Premiere Jr. was a 6-by-12-foot billboard affixed to the back of a much larger billboard above 624 Irving Street in San Francisco that “opened” in January 2020 and ran through January 2023. Bay Area artists were commissioned to create work for the billboard. Each show lasted approximately 2 months.
Premiere Jr. was best seen during daylight hours from the southwest corner of 7th Avenue and Irving Street, just outside the Fireside Bar.
Support for Premiere Jr. was provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.
Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco artist and arts writer. Recent shows include exhibitions at San Francisco’s Friends Indeed and Guerrero Gallery, and New York’s Cheymore Gallery. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays.
Zoë Taleporos is an arts administrator and curator based in Oakland, CA. Currently she works as the Public Art Program Lead for the City of Berkeley, overseeing temporary and permanent public art commissions, rotating exhibitions, and public programs. Previously, she held the position of Public Art Project Manager at the San Francisco Arts Commission where she implemented public art commissions for San Francisco International Airport, SFMTA’s Central Subway Project, San Francisco General Hospital, and other sites. She has produced exhibitions and public programs for the California College of the Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Pro Arts, Queen’s Nails Annex, Real Time and Space, and Royal NoneSuch Gallery. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.