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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 Exhibit

Beloved Object

Sept. 2 – Nov. 11, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, Sept. 8, 5 – 7 p.m.
Family Open Studios Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Featuring treasured objects from each lender, this exhibition celebrates favorite items from various Southern California collections and organizations. Each of the beautiful and engaging objects is a beloved possession. Some reveal the personal taste of the collector, others preserve a cherished memory or meaningful moment, and still others symbolize a relationship between the artist and the collector or museum. All have a special significance. 

Shown at right: Hope Wilmarth, Urban Cathedral. Courtesy of Visions Art Museum.

Upcoming Exhibit 

2019 Juried Biennial

December 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 – 8 p.m.

Open to all San Diego County artists, this year’s jurors are Maria Mingalone, Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, and Robert Pincus, Art Critic, professor and writer. The deadline for submissions is October 2nd. The Call-to-Artists is available on the website.

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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