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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

Ansel Adams: Early Works
September 22 – December 1, 2019

Intimate master prints from the 1920s through the 1950s depict Adams’ transition from pictorialism to straight photography, and provide a fresh look at this legendary master of the American landscape. Presenting 42 photographs, several singular examples are included in this exhibition, including an extraordinary rare print of Moonrise, Hernandez, NM, 1941, and Clearing Winter Story, 1938, Adams' most celebrated Yosemite view. Traveled by Art2art Traveling Exhibition Service.

Marion Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, California, Photograph by Ansel Adams, Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Trust 

Upcoming Exhibition

2019 Invitational
December 15, 2019 – February 8, 2020
Reception: Saturday, December 14

More than 500 artists have appeared in the Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial exhibitions. In the alternative years, we present the Invitational, an exhibition in which the work of artists from the preceding Biennial is showcased. This year we are presenting work from local artists Sue DeWulf, Juan Flores, Alison Haley Paul, Annalise Neil, and Vicki Walsh.

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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