Laguna Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 17, 2018


For Immediate Release: April 6, 2018


 (April 6, 2018) — On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) annual Art Museum Day. The museum will also offer free admission to that evening’s film screening of Dr. Strangelove, which will be introduced by artist Jorg Dubin.

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person. Art museums are often anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods, and they partner with school systems and civic organizations in ways that make their towns, cities, and regions better places for everyone who lives and works there. Hyperconnected Museums also serve as engines for the creative economy, tapping the human creativity embedded in works of art—whether thousands of years old or as recent as 2018—to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking.

Laguna Art Museum, celebrating its centennial year in 2018, recently opened the exhibition Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, which will be on view for Art Museum Day. DeLap is Orange County’s foremost living artist and has been at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his career. The exhibition includes approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings that survey his role in various movements as well as the decidedly non-linear development of his body of work.

In addition to free admission on May 17, Laguna Art Museum will offer a free screening of Dr. Strangelove. The 1964 film by Stanley Kubrick will be introduced by Jorg Dubin, a Laguna Beach-based artist who has taught at the Laguna College of Art and Design and whose work has been exhibited at museums and galleries including the Riverside Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum provides a diverse range of exhibitions, educational programs, lectures, concerts, and films as a cultural and social center. In addition to free admission and the film screening on May 17, the museum opens for free during the monthly First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach and offers free annual memberships to college students.

“I am thrilled that Laguna Art Museum is again participating in Art Museum Day, an opportunity to bring communities together to experience great art and special programs, both in Orange County and across North America” said Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “Art is vital to our lives, a reflection of both the incredible diversity of humanity and the many common elements that unite us.”

Last year, Laguna Art Museum—along with more than 161 other AAMD member museums—participated in Art Museum Day. A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website. Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.


About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who fostered a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |