Presentation: MUNI Is My Ride

featuring Keith Ferris and Lia Smith
Sunday, 2/25/2024
2:00 - 3:30
Koret Auditorium
Koret Lobby
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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A captivating presentation featuring illustrations showcasing passengers and bus stops, coupled with insightful interviews and portraits of bus and train operators. This event is sure to inspire you to reconsider the solitude of the automobile and embrace the appeal of public transportation, whether it's MUNI in San Francisco or the transport services in your own hometown.

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See MUNI through the eyes of Keith Ferris's colorful pencil portraits of operators, lively drawings of bus passengers and black-and-white depictions of bus stops. Paired with Lia Smith's engaging interviews, MUNI operators share the nitty-gritty of their daily hustle in transporting passengers across the city, offering insights into what sparked their journey into this profession. MUNI is My Ride is sure to delight. 

Ferris has exhibited since the 1970s and maintained a fine art studio for over forty-seven years. Although his focus has been abstract oil paintings on canvas, drawing remains foundational to his work. The over fifty drawings in MUNI IS MY RIDE, which he started in 2009, evolved and helped him hone his abilities to capture a likeness in his portraiture.

Smith writes short stories and novels. She has had short stories published in both national and literary magazines. She has employed her writing skills to advocate for her community and has project managed several community art installations including the Alemany Island Beautification Project, the first freeway pillar painted in San Francisco and flanked by forty-eight art panels at the intersection of Alemany Boulevard and San Bruno Avenue.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of MUNI is My Ride, while supplies last. 


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This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

For questions about the program or help registering, contact sfplcpp@sfpl.orgAll programs are drop-in (no registration necessary) unless otherwise noted. All SFPL locations are wheelchair accessible. For accommodations (such as ASL or language interpretation), call (415) 557-4557 or contact accessibility@sfpl.org. Requesting at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability.

Notice: This event may be filmed or photographed. By participating in this event, you consent to have your likeness used for the Library’s archival purposes and promotional materials. If you do not want to be photographed, please inform a staff person or the photographer. A sticker will be provided to help identify you so that we can avoid capturing your image.

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