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Discover rising art stars and support your local arts community.

Join us on Thursday November 8th from 10 A.M.-5:00 P.M. and Friday November 9th from 10 A.M. -3 P.M. for previews Saturday November 10th and Sunday, November 11th, Noon-5:00 P.M., for our annual C-NOTE Art Sale. For decades, this popular SDAI event boasted a cult-like following among budding collectors looking to test their eye and fill their walls. This year, the C-NOTE returns with a thoughtfully curated experience offering adventurous art collectors a unique opportunity to discover San Diego and Tijuana contemporary artists and to purchase their work for just $100, $200 and $300.

An expert panel of jurors has hand-selected over 200 one-of-a-kind pieces from over 50 local working artists. From large-scale paintings and photography to found object and multimedia works, a diverse range of contemporary art will be on display and up for grabs. Through the C-NOTE, we are able to showcase some of the area’s brightest artistic talent while cultivating relationships between artists and collectors.

Proceeds from each piece sold are shared between the artist and SDAI and will help us continue our mission to advance the region’s contemporary art and artists - supporting our year-round residencies, exhibitions, and education programs.

The C-NOTE Schedule


Thursday, November 8, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
Friday, November 9, 10 A.M.-3 P.M.


Friday, November 9, 7-9 P.M.


Saturday, November 10, 12-5 P.M.
Sunday, November 11, 12-5 P.M.

The C-NOTE Preview

SDAI visitors can preview the works that will be available at C-NOTE by visiting the museum on Thursday, November 8th from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Friday, November 9th from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Your admission to the preview days ($5 General, $3 Student/Senior/Military) will allow you free access to the sale on Saturday or Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: No Artwork may be put on hold during the Preview Days. Opening Night Party attendees will have the first picks on one artwork of their choice, and the C-Note Sale on Saturday and Sunday is strictly first come-first serve.

The C-NOTE Sale

Doors open at noon during each day of the sale and collectors are encouraged to arrive early to beat the crowd.  Enjoy live entertainment, complimentary sweets, and specialty champagne cocktails while you shop.

Keep in Mind: There’s going to be a separate line for members and non-members, so you might want to join while you can, since members enter first.

Once inside, just take your pick – literally off the wall – and make a beeline for the cashier.

The C-NOTE Opening Night Party

Want first dibs?  We’ve got a special “opening night” party on Friday November 9th, from 7-9 P.M. Tickets are $75 (or less, if you’re an SDAI General or Circle Member) and in addition to getting first dibs on one piece of art per person and special silent auction, you’re going to be fêted by “Vanguard Culture” chefs, enjoy interactive art experiences and cocktails.

Preview + Sale Ticket Info:

  • General Admission Ticket: $5

  • Student/Senior/Military: $3

  • SDAI Members: FREE

  • Priority Entry for SDAI Members

  • Each ticket includes admission to one Preview day and one Sale day

  • NO Advance Registration (Purchase at the door)

Earlier Event: November 9