La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Site Hosts Both Permanent Collections and Rotating Exhibitions
The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library is located at 1008 Wall St. in the City of La Jolla, CA. It is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries found in the United States. It features a wealth of resources and programs connected to culture second to none in the region.
The library is devoted solely to music and art. It has a large and expanding collection of books, periodicals, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, librettos, and other reference materials. It also has one of the largest collections of artists’ books in Southern California. The library is open to the public 5 days a week. Members may check out materials at modest cost.
The Athenaeum offers a year round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts of classical, jazz, and new music, and lectures. Its School of Art conducts studio art classes, gives tours, and hosts special events.
The library is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It is open from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays. There is no charge for admissions.
Exhibits, Collections and Events at La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Art Library
The library holds around 8 exhibitions a year in the Main Gallery and 4 more in the smaller Rotunda. These include both traditional displays of art as well as more progressive mixes of media, sculpture, calligraphy, and books.
Now through November 11 the Main Gallery is featuring the many faces of German Expressionism in a show entitled the Human Beast Exhibition.
The library has over 9,000 art books in its collection. These cover such subjects as world art, art techniques, catalogues, artists’ biographies, and historical surveys. Its music books feature performer and composer bios, histories of different eras of Western music, texts on theory and different musical instruments, and stylistic surveys.
The library sponsors a series of popular evening lectures on art appreciation. These include such topics as classical music, jazz, visual arts, architecture, and art history.
Art classes are taught in drawing, watercolors, painting, photography, print making, and mixed media. Classes are conducted both at the library itself and at San Diego Studio at 4441 Park Blvd. in University Heights. These courses are offered for college credit through the UCSD Extension.
Exhibitions at the library have given recognition to many San Diego artists such as Joyce Cutler Shaw, Patricia Patterson, Manny Farber, Italo Scanga, Zandra Rhodes. Russel Forester, Ernest Silva, Faiya Fredman, Jean Low, and many others.
The Rotunda Gallery has featured collaborations with The San Diego State University Art Council, the La Jolla Historical Society, and the Children’s Hospital. Awards offered by the Athenaeum’s Annual Juried exhibition are some of the most coveted honors sought by artists.
The Athenaeum’s art exhibitions dates back to the 1920’s. It has grown larger in scope and recognition over the years. The library cements La Jolla’s place in the world of art.