Athenaeum Music & Arts Library North Reading Room

Athenaeum Art Center Gallery


Alessandra Moctezuma and Hilary Paul McGuire: Identity | Antiquity

April 13–May 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 6-8 PM

Artist Walk-Through: Saturday, May 11, 7 PM


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce Identity I Antiquity, an exhibition featuring works by college educators Alessandra Moctezuma and Hilary Paul McGuire.


Alessandra Moctezuma, founder of the Museum Studies program at Mesa College, is the director of Mesa College Art Gallery and a professor of art. As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art and the Getty’s PST LA/LA. As a visual artist working in printmaking, collage, painting, and drawing, Moctezuma critiques gender conventions and assumptions through the use of irony and satire. The Athenaeum Art Center will exhibit two of her recent series: self-portrait drawings reflecting on her role as a mother, a wife, and a daughter, and political cartoon collages on the subject of America’s obsession with guns.

Sculptor Hilary Paul McGuire’s career began as a monk at St. Gregory’s College and monastery in Oklahoma. McGuire spent two decades as a monk, during which he taught mathematics and tennis in Oklahoma and to at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Of his medium, antique iron pieces with character, the artist explains: “My sculptures are like a group of wise and elderly family members coming together to say something new for future generations.”


Moctezuma’s and McGuire’s works are linked by a common need to express ideas based on their experiences as art educators. For both artists, art is a way to enhance everyday life and to explore means of communicating responses to current socio-political events. Identity I Antiquity will feature drawing, painting, mixed media, and sculpture.


The exhibition will be on view from April 13 through May 30, 2019, at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; An artist walk-through is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m.


The Athenaeum Art Center, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights, in the Bread & Salt complex, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am–4 pm, and for scheduled programs and classes.


Indoor / Outdoor

Culture, Environment, Feminism

A COLLABORATIVE SWEDISH and AMERICAN ART EXHIBITION at the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC) and the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI)

AAC: June 8–July 2, 2019

SDAI: June 21–July 7, 2019

AAC: Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 6-8 PM

SDAI: Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23, 2-4 PM


Indoor/Outdoor plores how the different environments of Sweden and Southern California inform the ways we use indoor and outdoor space. Featuring the work of Southern California artists from the Feminist Image Group (FIG) and Swedish artists from Krogen Amerika, the collaborative exhibition will be shown at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in Balboa Park and the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC) in Logan Heights. The two interrelated exhibitions portray the physical and psychological aspects of interior and exterior spaces. By visiting the artwork displayed at both venues, similarities and differences between the cultures of Sweden and Southern California become apparent.


Indoor/Outdoor will run at the Athenaeum Art Center from June 8 through July 2, featuring the work of the Southern California Feminist Image Group, and from June 21 through July 7, at the San Diego Art Institute, which will feature the work of Swedish Krogen Amerika artists.


The Feminist Image Group (FIG) is a coalition of women artists who have bonded in their common focus on women’s issues. Opportunities to discuss and show work are shared among members, many of whom exhibit locally and internationally. FIG members collaborate to promote an inclusive worldview that allows all voices to be heard.


Krogen Amerika started as an 18th century structure built in Linköping, Sweden, that was at one time used as a way station for Swedish immigrants preparing to emigrate to the United States. The historic building is now the site of a print collective made up of artists who work primarily in dry needle, etching, woodcut, photopolymer, and silkscreen techniques.


In 2017 and 2018, Feminism Now, a traveling feminist art show, was developed jointly by Anna Stump, founder of FIG, and Asa Kvissberg, a member of both FIG and Krogen Amerika. That successful exhibition made stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Stockholm, and became the precursor to the bi-national collaboration that is Indoor/Outdoor.



FIG Artists:

Krögen Amerika Artists:

Kirsten Aaboe

Anne De Geer

Irene Abraham

Ann-Lis Enlund

Stacie Birky Greene

Caroline Farnstrom

Judith Christensen

Pia Göransson Lie

Moya Devine

Berit Hammerbäck

Jeanne Dunn

Marina Holmberg

Grace Gray-Adams

Randi Leirnes

Terri Hughes-Oelrich

Tina Liljegren

Lisa Hutton

Lena Möller

Åsa Kvissberg

Isabelle Nilsson

Linda Litteral

Christina Ruthger

Kathy Miller

Karin Strand

Kathleen Mitchell

Jenny Treece Jorup

Alessandra Moctezuma

Cecilia Uhlin

Kathy Nida


Kim Niehans


Susan J. Osborn


Helen Redman


Alise Sheehan


Anna Stump


Lynn Susholtz


Pasha Turley

Cindy Zimmerman  



Indoor/Outdoor Exhibition

Patchwork Made of Graphic Art

Cecilia Uhlin

Thursday, 1–5 PM

June 20, 2019 (one-day workshop)

Athenaeum Art Center, Logan Heights




American and Swedish artists unite in this workshop to create a cross-cultural artwork. Using graphic techniques influenced by traditional methods they will collaborate to create a unique work of art. Each participant will make an individual template for printing and will incorporate them like a patchwork into at least two large prints, one to stay in San Diego and one for the visiting artists’ Linköping community in Sweden. Each participant will also have the opportunity to print their own piece of art to take home.


Instructor Cecilia Uhlin is a member of many Swedish arts organizations, including The Swedish Printmakers’ Association in Stockholm, Krogen Amerika (Graphic Art Center), and the Swedish Artists’ Association. She has received awards from several foundations in Sweden and participates regularly in group exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. Other printmakers from Sweden, Pia Göransson Lie, Ann Lis Enlund, Marina Holmberg, and Tina Liljegren, will assist the instructor.


The Athenaeum Art Center, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights, in the Bread & Salt complex, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am–4 pm, and for scheduled programs and classes.