The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego presents experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything.


A highly dynamic platform and a living laboratory of art and ideas, the ICA aspires to surprise, excite, and challenge every assumption. ICA San Diego is everywhere and for everyone—a space for the public to gather, question, learn, and shape the future.

Core Values

Be Relevant.

Programs are committed to concepts that are facing our world today. Our exhibitions, programs, and activities reflect the issues of the moment. We provide a space for the community to come together and consider the world.

Build Community.

At the ICA, we build community by bringing people together through art and ideas. We believe art is a human need and sharing in that experience promotes collective engagement.

Provide Nurturing Opportunities for Artists.

Art is at the center of everything we do. We are dedicated to providing a platform for new artists from our region and beyond. By bringing them into an ecosystem of support and appreciation, we seek to enrich and cultivate their practices and careers.

Present Contemporary Art.

We believe in the power of experimental art to provoke questions and ignite curiosity.

Be Unique.

You make the ICA unique. Finding your passion is a testament to creative exploration. By engaging with the arts, our community is able to connect through genuine and provocative questions facing our world today.

Land Acknowledgement

​​The Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Peoples. We wish to pay our respects to the ancestors, elders, and relatives of the Kumeyaay Nation who have cared for the land on which we are on. As visitors on Kumeyaay land, we recognize that their pain and suffering has made it possible for us to be here. We are committed to standing in solidarity by respecting this Kumeyaay land and the Kumeyaay people, including all tribal nations.

Two Becomes One

ICA brings together two of the region’s contemporary arts leaders: LUX Art Institute + San Diego Art Institute. Through shared vision and resources, we create an inclusive, living laboratory of art and ideas.

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Andrew Utt
Executive Director

Sarah Trujillo-Porter
Director of Operations

Victor Sanchez
Events and Visitor Experience Manager

Beau Box
HR & Operations Manager

Katrina Land
Events and Visitor Experience Coordinator

Derin Young
Visitor Experience

Rebecca Crosbie
Visitor Experience

Martin Revilla
Visitor Experience

Teresa Grippo
Visitor Experience


Jordan Karney Chaim

Roxana Lopez
Exhibitions Coordinator


Gaëla Fernández Florin
Director of Advancement

Shannon Permenter
Advancement Manager

Maria Fernanda Currea
Marketing Manager

Julea Bartch
Advancement & Membership Coordinator


Ana Mendoza
Education Manager

Carla Roemer
Community Engagement Liaison

Amber Hamblin-Pederson
Ceramics Lab Coordinator

Atlas Pante
Ceramics Lab Technician

Justin McHugh
Teaching Artist / Valise

Lily Callender
Teaching Artist / Valise

Natalia Quintero
Teaching Artist / Valise

Board of Directors

Karen Gilbert

Sean Leffers
Vice Chair

Kristin Hatfield

Linda Brandes
Chair Emerita

Carolin Botzenhardt

Lany Zikakis

Abe Tomás Hughes

Erik Tyrrell-Knott

Ingrid Westlake

Mel Meagher

Anu Naidu

Advisory Board

Ann Berchtold

Alessandra Moctezuma

Chris Calkins

Debra McGinty-Poteet

Julianne Markow

Lynda Forsha

Thomas M. Cohen

Ryan Garrett

Corrine Busta

Larry & Debby Kline

Jeff Dunigan

James Stiven

Karen Fox

Vicki Reed

Wally Dieckmann