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Opening Saturday, March 12, 2016

Walter Pomeroy has single-handedly assembled the most extensive private collection of painting and drawing by local artists of the 1950s and 1960s. But the full scope of his collection has never been the subject of an exhibition, and for years Pomeroy’s accomplishment remained one of the best-kept secrets of San Diego’s art community. Portrait of Pomeroy offers an overview of this historically invaluable collection and provides insight into the personality of this unique collector for the very first time.

Drawn to the city’s young contemporary artists, such as Fred Holle, Guy Williams, Richard Allen Morris, Sheldon Kirby, Don Dudley, and John Baldessari, Pomeroy encouraged their practices by purchasing their work directly. Surrounded by the art of his friends, hung salon style, Pomeroy gradually took over three apartments to accommodate his interests. His collection has come to represent a who’s who of San Diego contemporary art in the mid-twentieth century. It preserves a direct and tangible link to the period.

Works from the City of San Diego Civic Art Collection along with works lent by the Oceanside Museum of Art and Walter Pomeroy comprise this exhibition and serve to acknowledge one of San Diego’s most passionate and refreshingly unconventional collectors.

Portrait of Pomeroy opens Saturday, March 12, 2016 and runs through May 15, 2016 in the Art Gallery on the 9th Floor of the San Diego Central Library. A reception is planned on opening day from 12 to 2 p.m. Both the reception and exhibition are open to the public and admission is free.

The exhibition was organized by guest curator Dave Hampton and is made possible by a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. 


Currently on View

MARCH 12, 2016 –

MAY 15, 2016



Gallery Hours

Tuesday 12-5 PM
Wednesday  12-5 PM
Thursday 2-7 PM
Friday 12-5 PM
Saturday 12-4 PM
Sunday    12-4 PM

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About On View

On View is part of the San Diego Public Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other. Exhibition programs allow free access to the visual arts, while promoting San Diego artists and creative community groups.


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