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Art School, Colleges and Universities with Art Display Spaces Open to the Public

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This list has been compiled to help collectors find emerging artists still in school and there is an opportunity to see some of San Diego's best artists who are faculty at these school. There is a chance but no guarantee that some of these student works will be for sale and inexpensive thus a good place to start or add to a collection. This list was compiled with the help of many people including Andrea Chamberlin, Ana Paola, Jude Mathis and Patricia Frischer. To our knowledge there are never any fees for these exhibitions. This is a guide and all information should be checked before attendance. Museums (i.e. SD Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art) also offer art classes and some show work through their art associations. Art Association (i.e. San Diego Art Institute, SD Watercolor Society) give classes and have their own gallery spaces.

School Name Gallery Name and Website Contact Person
and email
Phone Opening Hours/Dates Annual Student/Faculty shows Parking Information
Art Academy of San Diego (formerly Art College International)   Stuart Burton 3784 30th Ave., SD, 92104 619.231.3900 Monday through Friday 9 am - 6 pm: Saturday 9 am - 1 pm Student and Faculty exhibitions are held every year during May and June. Professional artist exhibitions on a regular basis.
Art Institute of California Art Institute of California San Diego Gallery Catherine Guyot Main Lobby, 7650 Mission Valley Road San Diego, CA 92108
Direction to the campus

Mon -Thur 8 - 8
Fri, 8 - 5
Sat 8 - 5

Student spotlight show in the fall and student open show in spring. Also a faculty show but contact for details Visitors parking in campus parking lot
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Erica Torri, Gallery Director

1008 Wall Street, La Jolla 858.454.5872 Tue-Sat 10am-5:30pm; Wed. until 8:30pm Juried show August which normally has some student work. Professional artist exhibitions on a regular basis. Street and pay lot parking nearby
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library School of the Arts Studio on Park Blvd

Emily Vermillion,
School Director,

4441 Park Blvd., San Diego 858.454.5872   No set times for faculty or student shows, so please contact for schedule Street parking nearby
California State University San Marcus Kellogg Library Gallery Melanie Chu 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Directions and Map of the Library
760.750.4378 Mon - Thur. 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sun - 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Shows professional artist work Library is located in the flag circle, closest lot is lot C, pay to park at the parking kiosk
California State University San Marcos

Visual & Performing Arts Gallery

Art Gallery photo

Lani Woods 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096, Arts building 311
Map of campus
760.750.4137 8:00 am - 10pm Changes semester by semester. Please contact for current schedule. Parking in lot N or H for disabled. For Event Permits after 4pm walk to the Permit machine.
1) Press More Picks 2) Press Event Parking 3) Insert $3 into the machine 4) Place permit in a visible place inside your car.
Centro Cultural Tijuana Casa de la Cultura Rodrigo Bustamante
For group tours
Ave Paris y Lisboa, No 5 Colonia Altamira, Tijuana 011-52 664.687.1391 (for English) Mon - Friday 9 - 7pm, Sat/Sun 10 - 7pm Contact for current details Parking has a fee per hour is $0.50
Coleman College   Ellen Herroon,
Senior Instructor
8888 Balboa Ave. San Diego CA, 92123
858-499-0202 x726 Mon - Fri 8 to 8 A display of student work in the graphic design computer lab but call for further information. Free visitors parking lot on campus.
Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego Expressive Arts Institute Wes Chester 3817 Ray Street San Diego, CA 92104 619.239.1713 second Saturday of each month 6:30 - 9:30 pm as a part of Ray Night Visual Arts Faculty show on occasion. Contact for specific times. Most exhibition during Ray at Night are visual arts. Street parking
Fashion Careers College   info@
1923 Morena Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110

