record producer, Guitarist, Musician Devendra Obi Banhart is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a ...more

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Reminisce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Reminisce Reminisce is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her portrayal of horses.

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Granville Redmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Granville Redmond Artist Granville Redmond was an American landscape painter and exponent of Tonalism and California Impressionism. He was also an occasional actor for his friend Charlie Chaplin.

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Karen Finley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Karen Finley Poet, Musician, Actor Karen Finley is an American performance artist, whose theatrical pieces and recordings have often been labeled obscene due to their graphic depictions of sexuality, abuse, and ...more

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Enrique Chagoya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Enrique Chagoya Artist Enrique Chagoya is a Mexican-born painter and print-maker. His subject is the changing nature of culture. He was born in Mexico City in 1953. He was partly raised by an Indian nurse who helped ...more

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Robert Graham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Robert Graham Sculptor, Actor Robert Graham was a sculptor based in the state of California in the United States. His monumental bronzes commemorate the human figure, and are featured in public places across America.

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Mary Lynn Rajskub is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Mary Lynn Rajskub Comedian, Musician, Film Producer Mary Lynn Rajskub is an actress, writer, and performer. Her continuing, fan favorite role as computer genius Chloe O'Brian in Fox's smash hit 24, helped earn the show a 2006 Emmy Award win for ...more

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Gale Harold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Gale Harold Actor Gale Morgan Harold III is an American actor widely known for his leading and recurring roles on Queer as Folk, Deadwood, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Secret Circle and Defiance. He ...more

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Lance Acord is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Lance Acord Film Producer, Cinematographer, Actor Lance Acord A.S.C. is an American cinematographer. Acord was born in Fresno County, California. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School's School Within A School program and went on to study ...more

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Don Ed Hardy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Don Ed Hardy Don Ed Hardy is an American artist raised in Southern California. Hardy is best known for his tattoo work and his eponymous apparel and accessories brand Ed Hardy.

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Lewis Baltz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Lewis Baltz Artist, Photographer Lewis Baltz was a visual artist and photographer who became an important figure in the New Topographics movement of the late 1970s. His work has been published in a number of books, presented in ...more

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Richard Diebenkorn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Richard Diebenkorn Artist Although his abstract work had earned him attention, it was his switch to representational art that truly established Diebenkorn as an artist. Woman in Profile and Girl with Plant proved that ...more

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Ronnie Landfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Ronnie Landfield Artist Ronnie Landfield is an American abstract painter. During his early career from the mid-1960s through the 1970s his paintings were associated with Lyrical Abstraction, and he was represented by ...more

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Carol Doda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Carol Doda Stripper, Go-go dancing, Singer Carol Ann Doda is a former topless stripper in San Francisco, California who was active in the 1960s through 1980s, one of the first of the era. In 1964 Doda made international news, first by ...more

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Kathryn Bigelow Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark, the action crime film Point ...more

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Mollie Katzen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Mollie Katzen Author, Writer, Chef Mollie Katzen is an American chef, cookbook author and artist. She is best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook, inspired by the Moosewood Restaurant she helped create, but ...more

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Paul McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Paul McCarthy Artist Paul McCarthy, is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Doris Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Doris Lee Painter, Printmaker, Artist Doris Emrick Lee was an American painter known for her figurative painting and printmaking. She won the Logan Medal of the Arts from the Chicago Art Institute in 1935. She is known as one of the ...more

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Alan M. Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Alan M. Clark Illustrator, Novelist, Writer Alan Marshall Clark is an author and an artist who is best known as the illustrator and book cover painter of many pieces of horror fiction. He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best ...more

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Laura Kipnis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Laura Kipnis Professor, Writer Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and essayist whose work focuses on sexual politics, gender issues, aesthetics, popular culture, and pornography. She began her career as a video artist, ...more

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Elizabeth Falkner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Elizabeth Falkner Businessperson, Pastry chef, Actor Elizabeth Falkner is a consulting chef working and living in New York who has been cooking since 1990. She frequently appears as a competitor and sometimes a judge on many of the cooking ...more

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Michael Heizer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Michael Heizer Artist Michael Heizer is a contemporary artist specializing in large-scale sculptures and earth art. He currently lives and works in Hiko, Nevada.

