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William D. Cannon Art Gallery

With the opening of Material Pulses, the Cannon Art Gallery is providing a queue management service called QLess. Gallery guests may now quickly reserve their place in line through the portal, eliminating wait times and allowing for social distancing. Guests are encouraged to book an online reservation. Onsite staff will register walk-in guests based on availability.

Current exhibition

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

April 6 – May 23, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making, presents 17 works by 7 fiber artists: Mary Lou Alexander, Claire Benn, Elizabeth Brandt, Christine Mauersberger, Denise L Roberts, Jayne Willoughby, and Barb Wills. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts featuring quilts, mixed media, and installation work, all exploring color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The exhibition is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance and ExhibitsUSA. 
Image Credit: Things Fall Apart, Mary Lou Alexander

Coming Soon

2021 Juried Biennial Exhibition
June 13 – August 8, 2021

Over the past twenty-one years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. Juried exhibitions are open to San Diego County artists age 18 and over, and are guest judged by Arts Professionals from the region. This year’s jurors are Sonya Sparks, Owner of Sparks Gallery in San Diego, and Andrew Utt, Executive Director of Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. Image: from 2019 Juried Biennial

Take a tour with the Gallery Curator Karen McGuire

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

See how an exhibit comes together

Canon Art Gallery: Setting Up an Exhibit

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.


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

Creating an art exhibit video Creating an art exhibit time lapse video