Guidelines for Professional Photo Shoots

Professional Photographers planning to take photographs in Spanish Village should first apply for a permit at Balboa Park Administration Building, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA (rear of building, outside door #1).

The City of San Diego prohibits taking photographs in front of any open Village doorway, as their purpose is to allow the general public to enter freely throughout the day. Taking photographs of artists work is also expressly prohibited. Please bring your own props. Planters, benches, tables and chairs are for patrons use only.

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    LOCATION

    Spanish Village Art Center

    1770 Village Place

    Balboa Park

    San Diego, CA 92101

    HOURS

    Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

    7 days a week.

    Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


    The office is located in Studio 18

    619 233-9050


    Art Classes at Spanish Village Art Center

    Art Classes at Spanish Village Art Center

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    All Spanish Village Art Center classes are operated through the Village Arts and Education Foundation.

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      LOCATION

      Spanish Village Art Center

      1770 Village Place

      Balboa Park

      San Diego, CA 92101

      HOURS

      Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

      7 days a week.

      Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


      The office is located in Studio 18

      619 233-9050


      Visitor Photography Guidelines

      Spanish Village Artist Membership

      Artist Membership Information


      Spanish Village Art Center (SVAC) in Balboa Park welcomes individuals wishing to be a part of the largest artist community in San Diego!

      Keep an eye out for the next artist Jury date and you too can become a member of the Spanish Village Art Center.

      For more information please contact us using the email form below.

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        Eligibility:

        All artists living in San Diego County are eligible for membership in SVAC. Prospective members must provide the following information along with the application:

        • Three (3) small photographs representing your work to be judged. Those artists who are already SVAC members must also submit photos of the work to be judged.
        • Proof that the artist is at least 18 years of age; i.e. valid CA driver’s license or ID card with a copy of the same. Make sure the birth date is legible in the copy.
        • Proof of residency in San Diego County (utility bill or other proof of residency) with a copy of the same.

        Benefits Include:

        • Being a part of our community of artists to share creativity and knowledge.
        • Free use of our patio space for booth setup to show and sell your artwork.
        • Exhibit at the December Nights Event, with attendance of over 300,000, offering great exposure.
        • Access to studio space either as a lease holder or studio partner.
        • And much more!

        SVAC


        SVAC is a collection of working art studios established in 1938 by the San Diego City Council to make the creation of art visible to the public. SVAC continues today as a not-for-profit organization, relying on membership to participate in its direction and programs. As part of SVAC’s agreement with the City of San Diego, the organization maintains open-house studios where artists and craftspeople create and demonstrate their technique(s) to the public. SVAC members are required to work in the studios and are only privileged to exhibit and sell the works created in the medium (or media) that they were juried in with.

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          LOCATION

          Spanish Village Art Center

          1770 Village Place

          Balboa Park

          San Diego, CA 92101

          HOURS

          Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

          7 days a week.

          Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


          The office is located in Studio 18

          619 233-9050


          Visitor Photography Guidelines

          Photos by Michael Calas - www.Calasphotography.com

          Patio Rental at Spanish Village Art Center

          Due to San Diego's COVID-19 restrictions, the patio is not available for events until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe!

          Host An Unforgettable Celebration at
          Spanish Village Art Center


          We would like to invite you to discover the enchantment of our historic courtyard and artist village. Your guests can enjoy a night under the stars in our beautifully lit patio. Now is a perfect time to experience the magic of the Spanish Village Art Center. Our unique setting is perfect for corporate events, company meetings, holiday parties, weddings, or other special occasions. You and up to 500 guests can enjoy a spectacular setting for your next event. Make your celebration a night to remember. Book your event today!

          Patio Rental Guidelines


          The Spanish Village Art Center patio is available for rental after hours any day of the week. The studios are open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. every day. Driving and set up on the patio for event equipment drop off shall begin no earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day of the event. All events must end at 12:00 midnight.

          Live music and DJ’s are welcome. Designated electrical outlets are scattered around the patio for the renters use. There is a 24’ x 34’ concrete area perfect for a dance floor. The renter must use their own caterer and party rental companies. Spanish Village Art Center does not provide these services. A large kitchen area for advance staging and storage is included in the rental fee. Spanish Village does not hold a food handling permit, so cooking of food is not permitted in this kitchen. We will provide a “Private Event” sign that will be placed at the South entrance to the patio before the event begins.

          In order to reserve the date/time of an event, a Patio Rental Contract must be signed and given to the Patio Event Coordinator. Rental payment is collected in two equal amounts after the agreement is signed. At final payment, all copies of permits and insurance paperwork must be on file as indicated in the Rental Contract. Permits include Proof of Liability Insurance and Liquor Liability Insurance. All food caterers must provide a copy of their Public Health Permit and Business Licenses. A cleaning deposit will be collected along with the final rental payment. The restrooms are public and given a light service and restocking before any event. Decorating of the patio and /or restrooms is welcome. This must be provided by the renter and removed by the end of the event.

          Book Your Event.

          For all your inquiries please contact the Patio Event Coordinator.


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              LOCATION

              Spanish Village Art Center

              1770 Village Place

              Balboa Park

              San Diego, CA 92101

              HOURS

              Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

              7 days a week.

              Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


              The office is located in Studio 18

              619 233-9050


              Visitor Photography Guidelines

              About Spanish Art Village Center

              About Spanish Village

              Art Center


              Established in 1936, Spanish Village Art Center, in Balboa Park, is San Diego’s premiere artist collective. Located in historic Spanish Village, between the NAT and the Zoo, we are a community of working local artists creating art…year round…right before your eyes!

