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Southern Exposure Gallery

Every city needs a small gallery with a big brain. The ambitious Southern Exposure has long fostered S.F.'s geeky art scene, specializing in institutional critique and participatory projects. Last year, after a temporary layover at Mission and 25th streets, the artist-run gallery found itself homeless. Rather than curling up in a cardboard box, however, Southern Exposure collaborated with other galleries and organizations on public art projects such as panel discussions and audio walking tours. In September, it found a temporary home at 14th and Valencia streets in a 2,000-square-foot gallery complete with a backyard. To celebrate, the gallery showed "Grounded?," its annual juried exhibition. Among the pieces was a video that played back a scene from the gallery itself, slightly delayed — a suitably brainy metaphor for its roving identity.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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