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William D. Cannon Art Gallery

The City of Carlsbad has temporarily suspended in-person city services at city facilities, including all three library locations, due to a county public health order. The Cannon Art Gallery is currently closed, so please enjoy this virtual tour of our current exhibition, Edges Frayed.



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

Edges Frayed
March 1 – May 24, 2020
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 29, 5 - 7 p.m.

This exhibition brings together three Southern California artists: Bhavna Mehta, Michelle Montjoy, and Irma Sofia Poeter, in a material-rich conversation about construction and connection. Using fine stitching and cutting, fraying fabrics and abstract shapes, text, color, texture, volume and shadow, their work weaves a narrative that seeks to clarify and extend the hidden layers of identity and understanding.

Image: Top – Michelle Montjoy, Middle – Irma Sofia Poeter, Bottom – Bhavna Mehta


Upcoming Exhibition

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints
June 14 – Aug. 9, 2020

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making, presents seventeen works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. The exhibition is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance and ExhibitsUSA.

Images, from left to right: Jayne Willoughby, Veiled Connection (side B), 2015; Christine Mauersberger, Momentum, 2015; Mary Lou Alexander, Things Fall Apart #5, 2015

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.


How does an art exhibit come into being? Watch these two videos to find out.

Creating an art exhibit video Creating an art exhibit time lapse video