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Fiesta of Prints & Book Arts

Celebrating Printmaking and Artist Books

September 28-December 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 6-8 PM


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce Fiesta of Prints & Book Arts, a group exhibition Celebrating Printmaking and Artist Books at the Athenaeum Art Center. In addition to Fiesta of Prints & Book Arts, there will be a student and faculty exhibition in the print studio, and student exhibition in the art studio at the Athenaeum Art Center. 


Participating artists:


Desiree Aspiras • Jennifer Anne Bennett • Michele Burgess • Carolee Campbell • Beatrice Coron • Anne Covell • Max Elliott • Bill Kelly • Alex Kohnke • Jim Machacek • Kathi McCord • Deloss McGraw • Morgan Miller III • Derli Romero • Elijah Rubottom • Sibyl Rubottom • Pati Scobey • Curt Sherman • Claire Van Vliet • Clay West


Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Mark Licari: Awaken to Zero

November 11-December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 PM

Artist Walk-Through: Saturday, November 18, 11 AM


Mark Licari’s series Awaken to Zero will be exhibited in the Athenaeum’s Clayes Gallery. Awaken to Zero is a set of twenty-six drawings. Each drawing represents a letter of the alphabet with a corresponding descriptive word. 


My favorite sound is the subtle crunching of words forming and breaking apart. It is very difficult to hear and often gets lost because it lies beneath the technological buzzing of refrigerators, air conditioners, iTables, green-tooth devices, webs, nets and clouds. This layer of everyday sound radiation has to be stripped away in order to hear the crunch of letters colliding and linking together to form words and sentences.


These words tell a story of growth, impermanence, resilience and decay, which is as varying and unstable as our ability to communicate with one another.


Mark Licari


Mark Licari received his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA from the University of Southern California. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and exhibits both nationally and internationally.


Rotunda Gallery

Carolyn LaFrance: prints

November 11-December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 PM


San Diego artist and architect Carolyn LaFrance will exhibit a recent series prints inspired by nature and wildlife she encounters every day in her garden and surroundings. Carolyn’s work has been exhibited at Bay Park Press, and the Athenaeum, among other institutions.


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.