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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.

Operating as usual

As we bid farewell to this challenging year, we would like to thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and p...
12/31/2020

As we bid farewell to this challenging year, we would like to thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and patience as we remain closed due to the pandemic. We’re moving ahead into the new year with renewed optimism, and we are looking forward to welcoming members and guests into the gallery again. From all of us at SDAI, have a safe and healthy New Year!!

LUMINO-INTERACTION: Memory of Touch
by Elsoldelrac, from the Illumination Exhibition

We are extremely thankful for the support you have provided to the amazing group of artists behind the Regional Artists ...
11/27/2020

We are extremely thankful for the support you have provided to the amazing group of artists behind the Regional Artists Market (RAM). As we approach the gift giving season, it’s the perfect opportunity to continue the ongoing support for these artists, who are still being greatly impacted by the pandemic.

The offerings on RAM include everything from face masks and hand-dyed textiles, to ceramics and exclusive prints. Artists receive 70% of the proceeds. And through the holiday season, shipping is on us!

Shop RAM here: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/

Documentary photographer, filmmaker, and current RAM artist, Teanna E. Woods Okojie wrote an article for Ethical Storyte...
11/23/2020
The Need for Ethical Representation in Documentary Photography

Documentary photographer, filmmaker, and current RAM artist, Teanna E. Woods Okojie wrote an article for Ethical Storytelling discussing the need for ethical representation in documentary photography and why ethics in visual storytelling matters. Follow the link for the article: http://ethicalstorytelling.com/documentary-photography/

You can also purchase Teanna's beautiful prints and postcards here: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Teanna-Woods-Okojie-c60151625

We are all storytellers. Every image we post online makes an impression, receives a reaction, and creates a narrative.

Teanna E. Woods Okojie is a photographer with a passion for ethical representation in documentary and humanitarian photo...
11/21/2020

Teanna E. Woods Okojie is a photographer with a passion for ethical representation in documentary and humanitarian photography. Her resume includes extensive work throughout the continent of Africa and continued photographic series in Lagos, Nigeria. Purchase Teanna's photographic postcards and prints on the Regional Artists Market (RAM) now. Shipping is free through the holidays for the entire site!

New to the Regional Artists Market (RAM) is Teanna Woods Okojie, a talented San Diego photographer with a heart for soci...
10/27/2020

New to the Regional Artists Market (RAM) is Teanna Woods Okojie, a talented San Diego photographer with a heart for social change and passion for ethical representation in documentary and humanitarian photography. Her current project locations include extensive work throughout the continent of Africa and continued photographic series in Lagos, Nigeria. Teanna's visually striking postcards and exclusive prints are available now on RAM.

#ArtoftheMoment #reginalartistsmarket

As a poetization of the current situation, Elsoldelrac places us in a dystopian territory in a constant "ready to go/use...
10/27/2020

As a poetization of the current situation, Elsoldelrac places us in a dystopian territory in a constant "ready to go/use what you got" lifestyle where everything is ephemeral and nomadic. From this perspective, we can all be aware and ready to act while still looking good. Shop Elsoldelrac bags now at the Regional Artists Market.

#Reginalartistsmarket #ArtoftheMoment #SDAI

Available now on the Regional Artists Market: A series of exclusive mixed textile sculptures by Elsoldelrac. ”I work wit...
10/27/2020

Available now on the Regional Artists Market: A series of exclusive mixed textile sculptures by Elsoldelrac. ”I work with the body, the mind and the seek of them emancipation through deconstruction of languages using plastic arts, confection, installation and process-art.” - Elsoldelrac

#ArtoftheMoment #regionalartistsmarket

Now available at the Regional Artists Market: Studded face masks by Elsoldelrac. These masks are an embodiment of what w...
10/21/2020

Now available at the Regional Artists Market: Studded face masks by Elsoldelrac. These masks are an embodiment of what we can all become. In an environment where society is destroyed, we are all bandits and naturally emancipated. Click on the photos to purchase.

