This historical membership roster notes many of the deceased members of the Club since its inception in 1909.
This is a work-in-progress. Names not presented in boldface represent individuals who may have been members of the organization, but their involvement could not be confirmed through research of various published source materials.
(A) = Annual CAC Exhibitions
(B) = CAC Bulletin
(H) = Edan Hughes’ Artists in California 1786 – 1940 [Third Edition, Two Volumes]
(M) = Nancy Moure’s Southern California Art
(R) = CAC Membership Roster
- PACK, Carolyn “Carol” Louise Carruthers (1925-2010)
Artist member. Born August 10, 1925 to Anna Mae and Harold Bruce Calbeck Carruthers, she attended N. Hollywood High School and married Rodney Holbrook Pack. She later studied with Theo Lukits. Carol Pack passed away April 11, 2010 at age 84 after a long battle with emphysema.
- PACK, Rodney X.
Member. (B, joined Jan. 1961)
- PAHU, Vera G.
Member, lived in Agoura Hills. (Feb. 6, 1981 letter)
- PALASKI, Mrs. Martha
Artist Member, lived in Inglewood. (R, 1964)
- PALLAT, Joseph L.
Artist Member, lived in Hollywood. (R, 1964)
- PARK, Hazel Hanes
Honorary Artist, lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964)
- PARKER, Anne Marie
Member. (B, joined Apr. 1960)
- PARKINSON, Donald Berthold (1895-1945)
Born in Los Angeles, Donald Parkinson was the son of Los Angeles architect John B. Parkinson (1861-1935). Donald studied at M.I.T. and at the American Academy in Rome. Upon his return to Los Angeles in 1920 he teamed with his father as a partner, creating the firm of Parkinson & Parkinson. The father/son duo created a good portion of USC, including the Campus Master Plan (1919-39), several campus structures such as the Bovard Administration Building, and façade sculptures and carvings like Student Activities (no date) and Exterior Sculptures (1928). The firm also created many of Los Angeles’ most enduring landmarks, like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1923 and 1930-31), Los Angeles City Hall (1928), Bullocks Wilshire (1929) and Union Station (1939). Donald also apparently painted in his leisure, and is mentioned along with his wife, painter Grace Parkinson, in “Artistwocky,”, a parody of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” in the December 1928 issue of the CAC Bulletin.
- PARKINSON, Grace Wells (n.d.)
Painter, sculptor. Wife of Donald Parkinson and a resident of Santa Monica in the 1920’s-40’s. (Exh. with CAC 1923-27) (H) Mentioned in “Artistwocky,” from the Dec. 1928 issue of the CAC Bulletin. (A)
- PARSHALL, Douglass Ewell (1899-1990)
By ago 10 he was painting landscapes and at age 15 he had one of his worked exhibited at the National Academy of Design. Studied at ASL in NYC, Academie Julian in Paris, and the Boston Museum School. In 1917 he settled in Santa Barbara and established a studio in Alexander Harmer’s old adobe. An extensive traveler, during the 60’s and 70’s he taught portraiture at the Santa Barbara Art Institute. (H) Parshall is mentioned in “Artistwocky,” from the Dec. 1928 issue of the CAC Bulletin.
- PARSONS, Claude P. (1895 – ?)
Maude Adams of Peter Pan fame gave him his first set of oil colors when he was a boy growing up in Greenwich Village. Going on to serve in both WWI (Air Force) and WWII (War Production Board), he finally was able, after 40 years, to return full-time to painting. In the CAC’s 58th Annual Exhibition he won 2nd place in the Still Life-Flowers category for “Almond Blossoms.” Known primarily for his floral and still life paintings. (Exh. in the CAC in 1959 and 1967) (A) (B, Dec. 1959) Artist Member, lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964)
- PARSONS, Virginia
Artist Member, lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964)
- PAVAL, Philip Kran (1899 – 1971)
24th CAC President
Born in April. (B, May 1957) He created a CAC Medal of Honor that was awarded at the Spring Exhibition. (B, Mar. 1953) This medal was also later awarded to Sir Winston Churchill when Paval invited the statesman to become an Honorary Life Member of the CAC in 1954. Paval also designed silver lapel pins that were awarded to past CAC presidents (B, May 1953) as well as another CAC Gold Medal that was awarded at the Annual Exhibitions c.1969-1977. See info about medals. He was awarded the Commander Cross in the Order Vasco de Nunes de Balboa by the Republic of Panama. (B, Sept. 1953) Either just prior to (late 40’s) or around the time he was president, the Annual Exhibitions came to be called the Gold Medal Exhibitions. An Honorary Artist of the CAC, he lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964) He was also president of the American Institute of Fine Arts, (Herald Examiner, no date) as well as president emeritus of the Scandinavian American Art Society. (SAAS Bulletin, March 1965) Among his friends and acquaintances were European royalty, barons, mayors, Presidents and Hollywood celebrities.
