Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Galia Linn: Inside

September 24-November 5, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 6:30-8:30 PM

Gallery Walk-Through: Saturday, September 24, 11 AM


Galia Linn will create an installation in both the Clayes Gallery and on the outside patio of the Athenaeum. Linn states:


Placing my work in context of the Athenaeum is thrilling to me because the Athenaeum is a living, breathing, community-driven cultural institution with such deep history. It is a warm and reflective place, with its architecture and books, and it moved me to name my exhibition Inside.  

My sculptures tell a story as they are relics; objects that you might find in an excavation. Their purpose is at times clear and at times mysterious so you may find yourself creating your own narrative around their existence. The vessels in particular serve as potent metaphors for human beings and the bodies we currently inhabit.

The outdoor installation of Inside is built specifically with the Athenaeum courtyard in mind. It evokes WABI SABI; the acceptance of transience and imperfection; opening a window into the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.


Galia Linn is a sculptor and site-specific installation artist living and working in Los Angeles. Linn constructs relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and Linn’s exploration with life’s imperfections. Influenced by an early childhood in Israel—a land filled with ancient and contemporary relics of past and present civilizations—Linn engages her physical body; manipulating raw materials as a response to the intricacies of her experience with history, with emotion, with place and with memory. 


Galia Linn has shown extensively nationally and internationally, and is a part of numerous private collections. Recent exhibitions venues include ESMoA, Marine Projects, LA><Art, Emma Gray 5 Car Garage, 18th St Art Center and Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in Venice, California. In September 2016 Athenaeum will present Linn’s first solo exhibition in La Jolla, California. In July of this year Linn will be featured in a duo Exhibition at Mars Gallery and a group exhibition at 101 Exhibit in Los Angeles. 


Rotunda Gallery

Roberta Allen: Thinking About Thought

September 24-November 5, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 6:30-8:30 PM


Roberta Allen will present a series of drawings and a selection of artist’s books in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery.


Language has been the inspiration for most of Allen’s conceptual art for many years. Her work, exhibited internationally, is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as many other public and private collections. The Athenaeum holds the complete collection of Allen’s artist’s books.


Allen is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist, as well as a conceptual artist. She has been a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction. For 18 years, she taught creative writing at The New School. She has also taught at Columbia University and in private workshops for 25 years and continues to do so.


The Iannellis in California: Selected Works 1910-15

September 24-November 5, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 6:30-8:30 PM


In conjunction with the multi-site exhibition Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country, the work of Alfosnso and Margaret Iannelli will be presented in the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s North Reading Room. Many San Diegans are already familiar with Alfonso Iannelli’s hand. He created the sculptures on the exterior of The Golden West Hotel on G Street, as well as the band shell of Spreckels Organ Pavilion.


Both Margaret and Alfonso Iannelli were an important part of the flourishing creative community in early 20th century Southern California. They produced works of painting, graphic design, and fashion, as well as architectural collaborations, including several with Irving Gill. This exhibition is curated by Tim Samuelson, City of Chicago Cultural Historian.


Mark Quint

November 12-December 31, 2016

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


Alida Cervantes: Recent Paintings

November 12-December 31, 2016

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




Summer 2017

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


Noted as the region’s most prestigious and lively juried show in San Diego, next year’s exhibition will be on view during summer 2017. Selected artist work was exhibited in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III Gallery, as well as the Rotunda Gallery.

The call for entries will start in April 2017. Deadline to submit is TBD.


Next year's jurors are TBD.


CLICK HERE to download the Call for Entries.