CLA Professional Development Workshop: Legal Issues in Photography
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

CLA Professional Development Workshop: Legal Issues in Photography

  • San Diego Art Institute

$15 for CLA and SDAI nonmembers and $10 for members.

Join California Lawyers for the Arts for a discussion of legal issues frequently facing photographers, including issues surrounding street photography and photographing in public, use of drones, model and property releases, copyrights, licensing agreements, fair use and more. Leslie Burns, Esq. will present on the most recent developments in the law, as well as how the law affects your work as a photographer and/or as an artist incorporating photography in your work. 

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DJ Workshop with Ana Brown
Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

DJ Workshop with Ana Brown

  • San Diego Art Institute

Vinyl is BACK in a big way. Record sales are at a 28 year high, and everyone from bookstores, coffee shops, and clothing stores are getting in on the vinyl game.

Local DJ, radio host, and artist Ana Brown is joining SDAI to teach San Diego teens how to get started crafting playlists, collecting records, using a turntable, and incorporating digital media into your DJ gigs.

Bring in your stack of records, a set of headphones, and your favorite MP3s and we’ll provide the rest!

 

Curiouser and Curiouser: a night of Taxidermy and Oddities
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Curiouser and Curiouser: a night of Taxidermy and Oddities

  • San Diego Art Institute

Join SDAI for a celebration of wonder and curiosity, art and science, to celebrate the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by New York taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. This illuminating and enchanting celebration is for everyone—makers, collectors, beginners, the more experienced, and anyone who has ever been curious about this interesting and obscure art. In their new book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy, published by The Countryman Press (W.W. Norton), Divya and Katie demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter stereotypes, and make taxidermy accessible to all. Committed to sustainable sourcing and wildlife conservation, the authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring new life to this age-old craft.

MIXTAPE: Volume 3
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

MIXTAPE: Volume 3

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, SDAI is hosting the third installment from its “MIXTAPE” series, highlighting quality local, national, and international musical acts. 

Alice Bag  •  Hexa  •  Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen

Call to participate in a photoshoot
Jan
28
Jan 29

Call to participate in a photoshoot

  • San Diego Art Institute

Arzu Ozkal is inviting cross-generational, self-identified women cultural producers to participate in a photo shoot for her mural project at SDAI in April 2017.

San Diego Women in Resistance is visual statement against authority, patriarchy, and other social mechanisms that govern our rights and resources. The images of the participants will be abstracted into pixelated illustrations and composed into a mural.

Very important disclaimer: The photo shoot is not going to be nude, but the pixel style illustrations based on the photographs will be. The artist will not use the photographs for the final image, but participants will be asked to sign a photography release waiver. 

If you are interested in participating in San Diego Women in Resistance mural project stop by SDAI between 1pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday January 28th & 29th. RSVP in advance is recommended at education@sandiego-art.org

About the Artist:

Arzu Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective that initiates creative projects that engage with feminisms, labor, maternity, and the environment. Formed in 2011 it seeks to raise awareness of these issues through interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, writers, designers, and also members of our various communities. 

Time Capsule Ceremony + Parkeology Season II Launch
Jan
27
6:30 pm18:30

Time Capsule Ceremony + Parkeology Season II Launch

  • Presidents Way Parking Lot

In the past 100 years, dozens of organizations in Balboa Park have inaugurated their groundbreakings, anniversaries, and office parties through stuffing objects in containers for future publics. Yet, the most common response associated with opening these vessels is disappointment, time capsule expert Nicholas Yablon tells us. What does this dual relationship of memorializing and disappointment say about our culture? To ring in Parkeology Season II, we will explore our urge to commemorate in response to the inevitable march of time.

Six Degrees of San Diego: Launch Event
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

Six Degrees of San Diego: Launch Event

  • San Diego Art Institute

San Diego Art Institute is launching its own investigation of a different kind with a new series of events and an accompanying podcast that explore the conspiracy theories, cultural mythologies, mysteries, and legends that are associated with San Diego in one way or another. How do we measure belief and distinguish fact from fiction while a number of questions still hang in the balance, all with the capacity to refute what we accept as truth? How have artists contemplated conspiracy as the subject of their work?

Artist Picked Flicks: The Holy Mountain
Jan
25
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Picked Flicks: The Holy Mountain

  • San Diego Art Institute

2017 “Artist Picked Flicks” film series launches January 25th at SDAI with screening of The Holy Mountain on Wednesday, January 25th from 6pm-8pm. The screenings will take place at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Admission is $5.

