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A Day in the Life of The San Diego Museum of Art's Sarah Grossman

By Allison Mitchell | March 19, 2020 | People

Whether she’s shooting for her blog or planning events for The San Diego Museum of Art, this arbiter is painting the town with her colorful outlook on life.


Sarah Grossman serves a high-fashion look at La Jolla’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

As she heads toward her 12th year as associate director of special events and corporate relations of The San Diego Museum of Art, Sarah Grossman has positioned herself as an integral part of San Diego’s thriving arts community. “Working for a nonprofit arts organization is something that gives my life meaning,” says the native San Diegan, who calls Fletcher Hills home. “My goal in life is to have a legacy as someone who helped move the arts forward in San Diego.” She’s proved she’s already making strides after being recognized by BizBash as one of its 2019 Event Innovators of the Year, while her biggest event—Art Alive’s VIP Premiere Dinner—took first place in the publication’s design category. Grossman, who is also known for her brightly hued blog Polychromist, naturally dresses to impress. “Dressing well is dressing any way that makes you feel powerful and confident,” she says. “For me, that means being true to my personal aesthetic. Whether I’m casual or dressed up, my look will always include lots of interesting details and, of course, color! Color has become what my Instagram and blog are known for.” She pairs her designer-clad ensembles with her signature haircut, which she tends to every four to five weeks at La Mesa’s Salon Radiance. “My good friend Janan Srour owns the salon. She uses high-quality organic color on me, and I exclusively use Loma shampoo and conditioner,” she shares. “No one would know it, but my hair is naturally curly so the right products and a high-quality flat iron are key!” Here, Grossman gives us a look at the other essentials that make up her vibrant life.

7 AM Morning Brew “Coffee is life! I’m not a morning person, so a strong flavorful espresso is imperative to get me going. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in La Mesa has become a frequent stop on my way to work.”


9 AM Muscle Relaxers “After I work out at FireSnake Fitness, I love to head to The Spa at Estancia in La Jolla. Nothing seems to correct my body alignment like a deep-tissue massage.”


2 PM Fabulous Finds “I love to promote buying secondhand clothing, so when I am looking for high-end looks for shoots or events, I always head over to My Sister’s Closet in La Jolla.”


4:30 PM Strike a Pose “I like to shoot for my blog Polychromist on my way home to get that good afternoon lighting.”


5:30 PM All is Fare “I’m a taco freak! Shocking for a San Diegan, I know. One of my favorite spots for Mexican food is Lola 55.”


Photography by: Sarah Grossman at Salks Institute photo by Bauman Photographers; The Spa at Estancia photo courtesy of brand; My Sister's Closet photo courtesy of brand; Polychromist photo by Sarah Grossman; Lola 55 photo by Sam Wells