Profile of the San Diego Art Institute in San Diego

San Diego Art Institute artwork


The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in San Diego, California was established in 1941.

The SDAI does not have a permanent collection of artworks.


The San Diego Art Institute in San Diego, CA began as the San Diego Business Men's Art Club in 1941. The name was changed to the San Diego Art Institute in 1950, and in 1953, membership became available to women.

In 1963, the San Diego Art Institute became a nonprofit organization showcasing artists from the Southern California and the Baja Norte region. SDAI is not an accredited museum.


The SDAI's mission, according to its website:

"... is to develop artists and supporters of the visual arts through exhibition, education, and outreach. We achieve this mission by creating innovative programs that respond to the needs of our communities, by offering world-class facilities to exhibit artwork, and by forging partnerships on a local and global scale."


The San Diego Art Institute is located at 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, House of Charm in San Diego, California.

SDAI is easily accessed by public transportation. Please refer to the San Diego Art Institute's website for directions and further information.

Conservation Department

The San Diego Art Institute in San Diego, CA does not have a permanent collection, so it does not maintain an art conservation department.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see Fine Art's interviews with conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection

The San Diego Art Institute has exhibited artworks by Californian artists such as SDAI’s Artist-in-Residence Matthew Mahoney, Cat Chiu Phillips, Bridget Rountree, and Rachael Erwin.

Noteworthy Facts

Artist in Residency

Artists are invited to apply for a 3-month-long artist residency.

Resident artists are provided with a "private 150 sq. ft. studio/project space, and 300 sq. ft. shared work space at San Diego Art Institute." In exchange, resident artists are required to work at least 20 hours per week in the studio, plus giving public lectures and workshops.

Stipends are provided to resident artists. In addition, regular studio visits by area curators to the artist’s studio are arranged by the SDAI staff, which also provides technical support to the artists.

Employment Information

The SDAI does not post job listings, but it does post intern and volunteer opportunities on its website, in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, marketing, sales, and security. 

How to Apply for a Job

The SDAI does not post employment listings on its website. However, anyone interested in being a volunteer or intern may contact staff via their email addresses which are posted on the site.

Museum's Contact Info.

San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Tel: (619) 236-0011.

Museum Hours

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays