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:
Over the past 77 years, 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.
Advance artists of today.
Reveal culture and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Lead contemporary art in the SoCal/No Baja region.
Engage and Educate underserved populations and the artists of tomorrow.
Grades K thru 12: Discover the artist in you!
SDAI Summer Art Camp Programs combine creativity and fun with technology and technique. Campers experiment with contemporary art practices while learning from professional teaching artists. Choose from Printmaking, Public Art and Murals, DIY Magazine making, Photography, and Stop Motion workshops. Early registration is encouraged as we expect these camps to fill up quickly!
The Matthew J. Mahoney Artist-in-Residence program is named in honor of our dear friend, the prolific and talented artist Matt Mahoney, who passed away in 2017.
Matt was SDAI’s second artist-in-residence, and helped develop and grow this important program that has a significant impact on the lives of emerging artists as they create new, contemporary work.
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For a complete listing of events, exhibitions, and programming please visit : www.sandiego-art.org
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
High-Key: Color in Southern California
June 23-August 12, 2018
Color has long served as a catalyst for Southern California artists’ imaginations. The region’s vivid natural landscape and glossy popular culture have inspired a distinctive spirit of color—an amped-up palette exuding tangible energy.
High-Key presents a group of San Diego artists who boldly experiment with the transformative character of hue, saturation, and light. From painting, to assemblage, to video, to installation the works in High-Key create vibrant sensorial encounters that speak to the experience of our current time and place.
Artists in the exhibition include Michael James Armstrong, Jennifer Anne Bennett, Claudia Cano, Max Daily, Sarah Farnsworth, Victoria Fu, John Brinton Hogan, Audrey Hope, John Oliver Lewis, Carolina Montejo, Joshua Moreno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, Matt Rich, Brianna Rigg, Eva Struble, Maya VanderSchuit, Allison Wiese, and more.
Curated by: Elizabeth Rooklidge.
Visit San Diego Art Institute
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
From June 23-August 31 open late on Wednesdays from 10:00am-8:00pm
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA