Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Rotunda Gallery

Rotunda Gallery 


Ernie Silva: Recent Acquisitions

September 23 - November 4, 2017 

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 PM


Five artworks by Ernie Silva, recently donated to the Athenaeum’s permanent collection will be exhibited in the Rotunda Gallery. The works include painting, drawing and sculpture. Silva’s extensive career as an artist had many highlights-important exhibits in Denmark, Italy, New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as a 30-year teaching career at UCSD and co-creating and co-curating the first inSite in San Diego in 1992. Silva previously exhibited at the Athenaeum in 1997 and 2004 and he described his Windows of War/Fire on Tranquil Seas work as “a battle between secure destinations and the way life seduces us into the unexpected and previously unconsidered.”


While the themes and context changed over his 40-year career as a painter, the images Ernest Silva used within his work remained somewhat constant, a common narrative thread and style was present throughout.