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Ronald Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Ronald Davis Artist Ronald Davis, a.k.a. Ron Davis, is an American painter whose work is associated with Geometric abstraction, Abstract Illusionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Hard-edge painting, Shaped canvas painting, ...more

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Elmer Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Elmer Bischoff Artist Elmer Nelson Bischoff was a visual artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bischoff, along with Richard Diebenkorn and David Park, was part of the post-World War II generation of artists who ...more

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Rex Ray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Rex Ray Illustrator, Graphic Designer Rex Ray was an American graphic designer and collage artist based in San Francisco. His work is in museums including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the San Francisco Museum of ...more

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Charles Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Charles Bigelow Graphic Designer Charles A. Bigelow is an American type historian, professor, and designer. Bigelow grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills. He received a MacArthur ...more

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Sam Francis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Sam Francis Artist Samuel Lewis Francis was an American painter and printmaker.

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Robert H. Hudson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Robert H. Hudson Artist Robert Hudson is an American artist. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Richland, Washington. He received a B.F.A in 1961 and an M.F.A. in 1963, both from the San Francisco Art ...more

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Luis Mandoki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Luis Mandoki Film Producer, Film Director Luis Mandoki is a Mexican film director working in Mexico and Hollywood. Luis Mandoki studied Fine Arts in Mexico and at the San Francisco Art Institute, the London College of Printing, and the ...more

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T. C. Cannon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
T. C. Cannon Artist Tommy Wayne Cannon was an important Native American artist of the 20th century. An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe with Caddo and French descent, he was popularly known as T.C. Cannon.

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Emily Carr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Emily Carr Writer, Artist Emily Carr was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and ...more

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Mary Colter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Mary Colter Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was an American architect and designer. Mary Colter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child, Colter traveled with her family through frontier Minnesota, ...more

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Victor Wong is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Victor Wong Journalist, Actor Victor Wong was a Chinese American character actor who appeared in supporting roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Grace Hudson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Grace Hudson Painter, Photographer Grace Carpenter Hudson was an American painter. She was nationally known during her lifetime for a numbered series of more than 684 portraits of the local Pomo Indians. She painted the first, ...more

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Jon Schueler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Jon Schueler Artist Jon Schueler, was an American painter.

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Jason Rhoades is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Jason Rhoades Artist Jason Rhoades was an installation artist who enjoyed critical acclaim, if not widespread public recognition, at the time of his death, and who was eulogized by some critics as one of the most ...more

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Peter Pau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Peter Pau Camera Operator, Film Producer, Cinematographer Peter Pau Tak-Hei, born 1951 in Hong Kong, is a Hong Kong-based cinematographer, best known to western audiences as the cinematographer in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which he won the ...more

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Arthur Frank Mathews is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Arthur Frank Mathews Artist Arthur F. Mathews was an American Tonalist painter who was one of the founders of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Trained as an architect and artist, he and his wife Lucia Kleinhans ...more

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Joan Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Joan Brown Artist Joan Brown was an American figurative painter who lived and worked in Northern California. She was a member of the "second generation" of the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

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William T. Wiley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
William T. Wiley Artist William T. Wiley is an American artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, performance, and pinball. At least some of Wiley's work has been ...more

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David Ireland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
David Ireland David Kenneth Ireland was an American artist and co-founder of the Capp Street Project artist residency. Born in Bellingham, Washington, he studied Printmaking and Industrial Arts at California ...more

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Jim Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Jim Goldberg Photographer Jim Goldberg is an American photographer and writer whose work reflects long-term, in-depth collaborations with neglected, ignored, or otherwise outside-the-mainstream populations.

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Harrell Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Harrell Fletcher Cinematographer, Artist Harrell Fletcher is an American artist in Portland, Oregon who creates interdisciplinary projects. Fletcher is on the faculty of the Portland State University Department of Art. He has exhibited ...more

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Steve Lambert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Steve Lambert Steve Lambert is an American artist who works with issues of advertising and the use of public space. He is a founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, an artist-run initiative which critiques ...more

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Peter Reginato is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Peter Reginato Artist Peter Reginato, is an American abstract sculptor and painter. Reginato was born in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in the hills outside Oakland, California and he attended the San Francisco Art ...more

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Peter Saul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Peter Saul Painter Peter Saul is an American painter. His work has connections with Pop Art, Surrealism,and Expressionism. His early use of pop culture cartoon references in the late 1950s and very early 1960s ...more

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Barry McGee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Barry McGee Actor, Artist Barry McGee is a painter and graffiti artist. He is also known by monikers such as Ray Fong, Lydia Fong, Bernon Vernon, P.Kin, Ray Virgil, Twist and further variations of Twist, such as Twister, ...more