What's Coming

Joseph Clayes III Gallery

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


Rotunda Gallery

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.


Random Thoughts: Steve Gibson’s Paintings & Drawings

April 1-May 6, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 PM


San Diego artist Steve Gibson will be showing abstract paintings and drawings from the past seven years. Steve is a graduate of the MFA program at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and has worked for the past forty-five years as a studio artist in San Diego. Steve has shown in over 100 exhibitions showcasing his work both nationally and internationally most recently at Keller Gallery at Point Loma Nazarene University. This body of work will include drawings as well as paintings.




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


The exhibition is TBA.


San Diego Art Prize Exhibition: Shinpei Takeda and Irma Sofia Poeter; William Feeney and Richard Keely

May 13-June 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


For the seventh 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 2016 the prize recipients are Shinpei Takeda with Irma Sofia Poeter and William Feeney with Richard Keely.


Shinpei Takeda is a Japanese artist based in TJ/SD area and Düsseldorf, Germany. He uses a wide range of mediums exploring the memory of human violence, particularly via the narratives of those in exile. His recent projects include two series Alpha Decay (2010-2012) and Beta Decay (2013-2015). He has made large installations in different sites across the world based on his 8 years of investigations, interviewing over 60 atomic bomb survivors living in the North and South Americas. Takeda is also a Founder and Creative Director of The AjA Project. This nonprofit started in 2001 is dedicated to working with resettled refugee children in San Diego using participatory photography.


Irma Sofia Poeter is a Mexican-American, multidisciplinary and self-taught artist that has lived most of her life on both sides of the San Diego/Tijuana border. She currently lives in Tecate, Mexico. Her paintings, sculptures, photographs and art installations are made or intervened with garments, fabric, textiles and embroidery. These are materials she acquires from artisans, vintage stores or has brought back from her travels. Irma Sofie Poeter has had 13 solo shows and more than 30 collective presentations in countries like Mexico, Cuba, England, Poland and the United States. Irma Sofia Poeter is represented by La Caja Galeria in Tijuana, Baja, CA.


William Feeney's art is about questions. He tries to tell a story, but gets hung up on details, which would be easy to gloss over. Feeney occupies those taken-for-granted aspects of the narrative, and presents objects that speak to questions he has fixated on. The result is his artwork occupies a space that exists between things. Feeney received a BFA from UMass, Amherst, and an MFA from UC Santa Barbara. He was awarded a California Arts Council Grant in 2003, a StartUP Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 2007, and a residency at Djerassi in Woodside, CA in 2014.


Richard Keely is an artist and educator from Southern California. Originally trained as a painter, Keely’s work during the last twenty years has turned towards sculpture, photography and installation. With the sculptural work Keely is often concerned with transforming ordinary objects into visually dense wall pieces that have the potential to evoke an array of experiential possibilities. Richard Keely's installation projects have included collaborations with Santa Fe based artist Lynne Hendrick (one of which was exhibited at the Athenaeum in 1993), and his wife Anna O’Cain. Currently Richard Keely is living in San Diego, CA. and is an Associate Professor of Art at San Diego State University, where he teaches sculpture for the School of Art and Design.


15th Annual SDSU Art Council Scholarship Exhibition

May 13-June 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum presents for the fifteenth 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.


The show is a consistent highlight of the Athenaeum's exhibition calendar. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 12 at 6:30 pm.


The Bishop’s School Student Exhibition

May 13-June 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum presents its annual exhibition of artwork by students from The Bishop's School in La Jolla.


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.