Covid-19 Updates


Following the guidance of public health officials, we are currently open for members only with limited capacity.

Face masks and social distancing are required. Curbside service will remain available.

Our scheduled online art classes will continue as planned.  

Please see below for more info.











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Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection



from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Athenaeum’s School of the Arts

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Dear Friends of the Athenaeum,


Following the guidance of public health officials, we are currently open for members only with limited capacity.


We will continue with the curbside service and we currently have an online Juried Exhibition.(details below).


Our scheduled online art classes will continue as planned (see the list of upcoming classes below).  


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29th Annual Juried Exhibition > ONLINE:​

Online Exhibition Dates: July 18–September 12, 2020




View the Juried Exhibition Online >


CLICK HERE for more info.


Jurors: Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice and Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator and Editor, HereIn


Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, Leslie Von Kolb Memorial Award


The Athenaeum's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held online this year. One of the most prestigious juried shows in the San Diego/Tijuana region, selected artists will have their work exhibited in our online gallery and receive excellent exposure.


Artists in the exhibition: Carol Abbe, Victor Angelo, Victor Ballesteros, Farshid Bazmandegan, Home Behar, Kyra Brandt, Stefani Byrd, Joe Cantrell, J. Carlson, Sister Chapman, Alan Cohen, Remi Dalton, Victor De La Fuente, Marisa DeLuca, Kristine Diekman, Flavia D'Urso, Bridget Enderle, Ricardo Galvan, Vienna Gambol, Peter Geise, Sofia Gonzalez, Eleanor G Greer, Becky Guttin, Lisa Hutton, Amanda Kachadoorian, Marie Keech, Kirby Kendrick, Alexander Kohnke, Elena Lomakin, May-ling Martinez, Brad Maxey, Arie Menes, Annalise Neil, Oriana Poindexter, Allison Renshaw, Bryan Ali Sanchez, Gail Schneider, Ingrid Schraufstatter, Sage Serrano, Maggie Shen, Joe Skoby, Wayne Swanson, Kline Swonger, Leslye Villasenor, Chantal Wnuk, Cindy Zimmerman.



School of the Arts:

The fall schedule of art classes is now on sale! We now offer online art classes via zoom video conferencing. We are pleased to share that all of the online spring art classes have been very successful. We want to thank our faculty who adapted very quickly to accommodate this shift to online learning and continue to provide enriching experiences and community building. Please check the art class schedule here:



We have cancelled or postponed all AUGUST events. We are working on the new schedule and will keep you informed. Ticketed reservations will automatically be transferred to the new dates, and ticket holders will be contacted with additional information. All ticketholders will be contacted via email or a telephone call with additional information.


Library materials: 

Library materials that are due can be returned after we reopen without a fine. We have started “curbside pickup” for items from the library. If that is something you might be interested in, please send an email to librarian Kathi Bower Peterson ( or Assistant Librarian Carol Buckley ( and ask for your favorite item, and they will have it ready for you on a certain day in front of the library. 


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It is best to reach us via email; however, phone messages will also be checked daily. We will post updates on our website,, and will continue to send updates via email and eblasts. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you very much for your understanding and support.


All scheduled events for AUGUST have been affected. For future events, please keep checking our website for updates.  






The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, acoustics, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours, and special events.


Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection







Join or renew your membership to the Athenaeum today! Support one of the oldest cultural institutions in San Diego and La Jolla's first library, and gain access to thousands of music and art library materials and discounts on over 200 concerts, lectures, and art classes.


Becoming a member is the best way to enjoy everything that the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library—San Diego's only membership library—has to offer. For only $40 a year for an individual membership (and $50 for a family membership), the benefits are many. 



There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."

San Diego Union-Tribune



Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection