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California Art Club's 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition (OPENING DAY)

June 10 - July 1, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County : Los Angeles

Event Overview

(THROUGH JULY 1) The California Art Club presents its 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) from June 10 to July 1, 2018.

This nationally prominent annual display of contemporary-traditional art, ranging from pristine landscape paintings to evocative figurative works and sculpture, returns to the first museum to ever host the exhibition. In 1914, during the inaugural year of operation for the then-called Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, the Fifth Annual Gold Medal Exhibition was presented in the museum’s Gallery of Fine and Applied Art. Between 1914 and 1944, the museum would showcase the Club’s hallmark exhibition 26 times – more than any other venue.

The exhibition spotlights more than 300 works of art, created using time-honored fine art techniques employed by the pioneering artists of California Art Club, whose work influenced California Impressionism – the first artistic movement defined as purely Californian. Among the artists who exhibited in the early Gold Medal Exhibitions at NHMLA were Franz Bischoff, Merrell Gage, Guy Rose, William Wendt and Julia Bracken Wendt, whose Three Muses statue continues to grace the museum’s historic rotunda.

The 229 exhibiting artists include nationally renowned painters and sculptors who are accustomed to using classical art forms to create works that spark exploration of issues facing society, including diversity, social justice and environmentalism. Among the participating artists are painters Peter Adams, Dennis Doheny, Max Ginsberg, Jean LeGassick, Jim McVicker, Michael Obermeyer, Mian Situ, Alexey Steele and William Stout, as well as sculptors Béla Bácsi, George Carlson, Alicia Ponzio and Christopher Slatoff. 

During the exhibition, the California Art Club's events and educational programs enable art enthusiasts to meet the participating artists and learn more about traditional art forms.  These activities include the Artists’ Gala Reception on Saturday, June 9 (ticketed event), as well as artist-led tours that will be offered on select weekend days throughout the exhibition and a “Paint/Sculpt-Out” on closing day. For more information, visit californiaartclub.org.

Event Overview

(THROUGH JULY 1) The California Art Club presents its 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) from June 10 to July 1, 2018.

This nationally prominent annual display of contemporary-traditional art, ranging from pristine landscape paintings to evocative figurative works and sculpture, returns to the first museum to ever host the exhibition. In 1914, during the inaugural year of operation for the then-called Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, the Fifth Annual Gold Medal Exhibition was presented in the museum’s Gallery of Fine and Applied Art. Between 1914 and 1944, the museum would showcase the Club’s hallmark exhibition 26 times – more than any other venue.

The exhibition spotlights more than 300 works of art, created using time-honored fine art techniques employed by the pioneering artists of California Art Club, whose work influenced California Impressionism – the first artistic movement defined as purely Californian. Among the artists who exhibited in the early Gold Medal Exhibitions at NHMLA were Franz Bischoff, Merrell Gage, Guy Rose, William Wendt and Julia Bracken Wendt, whose Three Muses statue continues to grace the museum’s historic rotunda.

The 229 exhibiting artists include nationally renowned painters and sculptors who are accustomed to using classical art forms to create works that spark exploration of issues facing society, including diversity, social justice and environmentalism. Among the participating artists are painters Peter Adams, Dennis Doheny, Max Ginsberg, Jean LeGassick, Jim McVicker, Michael Obermeyer, Mian Situ, Alexey Steele and William Stout, as well as sculptors Béla Bácsi, George Carlson, Alicia Ponzio and Christopher Slatoff. 

During the exhibition, the California Art Club's events and educational programs enable art enthusiasts to meet the participating artists and learn more about traditional art forms.  These activities include the Artists’ Gala Reception on Saturday, June 9 (ticketed event), as well as artist-led tours that will be offered on select weekend days throughout the exhibition and a “Paint/Sculpt-Out” on closing day. For more information, visit californiaartclub.org.