GEARHEADS: CAROLINE MILLER, THEATRICAL ELECTRONIC CONTROLLERS
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

GEARHEADS: CAROLINE MILLER, THEATRICAL ELECTRONIC CONTROLLERS

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

“My two latest works – How to Survive a 100-hour Workweek, a piece of musical theater; and Sound Masses for Dark Times, an installation – each use a single potentiometer with Arduino and Max to create a programmable electronic instrument. Each pot is connected to built or foraged appendages that turn this tiny instrument into something larger, physical, and/or surreal, such as a theatrical crank. I'll perform excerpts and extrapolations of both pieces with my instruments.”

San Diego Art Institute's Gearheads series invites local artists and musicians to discuss their customized equipment and the implementation of technology in their creative process. Located at the SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza next to Victoria's Secret.
 

Art of Élan Presents “Young Artists  in Harmony”
Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Art of Élan Presents “Young Artists in Harmony”

  • San Diego Art Institute

Consisting of weekly workshops, where 10 ARTS Empower students and alumni have the opportunity to be individually mentored by professional Art of Élan musicians through unique apprenticeships, the Young Artists in Harmony residency will culminate in two separate performances for the San Diego community. This concert at the San Diego Art Institute will feature world premiere works of originally composed music by all 10 students in an effort to expose new audiences to the transformative power of music written today. San Diego Art Institute will showcase their compositions alongside their concurrent Southern California/Baja Biennial.

Hand-Lettering Basics with San Diego Letters
Jan
17
6:00 pm18:00

Hand-Lettering Basics with San Diego Letters

  • San Diego Art Institute

Learn the basics of hand lettering from two extraordinary artists, San Diego Letters founder Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog. Guidelines will be set up to assist you in creating  your own compositions while designing unique finished pieces to share with friends and family. Walk away with new skills that are sure to add a special touch to cards, chalkboards, and handwritten notes.

Patches & Pins (and ZINES!) II
Jan
13
6:00 pm18:00

Patches & Pins (and ZINES!) II

  • San Diego Art Institute

IT’S BACK!

Join us for another fun evening of pinning and patching! Got a denim jacket that needs sprucing up? A beanie that could use some extra flair? Looking to add to your collection of artist made zines? BYO projects and enjoy live dj sets and drinks while customizing your gear. Peruse new embellishments being made live on site by local artists, purchase goodies from some of the most popular pin makers from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, or make your own patches and pins in one of our workshop areas. Bring your old friends and make some new ones! See you there!

 

Cat Chiu Phillips: Consume
Jan
7
Jan 29

Cat Chiu Phillips: Consume

  • San Diego Art Institute Project Space @ Horton Plaza

“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.

 Ongoing: Saturday Workshop Series with Cat Chiu Phillips – FREE
Jan
7
10:00 am10:00

Ongoing: Saturday Workshop Series with Cat Chiu Phillips – FREE

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

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
Jan
5
6:00 pm18:00

Open Show San Diego

  • San Diego Art Institute

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”
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

San Diego Art Institute hosts Al Ridenour, author of “The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil”

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial
Dec
10
Jan 29

2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

Melissa Beck: "CLOTHING STORE"
Dec
1
Jan 1

Melissa Beck: "CLOTHING STORE"

  • San Diego Art Institute Project Space

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.

Michelada Think Tank Cultural Equity Potluck
Nov
19
3:00 pm15:00

Michelada Think Tank Cultural Equity Potluck

  • Art Produce

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: Selections from SDAI Member Artists
Nov
12
Dec 3

Part & Parcel: Selections from SDAI Member Artists

  • San Diego Art Institute

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 presents: The Book of Books by Jimmy Jazz
Nov
5
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry & Art presents: The Book of Books by Jimmy Jazz

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

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

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

  • Project Space @ Horton Plaza

"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. 

The Artist Odyssey presents: PANCA, a film by Saulo Cisneros
Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

The Artist Odyssey presents: PANCA, a film by Saulo Cisneros

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.”  

Dead Man's Party
Oct
28
Oct 29

Dead Man's Party

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI's Halloween Dance Party featuring Geezer

 Luscious Noise presents “A Macabre Soiree”
Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

Luscious Noise presents “A Macabre Soiree”

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

Pumpkin Carving at SDAI
Oct
16
12:00 pm12:00

Pumpkin Carving at SDAI

  • San Diego Art Institute

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!

Monster Drawing Rally
Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Monster Drawing Rally

  • San Diego Art Institute

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!