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


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.


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.

It is appropriate that PVAC’s Community Engagement Director, Gail Phinney be assigned to research and write an in-depth article about the history of Palos Verdes Art Center. For the past 24 years, this Palos Verdes resident has dedicated her career to developing dynamic arts programming for the benefit of our community. Her story, “PVAC at 90,” is featured in Southbay magazine’s 2021 Arts Issue. Read an excerpt of the article and see Student Paintings from Dael’s Abstract Mixed Media Class HERE.


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.

We launch this section of PVAC90 by revisiting four recent exhibitions in the PVAC Architecture & Design Series: Palos Verdes ModernLADD & KELSEY: Noble PlacesAaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture, and John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency. See all the shows HERE.