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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

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.

Americana Community Celebration

Saturday, July 29, Free
Carlsbad City Library Complex on Dove Lane

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Family Open Studios  Courtyard

Create your own photographic creation with our Arts Education staff, and experience musical instruments hands on while listening to classic Americana tunes, hosted by new local music school Bach to Rock. Artist, Ted Diamond, will be on hand while you are creating your masterpieces and to speak to about his art form.

3 – 5 p.m. Artist Reception Cannon Art Gallery

The gallery will host an Artist Reception with photographer Ted Diamond along with fun Americana themed refreshments and games for all ages. 

4:30 – 5 p.m. Artist Talk  Schulman Auditorium

Long Island artist, Ted Diamond, will share his experiences traveling across American photographing depictions and simulations of the American Flag, documenting the wide variety of contexts and locations in which it appears. 

5 – 6 p.m. Ginger Cowgirl Schulman Auditorium

Led by San Diego based vocalist Stacy Antonel, Ginger Cowgirl is a classic honky-tonk, outlaw country kind of band. 

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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