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University of San Diego The University of San Diego’s (USD) culture is enhanced by the presence of six gallery spaces. The University Galleries’ role is to organize world-class exhibitions, develop new collections, program lectures, produce publications, and create other unique opportunities to experience professional museum contexts on campus. Providing the community with direct access to the finest things that men and women have created is the mission of the University Galleries. http://www.sandiego.edu/galleries/
Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. In addition to contemporary art exhibitions, OMA offers classes, lectures, concerts, docent tours, and community events. The museum is a gathering place where friends meet to share and enjoy rich cultural experiences. www.oma-online.org.
Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Mingei International Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. www.mingei.org.
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. www.mcasd.org
MOPA is one of the nation’s premier institutions dedicated solely to the lens-based medium. Located in historic Balboa Park, the world-class museum offers an annual calendar of relevant, thought- provoking and engaging exhibitions, film festivals and lifespan-learning opportunities. Each year, more than 100,000 patrons visit MOPA; they leave with a diverse and enriching visual art experience, unique to San Diego and the photographic community. MOPA is a vibrant center for visual learning, passionately dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of the photographic arts.