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Best Local Art Enthusiasts In San Francisco To Follow On Twitter

The local art scene in the Bay Area has a sizable following on social media, in particular through Twitter, whose headquarters just so happen to be in San Francisco. Many prominent artists and some of the world's finest museums are among the followers of what's happening in the local art scene and what upcoming special exhibitions are to be unveiled. The best local art enthusiasts to follow on Twitter are those associated with the academic field of art and from the region's most prominent museums. Because many prominent San Francisco artists, museum curators and professors don't have Twitter profiles, the following organizations are all worth following on social media for art lovers. The following are five local enthusiasts to follow on Twitter.
Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA  94105
(415) 274-2200


With an enrollment of more than 18,000, it's a little surprising the Academy of Art has just over 11,000 followers on Twitter. Maybe it's because two of its most notable alumni, reality TV stars Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag, are taking away some of the attention. But this San Francisco university, founded in 1929, is well worth following on social media simply because it keeps up with the latest trends in art. Recent examples of tweets from the art school, considered to be the country's largest private art and design school, include a recent art competition between academy students and useful information on College Prep and Transfer Day. With a long list of majors, like acting, advertising, fashion, graphic design and motion pictures and television, incoming students and aspiring artists should consider following the Academy of Art as an indispensable source of information.

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Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
(415) 581-3500


With nearly 200,000 Twitter followers, the largest museum in the western world devoted to Asian art has a strong presence on social media. Frequent tweets are posted daily, allowing followers to keep up with the latest news on special exhibits. Other recent announcements on the museum's Twitter feed include the debut of priceless Japanese artworks from the Larry Ellison Collection to coincide with the Oracle CEO's defense of the 2013 America's Cup. In addition to special exhibits and museum news, the Asian Art Museum Twitter page also covers news on Asian artists from all over the world and other exhibits currently on view at other San Francisco museums.


M.H. de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA  94118
(415) 750-3600


The de Young Museum's Twitter page posts updates daily. Like its counterparts, the de Young Museum posts announcements of upcoming special exhibitions, such as the recent showing of Vermeer's arguably most famous painting "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and the upcoming showcase of "The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond." Other tweets include special events led by the museum's curator, Lynn Orr, member information, local artists and highlights from other local museums.


Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave.
San Francisco, CA  94121
(415) 750-3600


This museum has the city's finest collection of European paintings from such illustrious artists as Monet, Rembrandt, Reubens and van Dyck, in addition to a cast of Rodin's most famous sculpture "The Thinker" greeting visitors near the museum's entrance. A current exhibition announced through social media celebrates Team Oracle's defense of America's Cup in San Francisco with "Impressionists on the Water," with acclaimed works from Monet, Renoir and Pissaro on loan from some of the world's most prestigious museums, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Musée D'Orsay in Paris. Other tweets cover recent art-related stories, like the recent DNA testing of the woman alleged to be the real Mona Lisa and notable Instagram photos from visitors.

SF MOMA (credit: Randy Yagi)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA  94103
(415) 357-4000


With more than 400,000 followers, SFMOMA has the largest Twitter following amongst Bay Area museums. Although the popular museum is currently closed until 2016 due to expansion, tweets are posted several times daily to keep followers apprised of where to see SFMOMA exhibits at local sites and other museum news. SFMOMA also posts updates from the Artists Gallery at Fort Mason, an exhibition program representing works from new and established local artists.

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Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on


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