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800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California
United States

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My alma mater!  Perched on Russian Hill in San Francisco, this historic art school touts bizarro architecture and an amazing view.  Climb up to the roof and you can see clear to Alcatraz Prison.  You may have to step around some pierced youths with asymmetrical bangs smoking pot, but it’s definitely worth it. 

Besides me, there are tons of famous alumni and faculty:  Mark Rothko taught there and Ansel Adams founded the photography department.  Jerry Garcia and Courtney Love went there, no doubt encouraged by the experimental nature of the curriculum.  Trust me as someone who had to teach underclassmen there, you can get away with a LOT in the name of art.

Inexplicably, the school colors are grey and clear.  Wonderfully weird, just like SFAI. 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is a private, non-profit college of contemporary art with the main campus in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco, California. Its graduate center is in Fort Mason on Pier 2 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Center which originally was an army post. Approximately 400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students are enrolled. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest art schools in the United States and the oldest west of the Mississippi River.

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