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Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni

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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
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the ...more

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Manuel Neri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Manuel Neri (born April 12, 1930) is an American sculptor who is recognized for his life-size figurative sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble. In Neri's work with the figure, he conveys an ...more
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Annie Leibovitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist, Photographer
Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature ...more

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) 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 ...more

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Reminisce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Ruby Rose Neri is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. She was born and raised in California’s Bay Area, drawing creative influence from her parents and their friends. Her father is ...more
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Granville Redmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Granville Richard Seymour Redmond (March 9, 1871 – May 24, 1935) was an American landscape painter and exponent of Tonalism and California Impressionism. He was also an occasional actor for his ...more
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Enrique Chagoya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Enrique Chagoya (born 1953) is a Mexican-born painter and printmaker. His subject is the changing nature of culture.
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Robert Graham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Sculptor, Actor
Robert Graham (August 19, 1938 – December 27, 2008) was a Mexican-born American sculptor based in the state of California in the United States. His monumental bronzes commemorate the human ...more
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Mary Lynn Rajskub is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Film Producer
Mary Lynn Rajskub (; born June 22, 1971) is an American actress and comedian, best known for portraying Chloe O'Brian in the Fox action thriller series 24. She appeared on HBO's Mr. Show, and in ...more

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Gale Harold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Actor
Gale Morgan Harold III (born July 10, 1969) is an American actor, known for his leading and recurring roles on Queer as Folk, Deadwood, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Secret Circle ...more
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Lance Acord is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Film Producer, Cinematographer, Actor
Lance Acord (born September 9, 1964) 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 ...more
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Don Ed Hardy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Don Ed Hardy is an American tattoo 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) 13 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist, Photographer
Lewis Baltz (September 12, 1945 – November 22, 2014) was a visual artist and photographer who became an important figure in the New Topographics movement of the late 1970s. His work has been ...more
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Richard Diebenkorn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Richard Diebenkorn (April 22, 1922 – March 30, 1993) was an American painter and printmaker. His early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the ...more
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Ronnie Landfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Ronnie Landfield (born January 9, 1947) is an American abstract painter. During his early career from the mid-1960s through the 1970s his paintings were associated with Lyrical Abstraction, ...more
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Carol Doda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Stripper, Go-go dancing, Singer
Carol Ann Doda (August 29, 1937 – November 9, 2015) was a topless dancer in San Francisco, California, who was active from the 1960s through the 1980s. She was the first public topless dancer.In ...more
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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (; born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), ...more
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Mollie Katzen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Author, Writer, Chef
Mollie Katzen (born October 13, 1950 in Rochester, New York, U.S.) is an American chef, cookbook author and artist. She is best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook (1974), ...more
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Paul McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Paul McCarthy (born August 4, 1945) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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Doris Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Painter, Printmaker, Artist
Doris Emrick Lee (February 1, 1905 – June 16, 1983) was an American painter known for her figurative painting and printmaking. She won the Logan Medal of the Arts from the Chicago Art Institute ...more
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Alan M. Clark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
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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Elizabeth Falkner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Pastry chef, Actor
Elizabeth Falkner (born February 12, 1966) is an American consulting chef. She is currently residing and working in New York and has been cooking since 1990. She frequently appears as a ...more
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Michael Heizer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
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) 24 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Ronald "Ron" Davis (born 1937), is an American painter whose work is associated with Geometric abstraction, Abstract Illusionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Hard-edge painting, Shaped canvas ...more
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Elmer Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous San Francisco Art Institute Alumni
Artist
Elmer Nelson Bischoff (July 9, 1916 – March 2, 1991) 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 ...more