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Stairwell’s is a series of temporary exhibitions accompanied by short publications and off-site group excursions (Field Trips) in the San Francisco Bay Area. We aim to create a new model for local audiences to engage with art by shifting exhibitions out of traditional gallery settings and into transitional spaces like stairwells. To date, we’ve mounted 7 exhibitions with 14 artists in 6 different stairwells (from the Outer Sunset to West Oakland), led 6 Field Trips with 10 guest field trip leaders, and produced 6 publications with content from 14 writers. [1]



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Sarah Hotchkiss & Carey Lin

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museum/art gallery

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This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.