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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.

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John Cederquist: Illusions in Wood

March 30 – May 25
Reception: Saturday, March 29

San Juan Capistrano artist John Cederquist is considered one of the top 100 Craftsmen in America with works in the American Craft Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Museum. A sculptor known for playful trompe-l'œil wood assemblages and furniture that blur the distinctions between reality and illusion. Cederquist’s unique constructions combine two-dimensional inlaid images of everything from Japanese prints to popular cartoons with three dimensional furniture forms.

Upcoming exhibitions: 2014

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Common Tread: Traversing the American Landscape

June 15 – Aug. 17
Reception: Saturday, June 14

This exhibition explores America’s love affair with the car, and how the “Great American Road trip” continues to be a major part of American history and culture. The investigative spirit of the road trip, long rooted in American culture, is reflected in the work of a group of contemporary artists who employ themes of location and memory to produce an experiential evaluation of Americans on the road. Common Tread is being presented in collaboration with Begovich Gallery at California State University Fullerton.


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 videoCreating an art exhibit time lapse video

Contact Information

William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Karen McGuire
Curator of exhibitions

760-602-0525 fax
Get directions

Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

General Information

National quality with a regional focus, variety and balance, introduction of new work to the area, engaging young audiences – with its museum quality exhibitions William D. Cannon Art Gallery is a focal point for the visual arts in North County.

Business hours
Tuesday Saturday
11 a.m. 5 p.m.
1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Please note exhibition dates. Gallery is closed between exhibitions.