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Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems

January 11 – March 8, 2020

This exhibition focuses on artworks that address the wonder and destruction of local flora and fauna throughout California. An interactive and educational contemporary art exhibition, Endangered, brings greater awareness to the current environmental issues in California. With more biodiversity and imperiled plants and animals than any other region in North America, California is challenged by climate change, habitat alteration, and pollution, among other concerns.

Working with 21 Southern California artists, local scientists, students, and eco-conscious organizations this exhibition presents evidence of the dramatic changes happening in our local environment and encourages dialogue on how the public can participate in finding and implementing positive solutions.

This exhibition is guest curated by Danielle Deery, Freelance Curator and former Curator and Director of Exhibits at Oceanside Museum of Art.

Also on view is the fundraising exhibition, Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon, highlighting artworks inspired by the beauty of open space. Local artists depict images of Valley Center’s Hellhole Canyon and the flora and fauna that inhabit the landscape. This exhibition includes the work of 14 local artists advocating for the preservation and enjoyment of California’s natural environment.

General Museum Admission: Adults $12, Seniors and Students $6, Military and Youth under 18 FREE

Featured artists in Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems: Kim Abeles, Stephanie Bedwell, Kira Carrillo Corser, Michelle Kurtis Cole, Jeanne Dunn, Michael Field, Stacie Birky Greene, Adriene Hughes, Qinqin Liu, Jean Lowe, Margaret Noble, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Gail Roberts, Bridget Rountree, Catherine Ruane, Debb Solan, Anna Stump, Cheryl Tall, Jen Trute, Ruth Wallen, and Rebecca Webb

Featured artists in Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon: Cathy Carey, Andrew Connelly, Matthew Dimakos, Dennis Ellman, Joe Garcia, Elaine Harvey, Dori Johnsen, David Miller, Bonnie Rinier, Barbara Scharnau, Julie Schneider-Ljubenkov, Tom Tiedeman, Gloria Warren, and Sandy Zelasko

Top Image: Jen Trute, Life in Balance, 36 x 24 in., c. 2005 // Bottom Image: Barbara Scharnau, Hell Creek in Spring, mixed media, 24 x 30 in., 2019 //
Background Image: Gail Roberts, December Hybrid, oil on birch paper, 30 x 36 in, 2018

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San Diego Museum Month

February 1-29, 2020

The Center Museum is proud to participate in San Diego Museum Month during the month of February! Presented by the San Diego Museum Council, this month-long promotion offers half-price admission for up to four (4) people when a Museum Month pass is presented at the Admissions Desk.

San Diego Museum Month passes are available at participating San Diego area libraries, Macy’s stores or when you book a reservation at one of 40 Hilton locations during the month of February.

Visit the San Diego Museum Council website for a full list of participating museums and more information on where to pick up your pass.

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