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Cultural Arts


Cannon Art Gallery will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning April 6. 

The City of Carlsbad’s historic support of arts and culture as a core value led to the establishment of its Cultural Arts Office in 1986 as part of the city’s investment in the visual and performing arts. We strive to enhance the vitality of the city and the quality of life for all residents by supporting an environment where arts and cultural organizations thrive, and people of all ages enjoy opportunities for expression and lifelong learning.

Enjoy Cultural Arts at home with these new online programs and virtual events:

New Virtually Artful program for artists and arts organizations

To ensure that the arts remain an integral part of life in Carlsbad, Virtually Artful is a new community outreach program targeted to local artists and arts organizations to foster the connection with their audiences. We are currently considering proposals for early 2021.

2021 Juried Biennial

Cannon Art Gallery invites artists to enter the 2021 Juried Biennial. This exhibition will feature multiple media types such as oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and more.

Over the past 20 years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s Juried Biennial Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. This year’s jurors for the Biennial are Sonya Sparks and Andrew Ütt. In addition to selecting the artists in the Biennial, the jurors will give a total of $2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded.

For more information and to fill out your application, please see attached PDF documentDeadline for applications: April 23, 2021.


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New Exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery

April 1, 2021 
The City of Carlsbad presents a new exhibition at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints,...

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Arts Commission Vacancies

January 21, 2021 
The City of Carlsbad is seeking residents interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Carlsbad Arts Commission...

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Community Arts Grants Awarded

September 18, 2020 
The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office has selected recipients and awarded Community Arts Grants for the 2020/2021...

General Information

Cultural Arts Office
Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(located on the second floor)
760-602-2090 main line

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Cultural Arts Office
Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

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