Mon to Friday 8:30 to 5:30

Student designs are on display at most times but contact for specifics Street parking
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising   Denise Baca 1010 2nd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 619.235.2049 Mon to Fri 8 am - 7:30 pm. Although school is open for student, please call for a tour. Student work can be viewed from 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m. on Nov 18,2006, April 28, August 11 and Nov 17, 2007 or call to set up a tour. Parking garage on campus available for visitors
Grossmont College Hyde Gallery Ben Aubert
Art Gallery Curator, Teresa Markey, gallery assistant
Dr. Roger Owens
Dean of
& Fine Arts
200 Building Main Quad
8800 Grossmont College Dr.  El Cajon, CA  92020
Directions and Map
619.644.7299 Monday & Thur, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tue& Wed, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. we are CLOSED Friday to Sunday. Faculty show Sept/Oct, Student show in May Parking with a permit from the vending machine in lot #1F. Complimentary parking is available ONLY on the evening of the opening, in lot #1.
Instituto de Cultura de BC   comunicacionicbc
  01152+ 686.554.2825      
Mira Costa College Kruglak Gallery and Student Gallery/Faculty Gallery

Diane Adams,
Gallery Director
Glenn Lindholm, gallery assistant

Building 3400, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056-3899 Located below the student center across from the bookstore Map


Mon to Thur 10 - 3, Tue and Wed 6 - 7:30 pm Faculty show in September, Student show May. Four additional exhibitions of professional artists. Stop at Campus security to get visitors parking pass.Parking lot 3B is closest to Gallery.
New School of Architecture & Design   Gil Cooke,
1249 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

619.235.4100     Street and pay lot parking nearby
Palomar College Boehm Gallery

Joanna Bigfeather, director
Kylee McDowell, communication director

1140 West Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069-1487
Map and Directions

760.744.1150 x 2304 Tue 10 -4, Wed/Thur 10 -7, Fri/Sat 10 -2 Faculty show in Dec, Student show in May Drive into the main entrance and immediately to your left is the Public Safety building. You need to get a free visitor-parking pass from them and they will guide you to visitor parking.
Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy Keller Art Gallery James Skalman, chairman 3900 Lomaland Drive, SD 92106 619.849.2618   Student and Faculty exhbitions  
San Diego Art Department San Diego Art Department Art Gallery Andrea Chamberlain 3830 Ray Street,
one block east of 30th
off University Ave.,
in North Park.

619.299.4278 Mon-Thur, 2 -10, Fri 2-5, Sat/Sun 10-5,
Second Saturday of each month 6:30 - 9:30 pm as a part of Ray Night, North Park NIghts - 3rd Saturday of every month, 6 -10 pm
Some faculty and student work on display at all times Street parking nearby
San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery Alessandra Moctezuma
Gallery Director,
Pat Vine;
Rita Cepeda,
7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, CA 92111-4998 619.388.2829 T,W,F, 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Th 12:00 - 8:00 pm, Closed Mondays,
Weekends and School Holidays
Features exhibits by professional artists. Student exhibit at the
end of every semester. Faculty group exhibit every two years. Check our
website or call for semester schedule.
Parking is free on reception night in faculty lots on the upper level adjacent and across from the flagpole. During regular gallery hours, use the visitors' metered spaced located on the upper level on the south side of the street across from the flagpole.
San Diego State University University Art Gallery, Prof Tina Yapelli,
Gallery Director,

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4805
Gallery Map
Directions to Campus

619.594.5171 Sept through May
Mon through Thurs and Sat, noon to 4 p.m.
Faculty show each fall. Three shows each year with works by national and international artists.

Parking Structure 8, spaces numbered "160". Walk east on Ave of the Arts to the School of Art. Gallery is on the east end of the 4th floor, one floor below street level.

San Diego State Unversity Downtown Art Gallery Catherine Gleason, associate director

corner of Broadway and Kettner Boulevard, in downtown San Diego

619.594.6120 Thursday through Monday 11-5, closed Tuesday and Wednesday   Paid parking is available on the street or in the Five Star parking lot at the corner of Pacific Highway and E Street.
San Diego State University Everett G. Jackson Gallery, Flor y Canto Gallery, SDSU Downtown Gallery Jim Cavolt,
student gallery
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4805
Directions to Campus
619-594-6511 Sept through May
Mon through Thurs and Sat, noon to 4 p.m.
Downtown Gallery opens in 2008
Students shows ongoing in the Everett G. Jackson and Flory Canto Gallery

As above but the galleries are on the west end of the fifth floor, at street level.

