The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is excited to announce the much-anticipated Summer C-Note Sale, which runs from May 24 through June 7, 2014. This semi-annual event is one of SDAI’s most popular shows, drawing huge crowds in a frenzy to buy original art work. All works are priced at $100, $200, or $300, making this event a great opportunity to purchase quality art by local artists at inexpensive prices. For this one-of-a-kind event, buyers take the works right off the wall and bring them home that day.

The more than 730 member artists of SDAI see this event as an opportunity not only to have several of their works on display at a time, but also as a great way to get their work in the hands of art collectors and patrons. C-Note also functions as SDAI’s spring fundraiser, boosting both the sales of the artists, as well as increasing the visibility and reach of SDAI.

While none of the art works will be for sale to the public until Saturday, May 24 from 5pm-7pm, one can come in and view the more than 1,000 available works on Friday May 23 from 10am-4pm and on Saturday from 10am-4pm. This exciting events draws hundreds of people that line up outside SDAI’s Balboa Park location hours in advance of the opening for a chance to be one of the first through the door to snag their top choice of artwork.

C-Note is a fun and family-friendly event, so please mark your calendars and support the San Diego Art Institute in its continued mission of supporting living, local artists!

View the Southern Cal/Baja Norte Exhibition

This exhibition was open to all artists in the Southern California /Baja Norte Region. Run of Show: April 5 to May 18, 2014.

See the participating artists list

See the SoCal/Baja Norte Show >>


Poetry & Art Series

Poetry & Art Series 2014 on Friday, April 25 – People’s Choice Poem Performance Award (Cash Prizes), with special guest Steve Kowit, host Michael Klam, and DJ Gill Sotu.  This social, fun, lyrical and interactive arts and culture experience takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park and is open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and music, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, $5 at the door or bring wine or snacks to share and get in free. This event is co-sponsored by Poetry International

For details click here.

San Diego Art Institute Appoints Ginger Shulick Porcella as New Executive Director

Porcella to Lead with Expertise in Curating and Arts Administration

San Diego (January 1, 2014) – The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) today names Ginger Shulick Porcella as its new Executive Director. Porcella comes to SDAI with wide-ranging experience in arts administration and exhibit curation. She previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, where she facilitated twenty-two contemporary art exhibitions annually and was responsible for the administration and fiscal management of the organization, leading successful fundraising efforts that increased the organizational budget each fiscal year.

In addition, Porcella is the Founder and Director of Big Deal Arts, an organization that provides comprehensive services to artists and arts organizations with a specialization in strategic planning, artist marketing and branding, portfolio development, curatorial consulting, and grantwriting.

See more about Porcella by clicking here...

Youth Art Gallery

Carver Elementary School
on Exhibit

  • Reception: March 7, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
  • 6-7PM
    Artists, Studen Artists,& Guest Arrive; Hors d'oeuvres
  • 7PM-7:30PM
    Certificates & Special Awards Presented
  • 7:30PM-8PM
    Gallery Open to View Youth Exhibition, Regional & One-Foot
    Museum Exhibits

See the full flyer by clicking here.

Browse our current Regional, 1 Foot, & Solo Shows

SDAI's most visible activity focuses on showcasing the work of San Diego emerging area visual artists through a program of over 30 juried shows a year, (regular show, "One-Foot" show, special outreach shows, youth art & others). Different art professionals are selected as jurors for each show assuring exhibitions of high quality and great variety. Jurors' Choice and Honorable Mention certificates are awarded at monthly public receptions.

See current regional show >


SDAI Journal Newsletter

See our latest Journal in flipbook format. Experience the journal as if you were flipping the pages online like a magazine... Click Here.


You can also view it pdf format if you are not able to see it in flash. Click Here.

Donate / Become a Member

Your donation today will help continue our 50-year tradition of keeping art alive. Your help supports programs for artists and art lovers at SDAI.

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One Year Membership to the San Diego Art Institute's "Museum of the Living Artist" starts at just $50. Includes: free admission, newsletter subscription, advance notice: receptions, classes, special events, and discounts - bus trips, lectures, classes, etc.









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