Diverge/Convene: Explorations in Contemporary Mixed Media
DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

San Diego Art Institute is inviting artists to submit work for the upcoming group exhibition “Diverge/Convene: Explorations in Contemporary Mixed Media” opening to the public on April 1, 2017. This exhibition invites artists of all media working in collage or assemblage to submit work. “Diverge/Convene” will develop and share an understanding of contemporary collage as a medium and a genre, employing disparate elements through the use of materials and/or content. Artists working in 2D/3D mediums, video, sound, photography, installation, and alternative processes are encouraged to apply.

The juror selecting work for the exhibition is Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. Engaging in a wide range of contemporary art and ideas, the Gallery highlights work that pushes the frontiers of traditional form and subject matter while providing a contextual framework for interpretation, reflection, and understanding. Prior to moving to California, Kate was the Director and Chief Curator of the Boston University Art Gallery, Curatorial Associate at MoMA PS1, and co-founder of Cleopatra’s, a project space in Brooklyn.

To submit work, please submit up to three images or vimeo links of potential works for consideration (with full descriptions of title, medium, dimensions, price and date) by Wednesday, February 15th at 5pm PST. Artists must also submit a current CV, artist statement, and link to your website. Submissions are $10/image, $5/image for Members. 

All participating artists must reside in the Southern California/Baja Norte region.

Video Marathon
DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

San Diego Art Institute is inviting artists to submit work for a night of video art supplied by YOU! This one-night screening event takes place on Thursday, March 16, 2017. EVERY video under three minutes will be screened. During the event, jurors will determine which top three videos will be screened on a loop at SDAI for an entire month following the event. Jurors for Video Marathon are SDAI Executive Director and new media curator Ginger Shulick Porcella, SDAI Education Director and video artist Lissa Corona, and Omar Lopex, a filmmaker and artist working in San Diego/Tijuana who employs analog formats to engage strangers in fantastical ways. Show us what you’ve got!

To submit work, please email a .mov or link to downloadable VIMEO file to Lissa Corona at by 5pm PST on Wednesday, February 15th. Please include a link to your website, and title/year of work. Submissions are limited to one video per artist. Work over three minutes will not be screened. Submissions are FREE.

All participating artists must reside in the Southern California/Baja Norte region.

Open Show San Diego

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Open Show San Diego provides a forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects. Several times a year San Diego-based photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia producers gather for an evening of live presentations and lively conversations. Five curated presenters have 10-15 minutes each to introduce one project/body of work. We welcome diverse topics ranging from documentary to fine art. Open Show is designed to be an interactive forum where audience members are encouraged to give feedback and ask questions of the presenters, both formally and in a social setting.

SPACE 1439

Space 1439 at the San Diego Art Institute is a boutique store offering unique hand crafts, prints and books which showcase the contemporary art culture of Southern California and the Baja Norte region. We are always looking for a variety of new and interesting products to sell in the shop and it's a great way for your work to be seen and enjoyed by our visitors.  

We are making a dedicated "Small Works" section in the shop for our artist members. Small works can include both 2D and 3D works.  Works should not exceed one foot in any dimension.  
We are also starting a flat file program for prints.  Prints must be at least in an edition of 10 and can be made both from traditional printmaking techniques or digitally printed.  The idea is to have a collection of artist prints that anyone can look through, enjoy and purchase. 

SPACE 1439 works on a consignment basis and all who are interested in selling with us must apply. 

Please contact David Peña for more information or to request an application by calling 619.236.0011 or emailing

call for teaching artists

San Diego Art Institute is inviting practicing artists throughout San Diego to join its teaching artist pool. The SDAI Education Department develops participatory programs including onsite tours, workshops, and ongoing classes, in addition to outreach at public schools across the county. Our programs are designed to challenge conventional art making by emphasizing contemporary art themes including critical thinking, social impact, and creative communication. SDAI programs are in need of enthusiastic, thoughtful, and highly creative individuals to lead art enthusiasts of all ages to create projects that inspire and motivate. Interested in joining our team? Email your cover letter, CV, exhibitions record, and 5-10 high res work samples to Lissa Corona at Please add Teaching Artist Pool to subject line of the email. No phone calls please.