SDAI ART TANK - Microgrant Opportunity and Live Event


Two Investment Opportunities

• Large pot with contributions from five investors ($2500); winner decided by panel vote

• Community pot decided by audience vote


Initial Proposal

Artist will send in a project description of 500 words or less via form below - DEADLINE MAY 1, 5pm. Description of project should include how funds will be spent. Contemporary art practice only.

Artists should include a sketch or documentation of ideas, and up to 5 examples of previous projects, JPG or links to VIMEO files accepted.

Please also include a CV and link to website.

Project must be completed by December 1, 2017.

Artist must present report and documentation of finished project at that time.

Second Round

Artists moving on to the second round will be notified within one week of proposal deadline.

Artists chosen to move on will be asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation for the live Art Tank event on Tuesday, June 20, 6pm.

Presentation must include visuals, either a hard print display or digital presentation; video is welcomed.

Presentation should include how the project will be made, the intention of the work, who is the desired audience, and where the project will be exhibited - if that is the intention.

Artists should invite friends and family to attend, as more people paying admission (which goes directly into community funded pot) means more funding available for the Runner Up Money Grab

Art Tank Event - June 20, 2017

A panel of five art investors will be on-site the evening of the event to judge the presentations

Investors may ask questions of each presenting artists

Investors will vote on who will receive the funds from the panel

Artist will receive check and must sign a contract agreeing to the terms outlined (project completion date, documentation, etc.)

Funds from admissions will go directly into Community Investment Pot

Audience will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite project

• Questions? Contact Lissa Corona at

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.