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On View: Art and Culture Exhibitions

The Library’s exhibition program allows free access to visual art and cultural exhibitions, while promoting San Diego artists and creative community groups.


Public Exhibition Opportunities

For more information about library exhibitions, email us at OnView@sandiego.gov.

Library patrons viewing an exhibition in the Central Library Art Gallery.

Central Library Art Gallery

Fear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies
February 15 – May 17, 2020 | San Diego Central Library Gallery

Fear No Art work

© City of San Diego Civic Art Collection

Fear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies, invites the public to consider artworks in the City of San Diego’s Civic Art Collection and the narratives that emerge when in dialogue with local contemporary artists. Together, these artworks represent a wide range of themes and approaches, which act as a provocation for the viewer to consider concepts such as institutional critique, the ability of art to effectively speak to and for the masses, the specificity of the Civic Art Collection, and the notion of a collection, itself.
Fear No Art is curated by Dr. Lara Bullock and features work by Eric Blau, Donald Borthwick, Mildred Bryant Brooks, Celeste Byers, Collective Magpie, Jung Ho Grant, William Hogarth, Robert Kelly, Leslie William Lee, Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, John Parot, Cat Chiu Phillips, Charles Reiffel, Zoya Sardashti, Jean Swiggett, Terry Turrell, Jerry O. Wilkerson, and Joe Yorty.

Community Exhibitions

With 35 branch libraries in communities throughout the city, the San Diego Public Library has many great spaces to showcase educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable and recreational exhibits, as well as works by community art groups and individuals.

La Jolla/Riford

Abstract painting by Krista Schumacher

Credit: K. Schumacher

Connected: Two Artists, Two Coasts
Feb. 6 – April 22, 2020
Krista Schumacher lives and works in La Jolla, Katy Schumacher in Florida. The 30 works in this exhibit range from representational florals to abstract landscapes, and many capture coastal themes.

Mission Hills-Hillcrest

Artwork by Josie Rodriguez

Credit: J. Rodriguez

Collaborating with Nature
January 28 - March 31, 2020
Artist Josie Rodriguez honors the plight of honeybees with works made with encaustic wax in tones of white, gold, and yellow.

Mission Valley

Artwork by A. Carver

Credit: A. Carver

Climate Alliance – Art of change 2020
January 6, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Climate Science Alliance sees the arts as a valuable tool for communicating and disseminating climate science to diverse audiences because it cuts across culture, age, education level, and socioeconomic status. The "Art of Change" traveling art shows bring climate art to our communities, featuring artworks from our Affiliated Artists and local youth in our Climate Kids program.

North Park

Artwork by Leah Schaperow

Credit: L. Schaperow

Leah Schaperow
Until March 10, 2020
Schaperow’s works are inspired by humankind’s struggle to control nature.

Pacific Beach

View from a Mountain by by Brian Miller and Timothy Mountain

Credit: T. Mountain/B. Miller

View from a Mountain
Feb. 1 – Mar. 20, 2020
Still life, landscape and abstract photographs by Brian Miller and Timothy Mountain.

Rancho Bernardo

Landscape painting by Lilly Szulc

Credit: L. Szulc

Paintings by Lilly Szulc
January 2 - March 31, 2020
Oil paintings of figures and landscapes come to life in the colorful, expressive brush of Lilly Szulc.

Rancho Peñasquitos

Dinosaur artwork by Claire

Credit: Claire, age 5

Drawn 2 Art
Feb. 4 – April 7, 2020
Examples of student work from a private studio that teaches the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

San Carlos

Acrylic painting by Tarie Minchak

Credit: T. Minchak

Tarie Minchak
March 4 – 31, 2020
Reception: Saturday March 21, noon to 2 p.m.
Tarie’s acrylic paintings center on figurative subjects, accompanied with symbolism and storytelling elements that draw from her everyday life.

University Community

Mandalas and works of abstract realism in oil on canvas by Brian McKnight

Credit: B. McKnight

Brian McKnight
Feb. 1 – March 20, 2020
Mandalas and works of abstract realism in oil on canvas.

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