What's Coming

Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Mariana Magdaleno: Respira (Breathe)

June 16-July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum is pleased to present, in conjunction with the sixth version of inSite, inSite/Casa Gallina, a celebration of the garden in the Clayes Gallery. Artist Mariana Magdaleno will exhibit drawings, artist’s books and paintings of plants and flowers native to La Jolla and North County, including the Athenaeum’s front garden (curated and maintained by botanist John Alexander), alongside plants from Santa Maria la Ribera, the Mexico City Neighborhood where inSite/Casa Gallina is headquartered. The plants, themselves, will also be exhibited.


Rotunda Gallery

Sue Whitman: Visions of Discovery

June 16-July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 PM


Local artist Sue Whitman will present a series of new collages, along with sculpture and wall works from her vast studio archives. Whitman’s consuming interest in fine art took her from advanced studies in her native Cleveland, Ohio, to New York’s Parsons and the Clarence White School of Photography. She was in charge of art exhibitions at the public library in Westport, Connecticut, organized traveling exhibitions throughout the school system, and exhibited outstanding local artists at the Yankee Doodle Fair.


Whitman has had solo exhibitions at the UCSD Faculty Club, Sherwood Square Gallery, and Underwater Explorers Club in the Bahamas, among many other institutions and galleries.


She spent eight years as Public Relations Director of the Norton Museum of Art. To be near her two children, she moved to La Jolla, where she discovered the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.


I have always worked in a variety of media—watercolors, acrylics, gouache, inks and chalks, plastics for abstract sculptures, wool for fiber art murals and endless combinations of materials for collages.


Each journey opens the door to new vision and excitement along the way. I am most grateful that artistic expression has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

—Sue Whitman, March 2018


27th Annual Juried Exhibition

August 4-September 1, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 6:30-8:30 PM


Deadline to submit: June 8, 2018


Join us for the Athenaeum's 27th Annual Juried Exhibition. 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 is now open. Deadline to submit is June 8, 2018.


Click here to download the Call for Entries Form.



Maria Mingalone
Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art


Rebecca Webb
Special Projects Director, Oceanside Museum of Art


Maria Mingalone brings a distinctive skill set to her leadership as executive director at the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA). She joined OMA in the fall of 2016 after fourteen years at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where she oversaw the museum’s exhibition, education, and public programs. Trained as an artist, she holds a Master's of Science degree in museum education and leadership from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York, NY. Maria’s background includes not only knowledge in curating and museum education, but also 25 years of progressive museum and nonprofit management expertise. As executive director at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Maria brings vision, continuity of leadership, and creative stability to this much loved San Diego institution.


Rebecca Webb is a photographer who investigates the relationship between identity and place. Her background is in painting and printmaking. She has produced documentaries and feature films, and lectures on these topics. In 2014, Webb launched the Filmatic Festival at UCSD to present immersive experiences at the intersection of science, cinema, and technology. In addition to her artistic practice, she is the Special Projects Director for the Oceanside Museum of Art and the lead curator of the exhibition "San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies" at the La Jolla Historical Society. Webb also exhibits her photography internationally.