Within The Midway Complex

The Gallery

The Midway Gallery is unique in that it resides within a large creative complex home to music, performing arts, emerging technologies and the culinary arts - all with an aspect of education and public engagement. The Midway Gallery features emerging to mid-career artists with the mission to exhibit their work to a fresh collector base in The Midway's dynamic community. Much like The Midway itself, the Gallery puts emphasis on artists working across disciplines or mediums, and creates a stage for artists to push boundaries. 

The Space

Equal parts creative laboratory and performance space, The Midway is a sprawling 40,000 square-foot venue for the public to engage with a variety of exhibitions, workshops, performances and special events. Home to performance venues, art galleries, an emerging technologies workshop, an exhibition kitchen and cafe, and a nine studio artist-in-resident program, The Midway is a new space for San Francisco's most celebrated creative outlets to collide.

The Team:


Arts Director, Kelsey Marie Issel: kelsey@themidwaysf.com
Life Saver & Writer, Vanessa Wilson: vanessa@themidwaysf.com


Kelsey Issel is an artist, curator & producer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Issel first sunk her teeth into the greater art scene, producing one of the first independent and affordable art fairs, based out of Brooklyn, called Fountain Art Fair. Living in the Bay Area, Issel worked for a private collection manager for many years until meeting Jeff Whitmore, founder of The Midway project. Together, in 2014, they founded and directed, Artbeats, a 3-day art happening at SF's historic Pier 70 building, honoring the roots of Fountain as an accessible art fair for the public to engage with independent artists and galleries alike. 

In 2014, Kelsey took on the role of Arts Director at The Midway Creative Complex, developing their two galleries and artist in residence program with the same community-oriented and experimental ethos. Her main focus has been on creating programming that fosters creativity and engagement for artist and the public alike.


Vanessa Wilson is an arts professional and multimedia blogger. She holds degrees in art history (BA) and arts journalism (MA) with an emphasis in Western and Contemporary visual culture. Vanessa has collaborated with art institutions across the globe, including: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museo Inka. Her work has been published on Global PostAnnenberg Radio NewsAmpersand, and LACMA's Unframed. She also has experience with online art platforms, having worked with Artsy and Vango

Vanessa is currently the founder and author of The Midway Gallery & Artist Studio's blog where she features artist interviews, studio visits, and art events. 



For Gallery Inquires: kelsey@themidwaysf.com

Apprenticeship Program

The Midway Gallery offers an apprenticeship program from young women interested in getting involved in the arts. Concentrations can be in production, installation, curation, art-marking, or social practice. Program length can vary depending on schedule. We are dedicated to creating a platform for women to enter the art scene. For more information please email us!

The Midway - A Creative Complex
900 Marin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109