MARCH 9 – AUGUST 4, 2024
San Diego Central Library Art Gallery
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

In southern California, between the influences of San Diego, Tijuana and the Pacific; among mountains, manzanita, boulders and oaks, lives a man who builds a world he wants to live in—where the aesthetic is a reflection of nature—and philosophy and art are a way of life.

Artist James Hubbell has a 70-plus-year career as a contemporary master who expresses himself through nature-inspired art, architecture and functional objects and spaces. Using stone and glass, paint and pen, wood and steel, his works are natural and unconfined. His human and nature-centric design places art in walls, roofs, floors, and furnishings, not separate from, but as extensions of life.

In Hubbell’s world, the everyday is elevated to art, and art is for every day.
Hubbell recognizes that it is our cities, buildings, structures—our treatment of our environment—that are perhaps our truest expressions of our views and values, our understanding of the ordering of the universe in which we live.

Without great fanfare or financial reward, James Hubbell, the non-architect builder, personally led the design and construction of multiple architectural and fine art projects that accomplished meaningful social and educational transformation in Tijuana and San Diego.

As an architectural designer, sculptor, painter, stained-glass artist, and community activist, James Hubbell has made his mark as one of San Diego’s most prolific artists. His Architecture of Jubilation is an invitation for all of us to create the world we want to live in.

Exhibit Curation: Marianne Gerdes
Gallery Curation: Bonnie Domingos
Exhibit Design: Laurie Dietter
Gallery Assistant: Sarah Banks

James Hubbell: Architecture of Jubilation will be showing concurrently at four San Diego Public Library locations.

Central Library Art Gallery: Exhibit featuring Hubbell’s 70-plus-year career as a contemporary master who expresses himself through nature-inspired art, architecture and functional objects and spaces.

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library: “A Mountain Home & Studios” exhibit features the story of James and Anne Hubbell’s mountain home and art studios, located on 10 acres of oak woodlands near Julian, California.

Mission Valley Library: “The Pacific Rim Project” tells the story of Hubbell’s vision that nations located on the Pacific Rim can find common ground through art. Hubbell’s unique expression of art diplomacy resulted in public art parks built by an international contingent of architecture students in seven Pacific Rim cities and launched a global conversation between San Diego and Pacific Rim nations around the transformative power of art.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Library: “Lado a Lado” (which means Side by Side in Spanish) showcases Hubbell’s many ways of fostering friendships, partnerships, and bi-national understanding by creating community-based art and architecture at landmark locations in Baja California. Learn how two beautiful schools built by volunteers both from the U.S. and Tijuana transformed a neighborhood, and how a sacred mountain inspired his first experiment in community-built art parks. 

With support from the Ilan-Lael Foundation and Hubbell Studios
Rhi Burmeister, Laurel Costa, Ben Gadbois, Dylan Hubbell, Mati Moon, Cindy Mushet-Shriver, Mary Ann Prue, Dan Thoner, and Armando de la Torre

Special Thanks
James and Anne Hubbell & the Hubbell Family
Patton Fine Homes • Rancho La Puerta
John Durant Photography

This exhibition was made possible by a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, the Library Foundation SD and the Ilan-Lael Foundation. This project is an official community initiative of theWorld Design Capital San Diego/Tijuana 2024.

Featured Programming

Full Calendar

  • Film Screening – James Hubbell: Between Heaven & Earth directed by Marianne Gerdes
    Tuesday, March 19, 2024  | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register Here
  • Dave Hampton on “James Hubbell at Midcentury: His Early Years in the San Diego Art Community
    Monday, April 22, 2024 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register Here
  • Keith York on “James Hubbell and Sim Bruce Richards: Collaborations
    Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register Here