Borrego Art Institute photo courtesy of Scott Lorenzen, Monument Architectural Photography

About Us

The Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the goal to inspire and enrich the community of Borrego Springs by offering a venue for the public to experience, create, and enjoy all forms of art.

Our distinctive campus features the Gallery, the Pottery studio and workshop, the ArtFarm gardens, the KidsArt programs and our on-site Restaurant, Kesling's Kitchen all in the heart of Borrego Springs’ core business district at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive. A community resource and gathering place, The BAI is an important catalyst for adult and children's education, participation, art appreciation, and a great meal.

Please join us for classesshows and other events, and as a member. If you are an artist, a resident, a visitor, a family, an art lover, or simply a curious explorer, we look forward to welcoming you!

What's New at BAI?

The Gallery at BAI would like to introduce our new program of Demonstrations and Seminars. Each month we will offer one or two programs to our members and the public. Our fourth Demonstration will be held Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 in the gallery and will be a one hour talk and demonstration presented by Borrego artist Leslie Duncan on traditional methods of figurative sculpture including materials and preparation, subject selection and development, building, carving, firing and patinas. Come early for seating.  
Demonstrations and Seminars are FREE to BAI Members, $15 to non members. 

Now Showing: Expressions of Contemporary Latin American Art. Artists of Latino heritage or those artists whose work has been strongly influenced by the Latino culture have brought their wonderful art to BAI. Show runs through January 29. The opening reception with Mexican appetizers and Mariachi music took place January 7 with a large crowd of enthusiastic patrons.

GALLERY HOURS : Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

We are now accepting memberships. For Members, artist's entry fees for entering shows are waived except for the Plein Air Invitational. Members also receive discounts on workshops, free admission to seminars and demonstrations, a gift card to Kesling's Kitchen. To become a member, go to Join Us in the menu at the top, click on Become a Member. Membership cards can be picked up at the desk at the BAI Gallery.

The BAI Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available online.        Click here to read all the latest news.

Seeking GateMaker to the ArtFarm

Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is sponsoring a Gate Maker competition for the entry to the ArtFarm. Borrego Artists, Crafters, Builders, Architects, and Designers, please share your talents! The winning design will become the centerpiece for Borrego's new downtown collaborative arts project.

The ArtFarm is located west of the BAI, off Sunset Road. Submission forms, which detail the specs and particulars, are available at the BAI front desk. The design should be grand and inviting, but also secure and protective against the desert's extreme conditions and furry critters.

Proposals must be submitted by January 31st. A BAI review team will choose the design by February 15th. 

Gate Submission Form 

Now in the Gallery - ArtFarm T-shirts. These are for sale in the Gallery store for $20 each plus tax. Proceeds will go toward continued funding for the ArtFarm.



December Donations:

ZINSER ENDOWMENT: $500 towards the ArtFarm project

BORREGO OUTFITTERS: $147.27 towards BAI operations.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ENDOWMENT FUND, The San Diego Foundation: $600 for the preservation of historic and cultural resources.

JUDY SMITH: $500 toward the ArtFarm project.

BETTY FELL: $100 toward the General Fund.

MARY RIMMER: $200 toward the General Fund.

JOHN and ROSIE OLSON: $100 toward the General Fund.

January Donations:

Mary Ann Lord: $100 towards the General Fund.

The Borrego Art Institute thanks all of our donors for their support of our organization. Donors are an important and vital part of our ability to sustain and grow such a wonderful asset to our community.

BAI in Pictures

Current and Upcoming Events at BAI

Kesling's Kitchen is OPEN EVERY DAY. To see the current menu, go to the restaurant tab and click on current menu in the drop down menu. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, 11 am to 9 pm. 760-767-7600.

Kesling's Kitchen is now doing catering: Book your party trays from our great catering menu. Go to the Restaurant tab and click on Kesling's Catering in the drop down menu.

Be sure to check out Kesling's Art Wall. Each month a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. January's featured artist is Dale Smith.

KESLING'S KIDS:  This summer, Kesling's Kitchen started a culinary arts program for middle and high school students. Two students participated in each session, learning how a restaurant functions on the business and serving levels as well as food preparation. Students were taught how to make a wood-fired pizza which became each students lunch. 

Go to the menu at the top of the page and click on Pottery to get information on classes, workshops and open studio.The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. Find us under the big blue canopy. 



John Albe...San Diego, CA 

Jonathan Moor...Julian, CA  

Candy Butler...Valley Center, CA

Kati Cowen...Escondido, CA   

Randy Staley...Borrego Springs 

Stu Bailey...La Quinta, CA 

Deborah Behnke...Julian, CA 

Kari Koskinen...Jamul, CA 

Albert Dean...Borrego Springs

Gail Cortelyou...Palm Desert, CA 

Cindy MacLeish...San Diego, CA

Gayle Reynolds...Oakland, CA  

Suzanne Lawrence...San Diego, CA

Kathy Scheets...Borrego Springs

Jean Volmar...Borrego Springs 

Susan Thomsen...Canada 

Saul Miller...Borrego Springs


Fredericks Ancient & Ethnic Art...Borrego Springs

Carol Burke...Costa Mesa, CA

Ric Miller...Sausalito, CA

Amanda Taylor...Idyllwild, CA

Marko Vuskovic...Bonsall, CA

Ana Marjanski...Bonsall. CA

Kelley Rex Harrison...Warner Springs, CA

Mary Ann Lord...Borrego Springs

Angela Cassidy...Elwood, IN

Cathy Gay...Borrego Springs

Join Us

We invite you to join us to participate in the excitement at the BAI. If you would like to receive announcements and info about our activities, please Register with us. If you would like to contribute your time and talents to BAI, you can become a Volunteer. As a donor-supported organization, your financial support is appreciated and needed. We welcome your tax deductible donations, and we now accept memberships. Click on the Join Us tab below and then click on Become a Member.

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Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive

P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA  92004


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Borrego Art Institute is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.



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