What's Coming

Joseph Clayes III Gallery

2017 San Diego Art Prize Recipients

May 12-June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM


For the eighth consecutive year the Athenaeum presents the work of the San Diego Art Prize winners. The San Diego Art Prize spotlights working San Diego artists. A panel of local art administrators selects two artists and they, in turn, select two more artists with whom they wish to collaborate. In 2017 the prize recipients are Rizzhel Mae Javier with Cy Kuckenbaker and Alexander Kohnke with FU/RICH (Victoria Fu and Matt Rich).


Rizzhel Javier is an artist and educator from San Diego and the Founder of BRIDGE. She is an advocate for arts education and is always looking for opportunities to bring visual arts into the community. Rizzhel uses photography in her work, which exist in sculptural forms, to make objects that explore memory, human interaction and relationships.


Cy Kuckenbaker is an experimental filmmaker and photographer. He received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004. His experimental videos have been shared broadly online by platforms such as The Atlantic magazine, Designboom, Journal Du Design and more. The themes of Kuckenbaker’s work vary but include American identity; time based narrative; bureaucracy and capitalism; and human vision. Cy Kuckenbaker is a full time faculty member at San Diego City College where he teaches film.


Alexander Kohnke’s work observes and visualizes the underlying, raw forces of life in our everyday existence. Kohnke works in drawing, photography, printmaking and video to create work that is both personal and universal. He was born in Germany, lived in Belgium and Switzerland before moving to Los Angeles in 1994 and San Diego in 2014. He holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. The art work of Alexander Kohnke has been shown in San Diego and L.A., most recently at a solo exhibition at Airlock Gallery in San Marcos.


FU/RICH is collaboration between artists Victoria Fu and Matt Rich. Fu works primarily in video and image-based installation, while Rich is a painter. Their collaborative practice is a coming together of aesthetic sensibilities and working processes, visible through the combined palettes and textures--from film-grained gradients and painted brushstrokes to frayed canvas threads. Fu (b. Santa Monica, CA) received her MFA from CalArts, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, and BA from Stanford University; Rich (b. Boston, MA) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA from Brown University.


The San Diego Art Prize is a project of San Diego Visual Arts Network.


Rotunda Gallery

16th Annual SDSU Art Council Scholarship Exhibition

May 12-June 9, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum presents for the sixteenth consecutive year an exhibition of artwork by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History. The SDSU Art Council selects students from the upper division of the undergraduate or graduate programs. Each of the award winners receives the opportunity to present their artwork or thesis paper in the Athenaeum's Rotunda Gallery.


SDSU Art Council Scholarship Recipients:

Amy Cordero, Marguerite Davidson, Tim Demuth, Eleanor Garcia-Mazzini, Kelly Temple


Mariana Magdaleno: Botanical Atlas

June 16-July 28, 2018

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


The Athenaeum is pleased to present, in conjunction with inSite and Casa Gallina in Mexico City, 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 Casa Gallina in Mexico City. The plants, themselves, will also be exhibited.


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. Sue 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. Sue was in charge of Art Exhibitions at the public library in Westport, Conn., organized traveling exhibitions throughout the school system and exhibited outstanding local artists at the Yankee Doodle Fair.


Sue 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
Project Director, Wonderspaces in the Community


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, the Project Director of “Wonderspaces in the Community,” a series of pop-up community experiences in San Diego, 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.