What's Coming

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


November 12-December 31, 2016

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


GIVE ME A MINUTE, I'M THINKING, an exhibition curated by San Diego collector and art dealer Mark Quint, opens at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on November 11, 2016. 


Collecting is the theme of this eclectic exhibition which Quint expects to be a visual mash-up of low and high art, design, kitsch, decoration and craft. 


Gathered from swap meets, art galleries, flea markets, thrift stores, souvenir shops, art fairs, garage sales and auction houses the objects that Quint collects reflect, in his opinion, a basic need of many people to search for the unique, even if the "unique" might be mass produced, in recycled plastic, made in China  and come in 50 different colors.  He is a true believer in the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure".


Mark Quint grew up in La Jolla, went to the San Francisco Art Institute, taught art in Hawaii for 4 years and opened his first gallery in La Jolla in 1981. He has organized over 250 one person exhibitions of local, national and international artists. He attributes his collecting bug to a typical early introduction to collecting Lincoln pennies, postage stamps, marbles and matchbox cars. 


Rotunda Gallery

Alida Cervantes: 50 Studies Using Unmixed Black

November 12-December 31, 2016

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


Alida Cervantes will present a new series of expressionistic oil paintings on cardboard in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery. Cervantes employs thick ribbons of paint, saturated color and bold brushstrokes to depict 50 jewel-like portraits of Saints.


Cervantes splits her time between Tijuana and San Diego. Her paintings, drawings, and performance work draw inspiration from class, race, and gender relations in colonial and present-day Mexico. Cervantes earned a BA from the University of California, San Diego (1995), then studied at Scuola di Arte Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy, for two years. In 2013, she earned her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Charles Saatchi, London collections, as well as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s permanent collection.


Over The Moon: A collaborative project created by San Diego Book Arts members

January 7-February 11, 2017

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


In honor of San Diego Book Arts’ 20th anniversary, the Athenaeum is pleased to exhibit Over the Moon, a collaborative art project organized and created by 40 artist participants from San Diego Book Arts. The project is inspired by a series haiku poems contributed by the SDBA’s artist in residence, Diane Gage.


The book artists have not only created their original artwork on paper, but also made individual hand bound art books based on high-quality reproductions of the originals. The project showcases SDBA as a whole while highlighting the unique contributions of each individual artist.


Derli Romero: small works on paper and books

January 7-February 11, 2017

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


Derli Romero will present a series of paintings, prints and drawings on paper, as well as a selection of his artists’ books in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery.


Derli Romero is a master printmaker whose works are held in the special collections of New York Public Library, Latin American Art Museum, and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, among many other institutions. He currently resides in Mexico City.


Sum of the Parts

February 18-March 25, 2017

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


Artist David Fobes will curate a selection of artists working in collage. Work by Daphne Hill, May Ling Martinez, Allison Renshaw, Joe Yorty, Sean Brannan, Eugene Ray, Jon Measures, David Fobes will be presented in the Athenaeum’s Clayes Gallery.


At its most basic Collage and Assemblage is a thoughtful reconstruction of found

parts that are united by the artist into coherent whole that is metaphysically

greater than the sum of parts.


The artists I have invited to participate are all incorporate a collage or assembly

type of approach to their work. Their working methods and resulting imagery are

extremely diverse, but all bear the signature style of their maker.


                                                                     -David Fobes, Curator


Collages from the Athenaeum’s permanent collection

February 18-March 25, 2017

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


A selection of collages in the Athenaeum’s permanent collection will be displayed in the Rotunda gallery.


26th Annual Juried Exhibition

Summer 2017

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 April 2017. Deadline to submit is TBA.


Next year's jurors are TBA.