Fact Sheet

Year Established: 1909

Club Founding:
Created by members of the Painters’ Club of Los Angeles, which had been established in 1906 as an informal group of male artists. A significant impetus to form the California Art Club was to allow both sculptors and women artists to participate.


Club Activities

Gold Medal Exhibitions: The Club’s Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibitions, considered to be one of the country’s premier exhibitions of contemporary-traditional fine art, are now held at The Autry National Center.

Ongoing Exhibitions include:

Special Events and Exhibitions: The Club collaborates with prominent museums and cultural organizations to present exhibitions and programs that showcase aspects of California’s rich history. Included among these institutions are:

Collectors’ Circle Events: Special activities for this category of membership include the Annual Collectors’ Circle Benefit and Preview of the Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, the Annual Art Dinners at homes of private collectors, and tours of artist studios and other art-related venues.

Master Artist Workshops: Renowned artists teach and demonstrate traditional fine art skills of painting, sculpture and drawing

Publication of the quarterly California Art Club Newsletter

Membership Meetings: Topics for these meetings range from discussion and demonstrations on traditional fine arts, to lectures on California art history, conservation, framing, and more.

Paint-Outs: These events enable art patrons to watch Club artists at work at different scenic locations throughout the Golden State.


Membership Categories

Artist Member – Professional fine art painter residing in California; selected by the membership jury. Number of Artist Members is limited.

Sculptor Member – Professional fine art sculptor residing in California; selected by the membership jury. Number of Sculptor Members is limited.

Signature Artist Member – Artist or Sculptor Member recognized for outstanding achievement as a fine artist and approved by a majority of the board. Signature Membership is limited.

Mentor Program Member – Art student or professional artist under age of 30 years residing in California; selected by the membership jury.

Out-of-State Artist Member – Nationally renowned fine artists invited to join the Club based on upstanding recognition and reputation for high traditional art standards.

Associate Artist Member – Supporter of the Club recognized as an artist but not an Artist or Sculptor Member.

Honorary Life Member – Designated by the board in recognition for services rendered to the club.

Collectors’ Circle Member – Patrons of the Club interested in providing greater financial support, while receiving exclusive opportunities to learn more about traditional fine and building relationships with artists and others who share their passion for art.

Patron Member – Supporter of the Club.

International Patron Member – Supporter of the Club outside the United States.


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