- PAVAL, Mrs. Philip (n.d.)
Pres. Paval awarded Honorary Life Memberships to the wives of the first 20 CAC Presidents. (B, Aug. 1955)
- PAXTON, William Arthur (1873 – 1965)
Worked in the (CO) silver mines and (AK) gold mines before returning to California to study drawing. CAC Exhibitions: California Art Exhibit (1928, Bullock’s) (Exh. with the CAC in 1922-28, 13th Annual)
- PAYNE, Edgar Alwin (1883 – 1947)
9th CAC President
Well known for his paintings of the Sierras and surf pounding the California coastline, Payne first appears with the CAC during their 8th Annual Exhibit. He was CAC President for only a few months; his daughter Evelyn explained that he resigned because he preferred to take painting trips instead of holding the position. Payne Lake, in the Sierras above the treeline, is named for him. Edgar was among a group of artists including Granville Remond that gathered for a moonlight picnic in Laguna Beach 1918. (Santa Ana Daily Register, July 23, 1918, p.5, California Art Club Members Enjoy Moonlight Picnic on Cliffs) The CAC Board awarded him Honorary Life Membership in 1947 (B, Feb. 1947), just prior to his passing on April 8, 1947. (B, Payne, May 1947) CAC Exhibitions: 8th Annual (1917)
- PAYNE, Elsie Philippa Palmer
(1884 – 1971)
Artist and illustrator; she worked in gouache/tempera to differentiate from husband Edgar’s work. Later after his death she worked again in oils. She worked for many years curating, chairing and jurying CAC exhibitions. Artist Member, lived in Los Angeles. She also served as Recording Secretary and Exhibits Chairman. (R, 1964)
- PEABODY, Ruth Eaton (1893 – 1966)
First studied sculpture at the AIC; moved with her mother to Laguna Beach and taught at L.B. High School. (A)
- PELL, Genevieve (n.d.)
Specialized in floral still lifes. (Exh. 3 paintings with CAC in 1936 [27th Annual) (A)
- PEGASUS (n.d.)
CAC Exhibitions: Spring Exhibition (1933)
- PENNEY, Frederic B.
Painter (B, joined Feb. 1930)
- PENNEY, Frederick Doyle (1900 – 1988)
Studied at the ASL and the AIC, as well as Chouinard under Hinkle, Chamberlin, and Pruett Carter. Active in both Chicago and California.
- PERCIVAL, Olive May Graves (1868 – 1945)
Etcher, painter and writer.
- PEREZ, Manuel
CAC Member, dancer. Gave two Spanish dance performances at CAC Meetings during 1944. (B – June, Oct. 1944)
- PERRET, Ferdinand (1888 – 1960)
Painter, art historian. CAC Historian (1950s). Honorary Member of the CAC, Painters and Sculptors Club. He created the Perret Art Reference Library donated to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. in 1945. (B, joined Oct. 1932) (Ferdinand Perret, Art Research Expert, Dies, Aug. 5, 1960, L. A. Times)
- PERRET, Mrs. Ferdinand
Honorary Artist , lived in W. Los Angeles. (R, 1964)
- PERRY, Eleanore
Artist Member, lived in Hollywood. (R, 1964)
- PERRY, Mary Elizabeth
Member. (B, joined Dec. 1986)
- PETERS, Edna M. (1907-1993)
Born March 14, 1907. An Associate Member, she lived at 620 South Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA, SY 5-2489. Peters died on September 8, 1993. (R, 1964) (Artist’s dates courtesy of J. Denise Wilkinson Underhill, cousin of Edna Peters, 10.12.09 email)
- PETERSEN, Einar Cortsen (1885 – 1986)
Immigrated to America in 1912 and worked his way across the country by painting decorative panels. 2nd Vice-President in 1955 [46th Annual]. Honorary Artist, lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964)
- PETICOLAS, Sherry (1904 – 1956)
Sculptor, teacher; during the Depression years she worked on the Federal Art Project. (A)
- PHILLIPS, Clara Dooner (1887 – 1960)
Studying with A.W. Dow at Columbia, she came back to California to teach at Hollywood High School. She also helped cofound the Laguna Beach Art Association. (Exh. with the CAC in 1924) (H) (M)
- PHYSIOC, Lewis Wood (1879 – 1972)
Studied: ASL, Chase School, and with Bellows, Henri and Dumond. He was also a cameraman for Thomas Edison. In L.A., he worked for Goldwyn Studios, Republic Pictures (creating their eagle logo and a mural at the entrace), and Universal Studios. Physioc also worked with Thomas Edison on the first talkies and invented the process of matte shot painting in the studios. (B, Apr. 1960) Artist Member, lived in Hollywood. (R, 1964)
