Profile of the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art
he facade of the San Diego Museum of Art at Balboa Park on June 22, 2007 in San Diego, California.. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Established:

The San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, California was established in 1922 and the site officially opened to the public on February 28, 1926 as The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego.

The San Diego Museum of Art has a permanent collection of works dating from 5000 BC to today, which includes Spanish old master paintings, European, American, Latin American, and Asian Art.

History:

The San Diego Museum of Art opened in 1926, but its origins date back to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition which was held in San Diego to great public acclaim.

The success of the art exhibition convinced local artists and business leaders that San Diego needed its art collection. 

One of San Diego's civic leaders, Appleton S. Bridges (1849-1929), proposed to fund the construction of a museum to house the city's art collection. Inspired by the Spanish Colonial style which was employed for the 1915 exhibition, the architects incorporated 16th century Spanish plateresque style into the design of the museum.

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego officially opened its doors on February 28, 1926. 

During World War II, the Museum shipped artworks to the Midwest to ensure their safety, and in 1943, the Museum was converted to a military hospital; thus the Museum had to take up temporary residence in a mansion located on Sunset Boulevard in Mission Hills. The mansion provided exhibition spaces and hosted classes and lectures until 1947, when the Navy returned the Museum back to the city.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the Museum expanded its exhibition space and its collection.

In 1978, the name was changed to The San Diego Museum of Art.

Museum's Mission:

The San Diego Museum of Art's mission, according to their website:

"...is to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art."

Location:

The San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

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

Conservation Department:

The San Diego Museum of Art has a permanent collection, and requires art conservation as a method to study, clean, and restore paintings. The Museum works with the Balboa Art Conservation Center.

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

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The San Diego Museum of Art's collection is notable in Spanish painting by historical artists such as Murillo, Zurbarán, and El Greco and paintings by renowned artists such as Giorgione, Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe and Rufino Tamayo.

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The San Diego Museum of Art posts job listings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, marketing, sales, and security. 

How to Apply for a Job:

The Museum invites job applicants to submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history via email to resumes@sdmart.org or mail your application and information to:

The San Diego Museum of Art
Attention: Human Resources
P.O. Box 122107
San Diego, CA  92112

Museum's Contact Info:

    The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Tel: 619.232.7931.

    San Diego Art Institute's website

    Museum Hours:

    • Monday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday closed
    • Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Closed holidays

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