SD Watercolor Society SDWS Gallery Patt Abbott NTC Promenade
at Point Loma's Liberty Station
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 105
San.Diego, CA  92106

619.876.4550 Workshops are held March thorugh Nov Members shows change the first Friday of every month

I-8, I-5 or Pacific Coast Highway to Rosecrans, left on Roosevelt, left on Historic Decatur to Dewey. Ample parking on streets and in nearby lots.

Southwestern College Fine Art Art Gallery Elizabeth Sisco,
Gallery Director
Vallo Riberto, co-director and gallery assistant
Building 700 adjacent to theatre.
900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Map of campus
619.421.6700 x 5383
or workroom x 5568
directors desk 619. 216.6605
Mon - Thur 10:30 - 2,
Wed - Thurs evenings 6 - 8 pm.
Sat 10 - 1
Student show in Nov with silent auction. Biennial faculty show in fall of 2007 ongoing

Visitor parking with permit obtained from security on entry to campus. Lot J adjacent to Bldg. 1600. Meter parking available throughout campus. Free parking on Thursday for openings.

University of California SD Stuart Collection

Mary Beebe, director
and Jane Peterson, program representative

9500 Gilman Drive, San Diego, CA 92093-0011
Map of the collection
858.534 2117 The collection is in outside in the public spaces of the University. This is a permanent collection and works are not for sale Various parking lots can be used. Parking permits must be purchased during the week but parking is free on weekends
University of California SD Extension

Faculty Club


Anika Nelson

9500 Gilman Drive, SD, CA 92093
Map to Faculty Club

858.964.1066 8 am to 5 pm Student and faculty shows on an irregular basis at the Faculty Club. Call for details. The Faculty Club is adjacent to lot P206 ( 50 Club spaces and 80 meters) Parking permits weekdays but free on Sat and Sun. Members and their guests attending lunch or scheduled events may obtain permits to park in Club spaces.
University of California SD Mandeville Annex Gallery: Kate Edwards, director Mandeville Center, room B118, 9500 Gilman, La Jolla, Ca 92093 Directions to Mandeville Center with link to map and parking suggestions. 858.534. 2860 Mon - Fri noon to 5 Student shows which change weekly occur September and June. Sept. 21st -Dec. 8th, Jan. 8th - March 23rd, April 2nd-June 15th. Various parking lots can be used. Parking permits must be purchased during the week
Metered parking near the faculty club and in the Gilman Parking Structure.
University of California SD University Art Gallery Stephen Hepworth ,
and Isabelle Lutterodt
Exhibition Coordinator

West end of the Mandeville Center, 9500 Gilman Drive Dept 0327 La Jolla, CA 92093-0406
Directions to Mandeville Center with link to map and parking suggestions

858.822.3547 or 858.534.2107

11am - 7pm daily except holidays MFA showcase Nov Various parking lots can be used. Parking permits must be purchased during the week
Metered parking near the faculty club and in the Gilman Parking Structure.
University of San Diego/ Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Founders Gallery / Fine Art Galleries   5998 Alcala Park, San Diego,CA 92110
Direction to campus
619.260.4261 Tue to Sat, 12 to 4:30   Park in white lined spaces ONLY or you may be fined/towed. If garage is full, park in Lower West Lot, or any white lined space on campus.
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California UABC Sergio Rommel Calzada Tecnologico #14418, Mesa de Otay, Tijuana 01152+683.3677 x5600   Campuses in Tijuana, Ensenada, and Mexicali  
Watts Atelier 681 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 310
Encinitas, CA 92024
760.753.5378 Visiting hours are during class and by appointment.Please call ahead   Take I-5 to Encinitas Blvd. East, right at Westlake/Quail Gardens(4th light), 1st left at 565 Westlake, Follow road to top of hill, Building is on the right, 1st floor - Bldg #681, Suite 310 
Woodbury University  


Debra Abul

1060 Eighth Avenue
San Diego, CA  92101
619.235.2900 x18     Campus is on the corner of 8th and C Street between C and Broadway.  Metered street parking and pay lots.
School Name Gallery Name and Website

Contact Person
and email

Address Phone Opening Hours/Dates Annual Student/Faculty shows Parking Info