SDAI Circle members are part of shaping the contemporary art scene in San Diego and beyond. They underwrite our Biennial Exhibition and get insider access to exclusive programming and groundbreaking art.  The Originators Circle, Contemporaries Circle, Patrons Circle, and Benefactors Circle each offer their own level of engagement and attendant benefits package.

All Circle Members receive Dual/Family Membership benefits (for two adults and children under 18 in the same household) including free general admission, invitation to opening night previews and receptions, discounted SDAI program tickets and fees.

Contemporaries Circle/$1,000+

Contemporaries advance SDAI’s mission and are the exclusive underwriters of the Biennial Exhibition, promoting emerging artists from SoCal/Baja.

  • All benefits of Dual/Family General Membership, plus:  

  • Name recognition on website, digital donor wall and in SDAI's annual report (digital & print)

  • Complimentary tickets for two to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Invitations for Circle Member tours with the curator(s) or Deputy Director

  • Invitations for artist studio and collector tour(s)

  • Complimentary tickets to annual special events

  • Guest passes (two per SDAI exhibition)

Originators Circle/$2,500+

  • All benefits of Contemporaries Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition at two of our major exhibitions and one of our pop-up exhibits

  • Invitation to book a private tour with the Deputy Director

  • Two guest tickets to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Guest passes (four per SDAI exhibition)

Patrons Circle/$5,000+

  • All benefits of Originators Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition at 3 of our major exhibitions and two of our pop-up exhibits

  • Four guest tickets to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Guest passes (six per SDAI exhibition)

Benefactors Circle/$10,000+

  • All benefits of Patrons Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition on exhibition wall didactics

  • Title recognition for support of a strategic initiative

  • Name/Logo recognition in all exhibition gallery guides

  • Opportunity to host artists and curators

  • Feature in the SDAI Annual Report

  • Inclusion in one E-News Spotlight Story

For more details and to learn about our philanthropic circles, planned giving, and opportunities to engage with SDAI leadership, please contact Executive Director Jacqueline A. Silverman at (619) 236-0011 or