Known for incredible panoramic views of San Diego Bay, the San Diego Convention Center is in a vibrant downtown setting within a mile and a half of more than 11,000 first-class hotel rooms, including four headquarter hotels, and 10 minutes from the airport. Attendees and exhibitors alike will be within walking distance of an array of restaurants, retail stores, and world-class entertainment. Nearby is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, the USS Midway Museum, and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres
Taking place at the beautiful San Diego Convention Center in the heart of the city, Art San Diego welcomes its esteemed exhibitors and attendees to an intimate gallery-style venue located along the beautiful waterfront setting of San Diego Bay.
San Diego is one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities—and the convention center is at the heart of all the action. The exhibit space recently underwent a complete renovation and features an industry standard trade show floor, high-tech lighting, and a cooling and heating system for maximum comfort year-round. On-site private vehicle parking is available at the underground garage located below the San Diego Convention Center. And, most importantly, it offers a majestic setting to showcase the leading galleries, exceptional artistic talent, and specially curated programming that has distinguished Art San Diego in Southern California and beyond.
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SHOP EXHIBITORS’ ARTWORK
Art Labs feature specially curated projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the fair.
The Spotlight Program provides collectors a focused look at several cutting-edge galleries and artists recognized for their skill and achievement in the visual arts.
Intended to amplify and support San Diego’s visual arts community, [LOCAL TALENT] is a curated program featuring artists and designers who represent some of the exceptional talent residing in San Diego county.
San Diego Art Prize
The San Diego Art Prize is a cash prize with exhibition opportunities at Art San Diego that spotlights established San Diego artists and emerging artists whom they choose to exhibit with and mentor.
Art San Diego features highly collectible works from across the U.S. and around the world. The Discoveries Collection showcases some of our favorite affordable pieces—each one a great option at $3,000 or less.
Art Talks offer attendees an inside look at the artistic experience by way of panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and art-industry professionals.
ACCESS TO ART
Through Access to Art, Art San Diego, in partnership with UBS Financial Services, works with selected charities and those they serve to share opportunities in art, design, business development, and more. IMPACT NIGHT is an invite-only reception that’s designed to have an impact on the community and our Access to Art partner organizations. Attendees have the opportunity to:
- Sip hosted beverages and nibble on tempting hors d’oeuvres while strolling the aisles of cutting-edge contemporary artwork from top galleries
- Taste desserts from six local bakers inspired by artworks from the fair
- Participate in silent auctions to benefit the Access to Art partners
With donations at the door, a silent art auction, and more, it’s an evening to celebrate and give back to our nonprofit partners.
ART SAN DIEGO VIDEOS
Do you need volunteers to help at the fair?
Yes, we’re always looking for friendly energetic people to assist us. Check out our Volunteer Application for more information.
What COVID-19 precautions are in place for exhibitors and attendees?
The health, safety, security, and wellbeing of all who enter the fair is our number one priority. We have developed and will implement venue plans, policies and procedures to minimize risk and protect our collective health. All federal, state, and county health guidelines will be followed and strictly enforced.
Are wheelchairs allowed?
Yes, we have two wheelchairs on-site for the fair. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you require a wheelchair at a specific time, we suggest you make arrangements with our operations manager via email at email@example.com.
Are children allowed?
Yes, children of all ages are allowed, and those 15 and under receive free admission. However, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and no strollers are permitted. Oh, and please remind your little ones to never touch the art.
Can I bring a backpack?
For your safety, large bags will not be permitted in the event. Please do not bring suitcases, folding bicycles, scooters, or any items bigger than a handbag or laptop bag.
My dog is super cute and never barks. She can even fit in my purse. Can I please bring her in?
We love pets, too! However, only ADA-certified service dogs assisting handicapped or disabled individuals are permitted inside the venue.
Can I take pictures of the artwork?
Photography of the artwork is only allowed with the exhibitor’s permission.
Who is that guy taking my picture?
Press and promotional photography and filming are taking place during the fair. Attendance at the fair implies permission for your image to be used for non-commercial purposes (including media reports).
Can I bring my vape pen?
Smoking or vaping is not permitted on the fair premises.
COVID 19 GUIDELINES
All Health and Medical Guidelines will be strictly followed, which may include:
- Ticketing pre-registration
- Timed entry tickets
- Contactless and queued check-in
- Proof of vaccination and/or health checks prior to entry
- All staff, exhibitors, and attendees must wear masks at all times
We welcome artists, artist collectives, galleries, and art publishers to apply to our fairs.