LAM Announces Centennial Year Celebrations and Events


For Immediate Release: September 27, 2017




LAGUNA BEACH, CA (September 27, 2017) — In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus begins the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony, and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

Beginning in January 2018, the museum will celebrate this milestone with a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations. Continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education and programs in music, dance, and film, and the visual arts, the museum invites Laguna Beach to honor the community’s shared history and look ahead to its future.

Centennial Celebration Events

Centennial Bash, January 27, 2018
To kick off the centennial celebrations, the Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Art Auction 2018: California Cool, February 10, 2018
Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists. This lively affair will include both live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, February 24, 2018
Accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, this retrospective of Tony DeLap’s work will include approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orange County’s foremost living artist.

Patriots Day Parade, March 3, 2018
The museum will join Laguna Beach’s 52nd annual Patriots Day Parade with a centennial-themed float.

Film Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 19, 2018
The museum will premiere a documentary film chronicling its history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art.

Palette to Palate, June 8, 2018
This all-star edition will showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong, exquisite wines, and the work of ten artists who have participated in Palette to Palate since its beginning in 2006.

Laguna Beach Art Association: The Founders, June 23, 2018
This special exhibition, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, will feature key works by the LBAA founders and document the critical role they played in the development of the city of Laguna Beach.

LBAA Birthday Party, August 25, 2018
To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with family art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways. Come cut the birthday cake with us!

Centennial Ball, Saturday, September 29, 2018
This one-time exclusive event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s history in grand style with dinner, dancing, and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach.

Art & Nature, November 1-4, 2018
The museum’s annual Art & Nature program presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

Centennial Collaborations and Projects

A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, January 2018
This publication will include a journey through the museum’s first 100 years, including the LBAA, founders, and key moments in its history, with historic images and reproductions of key works of art.

Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 2018
The documentary film by Dale Schierholt will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to the Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art.

Destination Arts and Culture, April-September, 2018
In collaboration with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, the museum will present an exhibition inside the airport illustrating the history of the museum and art in the community and the county.

Creative Design Collaborations
Local designers and artists, inspired by the museum’s 100 year history, will create limited-edition items and artworks available exclusively in the Museum Store.

Community Collaborations
The museum, with local organizations including the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and others, will celebrate the legacy of the LBAA and the thriving creative community of Laguna Beach.

New Website
In time to celebrate the centennial year, and looking ahead to the future, Laguna Art Museum will present an engaging new website. Designed by Studio Misfits, the new site will reach audiences in communities beyond Laguna Beach, with a focus on presenting California art and engaging programs.

About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit 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 had discovered the town and transformed it into 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 |