Athenaeum Art Center Gallery


How to Make a Country, Alanna Airitam

ART EXHIBITION at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights

March 17–May 9, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6-8 PM


Alanna Airitam was born in Queens, New York, and started her career as a photographer in San Diego. Her experience as a black woman working in the corporate advertising industry opened her eyes to the various ways women and people of color were kept silent and out of places that mattered. Airitam saw the need for better and more positive representation of people of color, and this pushed her to create a platform that allowed marginalized people to be seen and heard. Her work often centers on identity and representation, and it proposes an investigation into the concept of wholeness. She uses her portraits to showcase what she believes to be true while challenging stereotypes. 


Airitam’s images have been published in a variety of national and international media outlets such as Chicago Tribune, BBC News, VICE!, The Huck, Lenscratch, Range Finder, Feature Shoot, and the San Diego Tribune, among many others. Airitam has exhibited at Quint Gallery in San Diego, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, San Diego Art Institute, Art Miami, and Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. An award-winning short film From Haarlem to Harlem about Airitam’s body of work The Golden Age has been screened at various film festivals around the United States.



Barrio Art Crawl

Every second Saturday of the month, 6–8 PM

March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, 2020

Athenaeum Art Center (AAC)


Join us for the Barrio Art Crawl, a self-guided art tour throughout the Athenaeum Art Center and participating art venues. View our exhibitions, check out a printmaking demo in our Print Studio, meet artists, participate in an art-making activity, and get to know the neighborhood as you also visit other galleries and local businesses throughout Barrio Logan.