Presidents of the CAC

An extensive listing of all
the different leaders that the California Art Club has had to date. Click the
name or photo to find out more information on each President, including
samples of their artwork, biographies, memberships, and more.

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Frank
Rennsselear LIDDELL

(1864 – 1923)
1st CAC President, 1909-10


William WENDT
(1845 – 1946)
2nd & 4th CAC President,
1911-14, 1917-18

Benjamin Chambers BROWN
(1865 – 1942)
3rd CAC President, 1915-16

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Pickering TOWNSLEY

(1867 – 1921)
5th CAC President, 1919
Photo courtesy Millard Sheets Library, Otis College of Art and Design


Jack Wilkinson SMITH
(1873 – 1949)
6th CAC President, 1920-21
Photo courtesy of Jean Stern, The Irvine Museum

Dana BARTLETT
(1882 – 1957)
7th CAC President, 1922-23

Edwin Roscoe SHRADER
(1878 – 1960)
8th, 10th & 14th CAC President, 1924-26, 1927-30, 1934
Photo courtesy Millard Sheets Library, Otis College of Art and Design

Edgar Alwin PAYNE
(1883 – 1947)
9th CAC President, May-Dec. 1926
Photo courtesy Evelyn Payne Hatcher

Julian
Ellsworth GARNSEY

(1887 – 1969)
11th CAC President,
May 1930 – April 1931


Paul Starrett SAMPLE
(1896 – 1974)
12th CAC President, 1931
Photo courtesy AskART.com

Robert
Merrell GAGE

(1892 – 1981)
13th CAC President, 1932-33
Photo courtesy USC Archives

Frank
Tenney JOHNSON

(1874 – 1939)
15th CAC President, 1935-38
Photo courtesy of Jean Stern & Lois Ashe

Ralph
William HOLMES

(1876 – 1963)
16th CAC President, 1939-41

Paul LAURITZ
(1889 – 1975)
17th CAC President, 1942-43
Photo courtesy AskART.com

John
Hubbard RICH

(1876 – 1954)
18th CAC President, 1944-45

Benton
Francis SCOTT

(1907 – 1983)
19th CAC President, 1945-46
Photo courtesy Robert B. Scott

Edward
Oscar "Ted" WITHERS

(1896 – 1964)
20th CAC President, 1946-47

Edward
Emile CHIAPELLA

(1879 – 1951)
21st CAC President, 1947-49

Innocenzo
DARAIO

(1903 – 1993)
22nd CAC President, 1949-51

Charles
James Gladstone ARGALL

(1893 – 1956)
23rd CAC President, 1951-53


Philip
Kran PAVAL

(1899 – 1971)
24th CAC President, 1953-56

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Frank
Leslie SANDFORD

(1891 – 1977)
25th CAC President, 1956-57

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Walter
Fredrick SEELY

(1886 – 1959)
26th CAC President, 1957-59


Jose DRUDIS-BIADA
(1890 – 1985)
27th CAC President, 1959-60
Photo courtesy Mount Saint Mary’s College

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Horace
Edmund HUEY

(1895 – 1963)
28th CAC President, 1960-61

Victor
Stanley MATSON

(1895 – 1972)
29th CAC President, 1961-62


Herbert
Dickens RYMAN

(1910 – 1989)
30th CAC President, 1963
Photo courtesy Ryman Arts

Victor
Carl HOUSER

(1895 – 1972)
31st CAC President, 1964


Joseph
Morgan HENNINGER

(1906 – 1999)
32nd CAC President, 1965
Photo courtesy of ACCD Archives

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M.
Hale BROWN

(1901 – 1987)
33rd CAC President, 1966-68


Robert
SCHAAR

(b. 1932)
34th CAC President, 1969-70
Photo courtesy Schaar Galleries

Kaffy REINHARDT
(1918 – 1992)
35th CAC President, 1970-74

Henry Ketting OLIVIER
(1924 – 2004)
36th & 38th CAC President,
1974-77, 1981- June 1985

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Jean
BLANCHARD

(d. 1990)
37th CAC President, 1977-81

Renato CONTINI
(d. July 31, 1985)
39th CAC President, July 1985

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Carol
RENSEN

(c. 1939-2010)
40th & 42nd CAC President,

August 1985-89, 1990


Siegfried Conrad "Sig"
VOGEL

(b. 1917)
41st CAC President,
Oct.-Dec. 1989

Charles
I. HARRIS

(1922-2012)
43rd CAC President,
1991-93
Photo courtesy the artist


Peter Seitz ADAMS
(b. 1950)
44th CAC President,
Oct.
1993 – present
Photo courtesy of ALFA

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