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Lux Art Institute

1550 South El Camino Real
760-436-6611

Lux Art Institute, located in Encinitas, opened its' doors to the public in November 2007, and is redefining the modern museum experience with its artist-in-residence program. Artists live and work on site, while producing a commissioned work of art.

Throughout the year, Lux will invite an array of artists to take up residency in the studio and encourage visitors from across the country to observe and engage with real-world working artists. This one-of-a-kind institution invites visitors to not only "see art" but also to "see art happen."

Slated to be the first "green" (LEED certified) museum in California and located alongside one of Southern California's remaining coastal wetlands, Lux's four-acre site overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon and is surrounded by a wildlife preserve that stretches to the Pacific Ocean. In an effort to seamlessly meld the conservation and restoration of art beyond the museum walls, an array of rare native plants blend naturally into the nearby preserve.

Santa Monica, California based Renzo Zecchetto, AIA - whose other significant architectural projects include the award-winning Church of the Nativity in Fairbanks Ranch, Calif. and the Alusa Printing Company in Santiago, Chile - designed the two-story building to use energy-saving strategies such as solar panels and recycled materials to preserve resources for future generations. 

Lux Hours: Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Upcoming Events at Lux Art Institute

ICA San Diego Launch Gala

Friday, Sep 10, 2021 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Encinitas, CA
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Recent News

Lux Art Institute Free Family Day Event on August 7th!, 2021

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Lux Art Institute Happenings for July 2021

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Lux Art Institute Weekly Newsletter June 2, 2021

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - May 2021

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Summer Art Camp Returns this June!

Six Weeks of Programs beginning June 21st Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm Aftercare Available from 1pm - 2pm Lux is excited to announce the return of our Summer Art Camp in person for kids ages 5 to 17. The program invites your young artist to learn…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - April 2021

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Lux Art Institute News - New Spring Classes Starts from April 2021

Lux is excited to announce our latest session of classes for all ages beginning this April! All classes will be hosted onsite at Lux practicing social distancing and safety measures. Space is limited so register today! Youth Classes Art for…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - March 2021

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Spring Break Camp is 1 Month Away

Lux's Spring Break Camps return in one month with exceptional creative opportunities for young artists ages 5 to 17. All camps will be hosted onsite at Lux in our outdoor garden in order to practice social distancing and safety measures. Check out…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - February , 2021

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Lux Art Institute: [Glyph] Exhibition Opens !

Lux is excited to announce that our third residency exhibition opens to the public today! The exhibition,, features the work of Salvadoran artist Beatriz Cortez alongside artists Christian Tedeschi, rafa esparza, Kang Seung Lee, Pavithra Prasad,…

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Thank You for Helping Us Reach Our Goal!

The Lux Team would like to extend our gratitude for the love and support we received from our Lux community during our Linda Formo Brandes Year End Matching Campaign. We are excited to announce that we surpassed our goal, raising over $170,000! This…

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Classes For All Ages This February At Lux!

Spring Classes at Lux Classes begin the week of February 1 Sign up today for one of our youth or adult classes led by our talented Teaching Artists. Our upcoming classes include: Adult Classes Presented Virtually through Zoom Collage: Learn to…

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Lux Art Institute this January ,2021

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Thank You For Being A Part Of Our Lux Community!

Give the Gift of Creativity this Holiday! As this unprecedented year comes to a close, this season of giving has never been more important to small nonprofit organizations like Lux. We are here to continue strengthening and connecting…

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Winter Workshops Begins from Week of December 4, 2020

Winter Workshops Sign up today for one of our youth or adult winter workshops led by our talented Teaching Artists. Our upcoming workshops include: Adult Workshops: Make a Garden Planter [December 4 & 11] Handmade Holiday Cards [December 8] …

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Lux Art Institute Happenings - December, 2020

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Last Chance to Register for Fall Break Camp!

Don't miss out! This is the final week to register for Lux's annual Fall Break Camp. Join us onsite at Lux for a three day camp will allow children ages 5-15 to engage with new artistic styles and techniques led by local professional artists. Space…

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Welcome Artist-In-Residence Carlos Martiel!

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New Exclusive Virtual Tours this November!

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Lux Art Institute Happenings - November, 2020

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Fall Break Camp Returns!

Fall Break Camp November 23 - 25, 2020 Lux Art Institute is excited to announce the return of our annual Fall Break Camp! Our kids & teens camp takes place onsite at Lux this November. This three day camp will allow children ages 5-15 to engage…

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Last Chance To Join In On Lux After Dark!

