PVAC90: Past, Present & Future

is our year-long 90th Anniversary Exhibition celebrating the achievements made by Palos Verdes Art Center since its beginnings in 1931 through the continued contributions and involvement of our community.

PVAC90 is a retrospective of the past 90 years, but more importantly,  it provides an opportunity to reflect on moving forward while remaining a valuable resource to our local constituents by collaborating with the world at large. At this time, we celebrate our contributions and strengths while demonstrating how we move forward by building stronger cultural bridges together.

Arts programming over the years will be highlighted with fresh follow-ups on artists, staff, instructors and volunteers.  Programming will be updated regularly on this site with additional galleries, event notifications and educational material, so please check back with us frequently.

In-person physical exhibitions will resume as soon as COVID restrictions allow. Keep informed. Stay involved.

Aaron Sheppard, Curator

NEW! The Local History Center at Palos Verdes Library District has created a “themed” Your Story is the Peninsula’s Story project in celebration of Palos Verdes Art Center’s 90th Anniversary to run from 2021-2022!  Do you have images that tell your PVAC story?  Perhaps you have photos from Art At Your Fingertips, or from attending exhibitions, classes, workshops, and summer camps at the Center.  Maybe you have photos from your parents’ association with The Circle, The Associates, The Docent Council or one of PVAC’s artist groups? Or how about photos from the annual Art For Fun(d)s Sake community celebration or travels to Cuba or another location with PVAC? Click HERE to access the form and tell your story.

PVAC90: VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITIONS 

is 1) an amalgamation of informative artwork exhibitions from our past, 2) a follow-up with artists to showcase current projects and 3) a continued attempt to provide opportunities for emerging artists while 4) building bridges between all three components.

We begin this section with Thus Spake: Carlos Cuervo and Dael Patton: 90/90, presenting works by a photographer who is a new member of PVAC paired with paintings and sculpture by a veteran instructor at The Studio School of Palos Verdes Art Center. See it HERE.

PVAC90: PEOPLE & PROGRAMMING

involves the dedication of many: instructors and volunteers; membership, artists and support groups; staff and board members, to provide state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities. Everyone in our community benefits: from youth to the elderly; physically or cognitively impaired individuals; professional artists and Sunday painters alike.

Palos Verdes Art Center Presents Accent on Art was produced 33 years ago by members of PVAC. Fun to watch, it is also important to recognize the vast array of important programming offered at the time that continues to this day. See it HERE. Read more HERE.

PVAC90: ARCHITECTURE & LANDSCAPE

is the physical space we call home; the beauty of nature coexisting with world-renowned architecture. PVAC’s history as a house for creativity is illustrative, from its humble beginnings at the public library to its current incarnation atop the Peninsula’s hill.

Since 2015, Jasper Wong’s nonprofit collective powerhouse, POW! WOW!, has coordinated over 100 murals beautifying Long Beach. Not only are such visions aesthetically appealing, implementing talents of local artists alongside international names, but the mission of this ongoing project is also to empower youth in underfunded neighborhoods.

See his gallery HERE.