On June 24, 2018, Laguna Art Museum will open the exhibition Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935. The opening of the exhibition will be the premiere event in a year-long celebration marking the museum’s 100-year history and legacy.
In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a temporary pavilion and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Ten years later, they led a successful effort to build a custom-designed and permanent gallery, which opened in 1929 and survives within the present museum building. The founding of the LBAA is the beginning of the story of Laguna Art Museum, and the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony.
Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, but no two were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members in and beyond Laguna Beach. It was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, and it also traveled exhibitions to cities outside of California and championed arts education in schools.
The LBAA charted its own course, and its development and struggles reflected artistic and economic issues that confronted other art colonies in the early twentieth century. Its members included Laguna Beach luminaries—those artists who exhibited nationally and internationally—as well as many whose reputations never extended far beyond the city. Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 will be the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development, honoring the early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community and surveying its evolution through the 1930s.
Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 will include approximately 100 paintings, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions of the Laguna Beach Art Association. The exhibition will be on view through January 13, 2019.
About Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.
Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who fostered a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
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General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE
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