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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.

Upcoming Exhibit

A Treasured Collection of Haitian Art

February 11 – April 15, 2018

Despite political, economic and natural upheavals during much of Haiti’s history, Haitians have developed a unique culture, with art and music that speaks to the expressiveness, vitality and indomitable spirit of the people of this small island nation. This exhibition highlights the stunning private collection of Carlsbad resident Lawrence Kent. Featuring more than 45 works from the 1940s to present, the Kent Collection illustrates the diverse and distinct characteristics of Haiti’s visual traditions. 

Opening Reception Sat., Feb. 24, 5 – 7 p.m., Free
Hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts

Collector’s Talk Sat., Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., Free
Lawrence Kent shares his thoughts on collecting
Schulman Auditorium

Family Open Studios Sat., March 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free
Carlsbad City Library Complex

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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