About Us. Built to showcase talented artists, and get people excited about art, Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is an architectural gem in the heart of Borrego Springs. The BAI attracts people from around town, around the country, and around the world, all of whom come to experience, create, and enjoy all forms of art — from pottery to gardening, painting to photography. A community resource and gathering place, our distinctive campus features the Gallery, the ArtPark, and an off-campus Pottery Studio. The BAI is also a major supporter of adult and children’s education, participation, and art appreciation. A non profit 501(c)3 organization, the BAI thrives because of hundreds of generous donors and countless volunteers.

Feel Inspired

The Gallery is a shining renovation of a 68-year-old local landmark, a prime example of the new wave of California-modern architects. Step inside, and you’ll be inspired by open space, beautiful views, and art – lots of art. Look around and be intrigued by the artists’ visions and discover your own inspiration.

Get Excited

A surefire way to get excited about art is to get involved! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities here, from planning monthly show openings to taking care of the desk, hanging shows, and gardening at The ArtPark. You could also take classes or a workshop. And we’d love to have you as a member.

Be Surprised

Delight in new discoveries. Visit The Gallery, The ArtPark and ThePottery to see the latest exhibits, endeavors, and plans. Come to a show opening and enjoy meeting artists and kindred spirits.

Inspiration. Excitement. Surprise.
All right here, conveniently located In the middle of nowhere.

Our Mission

We inspire lives by providing an expansive platform for artistic expressions.

We believe that inspiring lives is what artists and the arts do for us. Inspired lives are happier and more fulfilling. When we are inspired, we are at our best.

We believe that people get excited when they are exposed to a variety of art forms. Imaginations soar higher — the thrill of artistic discovery excites the spirit.

We believe that artistic surprise is one of life’s most delightful elements. That is the gift of art – an insight to unexpected points of view. Surprising artistic discoveries are good for all of us.

We believe the Borrego Art Institute is a vital community asset, providing space and a beautiful sense of place for sharing artistic endeavors and exploring what art can teach us.

Come join us!

Our Partnerships

Anza-Borrego Foundation

Anza-Borrego Foundation mission statement: To protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State park and its surrounding region for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Website: theabf.org

University of California, Irvine

UC Irvine mission statement: At the core of the University of California’s mission are three imperatives: research, education, and public service. These principles are reflected in our pursuit of academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development.

Website: uci.edu

The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation mission statement: The San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region.

Website: sdfoundation.org

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts mission statement: The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Website: arts.gov