- POGANY, William Andrew (1882 – 1955)
Painter, sculptor, etcher, muralist and illustrator. (Exh. 2 paintings with the CAC in 1938 [29th Annual]) (A)
- POGSON, Annie L. Willfong (1857 – 1931)
Her work includes landscapes and floral still lifes. (H)
- POLKINGHORN, George (1898 – 1967)
Studied at Otis under Vysekal and Shrader. (Exh. with the CAC in 1952, award) Lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964) (B, joined Oct. 1932)
- PONTRELLI, Tino
Member, lived in Newport Beach. CAC Demonstrator. (R, 1964) (CAC April 1992 Bulletin)
- POOCK, Carl Rudolph Frederick (Fritz) (1877 – 1945)
Technical illustrator; he painted a mural at Santa Monica High School. (H) (B, joined Aug. 1932)
- POOR, Henry Varnum (1888 – 1970)
Pupil of Walter Sickert (Slade School) and Laurens (Academie Julian); he was a successful potter and painter. His first appearance with the CAC was during their 6th Annual. CAC Exhibitions: 6th Annual (1915) (H)
- POORE, Virginia Lee
Artist Member, lived in Fairbanks, Alaska. (R, 1964) (April 8, 1979 letter)
- PORAY, Stanislaus (Stan) Pociecha (1888 – 1948)
Born of noble birth, he was surrounded by art and wealth; his father, Count Michael Poray, was an established landscape painter in Krakow, Poland. He lived in Moscow, Siberia, and the Orient before settling finally in L.A. (H) (A) (B, In Memorium, Dec. 1948)
- PORTANOVA, Joseph Domenico (1909 – 1979)
Portrait sculptor and designer. (H) Artist Member, lived in Arcadia. (R, 1964)
- PORTER, Mardi (n.d.)
Portrait painter. (Exh. with the CAC in 1939)
- POTTENGER, Mary L. (n.d.)
(Exh. with the CAC in 1929-31)
- POTTER, Haile S.
Lived in Altadena. (R, 1964)
- PRESCOTT, Preston Lorraine (1898 – 1988)
Sculptor; student of Gutzon Borglum and Julia Wendt. (Exh. with the CAC in 1935-36)
- PRICE, Lydie G. (Lydia)
An Honorary Member, Price is first mentioned with the CAC in their 2nd Annual Exhibition. CAC Exhibitions: 2nd Annual (1911)
- PRICE, William Henry (1863 – 1940)
Briefly studied with Edgar Payne; primarily self-taught. (Exh. with the CAC in the 1930’s)
- PROBST, Edith
Associate Member, lived in Los Angeles. (R, 1964) (B, joined Nov. 1960)
- PROBST, Thorwald Albert (1886 – 1948)
Probst was the illustrator of Poems of California Missions, a book written by his wife; his first appearance with the CAC is during their Spring 1917 Exhibit.. He opened the Beverly Hills Art Gallery in 1937. Probst passed away in Dec. 1948. CAC Exhibitions: Spring Exhibition (1917) (H) (B, Jan. 1949)
- PRUE, Ruth
Member. CAC Exhibitions: 1976-1995)
- PURCELL, William Gray
Member. (B, joined May 1932)
- PURDY, Rose
Artist Member, lived in Inglewood. (R, 1964)
- PUSHMAN, Hovsep T. (1877 – 1966)
Pushman studied in Constantinople, Paris, Chicago and traveled the Orient. Famous for his still lifes of Oriental subjects, his first appearance with the CAC is during their Spring 1917 Exhibit. CAC Exhibitions: Spring Exhibition (1917). Pushman (along with Armen (his son) and Abbey Pushman) is among a group of CAC artists who gathered in Laguna Beach during 1918 for a moonlight picnic. (Santa Ana Daily Register, July 23, 1918, p.5, California Art Club Members Enjoy Moonlight Picnic on Cliffs)(H)
- PUTHUFF, Hanson Duvall (1875 – 1972)
A Charter Member of the Painters’ Club of Los Angeles, Puthuff first appears with the CAC in their exhibit at the Long Beach Public Library (July 1910). He also helped co-found the Laguna Beach AA, and for 23 years he painted billboards for Foster & Kleiser. (H) (A) CAC Exhibitions: 1st Annual Chautauqua Exhibit (1910); Building Fund Exhibition (1922); annuals.
- PUTNAM, Arion (1870 – 1949)
An Active Member of the Painters’ Club of Los Angeles (elected Oct. 5, 1909), Putnam joined the CAC sometime prior to August 7, 1910, when the club held their monthly meeting at the Putnam & Valentine Studio, No. 208 North Spring Street. Putnam workedas a photographer and also made painting trips along the coast and to the High Sierras. His landscape paintings are rare and highly accomplished. CAC Exhibitions: 3rd Annual (1912); Spring Exhibition (1917); Spring Exhibition (1919) (A)
- PUTZ, Richard E.
Member.(B, joined Oct. 1989)