Profile of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California.
The San Diego Film Festival's Gus Van Sant Tribute And Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art on September 27, 2012 in La Jolla, California. Photo by Robert Benson/Getty Images for The San Diego Film Festival

Established:

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in San Diego, California was established in 1941.

The Museum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 works of art dated from 1950 to today.

History:

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) was established in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla and currently has two locations: one in downtown San Diego and one in La Jolla in California.

The Downtown MCASD consists of three buildings and is located in America Plaza at 1001 Kettner Boulevard, across the street from the Santa Fe Depot. An expansion in 2007 included the renovation of the former Santa Fe Depot baggage building (built 1915-16) to equip it for large-scale and site-specific art installations.

The La Jolla site was originally a private residence built in 1916 overlooking the ocean. MCASD La Jolla includes approximately 3 acres of oceanfront property and was renovated in 1996 by Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates'.

Mission:

The Museum's mission, according to their website, is:

"The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is to serve diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art created since 1950."

Location:

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has two locations:

MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

MCASD Downtown
1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd. (between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101

Please refer to the museum's website for directions and further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has a permanent collection, which may require the services of an art conservator to preserve and restore artworks.

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

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) 's permanent collection includes "more than 4,600 works created after 1950, representing a variety of media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation."

Minimalism, Pop Art, conceptual art, and Latin American and Californian art are highlights of the collection, which also includes work by notable artists such as Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, Richard Wright, and Roman de Salvo.

Noteworthy Facts:

Artist's Submissions

Artists are advised to read the guidelines posted on the Museum's site, which includes instructions on how to submit your images, resume, and artist statement to the Curatorial Department in order for your artwork to be considered for future exhibitions.

Employment Information:

The Museum posts employment 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:

Applicants are invited to fax or email their job applications and resumes to the Museum.

Please refer to the Museum's website for current job listings and further information.

Museum's Contact Info:

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

    MCASD La Jolla
    700 Prospect Street
    La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
    (858) 454-3541

    MCASD Downtown
    1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (858) 454-3541

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) 's website

    Museum Hours:

    • Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday closed
    • Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Closed holidays