              While our location and architecture are distinctly old-world, our art is not. Most noteworthy is that Spanish Village Art Center boasts over 200 living, contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds, experiences and art forms with patrons worldwide.  Independently juried and award-winning painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, clay, gourd, fiber, mixed media, glass, enamel, leather and digital artists along with photographers, printmakers and many more will be creating art in the Village on any given day!

              Our Mission...


              Above all, our mission is to share our passion for art along with our personal creative journeys. Therefore we welcome you into our studios to observe artists at work and invite you to ask questions. Some artists will even encourage you to handle and enjoy their work. Art pieces large and small are available for purchase every day.

              Our studios are open to the general public, free of charge, 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm.  Any artist who is a San Diego County resident has the opportunity to become a member of this celebrated artist collective. Find more information about this on our membership page.

              History of the

              Spanish Village Art Center


              Built in 1935 for the second California Exposition, Spanish Village depicted a quaint town complete with restaurants, shops, cantinas, and an open courtyard. Many structures built for this Exposition were to be temporary. Consequently in 1936, after the event drew to a close, some exhibits were slated for demolition. At that time, a group of visionary local artists approached the city with a proposal to convert the buildings in Spanish Village into working art studios. In exchange, the artists agreed to provide community outreach both to other local artists and the general public. As a result, local artists have an affordable place to work, show and sell in a creative environment. In addition, the artists of Spanish Village Art Center open their studio doors to the public…offering them the rare opportunity to watch the artists at work.

              The Village...


              The Village has remained open to the public for nearly 80 years, closing only for a short time during World War II when the military occupied much of Balboa Park. Over the years thousands of dedicated artists have been members of this artist collective. While cosmetic changes have been made to the Village…adding beautiful trees and flowers, brightly colored doorways and the signature painted patio tiles…Spanish Village Art Center’s mission remains the same. We invite you, the public, into our studios to watch artists at work and we continue to welcome new artists to join us. So come visit us and share our passion for art! We are open 7 days a week, 11am to 4pm, free of charge.

              Did You Know?


              San Diego Artists continue to preserve and enhance its beauty as a historical landmark by adding to its charm by making each of the studios unique entryways individual, as is all of the artwork, and allowing the main patios to be rented for most special events. It is a favorite location for both professional and amateur photographers.

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                LOCATION

                Spanish Village Art Center

                1770 Village Place

                Balboa Park

                San Diego, CA 92101

                HOURS

                Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

                7 days a week.

                Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


                Office is located in Studio 18

                619 233-9050

                Email: SpanishVillageArtCenter@ymail.com


                Visitor Photography Guidelines

                Spanish Village Historian

                Jeffrey Iles

                Jeffrey Iles is the historical tour guide and historian at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. His tours of the architecture and history of Spanish Village are free, fun, and various lengths on an ongoing basis. Jeff gives tours to groups or individuals. Feel free to ask Jeff questions when you see him on our colorful patio in his vintage 1940’s period costume. Email Jeffrey for more information.


                Photos by Michael Calas - www.Calasphotography.com

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                Spanish Village Art Center Working Artists - Home

                Welcome back to the Spanish Village Art Center !

                We are now open every day, 11 am to 4 pm

                Come See Masterpieces in the Making

                Take a stroll through our historic working studios featuring over 200 local artists of all different mediums.

                Free admission, priceless experience.


                Artists at Work


                Spanish Village studios are filled with working artists with a variety of demonstrations in progress daily. Come watch art in action every day!

                Artists

                Art Classes


                Looking for a more hands-on experience? Working artists at Spanish Village want to share their love of art with you. Check out our classes today!

                Classes

                Special Events


                Enjoy live art demonstrations, stroll through artist guild shows and sales, or enjoy refreshments while mingling with our talent artists at one of our many yearly events!

                Events

                Our Works

                Get a taste of the works our artists are creating.


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                Our patio is available for you to host your next event. To find out how you can book our unique location click on the button below.

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                Balboa Park


                Spanish Village is a proud member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science, and cultural institutions in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Learn more at www.bpcp.org

                Become one of our artists.


                If you would like to be a part of San Diego’s largest artist community then click on the button below.

                Our next jury date is Saturday, March 6, 2021.

                Applications are due on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

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                  LOCATION

                  Spanish Village Art Center

                  1770 Village Place

                  Balboa Park

                  San Diego, CA 92101

                  HOURS

                  Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

                  7 days a week.

                  Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


                  The office is located in Studio 18

                  619 233-9050


                  Visitor Photography Guidelines

                  Spanish Village Studio Directory

                  Spanish Village Studio Directory

                  Spanish Village Patio Artist Directory

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                    LOCATION

                    Spanish Village Art Center

                    1770 Village Place

                    Balboa Park

                    San Diego, CA 92101

                    HOURS

                    Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

                    7 days a week.

                    Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


                    The office is located in Studio 18

                    619 233-9050


                    Visitor Photography Guidelines

                    Artist Directory - Spanish Village Art Center

                    Spanish Village Artist Directory

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                      LOCATION

                      Spanish Village Art Center

                      1770 Village Place

                      Balboa Park

                      San Diego, CA 92101

                      HOURS

                      Open everyday from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

                      7 days a week.

                      Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


                      The office is located in Studio 18

                      619 233-9050


                      Visitor Photography Guidelines