The Art San Diego contemporary art and design fair is back this weekend

It’s time again to see contemporary art in person and in full color.

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Art San Diego Contemporary Art and Design Fair will return this weekend with the promise of creations to tempt local collectors and show the general public what’s new in the world of art and design.

This year’s fair will be held Friday through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center. The show will feature more than 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions and the San Diego Art Awards, art labs, art talks focused on collecting, and other events. This year’s local talented artists were juried and curated by Artist Studios in the Liberty Station Arts District. The three-day event is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors, according to organizers.

Founded by the participating non-profit San Diego Visual Arts Network in 2006, the prestigious San Diego Art Award consists of prize money and exhibition opportunities for established and emerging San Diego and Baja visual artists whose accomplishments deserve recognition . This year, as usual, Art Prize winners will be featured at Art San Diego. This year’s winners are cross-border artists, including artist Alida Cervantes; multidisciplinary artists Angelica Escoto and Carlos Castro Arias; and public art duo Cognate Collective (Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez Arteaga).

This year, “coincidentally,” says Chi Essari, curator of the San Diego Art Prize, all four art prize winners are Latino.

“Their astonishing approaches to contemporary issues made them stand out to national and international curators who selected them from nominations made by 17 regional art professionals. With their creative explorations of immigration, border issues, and the historical and contemporary multiculturalism inherent in our border region, this year’s winners add a valuable perspective to these discussions,” she says.

After presenting the winners’ works at Art San Diego, the annual Art Prize exhibition will be held at the Central Library Art Gallery in downtown San Diego from September 17th to January 7th.

In partnership with Art San Diego, presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services launched the Access to Art philanthropic program in 2018, which returns again this year. They work with select nonprofits and those they serve to integrate educational and marketing opportunities into art, design, and business development. Focus 2022 supports organizations that serve the education, development and protection of children. This year’s program benefits Monarch School, which serves unaccommodated students; Humble Design, a nonprofit that furnishes homes for individuals, families and veterans transitioning out of homelessness; and ArtReach, an organization that ignites youth creativity through visual arts expression and community connections.

Art San Diego is organized by Redwood Art Group, the leading connection between collectors, galleries and artists. Its president and CEO, Eric Smith, said, “We are thrilled to return to San Diego for Art San Diego and to once again be a part of the rich cultural community. Art San Diego has become one of the most attended cultural events in Southern California in one of the most vibrant urban cities in the country. After a three-year hiatus, Art San Diego 2022 promises to bring together outstanding artworks from local, national and international galleries along with outstanding shows, live entertainment and other extraordinary events.”

Tickets for Art San Diego are available online at

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