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OPENING ON FRIDAY january 23, 2015 FROM 6PM-8PM

The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to present a group exhibition of new work commemorating the Balboa Park Centennial. The exhibition entitled San Diego Keeps Her Promise: Balboa Park at 100 opens to the public on Friday, January 23 and runs through February 22, 2015.

Organized by Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella and Francis French, Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Keeps Her Promise: Balboa Park at 100 is a collaborative exhibition, exploring the past, present, and imagined future of Balboa Park. Several artists take a multi-sensory approach to addressing Balboa Park, as in Brian Goeltzenleuchter's self-guided tour of the smells of Balboa Park, and Suzanne Thorpe's soundscape based on the wind speed in Balboa Park. Artists Vincent Mattina and Will Given create images that compress time, simultaneously allowing viewers to experience the past, present, and future of the park, while artists such as Beliz Iristay and Ruben Franco Notch have focused on the physical architecture of Balboa Park as a point of entry to discuss historical and social implications of the 1915-California Exposition. Finally, Kate Clark and Hermione Spriggs explore the history of unique events in Balboa Park's past, such as the Zoro Garden Nudist Colony, while Scott Polach explores plumbing and water conservation in  the park.

Participating artists: Alex Young, Beliz Iristay, Bianca Romani, Brian Goeltzenleuchter & Charmaine Banach, Carlos Castro Arias, Cat Chiu Phillips, Chuck McPherson, Dave Ghilarducci, Denise Strahm, Diego Leon, Francisco Eme, Jasna Gopic, Joe Nalven, Kate Clark & Hermione Spriggs, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Paul Turounet, Ruben Franco Notch, Saulo CisnerosScott Polach, Suzanne Thorpe, Vincent Mattina, Will Given


I don't understand where we're going and why the hell we're bothering anyhow...   -Demolition Man, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The future of planet Earth is positive and progressive.   -Uriel, UNARIUS Academy of Science

This group exhibition, organized by SDAI's curator-in-residence Alex Young, is about Southern California: the geographic region, the megalopolis, the social entity, the geological formation. It is an exhibition of art/design/architectural projects that seek to address essential questions about what is to be made of Southern California in the early 21st Century and asks:

How do we approach the idea of a sustainable urban future within the spatial, historical, and social conditions of the Southern California megapolitan region and it's geopolitical 'centers': Los Angeles and San Diego/Tijuana? How do we postulate the sustainable, the specific, local, civic, cultural, renewable, edaphic, geologic, and geographic within a region synonymous with anti-urbanism, ecological disaster, militarized space, simulacral eden, economic collapse, and longstanding wars on labor, poverty, and immigration? Grasping the urban totality of Southern California, what possibilities might be presented from its past, its present, and its future?

Artists, designers, architects, and other cultural producers are encouraged to submit for consideration projects and proposals that engage or expand upon these notions and more. Please e-mail a CV, bio, project description, and up to 5 jpgs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by February 13!



San Diego Art Institute is looking for video and performance artists to participate in the juried portion of FLEX IT! Expands. We have received a grant to produce the event, so participating artists will each receive a small stipend to create or present new work.The San Diego Art Institute will present FLEX IT! Expands at the Jacobs Center as part of “Jacobs Presents: Cultural Celebrations and Performances”.


ARTWALK APRIL 25 & 26, 2015

San Diego Art Institute will be hosting a booth at the Mission Federal ArtWalk. We invite SDAI members to submit work for a chance to have your work sold in SDAI’s booth. Selected artists will receive 60% of the proceeds, with 40% supporting SDAI’s education, exhibition, and outreach programs.