Tilden Hotel Art Program & Tilden Tuesdays

Feed the Soul

Tilden Hotel was named after Douglas Tilden, the sculptor who created the Ball Player in Golden Gate Park, Admission Day, Mechanic’s Monument, and many more.

In that spirit we created a Tilden Tuesday event series. Our first two events took place in April and June.  Allen Ellison was our first local artist. Allen is a self-taught photographer with a fascination for light -- both the Physics aspects and the association of light with the divine.  Allen was joined by local oboist Sebastian Pereschica. They worked jointly on a piece together. It was a beautiful experience melding the sites and sounds of each artist. 

Our current artist is Tan Sirinuman. In 2017, local artist Tan Sirinumas had the opportunity to create a series of paintings for the lobby and coffee shop of the Tilden Hotel with fellow artist, Jesse James Johnson. Together they used the written works, entitled ‘Stargazing’ and ‘San Francisco,’ and created background visual art for each one, mining the words of the poems and creating an image that they felt matched the soul of each piece. This process created the collaborative images you see in parts of the Tilden Hotel today and sparked within Tan a fascination with collaborative poetic imagery.

As a community-based artist, Tan works with a diverse group of artisans and his work aims to support local poets and artists to find a place to explore and display their craft. This show is an invitation for the poets hiding within our neighborhood to shine a light on their poetry and share their work with those who visit our city.

Featured Poet: Jesse James Johnson

Guest Poets: Charles Curtis Blackwell, Sean Stout, Dorian Dorey Rhodes, Kim Mosteiro, & Windy Click

Using clay and acrylic on wooden panels, Tan uses laser technology to create rich images that evoke the beauty of poetic inspiration.


A recipient of the Wildflower Institute’s Fellowship Program, Tan has been working with fellow Tenderloin artists and residents to create an artistic community that inspires strength through community support.

The series has the following goals:

  • Spotlight one local Artist and their work for eight weeks in the Tilden lobby

  • Hold an opening Reception on Tilden Tuesday to present the Artist and their work

  • Receptions will be held on the first Tuesday of every-other-month and will feature all forms of artistic expression such as music, poetry, dance, etc.

  • Provide exposure to local Artists and expand their opportunities to engage with other community members and visitors

  • Display selected artwork in lobby and facilitate sales with 100% of proceeds to Artist

  • Enhance the experience of Tilden guests by giving them the occasion to interact with the diverse members of the Tenderloin and broaden their understanding of the neighborhood

San Francisco, and the Tenderloin in particular, is a mecca for artists and creative expression. Tilden Hotel is committed to not only engaging with the community, but also in helping shine a light on the diverse artists that live here. We want to provide a space for thought and respectful discussion where diversity is embraced without judgment.

Tilden hotel could not do this without the support of the local community and our Tilden Art Committee. One of our partners is Hospitality House. Since 1969, Hospitality House's Community Arts Program has provided a free-of-charge fine arts studio for local artists whose socioeconomic struggles would otherwise prevent them from accessing the power of art and the benefits of being part of a supportive community. Each year, more than 3,500 artists access the program

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