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Lux After Dark: A New Territory

Don't miss out on our Lux After Dark event! This two night hybrid experience featuring acclaimed artists, phenomenal live performances, and the chance to support the incredible programs at Lux Art Institute. Click Here to purchase tickets for our…

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Last Week To Register For Our Fall Classes and Workshops!

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - October 2020

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Lux After Dark is Less Than a Month Away!

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Free Virtual Artist Talk with Beliz Iristay This Week!

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We're Back! Lux Officially Reopens

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - September 2020

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Lux's New Art Access Digital Membership is Now Available!

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Lux Art Institute - Join Us Behind the Scenes Next Week!

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - August 2020

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Art and Stories Returns in One Week!

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Lux Art Institute to Host Virtual Adult and Family Classes this August 2020

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The Lux Art Institute App is Here!

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This July On AiR Get to Know Our Resident Artist Cammie Staros!

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New Virtual Classes for Adults and Families Begin from the Week of July 13, 2020

New Virtual Courses This Summer at Lux! Beginning the week of July 13th Lux is excited to bring you our newest selection of virtual art courses for adults and our FIRST ever virtual course for families to participate in together! Check out our…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - July 2020

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Virtual Summer Camp is Almost Here!

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Virtual Summer Art Camp 2020 Programs

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - June 2020

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Lux Presents 'Giving Back Tuesday' Program on May 5, 2020

We're Giving Back Tuesday Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm PDT This Program is Free for All Ages Get Your Digital Invitation Here! Lux presents We're Giving Back Tuesday; an afternoon of free programs for our beloved Lux community in honor…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - April,27 2020

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Kahn and Selesnick's Studio Series This Friday!

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Exclusive Benefits with Lux's Member Referral Program

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Artist Meet and Greet Opportunities for our Lux Members!

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Lux Art Institute Announces New Dates and Discounts on Adult Virtual Classes!

Looking for some inspiration during your time at home? Join us for our newest set of programming for our adult students! Virtual Adult Courses Collage with Bailey Davenport Virtual Course *New Dates & Prices* Dates: Monday, April 20, 27,…

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Art and Stories Returns

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The Studio Bookshelf Meets April 30! Sign Up Today!

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Take a Page from our Artists with The Studio Bookshelf!

The Studio Bookshelf Books & Art Round Table First Discussion: Thursday, April 30; 7pm - 8pm Second Discussion: Thursday, May 14; 7pm - 8pm Reading Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban Location: Upon registration, you will receive…

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Lux Art Institute Newsletter - April 2020

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Lux Art Institute News Regarding the COVID-19

Here at Lux, the safety of staff, visitors, and students are of utmost importance to us. While we remain open, we are taking steps to maintain a clean and healthy environment for all. At this time, Lux will be proceeding as scheduled with all…

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Lux Art Institute News - February 28, 2020

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Lux Art Institute News - Art, Music, and Friends this February at Lux!

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Class Registration Now Open For 2020

Lux is pleased to launch our first session of classes in the new year! Starting January 14, we’ll be continuing classes from the fall while introducing a new 3D printing course for both Kids and Adults. Class sizes are kept small and…

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Over 6,000 Square Feet Of Creative Space Dedicated To Art Class

YOUTH PROGRAMS Classes start November 4th! Kids-in-Residence (ages 5-7) Painting Essentials (ages 10-15) New! Sculpture for Teens (ages 12-17) Teen Ceramics (ages 12-17) Adult Programs Building community! Mixed Media Oil…

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Lux Art Institute - Classes Start November 4th! Register Today

Youth Programs Classes start November 4th! Kids-in-Residence (ages 5-7) Painting Essentials (ages 10-15) New! Sculpture for Teens (ages 12-17) Teen Ceramics (ages 12-17) Adult Programs Building community! Mixed Media Oil Painting …

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Summer Art Camp Scholarships Now Available!

Summer Art Camp (ages 4-7) Steam Art (ages 8-12) Youth Studio(ages10-15) Teen Ceramics(ages12-17) Starting June 24, 2019 From STEAM to Teen Ceramics, Lux Art Institute's summer camps promote creative and innovative thinking through art. Let…

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Ceramics Class at Lux Art Institute

Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with a ceramics lab membership. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide support. You can…

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Spring Art Camp starting April 1, 2019

SPRING BREAK ART CAMP Starting April 1st! Each day students will be introduced to a different artist and will explore related themes and methods in both 2D and 3D format. Projects will include a conceptual approach to drawing, sculpture, and…

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Lux Art Institute Hosts Youth and Adult Classes for Spring 2019

Kids-in-Residence: Minoru Ohira Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 PM March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23 $180 with Family Membership | $210 guests An exciting opportunity for young artists to engage deeply with Lux’s residency program. Class size is small…

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Donate to the Lux Art Institute Year-End Appeal

Each year, Lux counts on your donations to support programs and student scholarships. For 2018, generous donors have agreed to match your gift dollar for dollar! Contribute $200 or more by January 31, 2018 and you and a guest are invited for a Lux…

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Register Now for 2018 Summer Art Camp and Teen Ceramics Camp!

