Pacific Art League of Palo Alto

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mixed-media, pop, landscape, performance, surrealism, modern, traditional, photography, digital, figurative, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance





Founded in 1921 as "The Palo Alto Art Club," the Pacific Art League began as a community of and for artists—new, emerging and professional—and soon became a valuable addition to the San Francisco Peninsula's cultural life. We are a membership organization, guided and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are also long-time members. We are assisted by many volunteers who bring expertise and dedication to a wide variety of projects.

The Pacific Art League is an inviting place for anyone who wants to create art. Nearly two-thirds of our members describe themselves as amateur or student artists. Members frequently comment that the Art League is more than just a place to exhibit art and take classes. Rather, it is a community of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and skills who come together to express themselves through art.

We offer:

  • Fine arts classes that enroll more than 1,600 students a year.
  • Exhibition opportunities that display over 7,000 pieces of artwork annually.
  • street-front craft store where members can sell art.
  • After-school classes and summer art camps.
  • Open studios for member artists. 
  • Lectures, workshops, and special events.
  • Many opportunities to volunteer and meet other artists and art lovers!

PAL's mission statement