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
Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology
Experience San Diego Art Institute’s exhibition Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology, exploring contemporary issues and solutions to climate change, sustainability, global health, and the impact of technology through the work of twenty-six artists. The exhibition highlights groundbreaking work of San Diego’s art, science, and technology communities utilizing the arts to humanize, interpret, and add relevance to challenging research.
Sixteen of the twenty-six artists collaborated with scientists and technologists from seven major research institutions: La Jolla Institute of Immunology, Qualcomm Institute/CalIT2, Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, The Scripps Research Institute, and UCSD. The artists spun research into art through mediums that range from light, sound, and metal installations to soundscape, textile, and even trees.
As the only organization dedicated to contemporary art in Balboa Park, SDAI focuses on regional art and artists from Southern California and Northern Baja. Admission is free for all. SDAI is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-5 PM. Illumination runs from February 8-May 3, 2020. For more information visit www.sandiego-art.org
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