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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

2020 Invitational
Dec. 15, 2019 – Feb. 8, 2020
Reception: Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 - 7 p.m.

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.

Image: XOXO, 2018, Alison Haley Paul


Upcoming Exhibition

Edges Frayed
March 1 – May 24, 2020
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 29

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


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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