The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The Lab


2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

@thelabsf / #thelabsf

Our space is wheelchair accessible and is located 1/2 block from the 16th and Mission BART.

Please check our program calendar for hours.


The Lab believes that if we give artists enough time, space, and funding to realize their vision, the work they produce will change the way we experience the world. These are often small propositions that (like all great art) challenge the familiar ways we perceive value, and so we seek out extraordinary artists who are underrepresented as a result of gender, class, race, sexuality, or geography, and whose work is not easily defined and therefore monetized. As a site of constant iteration and indeterminacy, The Lab is, above all, a catalyst for artistic experimentation.

The Lab is W.A.G.E. Certified. W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by working artists that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations demonstrating a commitment to voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum standard.

The Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal ID number 94-2952488.

We are not accepting artist submissions at this time.


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Board & Staff

Director: Dena Beard
Special Projects Manager: Jackie Clay
Sound and Installation Design: Michael Goldwater
Technicians: Joshua Brooks, Anthony Russell
Director of Philanthropy and Engagement: Jader
Board: Al McElrath, Perrin Meyer, Alan Millar, Benjamin Petrosky, Ann Rich, Jessica Shaefer, Shari Wilk

We were photographed by Tomo Saito

Advisory Council

Mary Ceruti, Director of Sculpture Center, Joseph Del Pesco, International Director of Kadist Foundation, Anthony Huberman, Director of the Wattis Institute, Claudia La Rocco, Editor of SFMOMA's Open Space, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist, Constance Lewallen, Adjunct Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Aki Onda, Artist and Curator of TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Eric Rodenbeck, CEO of Stamen Design, Mike Scagliatti, Violet World Foundation, Laetitia Sonami, Artist, Vikki Tobak, Independent Curator and Critic, and Tashi Wada, Artist.


Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Creative Work Fund
Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
The Jay DeFeo Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Discretionary Awards from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
New Music USA
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Foundation
Violet World Foundation
Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund
Zellerbach Family Fund

And with crucial and continuing support from our MEMBERS


Colpa Press created our graphic identity