Waiting Room: Health & Wellness Explored through Contemporary Craft

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All Ages

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Waiting rooms act as physical objects of containment, an agent of transition, a boundary, or a threshold. Often these liminal spaces invite introspections into our mental, emotional, and physical worlds. What does it mean to care for something? Someone? Ourselves? Expressions of care—or the lack thereof—shape the world in which we live, a world that is often fraught with competing tensions and complexities.

Waiting Room seeks to unpack matters of illness, suffering, and healing. Explored through a range of artistic interpretations and processes including metalwork, fiber art, ceramics, glass and woodworking, the works on view investigate how we express emotional resilience. How we bring our whole selves into the consulting room. Articulated through contemporary craft, the conversation advances the important role of art in communicating our inner states. When something is internal and then externalized into a form, it frees us and allows both our physical and intangible selves to ponder, act, and address. It facilitates deep engagement with sensitive subjects and provides stimulus to influence understanding, liberation, and relief.

Curated by Bonnie R. Domingos and featuring works by Warren Bakley, Charlotte Bird, Richard Burkett, Judith Christensen, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Linda Litteral, Viviana Lombrozo, Adam John Manley, Kathleen Mitchell, Michelle Montjoy, Kathy Nida, Christian Garcia-Olivo, Gail Schneider, Ross Stockwell, Cheryl Tall, and Vicotria Fu & Matt Rich.

An Opening Reception will take place Friday, August 11, 2023 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. Light refreshments will be served and parking with validation will be free for 2 hours. 

Learn more about the library's visual art program at mysdpl.org/visualarts

Gallery Hours:

Monday and Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.



The visual arts program demonstrates the library’s role as a cultural institution embracing a broad range of disciplines while assisting San Diego's emerging, mid-career and professional artists achieve visible opportunities and receive wider local, regional, and national attention.


Need disability-related modifications or accommodations? Information and program content can be made available in alternative formats upon request by emailing JFRogers@sandiego.gov.