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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

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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