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SDAI was founded in 1941 and has since remained the premier organization showcasing artists from the Southern California/Baja Norte region. Our mission is to develop artists and supporters of the visual arts through exhibition, education, and outreach. We achieve this mission by creating innovative programs that respond to the needs of our communities, by offering world-class facilities to exhibit artwork, and by forging partnerships with our local and global community. Twitter: https://twitter.com/SanDiegoArtInst Instagram: http://instagram.com/sandiegoartinstitute

Mission: Our mission is to advance regional contemporary art and artists while fostering cultural equity through access to meaningful art experiences.

Right now, the world is in a ferment of pandemic, politics, demonstrations, bias, and provocation. For many of us, the q...
06/05/2020

Right now, the world is in a ferment of pandemic, politics, demonstrations, bias, and provocation. For many of us, the question is: What are individuals and cultural institutions to do?

The San Diego Art Institute stands in allegiance with our colleagues who have voiced so eloquently the deep heartache of a community knowing it must do more and do better.

SDAI’s commitment to cultural equity compels us to speak out in light of this moment of grave injustice and many centuries of injustice that precede it. We say Black Lives Matter emphatically and without qualification. As an institution, our staff and Board are dedicated to constantly improving our support of Black communities and communities of color, while recognizing there is always more work to be done.

You will find some selected resources below. We urge you to stand boldly with Black communities at this time, follow their leadership, and listen.

https://bit.ly/caforthearts
https://bit.ly/nmaahc-talkaboutrace
https://bit.ly/museum-statements-george-floyd

RAM - our Regional Artists Market has been updated with work from a new artist!Borderless design house, Casa Tamarindo, ...
05/28/2020

RAM - our Regional Artists Market has been updated with work from a new artist!
Borderless design house, Casa Tamarindo, has joined our online marketplace with their infamous, Bolsas Del Futuro backpacks 🙌🏽
These bags are intentionally made on both sides of the most crossed border in the world, Tijuana and San Diego and are made of sustainable, upcycled materials

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Directly support artists in your community by shopping with us on RAM - our Regional Artists Market60% of your purchase ...
05/28/2020

Directly support artists in your community by shopping with us on RAM - our Regional Artists Market
60% of your purchase goes directly to artists like Hugo Croswaithe who was born and raised in Tijuana and attended SDSU
His drawings combine portraiture, comic book references, urban signage,
commercial facades, and mythology in dense, layered compositions.

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When you shop on RAM - Regional Artists Market - you are supporting artists like Claudia Cano. Cano is an interdisciplin...
05/24/2020

When you shop on RAM - Regional Artists Market - you are supporting artists like Claudia Cano. Cano is an interdisciplinary artist with an interest in performance,
photography and screen printing. Her practice includes projects that observe
the interactions between Mexican and American cultures - a style that can be seen in her LIMITED EDITION totes that are available for sale now ✨

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Our River Garza re-stock has sold out fast and there are just a few of these hand painted cards left.Purchase yours and ...
05/21/2020

Our River Garza re-stock has sold out fast and there are just a few of these hand painted cards left.

Purchase yours and share it with a friend or frame it and save it!

Either way, you’ll feel great about your purchase knowing 60% of the proceeds are going directly to the artist with the rest helping to fund SDAI and our mission to increase contemporary art awareness throughout Southern California 🙌🏽

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Vibrant hand loomed beanies are available on RAM now 😍Artist, Maggie Thompson of Makwa Studio has designed functional pi...
05/11/2020

Vibrant hand loomed beanies are available on RAM now 😍
Artist, Maggie Thompson of Makwa Studio has designed functional pieces that derive inspiration from indigenous culture and specifically her own Ojibwa heritage.
Support her community and others’ with your purchase and 60% of proceeds going directly to artists!

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Share this incredibly beautiful depiction of 3 strong and resilient generations of women with loved ones and friends tha...
05/06/2020

Share this incredibly beautiful depiction of 3 strong and resilient generations of women with loved ones and friends that you miss. The pencil illustration, by Hugo Croswaithe, has been printed onto cards that can be purchased as singles or in a set of 3.
Remember, your purchases make a difference with 60% of proceeds going directly to the artists 🙌🏽

Graces by Hugo Crosthwaite Studio is available online now!

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Were you able to catch the great article on artists in the The San Diego Union-Tribune over the weekend?Illumination art...
05/06/2020
In grim pandemic, artists find inspiration for new work

Were you able to catch the great article on artists in the The San Diego Union-Tribune over the weekend?

Illumination artist, Bhavna Mehta and artist, Hugo Crosthwaite, who has limited edition work up in our RAM shop were both featured!