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Lux Announces Executive Director's Departure After 20 Years with the Organization

Lux Art Institute announces departure of Executive Director and Founder, Reesey Shaw, after twenty years with the organization. A formal statement to the public from Lux's former Director is shared below: Dear Lux Community, I write with gratitude…

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New Youth Classes at Lux Art Institute

Mondays starting January 29, 2018 10:00am-1:00pm Wednesdays starting January 31, 2018 10:00am-1:00pm Learn the essentials of creating functional ceramics on a potter's wheel(beginners or professionals). Wednesdays starting January 24, 2018…

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Register for Summer Camp 2017

Registration for Summer Camp is still open! Week 1: June 26-30 / Week 2: July 10- 14 Week 3: July 17- 21 / Week 4: July 24- 28 Week 5: July 31-August 4 / Week 6: August 7- 11 Join us for 6 weeks of fun including friendly team competitions and…

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Artist Pavilion Closed for Maintenance

The Lux Artist Pavilion will be closed on Friday, March 10th and Saturday March 11th, 2017 for maintenance. Visitor hours are cancelled and will resume Thursday, March 16th, 2017.It will open on March 11, 2017 during regular Saturday hours.

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Lux Art Institute Enrolling for Spring Break Camp

Students will work on a variety of art projects both independently and collaboratively as part of the camp program. Projects will include still life drawing, painting, and working on a thematic spring motif site-specific sculpture.  Give your young…

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Summer Art Camp 2016

Six weeks of fun including friendly team games and weekly themes challenge and build your artist's creativity. Students learn about and produce contemporary art according to weekly themes. View your artist's work at the professionally installed…

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New Spring Programs at Lux

AGES 5-8 Kids-In-Residence A five week after school program introducing sculptural techniques based on resident artist, Margaret Griffith. Ceramics for Kids Students will create their own customized dinnerware learning introductory glazing…

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Lux Art Institute News - Start 2016 With Art!

ADULT ART CLASSES Beginning January & February Explore your creative side with one of our new programs: Contemplate & Create  Beginning Watercolors Book It Drawing the Figure Join as a member to receive special discounts…

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Lend a Hand To Excellence

Give the gift of art this holiday season by contributing to Lux's 2015-2016 Excellence Campaign. Watch this video to learn directly from our students how your gift makes a difference. Be part of the campaign by clicking here. Your contribution…

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Lux Art Institute News - Fall Classes for All Ages, All Skill Levels

Registration Open for Fall Classes Classes for Adults Create Collage and Transfer Sept. 15 - Oct. 22, 9am - 12pm Someday I'll Paint Sept. 16 - Dec. 9, 3pm - 6pm Paint, Layer & Pour Sept. 16 - Oct. 21, 6pm - 8pm Hot off the Press…

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Start your 4th of July with Squeak

Squeak Carnwath Resident Artist Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00pm Friday, July 3, 2015 from 11:00am - 5:00pm CLOSED on the 4th of July Free to members (and under 21); $5 Guests Free to all on Friday, July 3, 2015 -- if you wear…

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Summer Art Camp 2015

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Squeak Carnwath Opening Weekend

Artist-in-Residence Squeak Carnwath Members Opening Reception Friday, June 12, 6 - 8pm (RSVP) Open to the Public Saturday, June 13, 11am - 5pm In Studio June 13 - July 11 On Exhibit June 13 - August 8 Art of Elan Sunday, June 14, 6 - 8pm $40…

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Lux Art Institute News - April 29, 2015

Kids K - 5 Mother's Day Gift Workshop Saturday, May 2 9am - Noon $35 members, $45 guests Kids learn how to make one-of-a-kind gifts for Mom. From flower pots to bracelets, with cards and giftbags in between, Lux kids are sure to make Mother's…

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Lux Art Institute News - March 26, 2015

ARTIST PAVILION  Ebony G. Patterson  Members Opening Reception Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm  In Studio: April 3 - May 2 Exhibition:  April 3 - May 30 Lux members are invited to an early viewing of the work of our next resident…

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Lux Art Institute News - November 21, 2014

Make A Difference For The Arts!   2014 has been a big year at Lux: - Opened the Education Pavilion.   - Launched new arts programming for children, teens, and adults.   - Resident artists came from around the world to exhibit and create. As we…

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