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PRINT January 1971

Was There a San Francisco School?

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SECOND World War a considerable number of veterans enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, using their GI Bill to further their art education. Most of these men and women were older than the average art student, more experienced, more sophisticated and some were better educated. Quite a few of them had been college students, some in the sciences, before they entered the services. As the student body of an art school, they were an exceptionally serious and vital group of people. They were concerned with the search for values on a level of maturity quite different from that of the usual student, perhaps because of their war experiences.

During this same period, in one of those peculiar conjunctions of history, a group of instructors was gathered together at the art school, under the direction of Douglas MacAgy, who were in the forefront of

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