Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Rotunda Gallery

Rotunda Gallery 


Prudence Horne: Garden Plots

March 14–May 2, 2020

Opening Reception—CANCELLED: Friday, March 13, 6:30–8:30 PM



One of the great pleasures of artist Prudence Horne’s life is her garden plot at the Juniper/Ivy Community Gardens in Bankers Hill, San Diego. Horne has kept a plot there for over five years, where she grows the occasional vegetable but focuses on flowers. As a native of Boston, Horne is continually in awe that growing poppies in January is possible. Constantly planting, moving things around, watering and weeding, she describes: "I have painted these small squares as windows into the colors and shapes in my garden. They are little pieces and plots of my garden—they too can be moved around, pairing with other images and creating different visual relationships, similar to the always-changing beauty in my garden."


Prudence Horne grew up in Boston and received her BA in Art History from Trinity College, and MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Horne’s paintings focus on a personal response to landscape and have been extensively exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Horne has been awarded several grants and residency programs, including the William Male Foundation, Heinrich Boll in Co. Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso in Almeria, Spain, and the Montana Artist Refuge in Basin Montana. Horne is an adjunct professor of fine arts and art history at San Diego City College, and teaches art at Donovan State Prison through Southwestern College. She is also a contributing teacher for the teen program at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and is an active member of FIG (Feminist Imagery Group) in San Diego.