Elsoldelrac is one of the multi-talented featured artists from our Regional Artist Market (RAM). A Tijuana based artist,...
10/16/2020

Elsoldelrac is one of the multi-talented featured artists from our Regional Artist Market (RAM). A Tijuana based artist, Elsoldelrac plays with deconstruction by juxtaposing the beautiful with the bizarre. To check out his collection of face masks, clothing and skin care, and thought provoking artwork on RAM, visit: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/ELSOLDELRAC-c60169188

We’ve been working hard at curating new artists and items for our Regional Artists Market (RAM). Our newest, Sofia V. Go...
09/18/2020

We’ve been working hard at curating new artists and items for our Regional Artists Market (RAM). Our newest, Sofia V. Gonzalez, is based in San Diego and was recently an Artist in Residence at Art Produce. Sofia uses the process of sewing, staining, and color to explore the senses of space. Check out her shibori dyed textiles, masks and cards, all available now at RAM.

https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Sofia-Gonzalez-c60150671

BIPOC artists in San Diego County have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. As a result, leaders of our arts community hav...
08/27/2020

BIPOC artists in San Diego County have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. As a result, leaders of our arts community have organized a fund to provide hope and care to BIPOC artists in need. Please consider joining us in solidarity to support these artists.

San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdartistrelief

#sdartistrelief

07/31/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: Cool Face Masks You Can Buy

Check out Balboa Park's list of specially designed face masks available from several Park organizations, including SDAI.

Links to purchase masks currently available:
WorldBeat Cultural Center
http://www.worldbeatcenter.org/support-our-cultural-mask-fundraiser

San Diego Zoo
https://shopzoo.com/collections/face-masks?fbclid=IwAR3z08fkFFmtrOTOIZjmhdfyoFH6yWuhz3Wx6L3rU3tzG1yltu5Xe9bQ_hA

San Diego Museum of Art
https://www.sdmart.org/product/cotan-still-life-mask/

San Diego Art Institute via JG Indie LLC by Jolonzo Goldtooth
https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Jolonzo-Goldtooth-c53498876?mc_cid=aa604d0b3b&mc_eid=a4aab57c7c

Masks coming soon from:
Museum of Photographic Arts
https://shop.mopa.org/

Timken Museum of Art
https://timkenshop.square.site/

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
https://www.sdmrm.org/

If you visit the Park and forget your mask, the Visitors Center has masks available, as well.

https://youtu.be/u9be-GvKEY0

Hello Balboa Park lovers! Check out some of the cool face masks being offered by your favorite Park organizations! Stay safe, and support the organizations y...

Outstanding Forging Territories visual artist, Texas Isaiah was featured in The New York Times piece "Sources of Self Re...
07/29/2020
Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America

Outstanding Forging Territories visual artist, Texas Isaiah was featured in The New York Times piece "Sources of Self Regard: Self-Portraits from Black Photographers Reflecting on America." https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/19/arts/black-photographers-self-portraits.html

Texas Isaiah also released gorgeous new prints for the Regional Artists Market. Check out the RAM site to purchase: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Texas-Isaiah-c49161097

"I’ve found strength in being able to hold and see myself at this moment in time."

San Diego Art Institute's cover photo
07/25/2020

San Diego Art Institute's cover photo

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), a science partner for our ILLUMINATION exhibition, recently an...
07/22/2020

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), a science partner for our ILLUMINATION exhibition, recently announced a milestone discovery of a drug to reactivate dormant HIV and then eliminate them, an approach they call “shock and kill”. We are excited about SBP's progress in the fight against HIV and we are proud to be working with them. To read more, visit:
https://www.sbpdiscovery.org/news/new-drug-candidate-reawakens-sleeping-hiv-hopes-of-functional-cure?mc_cid=8915afba05&mc_eid=afa93afafc

Many thanks to Jeff Terich, PACIFIC and The San Diego Union-Tribune for featuring our Regional Artists Market and the ma...
07/20/2020

