Campus: San Francisco State University -- January 21, 2005
SFSU To Launch International Center For The Arts With $3 Million Gift
Exhibits, film festivals, juried monetary awards to celebrate arts worldwide
A new center based at San Francisco State University's College of Creative Arts
will add international zest to the Bay Area arts scene with festivals, exhibits,
documentary film screenings and prizes showcasing the artistic life of regions
and countries worldwide.< /br>
The International Center for the Arts, created with a $3 million gift from SFSU
alumni George and Judy Marcus, will celebrate some of the world's most innovative
art and artists, with a focus on documentary films and visual art.
Drawing upon an international pool of talent, the center creates a venue for
artistic creation, a laboratory for established and emerging artists, an incubator
for artists, a training resource, access to the professional arena, and a point
of intersection inspiring innovation for students and the general public.
The center will present the George and Judy Marcus Prizes, three juried awards
each worth up to $50,000. Artists whose work demonstrates excellence, emerging
talent or lifetime achievement will earn the award. The center's regular programming
will include a Documentary Film Institute, International Celebration of the Arts
and Biennial Visual Art Exhibition.
"The International Center for the Arts was inspired by my passion for the arts and
my desire to recognize the University that helped contribute to my professional
success," said George Marcus, founder and chairman of The Marcus & Millichap Co.
"The center's programs will enhance the University's reputation for excellence in
the arts, as well as provide a unique opportunity to showcase innovative artistic
expression in the San Francisco Bay Area."
Marcus was born in Greece and moved to San Francisco at age 4. He earned his
bachelor's degree in economics from S.F. State in 1965, after two and a half years
of study. In 1971 he founded The Marcus & Millichap Co., the parent company of a
diversified group of real estate service, investment and development firms,
including Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co., which is one
of the nation's leading investment real estate companies, with more than 850
brokers in markets throughout the United States. In 2003, Marcus & Millichap
closed $10.3 billion of investment transactions for private and institutional
"George and Judy Marcus' extraordinary generosity and support of the arts usher in
a new era in the artistic and cultural life of San Francisco State University and
the greater San Francisco Bay Area," SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan said. "We
are proud to be home to a center that will cultivate and present a broad vision
of global arts and culture."
Three George and Judy Marcus Prizes will be awarded every year. The film prize
will honor the documentary filmmaker judged to have done the finest work of the
year. The visual art prize and related acknowledgements will be given to emerging
and established artists selected for their artistic excellence and/or lifetime
achievement. The international arts prize will be given to artists representing
the artistic heritage of a selected region or country.
The center's annual International Celebration of the Arts will feature traditional
and contemporary forms of art from a different region or country each year. The
inaugural event, "To Cuba With Love," opens Friday, March 4, at Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts Forum, and continues Saturday, March 5, on the SFSU campus, followed
by an evening film program off campus.
"To Cuba With Love" combines two areas of the center's thematic programming:
documentary film and international arts.
The center's Documentary Film Institute will feature an annual film festival, host
artists-in-residence, and offer workshops with leading filmmakers on such subjects
as financing films and accessing raw footage.
The center's Biennial Visual Art Exhibition will feature works by established and
emerging artists in a wide variety of forms - including two- and three-dimensional
work, multimedia, performance and installation. In addition, there will be master
workshops and classes conducted by leading artists, artists-in-residence, small
group critiques and conversations with professional artists.
"Nurtured by the talents and vision in the College of Creative Arts, we are
thrilled that the International Center for the Arts and Marcus Prizes will
challenge artistic endeavors and reward those who do cutting-edge, inspiring work,"
said SFSU College of Creative Arts Dean Keith Morrison, who is serving as interim
executive director of the center while a director search is under way. "Students,
faculty and the general public stand to benefit from this new venue for artistic
creation and recognition."
Named SFSU Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999, George Marcus has long supported
the University and its programs. He has served on the board and as chairman of
the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, which was formed to support the Nikos
Kazantzakis Chair for Modern Greek Studies at SFSU. He previously donated more
than $40,000 to the University for the Center for Modern Greek Studies, Cinema
Department and student scholarships. Marcus is a member of the University of
California Board of Regents and served on the California State University Board
of Trustees from 1981 to 1989.
Judy Marcus earned her bachelor's degree in education from S.F. State in 1964.
She is actively involved with several philanthropic endeavors throughout the Bay
George and Judy Marcus live in Los Altos Hills. They have three daughters and
Contact: Matt Itelson, SFSU, (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;