Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to waive admission for all on Jan. 31 to honor its late benefactor David Copley



On Thursday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will offer free admission in honor of David Copley, the organization’s late board president and a long-time benefactor whose birthday falls on that day.

MCASD invites the public to both of its locations — 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla and 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. downtown — as a way to honor Copley’s vision of making art accessible to everyone.

“In the wake of David’s recent passing, we wanted to honor him throughout the organization he supported so deeply,” said Hugh Davies, the David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. “David understood the value of a museum to a vital community. Offering free admission on David’s birthday reminds us of his deep commitment to the visual arts and to MCASD.”

Copley, who died Nov. 20, 2012, was the Museum’s president of the board of trustees and a trustee for more than 15 years.

Copley’s generosity to MCASD was remarkable, according to Davies. A $1.5 million gift in 1998 from the James S. Copley Foundation endowed the directorship of the Museum. In 1993, a $500,000 contribution helped fund the establishment of MCASD Downtown at America Plaza (The David C. Copley Gallery is located on the main floor of this building).

In 2004, Copley gave $3 million for construction of the new museum building across the street from America Plaza, which opened in 2007 (the Copley building is adjacent to the Jacobs Building, which occupies the former baggage building for the Depot).

Currently on exhibit at the La Jolla galleries is “Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums,” and “Photography in Mexico: Selections from the Collection.” Visitors to the downtown galleries may view

“The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection.”

Founded in 1941, MCASD is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. More at