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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 gallery exhibition

Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet by Marissa Roth

March 19 – May 21, 2017

Photographer Marissa Roth’s exhibition Infinite Light is a visual poem of seventy-two color photographs of her impressions of Tibet, show with some of the last available Kodachrome film. Former director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, Arthur Ollman wrote the introduction to the exhibition. The exhibition is being released in conjunction with a limited book edition of the same title. Three prominent Tibetans contributed to the book including the foreword written by HH The Dalai Lama.

Upcoming Exhibit

Americana: The Flag in Popular Culture
Photographs by Ted Diamond

June 4 – August 6, 2017

American photographer, Ted Diamond has had a lifelong interest in American Popular Culture. Growing up on the east coast in suburban Long Island he was surrounded, immersed and participated in it. Since the 1990’s, the artist has been working on a series of photos of the American flag, documenting the wide variety of contexts and locations in which it appears. The 50 photographs in this exhibition depict a fascinating look at the many manifestations of American patriotism. Traveled by Art2Art Circulating Exhibitions.

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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