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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.

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Common Tread: Traversing the American Landscape

June 15 – Aug. 17
Reception: Saturday, June 14

This exhibition explores America’s love affair with the car, and how the “Great American Road trip” continues to be a major part of American history and culture. The investigative spirit of the road trip, long rooted in American culture, is reflected in the work of a group of contemporary artists who employ themes of location and memory to produce an experiential evaluation of Americans on the road. Common Tread is being presented in collaboration with Begovich Gallery at California State University Fullerton.

Upcoming exhibitions: 2014

Hendrix illustration
Liwska illustration 

The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration

Sept. 7 – Nov. 23

This traveling exhibition celebrates its 33rd year as a showcase for children’s book illustrators whose original artwork is seldom seen outside the studio or publisher’s office. This extraordinary exhibition consists of more than 40 colorful works of art selected from the 2013 Juried Original Art Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration at Society of Illustrators in New York City. Also featured will be work by noted Southern California illustrators, including Janell Cannon, Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemensha, Salina Yoon, Lori Mitchell, Jennifer Hewitson, Tracy Sabin and others.

Original Art events

    • Opening reception: Saturday, Sept. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Fancy Nancy Tea Party with Robin Pleiss Glasser: Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 - 2 p.m.
    • Family Open Studios PLUS: Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 – 2 p.m.

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.

How does an art exhibit come into being? Watch these two videos to find out.

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Contact Information

William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Karen McGuire
Curator of exhibitions

760-602-0525 fax
Get directions

Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

General Information

National quality with a regional focus, variety and balance, introduction of new work to the area, engaging young audiences – with its museum quality exhibitions William D. Cannon Art Gallery is a focal point for the visual arts in North County.

Business hours
Tuesday Saturday
11 a.m. 5 p.m.
1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Please note exhibition dates. Gallery is closed between exhibitions.