San Diego musicians, playwrights, visual artists, poets, choreographers and composers are busy creating in quarantine

Artist, Yasmine Kasem has found inspiration in the practice of mindfulness creating several hand-dyed scarves exclusivel...
05/05/2020

Artist, Yasmine Kasem has found inspiration in the practice of mindfulness creating several hand-dyed scarves exclusively available on RAM 😍
With each purchase the artist will be donating two cotton masks to the Southern Indian Health Council in San Diego - just another way your purchase will be doing good when you shop from us!

Green Wool by Yasmine Kasem is available online now 🙌🏽

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RAM merchandise is selling quick - this is the last hand-painted greeting card available by artist, River GarzaVisit our...
05/05/2020

RAM merchandise is selling quick - this is the last hand-painted greeting card available by artist, River Garza
Visit our online marketplace now where you can find unique items and know you’re making a difference with your purchase 🙌🏽

“ORANGE SODA”
River Garza
Available via the link in our bio

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Today marks the launch of our latest project, RAM - Regional Artists Market. As contemporary artists throughout our regi...
04/30/2020

Today marks the launch of our latest project, RAM - Regional Artists Market. As contemporary artists throughout our region are responding to the current moment by creating artisanal high-quality items like hand-dyed cotton and linen scarves, stunning face masks, grocery totes, and hand-painted greeting cards. RAM has been created to be your go-to online resource to purchase from and directly support these artists.

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Artists:
Angel Divina
Claudia Cano
Demian DinéYazhi´
ELSOLDELRAC
Hugo Crosthwaite
Makwa Studio
River Garza
Texas Isaiah
Yasmine Kasem

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Since first discovered in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease has become the most common neurodegenerative disease, affecting over...
04/29/2020

Since first discovered in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease has become the most common neurodegenerative disease, affecting over 3 million Americans every year.
Needless to say, much research is being done around AD constantly.
As part of Chi Essary’s artist x scientist pairing, Becky Guttin met with Dr. Jian from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.
The work Guttin created for Illumination is an allegory of AD in progress. While the grass and tree represent health and life, the compacted aluminum symbolizes the amyloid plaques that accumulate in the brain during the progression of AD.

Photos by Paul M Bowers

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Curious about what we’ve been planning in order to adapt?So was The San Diego Union-TribuneThank you for including us, w...
04/27/2020
How 5 San Diego museums are adapting and planning for the future

Curious about what we’ve been planning in order to adapt?
So was The San Diego Union-Tribune
Thank you for including us, we are so proud to be a part of an arts community that is ready to grow and change all in an effort to keep artists working and part of San Diego’s unique culture

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We checked in on some local institutions to see what they have planned as they shift focus

In our current exhibition, Illumination, Chi Essary paired 16 artists with scientists from prestigious institutions givi...
04/25/2020

In our current exhibition, Illumination, Chi Essary paired 16 artists with scientists from prestigious institutions giving them insight and perspective on an array of themes such as technology, sustainability, climate change and the ever so relevant, global health.
One of those very institutions, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is working on tools to help the world emerge from the novel coronavirus.
Read more about the important work that they are doing via the link below

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As artist, Jason Lane, learned about plants’ root systems via the research of scientist, Dr. Busch from the Salk Institu...
04/22/2020

As artist, Jason Lane, learned about plants’ root systems via the research of scientist, Dr. Busch from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Lane became “filled with contradictory emotions of shared interest and hope, along with a strange unreasonable empathy for the plants”. The plants being referred to are that of a flowering plant called Arabidopsis thaliana. For ILLUMINATION, Jason Lane employed a 90-ton metal forming machine and custom manufacturing die to directly press A. thaliana into heavy rag paper, virtually combining the plant and the paper into a single unit. It is a gesture of honor.

Untitled 90 Ton Pressing I, 2019
Untitled 90 Ton Pressing II, 2019

Photos by Paul M Bowers

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Working with almost exclusively Egyptian cotton much of, artist Yasmine Kasem’s work is rooted in her heritage as an Egy...
04/18/2020

Working with almost exclusively Egyptian cotton much of, artist Yasmine Kasem’s work is rooted in her heritage as an Egyptian Muslim woman. al Zahab al Abiad/Kanz Siti - White Gold/Grandma’s Treasure, 2019 may appear simple at first but contains countless allusions and references, many that are deeply personal, and all of which denote the precariousness of our times and the inherent difficulty in maintaining equilibrium and sustainability.

