The Art of Sex Work

The Bay Area is filled with art. Whether found on the street murals, chic galleries, or museums, we’re lucky that we have made our home amongst the creatives. And with our support, the indy galleries and artists can tell rarely told and fascinating stories. But as the cost of living rises, the disparity between those who make art and those who buy art widens. This was made painfully clear from the Ghost Ship fire, where many artists lived and worked, in an attempt to find a workaround to the rents that make living here prohibitive.

So we encourage you to go out of your way to find and support art that illuminates the colorful voices and varied experiences of our neighbors. In this episode of 360BayArea, we chat with the SF Director of Cultural Affairs, a curator, the staff of SOMArts, and a gallery owner, who sheds light on the fine art of the art game. Press play now to get tips on buying your next piece of art and hear from insiders who are managing galleries, supporting them and curating shows in the hustle that is art! Because as we all know, the Earth without art is just… eh!

Guest Profiles


Joan McLoughlin, Owner, The McLoughin Gallery

Joan’s careers have spanned many different specialties from Emergency Nursing at Stanford to Medical Device Startups. She last worked as the European General Manager of EndoGastric Solutions based in Brussels before finally transitioning into the art world, opening her contemporary art gallery in San Francisco in 2010.

Art has always been a passion for Joan, her main criteria for art- It has be color; it has to be unique and it has to make you think.

Joan operate her business like a startup, and manage her artists like new product launches. She is committed to building the careers of her artists, and offering her collectors artists who are innovative with a strong, future career in the arts. Twitter Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | LinkedIn



Maria Jenson, Executive Director, SOMArts

Maria Jenson is the Executive Director of SOMArts Cultural Center. Prior to joining SOMArts, Maria was a key member of the External Relations team managing the reopening of SFMOMA following the museum’s $300 million dollar expansion. At SFMOMA, she worked across departments and built innovative community partnerships as the museum’s cultural and civic ambassador.

A student of dance, theater and screenwriting for many years, Maria has produced and directed live theater in Los Angeles, and launched and directed Salon Oblique in Venice, CA, a boutique art salon and gallery. Salon Oblique, like ArtPadSF, worked with performance, video, installation, and traditional media to create unique and theatrical events.
Maria is active with the Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA) coalition and works with her colleagues at other major arts organizations in the region on education, advocacy and inclusion issues as they relate to arts, economic and community-building public endeavors. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn


Maxine Holloway, Curator, We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work

Maxine Holloway is a Bay Area sex worker, sex educator, artist and filmmaker. Since 2008 she has been conspiring with Bay Area talent to create and showcase provocative performance, education and advocacy. Her pornography performances earned her AVN nominations, an XBIZ award, and a Feminist Porn Award. In 2014 she founded the Ask First Campaign to raise awareness about consent, and has brought the project to the Folsom Street Fair for the third year in a row. She is the co-founder of Cum & Glitter - A Live Sex Show, a performance troupe taking the Bay Area by storm. With her real-life partner Jesse James, she recently founded a perverse and romantic kink event called, The Push - An Adult Party. Holloway is certified in Sex-Education and HIV/STI Prevention, and recently completed her masters degree in public health at SF State University. Her studies focus on the health, safety, and human rights of sex workers. Holloway advocates for sex worker justice through the ever-intersecting avenues of activism, community organizing, politics, and art. Website | Twitter


Sarah Pritchard, Director of Communications & Strategy at SOMArts

Sarah Pritchard is the Director of Communications & Strategy at SOMArts and a dancer and organizer based in Oakland. A founding member of SALTA dance collective, Sarah has produced dozens of performances in libraries, private homes, warehouses, museums, and even SOMArts. Before joining SOMArts to manage communications and outreach, they developed violence prevention curricula and programs for Futures Without Violence. Sarah brings both their non-profit street smarts and their creative vision to cultural work. They consider it a great privilege and responsibility to create a platform that will support SOMArts’ artists. Website


Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, SF Arts Commission

Before coming to the Arts Commission, Tom DeCaigny was an independent consultant, strategist and facilitator with over fifteen years of leadership experience in the fields of arts and culture, youth development and education. Mr. DeCaigny previously served nine years as Executive Director of Performing Arts Workshop, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to helping marginalized young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and basic learning skills through the arts. Prior to his role as Executive Director, he managed The Workshop’s Robeson and Rivera Academy, an arts-intensive middle school and treatment program for repeat juvenile offenders. He has also managed the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s National Youth Education Program, served as Director of Actor Training for the University of Minnesota’s Adolescent Actors Teaching Project, and conducted research for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Mr. DeCaigny has a B.A. degree in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter

We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work

We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work is a multidisciplinary group exhibition created by, and in celebration of, sex workers. Curated by Maxine Holloway and Javier Luis Hurtado, We’re Still Working is the second exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. The exhibition will encourage viewers to challenge dominant narratives about sex workers. We’re Still Working addresses the complexity of sex work through multiplicitous and diverse sex worker perspectives, creating a space for sex workers to creatively tell their own stories and insisting that sex worker contributions to the history, art and culture of the Bay Area are seen and valued.

Show Notes

Sponsor messages donated to Lyric, Center for LGBT Youth by The Ambassadors Circle

Time For Some Action: Visit an independent Bay Area arts organization, support an independent artist with a purchase, and visit SOMArts Gallery and the We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work exhibit now until February 25th, 2017.

What’s the 411? Local headlines from around the Bay Area!


The Top 5 Events that Caught Our Eyes!

  • Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month on Feb 22 at the store in Union Square. Panel discussion with Jay Ellis (HBO’s Insecure), vocalist BJ The Chicago Kid, announcer Renel Brooks Moon, and our very own former guest, Ms. RyanNicole
  • Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimagining Justice on Feb 23 from 7 - 9 pm. This series of talks around ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration will take place at First Congregational Church in Oakland. Tickets are on a sliding scale.
  • Noise Pop, through Feb 23. The leading independent music festival has expanded to include film, at various locations around San Francisco.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns at ACT through Feb 26. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set amidst the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.
  • The Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now through Feb 26. The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now 2017 brings three weekends of performances to Oakland and San Francisco,highlighting Festival Favs and a host of premieres - featuring unique and dynamic performances!


Production: Sound Design by Courtney Grace, Production Assistance by Jen Huynh with Hosts Becca, Christianne Harder, LT and j-

360BayArea Intro Music by Courtney Grace with vocals by ElleT

Featured Music:
Donato Dozzy “S.T.
Air “La Femme dArgent
Nosaj Thing “Night Crawler
Foreign Exchange “Happiness
DD Sakora “Valet” and “Malibu
Clarke Kent “Harambe
SPACE COMMANDER ZERO “Above” and “My Only Dream
Griot “Everyday
Nektar_Pro “Inspiring HIp-Hop
Foreign Exchange “Be Alright” and “Sincere
Danny Swain “Punjabi Mami

Featured Quick clips:
Mary J Blige “What’s the 411
Drake ft Future “Grammys
Redman “Time 4 sum Aktion
Jay-Z “Picasso Baby
DJ Larry Reed-Live at The Endup




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