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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 Exhibition

2019 Juried Biennial

December 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019

The Cannon Art Gallery 2019 Juried Biennial was juried by Robert L. Pincus, a renowned art critic and writer, and Maria Mingalone, the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art. The exhibition features 60 works by 46 artists who live or work in San Diego County. Over the past 20 years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. Since the first juried exhibition in 1999, more than 500 artists have appeared in the Gallery’s juried exhibitions.

Upcoming Exhibition 

Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51

January 27 – March 16, 2019

Explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawaii’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha Shirt. This exhibition of sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the U.S. and the world.

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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