The Lyceum Theatre Lobby contains two beautiful gallery spaces that are free and open to the public during San Diego REP regular business hours and to REP audiences surrounding all performances. From August-May the REP produces six plays. The gallery exhibits change with each play, featuring exhibitions inspired by or connected to themes of each play, creating an immersive environment in which audience members are encouraged to make more intimate connections to the works onstage. The REP also produces a Jewish Arts Festival every summer in which we showcase Jewish artwork and work by Jewish visual artists.
The galleries build on the REP’s mission to promote an interconnected community and to celebrate voices of our region. They make the Lyceum experience a unique opportunity to take in a wealth of art, culture and expression in one location in the heart of downtown.
The REP’s regular business hours are 12PM - 6PM, Monday-Sunday, except holidays. During regular business hours, please stop by the REP Box Office window for free admittance. On days where there are evening performances, non-ticket holders are welcome to view the lobby galleries up to the performance start time, but only those with performance tickets will be admitted into the theatres.
by Calvin Manson
On view: November 14 - December 8
We Hold These Truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
-from the Declaration of Independence
United States history is full of movements of people fighting for the rights described in this text. From the Civil War, to the Suffragette Movement, to the Civil Rights Movement to individuals like Gordon Hirabayashi whose story is told in Hold These Truths, and on and on, examples abound of human and civil rights heroes fighting for reality to match the American Dream laid out by the Founding Fathers.
This exhibit features works by San Diego award-winning writer, producer, director, visual artist and Founder and Artistic Director of Ira Aldridge Repertory Players, Calvin Manson. Both the exhibit and the paintings are untitled as the artist desires viewers to personally experience each work, letting their own narratives and emotions arise, provoke thought and assign meaning.
America's Concentration Camps: From Evacuation to Incarceration
by the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
On view: November 14 - December 8
Gallery Opening: Saturday, November 16, from 7 PM – 8 PM
The first Japanese immigrants (Issei) arrived in San Diego in the 1880s to work on construction of the railroad. As more immigrants arrived, they married and had families, turning to agriculture and fishing to make a living. Although they were ineligible for citizenship and there were restrictions on land ownership, many prospered and established their own businesses.
However, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 cast a dark shadow over their lives and shattered all they had worked for. The defining moment came in February 1942 when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing military exclusion zones. Consequently, all persons of Japanese descent on the West Coast were to be removed and incarcerated. They were to report for “relocation” taking just one suitcase with them, leaving everything else behind. They did not know where they were going or when they would return.
The San Diegans were initially sent to the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, near Pasadena where many of them lived in the horse stables. Later they were moved to Poston III camp in the hot, dusty Arizona desert where they remained for the rest of WWII.
This exhibition features photographs illustrating how our government treated the families and individuals during their forced removal from San Diego and their incarceration in Poston, Arizona. It also reflects the efforts of those detained to make the best of their imprisonment – for themselves and for the sake of their children.
The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego was formed in 1991 by local Japanese American community members who believed their history should be preserved and shared.
The REP is always looking for local artists and arts organizations interested in partnering with us to exhibit visual art that encourages dialogue and engagement around the themes of each play staged in our production seasons.
The REP has two gallery spaces, the Lyceum Upper and Lower Lobby Galleries.The Upper Lobby space may showcase visual art that is not play specific but is still in line with San Diego REP’s mission. The Lower Lobby space is intended for visual art exhibitions that are thematically linked to the production that is on stage at the time of the exhibition. Artists or Arts Organizations may apply to exhibit in either or both of the galleries. Depending on the size of the work, the number of pieces that can be shown in each gallery vary. On average, the Upper Lobby Gallery can accommodate between 15-20 pieces and the Lower Lobby Gallery between 20-25 pieces.
Our art hanging system is a hook and cable system that is conducive to displaying framed works and other pieces that have picture hanging wire installed on it. All artwork must be prepped for installation by the artist prior to its delivery to The REP, and artists are responsible for their own transportation and installations of artwork.
The scheduling of exhibitions is dependent on The REP’s production calendar and are scheduled through the REP’s Audience Engagement Curator. In selecting exhibits, we will consider:
Quality of Artwork
Overall community interest
Relevance to The REP’s mission or to the themes and subjects surrounding a specific play in our season
Costs, Special Requirements and requests associated with proposed exhibition
Previous exhibitions by artist/organization
If the artist/organization has previously shown work at the REP, and how recently
Proposed exhibit’s compatibility with our hanging system
Interested exhibitors must fill out an application, available for download here. Upper Lobby applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis. We will begin accepting applications for Season 45 (2020-2021) exhibitions in the spring of 2020.
If an artist’s proposal is selected, the curator will reach out via email with information. Please do not follow up by phone or email to check on the status of applications. We receive many inquiries about exhibiting at The REP and only show a limited number of exhibitions per season. If an application is not accepted for the upcoming season, you may reapply the following season.
12PM - 6 PM Monday - Sunday, except holidays
(Please stop by the REP Box Office window for free admittance)
Before all evening performances
(Non-ticket holders will be allowed into galleries but not theatres)
Interested in exhibiting?
The REP is always looking for local artists and arts organizations interested in partnering with us to exhibit visual art that encourages dialogue and engagement around the REP mission or the themes of the plays on our stages. Please read the section titled “For Artists and Arts Organizations” for more information and to fill out an online application.