Photos by Ariana Velazquez and Paul M Bowers

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Did you know that our exhibition, Illumination, offers a view on something that is typically invisible to the human eye?...
04/14/2020

Did you know that our exhibition, Illumination, offers a view on something that is typically invisible to the human eye?
It’s true!
Artist Justin Manor, worked alongside scientist, Shadi Dayeh, and learned that as much technological examination and exploration regularly occurs at the nano scale, there are often imperfections encountered as the necessary transistors shrink.
With that knowledge, Manor decided to turn the micro, macro with his work - FINFET Macro, 2019.
Replicating something that is infinitely small, viewers are now able to see it at a colossal scale in our gallery and for now, in our online viewing room. Check it out if you haven’t already!

Photos by Ariana Velazquez and Paul M Bowers

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Out of all the artist & scientist pairings, Margaret Nobel interpreted her experience at the La Jolla Institute of Immun...
04/10/2020

Out of all the artist & scientist pairings, Margaret Nobel interpreted her experience at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology in perhaps the most unexpected way.
While observing investigations of diabetes Noble was told “some ideas can become so entrenched that they effectively turn into articles of faith and stall progress.”
In response, Dogma Roulette was created - a game in which a spinning roulette wheel challenges, validates, or makes irrelevant a personal principle.

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04/08/2020

Dr. Zbigniew Mikulski is an expert in imaging methods that show how cells move around, communicate, live, and die in real time. He is working to discover the mechanisms of disease, because understanding those mechanisms can lead to intervention.

Paired with Dr. Mikulski, artist Cy Kuckenbaker found this research enamoring and subsequently filmed what he saw through the microscope additionally printing the data sequence of the smallest chromosome in a human cell and ended up with a mass of 10,000 pages.

Cy Kuckenbaker
Chromosome 22, 2020

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As someone concerned with the transit of time and the shortness of memory, Caitlin Cherry wants to record contemporary c...
04/03/2020

As someone concerned with the transit of time and the shortness of memory, Caitlin Cherry wants to record contemporary culture. She is particularly inspired by how LCD screens on laptops and phones define what’s momentarily important.

Cherry paints the images of pop culture icons, particularly black women, such as; rappers, cancer survivors, Instagram influencers, exotic dancers, or any woman who achieved momentary celebrity or notoriety.

Their image is presented as it might be displayed on an LCD screen - but shows the screen subject to the quirks and oscillations of technology, with distortions of color and appearance.

Caitlin Cherry
Axiom, 2020

Photos by Ariana Velazquez and Alex Matthews

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1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

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Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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Nobody made for Halloween art in that place just like Haunting house tour. I hope make some artist to make display about Hallow Eve.
Thank you for calling out Artist Almanac in your recent newsletter. Looking forward to an incredible program, especially the presentation by Larry Baza that you mentioned! Cheers from The Studio Door.
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Hi, Can I buy a spot for myself to bring some of my art? and how much does it cost to book a spot for oct/12/19? please more information and who do I pay and ask? I already sent a message but no quick response .
San Diego's Mario Torero, New TedTalk.
Don't miss 2018 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy Joan Jonas, Thursday, March 21 at the University of San Diego. Visit: www.sandiego.edu/kyoto to learn more.
POETS WITHOUT BORDERS Featuring Beat Poet Laureate Chris Vannoy, National Slam Poetry Champion Viet Mai, Taco Shop Poetess Jackie Lopez, Izzy Blaze, Yvonne King & Igor Goldkind Will Perform at the Mesa College Gallery Reception for Mario Torero: "Artivismo Loko" Mario Torero is an internationally renowned muralist and a legend of the Chicano community. The title of the exhibition includes a term that Torero coined: “artivism” as the marriage of art and activism. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS is Chris Vannoy, Viet Mai, Yvonne King, Izzy Blaze, Jackie Lopez, Igor Goldkind, a gipsy band of poets inspired by and dedicated to the Artivist vision inspired by artist/muralist Mario Torero. By using both visual and literary arts to promote progressive social change and voice resistance to injustice. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS promotes the higher values of Freedom, Justice, Liberty, Planetary Sustainability and Human Rights. Mainly by actively bringing art back to the public sphere: where we live, where we eat and where we recreate. We also think Poetry is better than prayer because you don’t have to pretend that someone is listening. Mesa College Art Gallery: 619 388-2829 Poets Without Borders: Igor Goldkind 858 349 6429
Beloved artist Hugo Crosthwaite has been diagnosed with cancer- can you pass this on to help him survive?
Henri is a photographer based in San Diego, California. DRIVE BY SAY HI is a gallery viewing of his visual concept derived from time spent on the roads and city streets of his hometown. https://www.facebook.com/events/2269417096651763/