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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, (Regional 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.

Since 1955 SDAI has produced the "Annual" -- a juried show drawing interest from artists all over the world. A different internationally known juror is invited each year. This show is juried from online submissions and makes available international competition to regional artists. Awards are presented at SDAI's biannual Gala Celebration.  

This exhibition is open to all artists in the Southern California /Baja Norte Region. Art must be original and never been exhibited in any SDAI juried show or exhibition. Awards are presented at SDAI's biannual Gala Celebration.  

A call to artists to respond to social and community issues. This is a unique visual art venue that marries the artist's talent with community awareness. Some previous exhibitions have been:

  • "Winged Victory -- Transcending Breast Cancer"
  • "Art Without Frontiers/Hasta La Raya"
  • "eARTh" -- environmental awareness
  • "Our Healing Arts" -- AIDS awareness
  • International Youth Art Exchange.

Social outreach through the visual arts continue to be an important part of SDAI's mission.

David Fleet Young Artists' Gallery The mission of this gallery is the exposure to the creative process of the youth of San Diego within the curriculum of the school.

1. The "Fleet", on a monthly basis, showcases youth art by regional elementary, middle and senior high schools. SDAI liaisons with the San Diego City / County Art Educators Association for curators, school participation and selection.

2. SDAI recognizes by certification all participating youth artists.

3. SDAI regional jurors choose the SDAI Youth Achievement Awards each month.

4. Presentations for Certificates and Achievement Awards occur at our public receptions for each exhibition.
  Youth Art Month: A regional award show (in collaboration with SD City / County Art Educators Association).

Storytelling: An interactive program using verbal and visual skills.

SDAI Youth Tour: A docent tour of the SDAI galleries aimed at young audiences. Exposure to living regional artists (and peers in the "Fleet") brings greater awareness of the possibilities in self-expression.

SDAI maintains a separate facility for education. Classes in life drawing, painting, water color, children's art, and various photography classes are a sampling of the SDAI art educational programs offered. SDAI also offers comprehensive computer classes in multimedia and animation plus various workshops on specific computer programs.

A program of special evening informative lectures/discussions aimed at both artists and the interested public as well as tours to regional art venues such as museums, galleries and artists' studios

An annual community arts festival event sponsored by SDAI and a variety of corporate entities to showcase the visual and performing arts in four downtown neighborhoods linked by trolley. Ticket proceeds benefit all non-profit partners.

Occasional shows are mounted at SDAI's educational facility, i.e. Artwalk All Members Show, student and teacher shows; bi-monthly selections from current shows at SDAI are installed at our corporate sponsor Unisys' headquarters on a rotational basis; Sky Gallery exhibition at SDAI, Balboa Park -- large works not eligible for regular shows, are juried for the stairway clerestory walls for extended exhibition.

A new exhibition of works by talented San Diego artists opens every six weeks in this specially designed 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art floating gallery space. These juried exhibits display works in mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, monoprint, collage, assemblage, mixed media, photography and sculpture. A solo artist's work is also featured along with the main gallery exhibition. The David Fleet Young Artists Gallery showcases work from schools in the San Diego region.

This is a wonderful space for the exhibition of the youth of San Diego. We are very proud of a permanent gallery for support of arts exposure to our children and young artists.

The center supports the opportunity for showcasing regional emerging talent in the area of visual arts. The open gallery with its moveable walls allows for flexibility in staging the ever-changing exhibitions offered throughout the year.

This is our gift shop in our House of Charm location. This venue not only helps to finance our operations but also is an excellent offering to the general public of the original artworks of local artisans.




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