Millennial Pink
Jul
29
to Sep 3

Millennial Pink

Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory.

Artists: Alexia Arani, Debra Barrera, Erica Cho, Zackary Drucker, Kevin Freligh, Carlitos Galvan, Marina Grize, Jesi Gutierrez, Riain Hager, Billy Hawkins, Rizzhel Mae Javier, Yony Leyser, Mario Mesquita, Mauricio Muñoz, Jaime Ramos, Vabianna Santos, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Orlando Soria, Patrick Staff, Wendy Stumman, Ivette Vallejo, Dylan Wilde, and Joe Yorty.

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Feel the Noise
Jul
18
to Jul 21

Feel the Noise

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San Diego Art Institute presents Feel the Noise, a collaborative exhibition between artists Francisco Eme, Margaret Noble, Aren Skalman, and members of the Blind Community Center of San Diego, opening July 15, 2017.

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Extra-Ordinary Collusion
May
20
to Jul 2

Extra-Ordinary Collusion

San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.

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Allison Manch: What’s Mine is Yours
May
6
to May 28

Allison Manch: What’s Mine is Yours

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In Manch’s new body of work the artist explores the relationship between parent and child and the ideas, objects, and traits that are passed from one generation to the next. Text, images of the natural world, and material symbols combine to illuminate themes of protection, discovery, and courage. What's Mine is Yours presents a series of Manch’s new, mixed-media fabric works with watercolor, hand embroidery, and appliqué.

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Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”
Apr
3
to May 3

Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”

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Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

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Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media
Apr
1
to May 15

Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media

The group exhibition “Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media” highlights artists of all media working in the liminal spaces not easily defined by traditional collage or assemblage work. The artists in “Diverge/Convene” have all developed and share an understanding of contemporary collage as a medium and a genre, employing disparate elements through the use of materials and/or content. This exhibition celebrates artists both locally and nationally that are not only working in traditional 2D/3D mediums, but also in sound sculpture, video, photography, installation, and alternative processes. The exhibition is organized by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Exeuctive Director of SDAI, and Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

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Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies
Feb
11
to Mar 26

Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies

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Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies is a group exhibition that unites promising and emerging artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles. With this exhibition, the curators suggest a narrative that serves as an alternative to the one told by the big auction houses, major art fairs and biennials, and mega-galleries. This is a narrative that has developed on a much more personal level, whose fragmented contours are not defined by discipline, city, or nationality.  

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Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface, by Nick Mansfield
Feb
10
to Mar 5

Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface, by Nick Mansfield

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Nick Mansfield has created an environment where sensory inputs produce the same kinds of emotions, anxiety, heightened sensitivity, and general stress that is felt by those living with PTSD, offering the viewer a unique look into a world often unexplored and misunderstood by the general public, raising awareness of what the world behind the curtain of PTSD looks and feels like

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Cat Chiu Phillips: Consume
Jan
7
to Jan 29

Cat Chiu Phillips: Consume

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“Consume” provides a playful response to the abundance of discarded materials in our culture of consumption. The work juxtaposes the handmade with the machine-made, transforming junk into an aesthetic entity. The exhibition seeks to initiate a dialogue regarding abundance, post-consumer products, and the frivolity of mass production. Select projects in “Consume” include Plarn House, a large-scale, crocheted structure completely covered in used plastic bags. This piece provides visitors a tactile and immersive experience, reminiscent of makeshift shelters, albeit displaying a resourcefulness and playful ingenuity. Additionally, Charge invites viewers to create their own credit card and collaborate in completing the installation while enabling them to play the role of consumer. In Consumed, visitors will be able to walk through a hanging installation of black, plastic bottles.

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2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial
Dec
10
to Jan 29

2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial

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For the past four decades, San Diego Art Institute has been hosting a biennial featuring juried and invitational work by artists living and working between Los Angeles and Tijuana. This international exhibition—juried by Anthony Graham, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego—features work in a range of mediums including photography, installation, painting, video, and sculpture. The night of the opening, five cash prizes will be awarded, including the $1,000 Juror’s Choice award. Additionally, SDAI will award the 7th Annual “Community Impact” award to Anthony LoBue, aka “Tony the Vet”. This award is given to an individual in honor of their generosity of spirit, dedication, and support of the visual arts while in pursuit of their own artistic excellence. Also opening on December 10th is an installation in SDAI’s stairwell, designed by Sosolimited, a San Diego-based art and technology studio that specializes in interactive environments and data-driven design.

