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OnView: Art and Culture Exhibitions

The visual arts program demonstrates the library’s role as a cultural institution embracing a broad range of disciplines while assisting San Diego's emerging, mid-career and professional artists achieve visible opportunities and receive wider local, regional, and national attention.

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Featured Exhibitions

Waiting Room | August 11, 2023 - October 15, 2023 | Learn More

Waiting Room - Art Gallery Exhibit


OnView - Local Arts

Painting of a dog with a toy by an artist from the Associated Fine Artists.
Allied Gardens/Benjamin

Associated Fine Artists
August 3 - October 27, 2023

Digital collage of two puppet heads, “Vato Gato,” and “Mangey Mousegoat,” created by artist Patrick Scully.
Central Library, 2nd fl.
Creative Worlds
Patrick Scully
September 11 - October 11, 2023 
Painting of a bridge by the coastline by an artist from the La Jolla Arts Association.
La Jolla/Riford
Our Beautiful San Diego
La Jolla Art Association
September 8- October 27, 2023
Image of a white vessel carved in to resemble a dragon and several figures.
Linda Vista
A Dragon’s Tale
San Diego Chinese Historical Society
August 1 - October 4, 2023
Painting of a grey-tone landscape by artist Christy Ross.
Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox
Christy Ross
September 30- November 30, 2023

Close up of a multi-colored abstract painting artist Don Strandberg.
Mission Valley
Color and Surface

Don Strandberg
September 1 - October 31, 2023

Painting of a killdeer plover using thick, broad brushstrokes by artist Laura Green.
North Park
Preserve, Protect, and Remember
Laura Green
September 6 - October 31, 2023 
Collage of colored pencil drawings of a tree, flowers, and a cat by artists from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Pacific Beach/Taylor
Extraordinary Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil Society of America
July 8 - October 14, 2023
A drawing of a snake with flowers and chollas cactus bark by artist Hilary Dufour.
Pacific Beach/Taylor
Wild Side
Hilary Dufour
October 18- December 19, 2023
 Close up of a painting of a woman’s face with a cross and flag on her cheeks by artist Trevor Watson.
Point Loma/Hervey
Art and Paintings of Trevor Watson 
July 10 - October 26, 2023
A painting of waves crashing over rocks on the shore by artist Doris Bertch.
Rancho Bernardo
Of Land and Sea
Doris Bertch
October 1-December 31,2023
Photograph of a miniature book with a title that reads, “Little Things.”
Rancho Peñasquitos
Miniature Books
Materials from SDPL Special Collections
July 1 - October 16, 2023
Photograph of a little girl holding balloons and a teddy bear by artist Nathaly Alvizures.
Rancho Peñasquitos
Boundless & Infinite
Nathaly Alvizures
September 7 - November 30, 2023
Collage of portraits of unsheltered people photographed by Jordan Verdin.
Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa
Humanity Showers
Jordan Verdin
September 1- November 6, 2023
Picture of a woman and a boy interacting with a scientific experiment.
Various Locations
Fleet on the Go
Throughout 2023

Previously OnView Exhibitons
  • Good Natured: Art & the EnvironmentGood Natured: Art & the Environment | May 13, 2023 - July 29, 2023
  • Lost in Translation: A Game of TelephoneLost in Translation: A Game of Telephone | February 6, 2023 - April 15, 2023
  • SD Art PrizeSD Art Prize | September 17, 2022 - January 7, 2023
  • Echoes of AfricaEchoes of Africa | June 4, 2022 - August 20, 2022
  • Clara BreedCall to Serve: Clara E. Breed and the Japanese American Incarceration | September 18, 2021 - January 30, 2022
  • Occupy Third SpaceOccupy Thirdspace II: Plástica y palabra en TJ/SD | Ocupa Tercer Espacio II: Plástica y palabra en TJ/SD | February 19, 2022 - May 7, 2022
  • Julius ShulmanJulius Shulman: Modern San Diego | September 28 – January 19, 2020
  • Fear No ArtFear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies | February 15 – May 17, 2020

Explore past exhibitions at Central Library Art Gallery, including behind the scenes content and virtual tours.

All exhibitions at Central are a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.