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Peek Into the Process

American artist Mike Berg lives in Istanbul but recently took up residency at MCASD Downtown, where his large, abstract kilims are on view through February 23. 
MCASD: You have painted, made sculptures, and for the past decade worked with textiles. How have you employed pattern in these various media? Do you regard pattern as a kind of abstraction or as a reference?

Member Travel

Contemporary & International Collectors are invited for a weekend getaway to the quirky-cool art destination of Marfa. This Texas gem is an enclave for contemporary art and artists, and the group will experience a behind-the-scenes tour of Ballroom Marfa, visit the Donald Judd-founded Chinati Foundation, enjoy a “Star Party” at the McDonald Observatory, and perhaps experience the infamous Marfa Lights firsthand. 

MCASD Sits Down With Cheech (à la Cheech and Chong)

Learn what makes this collector’s clock tick.


Make Friday the 13th our lucky day!


13 on 13

Today we’re asking you—art lover, Member, supporter, and all around arts and culture enthusiast—to give $13 towards helping us raise $13,000 in 24 hours. Your donation will go towards funding another year of exciting exhibitions and engaging public programs. 
Take a look at what your support allowed us to do in 2013:

Kids Visit Museums for FREE in October!

MCASD waives admission for kids all year long, but during the month of October we're joined by many of San Diego's impressive museums and cultural organizations. Thanks to the San Diego Museum Council, kids are invited to explore San Diego’s diverse museums for free. From October 1 – 31, children ages 12 and under receive FREE admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at any of our nearly 40 participating museums and cultural organizations.


Artist Spotlight: Liza Lou

Liza Lou’s newest large-scale installation Color Field opened at MCASD in July. Bob Pincus recalls his early encounters with artist Liza Lou and her work.

Art is Alive

Art student and MCASD Communications Intern Andres Perez attended this year's Coachella Festival. Check out his insights into the festival, Coachella's art contest, and the two prevalant themes in his life: music and art.


MCASD Announces "Shore Thing," Extended Summer Hours in La Jolla

Looking for a “shore thing” this summer? Thursday nights just got more interesting. We're offering extended summer hours at our La Jolla location, staying open late—until 8 PM—every Thursday evening from June 13 through August 29 (with the exception of July 4).


On the Horizon: Selection Dinner 2013

This year, MCASD’s Collectors groups celebrate their 28th anniversary. Thanks to the combined support of the International and Contemporary Collectors, MCASD has added 94 works to its collection—works that were collectively purchased for approximately $3.2 million and that today are valued at over $12.5 million. The support from our Collectors groups has allowed our curators to discover new artists, enrich the MCASD collection, and build an engaged and informed community of collectors in San Diego.