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.
Beauty in Words and Forms
On view: March 5-29, 2020
This Upper Lobby Gallery exhibit was assembled to accompany ‘House of Joy’, which takes place in the Mughal period in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Artist Zulfiqar Rashid wanted to create a body of work that was inspired by Eastern artistic sensibilities.
Art in the East has taken many forms through the ages, depending on the region, and the era in history. The beautiful forms of calligraphies are an expression of the devoutness of the countless artists who formalized the Arabic, Ottoman and Persian scripts, including Kufic, Nakhsh, and Nasta’liq, which since then have evolved into modern and abstract forms. Thousands of gifted artists across the world create dazzling works of arts incorporating new media and styles. In the intricate patterns adorning the buildings and artifices across the Eastern world, from Turkey to Persia, to India and Pakistan, one can see the mathematical formulas expressed in the form of art. During the Mughal Empire, the symmetrical architecture and precise design work gave the world masterpieces like the Taj Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.
The pieces that are part of this exhibit were influenced by this extraordinary artistic history and heritage. The calligraphic pieces are inspired by the formal Arabic scripts, and incorporate detailed design work that is representative of the Mughal period. In all of the pieces, the forms, curves and shapes are designed to create a memorable, lasting effect on the eye and the spirit.
On view: March 5-29, 2020
For this eclectic Lower Gallery exhibit, Thao Huynh and Kolten French, the artist-duo behind Mindful Murals, bring a mixed media exhibit of individual paintings and carvings with inspiration points echoing themes and energy that can be found in House of Joy. To them, the title suggests that ideas, people or even styles of art that contrast each other can still fit well together. Both artists are driven by a mission to create social change and joy for the world through art.
Huynh’s paintings, drawing on training in traditional painting and figurative drawing, combined with a resistance to being ‘boxed in’ provide viewers an opportunity to open their minds and imaginations. Some works are whimsical and free flowing while others are laborious and have taken months to produce. Her concepts show there is beauty in everything, even in abysmal and ambiguous things leaving room for interpretation--allowing the viewer to form their own meaning.
French’s body of work, focused on things that bring him joy, consists primarily of carvings made from single blocks of Linoleum. Linocut prints, which require immense concentration and patience, are often labeled “suicide prints” as one wrong cut can ruin your piece. For this exhibit, French has carried the tone of his carvings further into illustrations and paintings.
The REP is currently accepting exhibit proposal submissions for our 2021-2022 season! Please read through the information below, and click HERE for a full description of exhibit options and to submit a proposal for consideration. Any questions can be directed to the REP's Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Gallery Information for Artists
The mission of the Lyceum Gallery echoes the mission of San Diego Repertory Theatre – to promote an interconnected community through works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. While the gallery spaces can be a destination-draw on their own, their presence in the Lyceum Theatre lobby makes visiting a one-of-a-kind opportunity for audiences and viewers to take in a wealth of art, culture and expression in one location. The gallery is open to the public from 12pm-6pm daily, except holidays, and to theatre goers before and after any performance.
There are two gallery spaces – an Upper and Lower Gallery. The Upper Lobby Gallery can accommodate between 15-20 pieces and the Lower Lobby Gallery between 20-25 pieces. Artists can submit proposals for one or both galleries. Factors in selecting artists, in addition to those explained under the exhibit options HERE, are quality of artwork, costs, special requirements and requests associated with proposed exhibition, and compatibility with our hanging system.
San Diego Repertory Theatre does not operate a traditional art gallery or museum. We do not have a gift shop or the ability to sell merchandise. We do not have a gallery staff and do not provide a presence in the gallery spaces during open hours. Artists may choose to price and sell their work, which is subject to sales tax and a Lyceum Theatre commission of 20%. Any sales are handled by the REP’s Front of House Staff and Business Office.
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. Due to space and safety restrictions, we cannot exhibit sculptural work. 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.
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 can 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. San Diego Repertory Theatre reserves the right to cancel or postpone any exhibitions should unforeseen conditions or situations arise. If you would like to view the full gallery policy document ahead of submitting a proposal, please email email@example.com.
Interested exhibitors must fill out an application, available here. 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.