Joan Brown, Tempus Fugit, 1970; collection of Noel Neri, Estate of Joan Brown;
© Estate of Joan Brown; photo: Wilfred J. Jones; courtesy Estate of Joan Brown
Special Event

Pet Portraits Day

Related Exhibition Joan Brown

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Helen and Charles Schwab Hall, Floor 2, and Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box, Floor 4

Museum admission is required to go beyond Floors 1 and 2.

Museum Tickets

In celebration of our Joan Brown retrospective, SFMOMA is partnering with the San Francisco SPCA to bring you Pet Portraits Day, an exciting live art extravaganza. Joan Brown was known for her enduring love of animals, and you can find many depictions of cats and dogs (many of them her own pets) throughout the exhibition on Floor 7. With this inspiration in mind, meet us at the museum on February 4 and share a digital photo of your pet with us for the chance to receive a complementary, original pet portrait made by a local artist.

No pet? No problem. Everyone can enjoy watching the art-making experience unfold. Some fifty Bay Area artists — plus participating kids ages 4 and up, working with SFMOMA Family Programs — will be setting up shop at their workstations on Floors 2 and 4 to create their portraits in a variety of mediums, from acrylic, watercolor, and gouache to pen-and-ink, collage, and clay. As they complete their works throughout the day, a selection of finished portraits will be displayed in the Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box on Floor 4, staying on view through February 6. (And if your pet photo is selected for a portrait, you’ll receive your artwork in the mail in the weeks following the event!) While you’re here, don’t miss the SF SPCA’s SF SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy Team making a special appearance at SFMOMA for Pet Portraits Day.

How to Participate

Check in with staff day-of at the Third Street entrance to share a digital image of your pet for the chance to receive a portrait. Please do not bring your pet with you to the museum (with the exception of service animals on a leash and under their owner’s control, as authorized by applicable law).

Any questions? Email us at publicengagement@sfmoma.org. Does your child (ages 4–11) want to participate as an artist? Email edu@sfmoma.org.

Pet Portraits Day Participating Artists


Aaron Gonzalez


Alan Miknis

Angela Summers

Anna Lisa Escobedo

Axel Craig

Bb tree

Christopher Martin

Cliff Hengst

Dawline Oni-Oselah

Deatra Colbert

Eddy Atoms

Elaine Chu

Elizabeth Blancas

Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Fuzz E. Grant

gentle thrills

Gina M. Contreras

Harumo Sato

Ian Mackay

James Gouldthorpe

Jason Villegas

Jessalyn Aaland

Joseph Sierra

Josué Rojas

Justin Marshall

Karen Thomas

Kate Rhoades

Kristi Holohan

Kristina Micotti

Marina Perez-Wong

Martin Malvar

Matt Goldberg

Michael McConnell

Minnie Phan

Ocean Escalanti

Oliver Hawk Holden

Rafael Arana

Reniel Del Rosario

Saul Alegria

Scott Hewicker

Stevie Sokolouski

Sue Laurita

Tan Sirinumas

Tara Tucker

Ujjayini Sikha

Victoria Miller

Vivian Tong

Yukari Sakura