The San Diego Art Institute was initially founded in 1941 as the San Diego Business Men's Art Club. In 1950 the name was changed to the San Diego Art Institute, and three years later women were allowed membership into the organization.
We became a nonprofit in 1963 and have since remained the premier organization showcasing artists from the Southern California/Baja Norte region. Our mission is to broaden and continue the support of the visual arts through exhibition, education, and outreach. Our ongoing dedication is carried out through a range of innovative programs that respond to the needs of our communities, and by forging partnerships with our local and global community. San Diego Art Institute currently operates out of two locations: our main exhibition space in Balboa Park and our educational programs in North Park.
The San Diego Art Institute's most visible programs are socially engaged and respond to the needs of our communities. SDAI offers an array of programs including exhibitions, lectures, tours, educational programs and an Artist-in-Residence Program.
SDAI currently operates out of two locations: our main 8,000 sq. ft. exhibition space in Balboa Park and our educational arm in North Park. We also acknowledge and showcase work that is produced in tandem with our Youth Program Department in our Young Artist Gallery. Our rotating exhibition series is curated or juried by internationally recognized curators and focuses on regional artists from the Southern California/Baja Norte region. We also host two monthly solo artist exhibitions, as well as exhibitions in our new media project space and in our North Park location.
San Diego Art Institute - North Park
Our 3,000 sq. ft. space in North Park houses our educational programs and artist studios. Daily we offer classes in disciplines such as life drawing, painting, water color, youth art, and photography. Please visit the Class Schedule to enroll in on of our classes today!
San Diego Art Institute's Artist-in-Residence Program provides artists with a 200 sq. ft. studio space, and solo show opportunities in both Balboa Park and North Park. Artists working in all media and at any stages of their career are welcome to apply for an approximate 3 month residency when applications are available.
San Diego Art Institute's Curator-in-Residence Program provides curators with a 150 sq. ft. studio space at our in North Park location allowing 24-hour access. During the course of the residency, we will arrange for the curator to conduct studio visits with local artists, and will ask the curator to participate in the monthly "Ray at Night" program each second Saturday of the month. Curators working in all media and at any stages of their career are welcome to apply for an approximate 3 month residency when applications are available.
Lectures & Tours
SDAI hosts ongoing professional development lectures aimed at both artists and the general public. Please check our Events Schedule for upcoming programs.
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