About the Borrego Art Institute

A Note from our President 

Jim Wermers

Thanks for your interest in the Borrego Art Institute! We hope you are intrigued with what you find here and that you have the chance to personally visit us, right in the heart of Borrego Springs at Christmas Circle. Our organization has grown thanks to dedicated and talented people who have enthusiastically joined in our efforts to showcase and promote the arts in our community. Our volunteers, supporters, and members are a vibrant and generous group, sharing a unique vision and sense of purpose. The BAI is truly a grassroots effort, authentically representing the hearts, minds, spirits, and skills of remarkable visionaries, eager to make a difference and inspire lives through the arts. We welcome you to browse, take a workshop or class, ask questions, and (coming soon!) enjoy a distinctive meal in our restaurant. Please come join us!

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, 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!

Feel Inspired

The Gallery is a shining renovation of a 65-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

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 ArtFarm. Take classes or a workshop. Join our membership!

Be Surprised

Delight in new discoveries. Visit The Gallery,  The ArtFarm, and The Pottery to see the latest exhibits, endeavors and plans. Come to a show opening and enjoy meeting artists and kindred spirits. And (coming soon!) be scrumptiously surprised at Kesling's Kitchen, our on-site restaurant. Enjoy distinctive wood-fired pizzas, salads, and other items starring fresh produce grown right out back in The ArtFarm.

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

By The Numbers:

200:  Elementary School students served per week by BAI art education programs (September through May)

Over 50:  Active volunteers involved in programs, operations, and administration

Over 50,000:  Visitors since January 2013

8:  Art Exhibitions per year


Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive

P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA  92004



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