/ (pronounced slash) is a 501c(3) nonprofit visual art space founded by Ana Saygi in 2018 to advance and promote the expanding field of contemporary art in San Francisco through exhibitions, publications, and public programming. / aims to connect local artists, curators, and audiences with national and international artists and is run by a team of four artists: Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen, Efe Özmen, Ana Saygi, and Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, who met through their MFA graduate studies in San Francisco.
Our main gallery programming supports the work of Bay Area-based, independent curators as they organize thematically relevant exhibitions that bring international and globally exhibiting artists into dialogue with early-career and local artists. We work with our Advisory Committee to identify curators with strong artistic visions and roots in Bay Area and international communities and collaborate closely with each guest curator, supporting their curatorial visions through space and a meaningful budget. We acknowledge that local curators play a central role in holding together the ecosystem for artists in the region and hope to help sustain their practices. Exhibitions are accompanied by public programming and publications, featuring essays by commissioned art writers.
/room/ is the small project space adjacent to the / main gallery dedicated to exhibiting experimental work by local, emerging artists selected from open calls by a series of guest jurors. All /room/ artists are paid an artist fee and invited to engage with the community through public programming, including workshops and artist talks. /room/ creates a supportive onramp for local artists earlier in their careers by offering them a platform to exhibit their work parallel to more established artists on view in the main gallery.
/ programming is offered free of charge and designed to be accessible to the general public.
/ Advisory Committee Members: Drew Heitzler, Dorothy R. Santos, Sam Vernon, and Tanya Zimbardo.
/ Staff: Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen (she/her), Creative Lead | Efe Özmen (he/him), Exhibitions Manager, | Ana Saygi (she/her), Director | Maxine Schoefer-Wulf (she/her), Deputy Director