Code and Canvas Artist in Residence Launch Party

Code and Canvas Launches Artist in Residence Program
San Francisco Bay Area

The New AIR Program breaks down barriers and connects art and tech through co-creation

Nathan Phelps with his work, titled “Nova” at Kenshoo

October 28, 2015 6PM - 9:30PM
Code and Canvas |
151 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

October 19, 2015, San Francisco, CA--Code and Canvas is pleased to announce the launch of its Artist in Residence program on October 28, 2015. The mission of Code and Canvas is to bring artists and technologists together, in order to foster community and creativity.


The first installment of the Artist in Residence program matched artist Nathan Richard Phelps with Kenshoo, an Israeli headquartered software company that has an office in San Francisco. The successful pilot residency will be celebrated with a launch party at Code and Canvas (151 Potrero Ave) on October 28 at 6pm. Attendees will be able to meet the artist, technologists and organizers that helped put the residency together, while learning more about the program.  


The residency was a genuine enhancement for both the artist and Kenshoo employees. Phelps describes his experience working at Kenshoo:


The residency has shown me that art and tech have a lot of shared common ground and the time is ripe to start working together. It was clear from the beginning that both camps want to do interesting and important work. We all want greatness in our lives. It's really just a matter of starting the conversation and then bringing projects to life. For me, the most satisfying part of the residency was taking people from a blank surface to framed pieces on the wall. Seeing people light up and fall in love with the work is amazing.


The positive experience extended to Kenshoo employees as well. US Operations Manager, Orlee Maimon discusses the experience of having an artist onsite:


From the art that adorns our walls to hosting a gallery exploration, the artist in residence program has been a major success for our company. We're thinking and speaking in ways we weren't before--about the importance of creativity and collaboration in the workspace, about our own visual language, and the way art can make a space feel. I don't think any of us expected the level of creativity that has come out of this process and were honored to have been the first participants in this hugely important program.


With a desire to take actionable steps in supporting artists to continue practices necessary to their livelihood in a city with a rising tech population, the idea behind Code and Canvas AIR program was born. Patience Yi, founder of the program, discusses the importance of connecting San Francisco’s arts sector with the new tech industry:


Kenshoo is a company that already believes that there is a natural intersection of art and science that is necessary to create innovative, cutting-edge technology, and its employees are a mix of creative, passionate and hard-working people. We matched Kenshoo up with the artist, Nathan Richard Phelps because he is an advocate for connecting these two worlds, outspoken, positive, fun. Code and Canvas felt that his personality and artistic style would be a solid and powerful partnership with the team at Kenshoo.


By bringing San Francisco’s diverse cultures together in one space, the Code and Canvas AIR program seeks to create an understanding between two different types of creative classes. By placing artists directly amidst technologists and allowing them to have meaningful access to one another, the AIR program facilitates both spontaneous and structured discourse, creating excitement about and participation in the local art scene. Ultimately, the program intends to strengthen the Bay Area arts community and to help break down perceived and real barriers between artists and tech industry workers. The residency will be an open, application-based program. For more information, please visit

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Open Studios

Join us this weekend for a city-wide Fall Open Studios at Code and Canvas.


October 31st (Friday): Halloween-themed Opening Reception 

7:30 - 9:30pm

Wine and light refreshments will be provided. Ribbon Parties will be spicing up the party with a Halloween decor. 


November 1st - 2nd (Saturday and Sunday): Open Studios Day 1&2

11am - 6pm

Come view artwork and take a glimpse into the life of a working artist!



  • Andrzej Michael 

  • Chris Namaizawa

  • Fabiola Addamo

  • Fernando Reyes

  • Julie Marsh

  • Rafe Mischel

  • Vivien Sin

  • Marlene Aron


This is a part of SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, showcasing over 900 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios.

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[SF Chronicle] 4 techies create shared space for startups, art studios

4 techies create shared space for startups, art studios

Kristen V. Brown
Published 6:49 pm, Monday, April 28, 2014

For nearly 30 years, 151 Potrero St. has offered something increasingly scarce in San Francisco, an urban white whale of sorts: really cheap studio space. For just a few hundred bucks, artists could rent a little slice of Potrero Hill to call their own.

In December, when rising real estate prices inevitably threatened to make the rental price of the building's studios balloon, a quartet of techies rallied to save the arts by letting coders foot the bill.

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[Techcrunch] “Code And Canvas” Unites SF Startups And Artists Under One Weird Roof

“Code And Canvas” Unites SF Startups And Artists Under One Weird Roof 
Posted Apr 10, 2014 by Josh Constine (@joshconstine)

Fast-rising rent was about to force a dozen artists out of their studios in San Francisco. But it turns out all that tech money that’s gotten so much hate lately can actually do some good. Four entrepreneurs leased the whole warehouse, let the artists stay, and renovated the place. Now there’s enough room for at least five startups to move in to what the founders are calling Code And Canvas.

This co-working and creative warehouse could create a model for how tech workers in the Bay area can take the rent crisis into their own hands.

Read the rest of the story at TechCrunch

[Mission Local] Code and Canvas Unites Techies and Artists

Code and Canvas Unites Techies and Artists

By Erica Hellerstein Posted April 21, 2014 7:10 am

n 1966, San Francisco-based painter Marlene Aron graduated college, packed her bags and hopped on a chartered boat to Europe. She was a free-spirited 23-year-old, and the art-world abroad beckoned her. Though she only planned on staying on the Continent for six weeks, she ended up in Holland, where she went to art school and worked as an au pair for two years. In 1971, four years after the summer of love, Aron settled in San Francisco—where she’s been living ever since.

But a couple of  years ago, as rent prices shot up throughout the city, Aron’s studio space on 9th and Mission significantly raised its asking price. Like many artists, Aron was forced to look for other affordable studio options—except for one problem: there didn’t seem to be any reasonably priced artist studios left.

But Aron knew one thing. “I’m not leaving San Francisco,” she insists.

Luckily, she didn’t have to. She contacted a friend on Facebook (“I love it, it’s how I connect with people,” she says), who directed her to Code and Canvas, a collective on 15th and Potrero formed by four tech entrepreneurs with an appreciation for the arts.

Read the whole story at Mission Local