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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.

Upcoming gallery exhibitions

Cabinet of Curiosities: Deborah Davidson and Christopher Polentz

November 6, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 5- 7 p.m.

Cabinets of Curiosities arose in mid-sixteenth century Europe as repositories for all manner of wondrous and exotic objects. This exhibition presents the work of two artists who have felt the pull of the unusual and extraordinary. With subjects ranging from portraits and memorabilia to oddities taken from and inspired by the natural and imaginary world, the featured works by Southern California artists Deborah Davidson and Christopher Polentz include paintings, assemblage and installation.

2017 Juried Biennial Exhibition

January 22 – March 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21, 5- 7 p.m.

In 18 years, more than 500 artists have appeared in the Cannon Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibitions, which are among San Diego County’s most significant showcases for emerging and mid-career artists. Open to artists who live, work or have a studio in San Diego County, the juried exhibitions are lively and eclectic. This year’s Jurors are Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Curator of the Irvine Fine Arts Center, and Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director of the San Diego Art Institute.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 17. Artists who are interested in applying may download the entry form

Current Exhibit

House & Home

Exhibition dates: September 4 - October 23, 2016
Reception: September 3, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.

Throughout American history, Americans have built all sorts of structures to call home. This traveling exhibition, which began a six-year national tour in 2014, was adapted from the original exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., and explores the artistic, social and cultural history of the American house. It is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance and has been made possible by NEH on road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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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