Our mission is to advance regional contemporary art and artists while fostering cultural equity through access to meaningful art experiences.
WHO WE ARE:
As the only contemporary cultural institution in Balboa Park, SDAI nurtures the creation of groundbreaking art by providing a dedicated exhibition space for the artistic talent that resides in Southern California and Northern Baja to collaborate, exhibit, and thrive.
WHAT WE DO:
Since beginning in 1941, SDAI has grown into a premier contemporary art center delivering access to thousands of residents and visitors to the art we showcase, no matter the viewer’s experience or demographic. Through high quality, interactive programming, educational initiatives, and exhibitions, SDAI promotes cultural equity and artistic enrichment within our community and enables diverse audiences to interact with art in meaningful ways.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
SDAI believes that there is an abundance of creative talent in the San Diego region and that regional art and artists are worthy of a showplace in Balboa Park. We understand that programming must build and sustain appreciation for contemporary art and that making art accessible and understandable to experienced and novice audiences creates a future for contemporary artists and the production of contemporary art in the communities we serve.
SDAI’s Matthew J. Mahoney Artist-in-Residence program furthers our mission to foster the careers of emerging artists by creating a meaningful experience for them to develop and thrive in the San Diego art scene. Artists working in all media are invited to apply for this three month residency. The selected resident receives a private, 200 sq. ft. studio space to create new work, culminating in a gallery exhibition.
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For a complete listing of events, exhibitions, and programming please visit : www.sandiego-art.org
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Deviate / Landscape
February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Curated by Carlos Castro Arias & Sarah Trujillo-Porter, Deviate / Landscape revolves around contemporary approaches to artmaking that deal with the idea of landscape as a constructed and deconstructed space. The selected artists use painting, video, installation, photography and other mediums to explore landscape. The selected works use landscape as a metaphor for time and transformation but also highlight contemporary political and environmental issues.
Trinh Mai: That We Should Be Heirs
February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019
That We Should Be Heirs encourages participants to engage in the lost art of letter writing as a method of alleviating burdens and promoting healing. By putting hand to paper and joining one another in this collective activity of personal letter writing, we can share in this intimate process of privately documenting the stories, hardships, and triumphs that connect us all.
Letters written by immigrants and families of immigrants are encouraged. Letters handwritten in participants’ native tongues are welcomed and encouraged. Writings by survivors are encouraged. This project includes on-site activities and off-site workshops during which participants will be asked to write letters to themselves and/or others to pay respect to those who have shared in our heartaches and the approaches we’ve found to quiet our pain.
All writings will be rolled and bound with string, and therefore, will remain private as part of the installation. That We Should Be Heirs aims to offer a hallowed space for the participants to release their burdens and their fears into the art. As more letters are received, the installation will continue to evolve. This project focuses on one of the most profound commonalities that we all have—our desire to heal, our constant search for new ways to alleviate our burdens, our hope to gain victory over fear, and the consistent need to let go of the things that have a way of hardening our hearts.
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