What's Coming

Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Wick Alexander: On the Money

January 6-February 10, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


Wick Alexander will present a recent series of drawings entitled On the Money. Each drawing depicts images from currency around the world. As a graduate student at UCSD in the 1980s Wick came across a book entitled Syst-O-Color by Dutch designer Paul Schuitema. He found Schuitema’s approach to color and layout inspirational. Wick’s series On the Money incorporates pages from Syst-O-Color. The drawings explore common social tropes and both cultural and color values in design. Wick will also present an installation, Walking Inside a Painting, as well as other drawings.


Since 1980, San Diego native Wick Alexander has been producing distinctive paintings, sculptures and public artworks. Awards for his paintings have been presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. His paintings are included in many private collections and museum permanent collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Banff Center of the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Exhibitions of his panoramic vision include “California: A Second Glance,” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California; “Common Ground”, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, “Transcending Borders,” at the CECUT in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and most recently,” Nature Improved,” at both the San Diego History Center and the Oceanside Museum.


Wick Alexander utilizes his expertise in landscape design in many of his projects. Along with his partner, Robin Brailsford, he developed LithoMosaic, a patented decorative concrete technique used in floors and walls in both interior and exterior environments. LithoMosaics have been installed in the most extreme climate conditions from Alaska to Nevada. Currently, Wick is working on two public projects in Los Angeles, California.


Rotunda Gallery

Anna Stump: Piñata/Drone/Bust

January 6-February 10, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007. She teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College.


Anna’s New York Times reviewed blog of three years, Kloe Among the Turks, examines the art scene in Southern California and Turkey, as well as issues of arts education. In 2009 she curated an exhibition of 130 artists from Southern California and Turkey, presented in San Diego, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Ankara. In 2017 she was awarded a residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in County Kerry, Ireland, where she produced work for her “Terrarium” series.


Anna is the founder of the San Diego Feminist Image Group, and one half of the painting collaboration Hill&Stump. She is a member of Mid-Air Trio, an improvisational group that combines painting, dance and soundscapes in live performances. The artist is represented by Sparks Gallery in San Diego.


"My work as a painter, performance artist, and curator is intimately connected. Interest in body politics, feminism, and physicality is grounded in community building and education, which I challenge personally by cultural risk-taking. My job is to both please and provoke."

—Anna Stump


Antonio Adriano Puleo

February 17-March 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM


Antonio Adriano Puleo’s current body of work investigates what the artist calls “the space in and in-between” artworks. Puleo responds to physical and historical space through a choreography of color, material, and pattern. His formally charged collages, paintings, and objects are informed by the history of collage, specifically “THE CUT OUTS” of Henri Matisse, and the surrealist inspired collages of Robert Motherwell from the 1940’s and 50’s. Puleo references Matisse’s late practice, using gouache to create monochromatic color fields on watercolor paper, which are then cut into and layered.


Puleo arranges the shapes and forms (a lexicon the artist has been developing since 2009), informed by negative spaces of previous works. Puleo finishes the collages by working in a layer of oil paint onto the surfaces, fragmenting and fracturing the space in the works further. Born in Boston, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Puleo has long nurtured aninterest in the different surfaces of a painting. He will present a series of collages, paintings,and sculpture and how its subject matter correlates from one surface to another. Hisabstract, geometric work contain different surfaces and reveal themselves as functioning objects within the physical volume of the exhibition space. Puleo received his M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 2003. He has exhibited at LAXART, The Luckman Gallery, Cal State LA, Cherry and Martin, and The East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University. His work has been featured in many publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and Flash Art.



February 17-March 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Rotunda Gallery exhibit is TBA.


27th Annual Juried Exhibition

August 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, TBA, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum's Annual Juried Exhibition is one of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego. Selected artists will exhibit their work in our galleries, receive excellent exposure, and mingle with both artists and art-lovers at a jam-packed opening reception. The call for entries will begin in March 2018. Deadline to submit is in June 2018. Check back in March 2018 to download the Call for Entries form.


Next year's jurors are TBA.