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The San Diego Art Institute: Supporting Local Artists

By Elisha Neubauer

The San Diego Art Institute has been a platform for the arts in southern California since its inception in 1941. Formerly San Diego Business Men's Art Club, the Institute has undergone several changes in its lifetime- but its mission has always been to support artists and their fans through both exhibition and outreach. The Institute's innovative programs, world-class facilities, and local and global partnerships are proof of its success.

When the Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella was asked about the inspiration for the Institute, she responded that, "The San Diego Art Institute was founded with the mission of supporting local artists and audiences through unique opportunities to present new work and educate both artists and audiences about that work. Coming up on our 75th Anniversary, I believe we are better achieving our mission of supporting local artists in our increasingly globalizing society."

The San Diego Art Institute reaches out to aid local artists on their creative journeys in many exciting ways. SDAI provides rotating residencies in order to expose artists to world-renowned curators. It continues to commission new work from local sources to promote the San Diego area as a viable location for artists to flourish and offers professional development workshops on a monthly basis. These workshops help visual artists nurture their professional ability while simultaneously expanding their network. Outreach programs such as the Teen Summer Intensive, Dare to Reuse, and Early Education Summer Camps are just a few more ways that SDAI is supporting the visual arts in southern California.

Porcella believes that the arts are exceptionally important for a flourishing community. "The arts are one of the cornerstones of building a just and equitable society. The arts can cross many different boundaries (physical, psychological) and help communicate complex and at times even controversial ideas in ways that other mediums and platforms cannot," says Porcella. She calls the San Diego Art Institute "a premier venue for local artists to showcase their work in a supportive environment."

With over 75 years of exhibitions under its belt, the San Diego Art Institute is working hard to make the San Diego area a world-class arts community, one artist at a time.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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