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Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Joyce Cutler-Shaw: Library Duet

September 23-November 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 PM


Joyce Cutler-Shaw is an artist of intermedia, including drawings, installations, public commissions and artist’s books. Library Duet is a joint exhibition of Joyce’s work at both the UCSD Geisel Library and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.


For Library Duet, the Athenaeum will exhibit a retrospective of artist’s books by Joyce Cutler Shaw, all of which the Athenaeum has in its permanent collection. At the UCSD Geisel Library, Joyce will exhibit the Alphabet of Bones which they have on permanent display and the Brain Project which is a current work. The Brain Project shows her recent diagnosis of Corticobasal Syndrome and degeneration with brain scans in various forms, tunnel books with movies, and recent handwriting and drawing samples.


Joyce’s artworks since 1972 include two and three dimensional language images for private and public sites around the world. Drawing is her primary language, from two-dimensional pen and ink works on paper, to their sculptural translations.  She is the first visual artist to be appointed Artist-In-Residence, as a Visiting Scholar by the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, and the first nationally, to have such a medical school residency for an independent fine art project, entitled The Anatomy Lesson. Her subjects are human identity and the natural world. Her themes are evolution and survival: from reptile into bird, from mammal to human, and from human, perhaps, to humane.


Her works are held in both museum and library special collections including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the 42nd Street Library, the Albertina Museum in Austria, The Teylers Museum in the Netherlands, the Wellcome Institute in London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and in California, at the Getty Museum Library, The University of California San Diego and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.


Rotunda Gallery

Ernie Silva: Recent Acquisitions

September 23-November 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 PM


Five artworks by Ernie Silva, recently donated to the Athenaeum’s permanent collection will be exhibited in the Rotunda Gallery. The works include painting, drawing and sculpture.  Silva’s extensive career as an artist had many highlights-important exhibits in Denmark, Italy, New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as a 30-year teaching career at UCSD and co-creating and co-curating the first inSite in San Diego in 1992. Silva previously exhibited at the Athenaeum in 1997 and 2004 and he described his Windows of War/Fire on Tranquil Seas work as “a battle between secure destinations and the way life seduces us into the unexpected and previously unconsidered.” 


While the themes and context changed over his 40-year career as a painter, the images Ernest Silva used within his work remained somewhat constant, a common narrative thread and style was present throughout.



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.


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.