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Melissa Beck: "CLOTHING STORE"
Dec
1
to Jan 1

Melissa Beck: "CLOTHING STORE"

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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.

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Scott Nielsen: A Light in Darkness (Variations on a Theme)
Nov
4
to Nov 27

Scott Nielsen: A Light in Darkness (Variations on a Theme)

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"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. 

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The Dead Are Not Quiet: a Group Exhibition of Macabre Art
Oct
1
to Nov 6

The Dead Are Not Quiet: a Group Exhibition of Macabre Art

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.

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IN DUST WE TRUST: The Parkeology Exhibition & ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE ROBERT ANDRADE, DANIEL BARRON CORRALES, AND VABIANNA SANTOS
Jun
24
to Aug 13

IN DUST WE TRUST: The Parkeology Exhibition & ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE ROBERT ANDRADE, DANIEL BARRON CORRALES, AND VABIANNA SANTOS

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SDAI's next opening will feature four exhibitions: In Dust We Trust: The Parkeology Exhibition, and the culminating works of our three separate artists-in-residence: Robert Andrade, Daniel Barron Corrales, and Vabianna Santos. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 24th, from 6-8pm.

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Self-Titled
Jun
3
to Jun 19

Self-Titled

The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to partner with Words Alive, Lux Art Institute, and AjA Project to present “SELF-TITLED,” a collaborative exhibition highlighting the work created by teens participating in arts education programs across San Diego County. “SELF-TITLED” opens to the public at 6pm on Friday, June 3 at San Diego Art Institute and runs through June 19. The exhibition will then travel to Lux Art Institute in Encinitas for an exhibition from July 30 to August 6. This multi-media exhibition features graphic novels, text, photography, video work, and drawing by teens as they illustrate defining moments in their lives and demonstrate their unique, individual voices.

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Ephemeral Objects
Aug
29
to Sep 27

Ephemeral Objects

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Ephemeral Objects is a cutting edge exhibition of creativity at the intersection of art, technology and innovation. Featuring the work of 34 artists active in the Southern California and Baja Norte region, the show opens On August 29, 2015 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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(Con)Text: Rethinking Language in Art
Jul
25
to Aug 23

(Con)Text: Rethinking Language in Art

This exhibition invited artists of all media in Southern California/Baja Norte to submit work incorporating text, language, coding, spoken word, literature, books, and other aesthetic materials into their work.

Also on view: Remembered Sites: Real & Imagined a solo exhibition by Judith Parenio

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What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art
May
30
to Jul 12

What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art

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This exhibition invited artists to create work incorporating found or discarded materials. Partnering with EDCO, the City of San Diego Environmental Services Departmentand San Diego County Office of Education, SDAI will simultaneously exhibit "Dare to Reuse", an exhibition of student artwork. Leading up to these exhibitions, SDAI hosted free, hands-on workshops in the gallery each Saturday from 12pm-2pm starting March 14th. "What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art" will include several large, site-specific installations created from recycled materials, as well as the debut screening of a documentary about the Tijuana River Watershed

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53rd International Show
Apr
18
to May 24

53rd International Show

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The 53rd International Exhibition features 82 works by more than 60 artists, as well as special installations by Buhm Hong, Angèle Lebert, Lasse Lau, Carlton deWoody and Bank & Rau. Artwork for this exhibition was submitted by artists from around the world for the chance at winning cash prizes and an opportunity to have their work judged by a top international curator. Selected artists in the exhibition come from more than 12 different countries, including France, Denmark, Singapore, and Israel. The 53rd International Exhibition gives an opportunity to local artists to meet and show their work alongside internationally-exhibiting artists.

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Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis
Mar
6
to Apr 9

Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis

Universal Dissolvent is an exhibition an in-progress archive showcasing artists whose work confronts the challenges of the Southern California megalopolis and address the spatial, historical, and social conditions of the region and its geopolitical 'centers': Los Angeles and San Diego/Tijuana. 

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