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William D. Cannon Art Gallery

National quality with a regional focus. Variety and balance. Introduction of new work to the area. Engaging new audiences... These are just some of the primary goals of the changing exhibition program that have made the William D. Cannon Art Gallery a dynamic center for the visual arts in San Diego’s North County. Through museum-quality exhibitions, hands-on family activities, acclaimed arts education programs, lectures and publications, the gallery strives to make the visual arts an accessible, integral and ongoing part of the community’s life.

Location and hours: Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011
Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Current Exhibit

Prom Dress: Seventeen on Being 17

April 29 - June 17, 2018

Seventeen female artists evoke and interpret being 17 years old through the great American Prom. In their work, the artists explore this girlhood rite of passage and all its uncertainty, excitement, doubt and hype. Why does Prom still carry such meaning for many, even years later? Featuring work by Maite Benito Agahnia, Manuelita Brown, Diana Carey, Bronle Crosby, Susan Darnall, Ellen Dieter, Kaori Fukuyama, Julia C R Gray, Diane Hall, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Kathy McChesney, Lori Mitchell, Gillian Moss, Alison Haley Paul, Julia San Roman, Christine Schwimmer, Gail Titus, Theresa Vandenberg Donche, Brenda York

Opening Reception ● Saturday, April 28, 5 - 7 p.m., Free
Hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts

Focus on Local Young Filmmakers ● Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., Free
Join us for an evening of prom-themed film shorts by young filmmakers from Carlsbad High School Film Academy. Films will be shown in the Gallery after this event. 
Schulman Auditorium

Family Open Studios ● Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free
Carlsbad City Library Complex

Upcoming Exhibit

Janell Cannon: Stellaluna

July 1 - August 19, 2018
Reception: Saturday, June 30, 5 - 7 p.m.

Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are treasured around the world. One of her most beloved books is Stellaluna, the tender story of a lost young bat who finally finds her way safely home to her mother and friends. Written and illustrated by the Carlsbad artist, Stellaluna was first published in 1993 and is now reaching its second generation of readers. It has been translated into nearly 30 languages. This exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of Stellaluna by presenting all of Janell’s original artwork created for the book.

Past Exhibits

The William D. Cannon Art Gallery presents five exhibitions annually that range in subject matter and scope, from historical prints and photography to contemporary painting and drawing to American and International folk art in an effort to actively promote a cross-cultural education in the arts. View a selection of images from past shows at the gallery.


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