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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

Poetic: Artists in a Visionary Mode

DeLoss McGraw, Eugenie Geb and Han Nguyen

June – August 21, 2016 

“Having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression” is one of the definitions of poetic in The Oxford English Dictionary.  In different ways this term and this definition of it describes the exquisitely detailed landscapes and objects in Eugenie Geb’s drawings, the constructed cityscapes and rooms in Han Nguyen’s elegant photographs and the lushly colored figures and flowers in DeLoss McGraw’s symbolic water colors about San Diego. All three of these critically renowned artists will be featured in this exhibition, assembled by the nationally known and locally based art critic, art historian and author Robert L. Pincus PhD. 

It has been more than a decade since Eugenie Geb’s haunting works have been on public view in any substantial number. Han Nguyen’s elegant series Interiors has not been featured in depth locally since his 1999 exhibition at the Museum Of Photographic Arts and his Model Home series will be on view for the first time in a decade. DeLoss McGraw’s Paradise project, featuring watercolors and companion essays about the artistic history of San Diego, was published for the Carlsbad Library in 1999 and will have its debut in this exhibition.

Upcoming 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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