Many thanks to Jeff Terich, PACIFIC and The San Diego Union-Tribune for featuring our Regional Artists Market and the many artists who are participating. There are just two days left to pick up socially conscious and functional art from some of the best regional artists around. Photo by Candice Eley

https://www.pacificsandiego.com/local-entertainment/arts-culture/story/2020-07-16/san-diego-art-institute-launches-a-curated-online-marketplace

RAM shop: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/

We are pleased to introduce our final featured RAM:Pride artist and founder of Makwa Studio, Maggie Thompson. Maggie is ...
07/20/2020

We are pleased to introduce our final featured RAM:Pride artist and founder of Makwa Studio, Maggie Thompson. Maggie is a textile artist whose inspiration comes from her Ojibwe heritage and the Native American experience. NBC recently interviewed Maggie about her work to help indigenous communities affected by Covid. The Makwa Studio Pride masks include ribbons that are a symbol of identity, adaptation and survival. Some have sold out but there are a few left. Be sure to purchase before RAM:Pride ends on July 22.

https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Makwa-Studio-c49408257

Start this Pride weekend off with a few virtual events put on by our friends at San Diego Pride. Tonight at 6pm, the Spi...
07/17/2020
Pride 2020 - San Diego Pride

Start this Pride weekend off with a few virtual events put on by our friends at San Diego Pride. Tonight at 6pm, the Spirit of Stonewall Rally begins, where LGBTQ leaders will be recognized as they highlight the movement’s most pressing issues. On Saturday, a day-long celebration for the first ever Pride Live: Together We Rise begins at 10am. For a complete schedule, visit: https://sdpride.org/pride/

All of our programs and events have been moved online and hosted in virtual spaces to keep our community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Demian DinéYazhi´, today's featured artist for RAM: Pride, is a Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’é...
07/15/2020

Demian DinéYazhi´, today's featured artist for RAM: Pride, is a Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water), and the founder of @RISEIndigenous. The work of DinéYazhi´highlights the intersection of radical Indigenous queer feminist identity and political ideology. Two items are available from DinéYazhi´ at the RAM shop, an “Awareness is Resistance” patch and a limited edition tote. To purchase, visit: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Demian-Din%C3%A9Yazhi%C2%B4-c49409247

RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment

Many thanks to NBC 7 San Diego for featuring our Regional Artists Market and the amazing work of Maggie Thompson of Makw...
07/13/2020
SD Art Institute Supports Artists Through Pandemic; Artists Pay It Forward for High-Risk Groups

Many thanks to NBC 7 San Diego for featuring our Regional Artists Market and the amazing work of Maggie Thompson of Makwa Studio. RAM was launched in April to help support disenfranchised artists during the Covid pandemic. Maggie and a handful of other artists are now using the marketplace to donate masks to indigenous communities, who have been deeply affected by the pandemic.

The San Diego Art Institute launched its virtual online marketplace in April to help support artists during the pandemic. Inspired by fellow artist Maggie Thompson, several artists are now using the program to donate masks to indigenous groups, who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.

07/10/2020
Proud Identities

While we can’t gather in person, we support the efforts of San Diego Pride as they celebrate via live stream panels, festivals, and rallies. Proud Identities, a streaming event with San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Pride is now available to watch via the link.

We invite you to join SDMA as they present a curated tour of SDMA’s permanent collections that speak to LGBTQ+ identities. Then after, tune in for a Live Q&A...

