San Diego-based artist Cat Chiu Phillips used a variety of sewing and weaving techniques, including the use of plarn (yarn made from discarded plastic bags) to crochet large, abstract patterns to draw attention to the pollution created by plastic. Join Cat in this series of free, hands-on artmaking workshops, culminating in a community exhibition and installation at Westfield Horton Plaza.
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.
San Diego Art Institute hosts Al Ridenour, author of “The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil”
The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to invite Al Ridenour, author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil for a lecture and slideshow. The event will take place on Thursday, December 15 from 6pm-8pm at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. The event is $10 or free to SDAI Members.
San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present “CLOTHING STORE”, a solo project by San Diego-based artist Melissa Beck. The opening reception will take place at SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza on Thursday, December 1 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until January 1, 2017.
This current election has taught us that it is more imperative than ever to organize in our own communities and to dismantle the structures of racial inequity. Come join us for micheladas, bring a dish you'd like to share and/or other light refreshments to build with other San Diego cultural workers tackling racial inequity in the San Diego art scene. Let's deepen our relationships, build analysis, and strategize for a more equitable arts community. And let's all hold space for each other in this challenging moment. Pa'lante!
Part & Parcel highlights work created by past and present members of SDAI. As we celebrate our 75th Anniversary, SDAI showcases selections by San Diego-based artists that have held an important place in SDAI's history.
Poetry & Art 2016 presents The Book of Books by Jimmy Jazz with readings by Steve Abee (LA), Kimberly Dark (SD), Rich Ferguson (LA), Shawna Kenney (LA), minerva (LA), Gill Sotu (SD), and Ted Washington (SD) plus People's Choice Poem Award.
"A Light In Darkness” seeks to explore the ways we navigate turmoil in our lives. Through sound, image, sound sculpture, and site-specific installations, “A Light In Darkness” presents impressions of how we find harmony amidst discord, security in chaos, and hope to endure loss. Various rooms are utilized to create immersive environments, which, together, examine our facility to navigate psychic or metaphysical traumas, fears, and anguish.
Tim's presentation will discuss the use of piezo electric pick-ups and looping for composing ambient sonic atmospheres.
Tijuana-based artist Paola Villaseñor, aka PANCA, processes pain and transforms it into something positive and visual, from ephemeral public pieces to permanent tattoos. From dealing with the loss of her mother to being haunted by the deep stares of her fellow “displaced” people in Tijuana, PANCA captures her emotions in her monstrous, yet relatable characters. In this short film, Tijuana lives and breathes in a way that helps the viewer understand exactly why PANCA continues to be inspired by this town she calls “the most surreal city I’ve ever been in.”
San Diego Art Institute presents a Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest on Sunday, October 30, 2pm-5pm benefitting Four Paws in El Cajon
SDAI's Halloween Dance Party featuring Geezer
SDAI will screen an abridged version of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu featuring a live score compiled by Jory Herman that will make your skin crawl, performed by musicians of the San Diego Symphony under the direction of John Stubbs. In addition, there will be a spooky performance of Michael Daugherty's Viola Zombie as well as other tricks and treats. Guests will be able to enjoy a themed Zombie cocktail.
Bring the whole family down to SDAI for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving and Halloween arts & crafts. Feel free to bring your own pumpkins or purchase one on-site. All art materials will be provided. This is a FREE event!
Over 100 artists drawing live at SAN DIEGO ART INSTITUTE! Plus live music by Big Bloom, HEXA, and Mankinda! The event of the year is approaching quickly! Don’t miss your chance to nab original art and play muse to your favorite local mark makers! Watch the magic happen at Monster Drawing Rally 2016!
Artist T. Jefferson Carey will be on site to screen his short, animated film “The Dead Comic” and read from his renowned play “Wolfbane” as well as his classic thriller “Maniac Lake".
Join San Diego Art Institute in welcoming our local arts funders for a discussion on current issues at the forefront of arts funding in California, with a focus on San Diego. We will discuss opportunities for both individual artists and arts organizations.
SDAI is pleased to present “Appropriated Touch”, a solo project by San Diego-based artist Daniel Barron Corrales, opening October 7, 2016 at SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza.
The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present a month-long series of Halloween-themed programming in celebration of two concurrent exhibitions: “The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey” and “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”. As part of this programming, SDAI is hosting weekly horror film screenings every Thursday in October. Each film will be accompanied by a themed cocktail. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the films will start at 6pm. All events are $5 unless otherwise noted
San Diego Art Institute hosts Dr. Paul Koudounaris on Wednesday, October 5 from 6pm-8pm for a “Sex Ghost” lecture and slideshow
San Diego Art Institute is please to present its second annual "Artist and Curator" sports tournament. Watch more than 40 artists and curators in 10 teams square off at beach volleyball. Renowned art critics Kinsee Morlan and Robert Pincus will reprise their roles as the announcers. This fun, interactive event includes performances by XR, and SDAI's artists-in-residence Brian & Ryan. Food, drinks, music, and fun for the whole family. Who will win the ultimate prize and retain their dignity? Come and find out!
The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present a month-long series of Halloween-themed programming in celebration of two concurrent exhibitions: “The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey” and “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”. Programs range from lectures, weekly video screenings and readings, SDAI’s annual “Monster Drawing Rally”, an all-ages pumpkin carving, a costume party for humans, as well as a dog costume contest judging with prizes. The opening reception will take place at the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park on Saturday, October 1 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday, November 6, 2016.
SDAI's benefit celebrating our 75th Anniversary and the vibrancy of our art community.
SDAI presents the third installment of Julian Klincewicz’s ongoing body of work: Hey, I Like You. Join us Friday, September 23rd, for a runway show that investigates the complicated relationship between “high fashion” and art in San Diego.
Artist Omar Lopex will host a video dating recording day, in collaboration with artist Noe Olivas, director of Untitled Space. The event is part of Lopex's artist residency at the San Diego Art Institute.
San Diego Art Institute is delighted to collaborate with Write Out Loud; an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience. Join us for a screening of The Witches at noon and perform a community read of The Twits at 3pm. Readers of all levels are welcome. Sign up begins at 1:30.
Join artist Don Edler for a screening of his new work The Father the Sun and The Holy Road in conjunction with two films that informed his film and visual language. These films represent pivotal moments Edler’s development as a filmmaker, both influencing his style and approach to visual storytelling.
SDAI is pleased to present STANDARD FANTASTIC STUDIOS: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WATCH THESE MOVIES, a project by Omar Lopex for the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza (141 Horton Plaza next to Victoria’s Secret). During the month of September, the space will be transformed into a video viewing area where audiences can watch films entirely show in analog film formats—Super 8, Hi8, 35mm—made by STANDARD FANTASTIC STUDIOS during an artist residency at San Diego Art Institute in 2016, as well as an additional curated selection of classic films. The opening reception will take place at SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza on Friday, September 9 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday, October 2, 2016
Joe's presentation and performance will focus on the creation of sound from discarded, obsolete and broken electronics. He will discus the theoretical, ethical and technical issues that surround his practice.
San Diego Art Institute is pleased to announce the second installation of “Self-Titled” opening at Linksoul Lab on Saturday, August 27 from 6-8pm. This collaborative exhibition is a collection of work created by teens participating in arts education programs across San Diego County.