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.
- Fine arts classes in diverse media
- Exhibition opportunities for both established and emerging artists
- After-school classes and summer art camps.
- Lectures, workshops, and special events.
- Many opportunities to volunteer and meet other artists and art lovers!
“To provide an environment for
advancing the expression, appreciation
and enjoyment of the arts”
- To advance expression we offer opportunities to take classes and workshops in a diverse array of media and at all skill levels. This includes painting as well as artistic creation in craft media, technique as well as composition and design.
- To advance appreciation we offer opportunities to display artistic creations in a public forum (including our three galleries, classrooms and community sites), organize lectures on art history and art appreciation and to provide both formal jurying as well as peer evaluation of artwork.
- To advance enjoyment we combine physical presentation with social interaction to enrich the art experience. It includes outreach to special groups such as youth or seniors with tailored opportunities. It includes art focused “hybrid” events for members and community.
- To provide an environment means that PAL goes beyond the single use concept of classroom, or gallery by combining multiple opportunities - exhibitions, lectures, refreshment, performance arts, social gatherings - to promote collegiality and wider access to the arts.