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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

Retooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

Oct. 22, 2017 – Jan. 27, 2018

The culmination of a relationship between man and his tools is the collection of John Hechinger, the owner of a successful chain of hardware stores, who began collecting tool-inspired art in the 1980s. This exhibition features 40 pieces of his 400 piece collection and includes a variety of 20th century modern and contemporary pieces, highlighting 28 visionary artists including Jacob Lawrence, Jim Dine, Walker Evans, Fernand Léger, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Roger Shimomura and Bernice Abbott. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C. Gift of John and June Hechinger.

Opening Reception  Saturday, Oct. 21  5 – 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts

Family Open Studios ● Saturday, Dec. 2  11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free
Carlsbad City Library Complex

Our very popular and free hands-on art-making event is designed for all ages! All materials and workspaces are provided. No reservation required. 

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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