Meet River Garza, artist, LGBTQ ally, and today’s RAM: Pride featured artist. River is based in LA and is of Indigenous ...
07/08/2020

Meet River Garza, artist, LGBTQ ally, and today’s RAM: Pride featured artist. River is based in LA and is of Indigenous and Mexican descent, is Tongva and is a member of the Ti’at Society. His work draws on Indigenous aesthetics, Mexican culture, and urban graffiti art. He is also one of the best selling artists on RAM. River’s striking collection of hand-painted, one-of-a-kind PRIDE postcards are available here: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/River-Garza-c49403315

Meet Hector Silva, a LA-based queer artist from Jalisco, Mexico, who has been creating artwork for over 30 years. Today,...
07/06/2020

Meet Hector Silva, a LA-based queer artist from Jalisco, Mexico, who has been creating artwork for over 30 years. Today, he is our featured artist for RAM: Pride. Hector’s illustrations draw from Latino and Chicano tradition and explores cultural identities, eroticism, and beauty. He has three stunning original prints available. To purchase, visit: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Hector-Silva-c53484045

Jolonzo Goldtooth, a featured artist for RAM: Pride, hails from New Mexico and is of Diné (Navajo) Tribal decent. He is ...
07/05/2020

Jolonzo Goldtooth, a featured artist for RAM: Pride, hails from New Mexico and is of Diné (Navajo) Tribal decent. He is the creative fashion director of JG Indie LLC by Jolonzo Goldtooth, tributing strong Navajo women and elders. Jolonzo’s Fuchsia Sání face masks are beautifully hand made and washable. To purchase: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Jolonzo-Goldtooth-Face-Mask-p210710882

Meet Patrisse Cullors, artist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She was named a civil rights leader for the 21st cen...
07/01/2020

Meet Patrisse Cullors, artist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She was named a civil rights leader for the 21st century by The Los Angeles Times. Exactly one year ago, Patrisse performed at our Forging Territories exhibition with a breathtaking performance. Today, we are proud to have her as our featured artist for RAM: Pride. Her memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” is a New York Times bestseller and available for purchase at our RAM shop: https://bit.ly/SDAI-PatrisseCullorsMemoir. We are donating all proceeds to the Black Lives Matter organization.

Photo by Tim Hardy

Thank you Vanguard Culture for featuring the RAM: Regional Artists Market and our mission to create a space in which art...
07/01/2020
THE BUZZ: San Diego Art Institute Shows Up for the BIPOC Arts Community with RAM - Vanguard Culture

Thank you Vanguard Culture for featuring the RAM: Regional Artists Market and our mission to create a space in which artists from marginalized communities can connect with a national audience.

by Roxana Lopez June 23, 2020 While we have all adjusted to social distancing and continue to avoid large gatherings, we are finding new ways of connecting. Whether it is through Zoom or conference calls we are reaching for new ways to stay connected with one another. On this particular day, my part...

Today, we reflect on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The uprising inspired a movement of political activism for ...
06/28/2020

Today, we reflect on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The uprising inspired a movement of political activism for queer rights in America. 51 years later, we celebrate marriage equality and most recently, LGBTQ equality in the workplace. The Stonewall legacy continues today though the ongoing fight for LGBTQ and civil rights in our nation. Global Pride 2020 San Diego Pride Stonewall Citizens' Patrol

Meet Angel Divina, a multi-talented trans Mexican-American artist and today’s featured artist for RAM: Pride. Angel’s ca...
06/27/2020

Meet Angel Divina, a multi-talented trans Mexican-American artist and today’s featured artist for RAM: Pride. Angel’s carefully detailed face masks are hand-embroidered with the Transgender Pride Flag, a symbol of pride, diversity, and trans rights. Angel is donating the proceeds to the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund.

To Purchase, visit: https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Angel-Divina-Trans-Pride-Hand-Embroidered-Face-Mask-p193590164

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund

06/26/2020
Prayer to the Iyami by Patrisse Cullors

Watch Patrisse Cullors, artist, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, perform an incredibly moving original work, Prayer to the Lyami at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Patrisse performed at San Diego Art Institute's Forging Territories last year and is currently a featured artist for our Regional Artists Market, RAM: Pride program.

Los Angeles artist, organizer, and freedom fighter Patrisse Cullors is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, founder of Dignity and Power Now, and a New York...

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La RaRa Noche Season 2 starts tomorrow! It's like an open mic, but more physical. https://www.facebook.com/events/919262488443685
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/