Cain Art Gallery

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery at Del Mar College is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art.

Art Exhibitions

The goals of the Gallery are intended to appeal to a wide audience.

  • To stimulate and educate the student artist.
  • To provide a source of cultural enrichment for Del Mar College students and the community.
  • To showcase artwork by regional artists, national artists, art faculty and student artists.

Current exhibition

  • What: Del Mar Art Permanent Collection Exhibition
  • When: Exibition Dates: October 4 to December 3, 2021
  • Where: The Cain Gallery, located on the first floor of the Art Department
  • Gallery Hours: 9 to 4 Monday – Thursday and 9 to 12 on Fridays

Upcoming Event

  • What: 56th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show
  • When: Opening Reception February 18, 2022, from 6 to 8 pm, Exhibition dates: February 18 - May 6, 2022
  • Where: The Cain Gallery, located on the first floor of the Art Department

Archived Shows

Joseph A. Cain: Video Memorabilia

Experience the works of Joseph A. Cain this Fall, virtually. Cain started the National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show at Del Mar College in 1966 where he also served as the Art Department chair and is honored with a scholarship and art gallery in his name.

Video: Joseph A. Cain: Artist, Teacher, Writer, Marine


Related Information

Learn more about the Art Department and our art disciplines, degree program, facilities and equipment.

Visit the White Library Sculpture Gallery online.

Contact Us

Office: (361) 698-1216


Call for Entries

The National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show attracts works by contemporary artists across the country and is judged by a guest juror of national stature.

Cain Gallery Exhibition Policy

The Del Mar College Art Faculty reserves the right to curate all artists and artwork through an Art Faculty Exhibition Selection Committee, individual Art Faculty curator, or invited guest Artist juror. The Art Faculty Exhibition is comprised of current Art Faculty, invited former, adjunct, and other Del Mar Faculty only with the strict consent and curated selection by the current Art Faculty Exhibition Selection Committee. This exhibition policy is established and enforced to retain the standards of the Art program's educational and instructional objectives.