An Outdoor Art Event

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

Support and Grants

Major support for Art & Nature is provided Anonymous donors, Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, Festival of Arts Foundation, McBeth Foundation, Orange County Community Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, and William Gillespie Foundation.


Commissioned Work of Art

Shoreline Project

On November 3, 2018, Elizabeth Turk’s Shoreline Project will bring together 1,000 volunteer performers for a site-specific performance in Laguna Beach. The project is the commissioned work of art for Laguna Art Museum’s sixth annual Art & Nature, and will take place at sunset on Main Beach. With LED-illuminated umbrellas designed as an evolution of the artist’s Seashell X-ray Mandala xeries, the 1,000 performers will converge on the shoreline in both spontaneous and choreographed movement. Shoreline Project will create a shared common experience amongst the performers and an engaging spectacle for viewers from the surrounding cliffs and buildings.


The Artist

Elizabeth Turk

Elizabeth Turk is a California artist and is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern. In 2010 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation award. Born in Pasadena and raised in Orange County, Turk received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Scripps College. She has had a distinguished career internationally and bi-coastally, and her work resides in collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Weatherspoon Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The Mint Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2014, Laguna Art Museum presented Elizabeth Turk: Sentient Forms, an exhibition of works including the Seashell X-ray Mandala series.


Opening Night

Around Town

Art & Nature begins with local gallery partners opening their own nature-inspired exhibitions during the First Thursdays Art Walk!

Opening Night Art and Nature

Keynote Lecture

Charles Darwin: Art, Nature, and Beauty

Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints and Acting Assistant Director of Collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, will give the keynote lecture for Art & Nature 2018. Her research interests and publications have focused on British and French art from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, much of it interdisciplinary in nature. She is the curator of Degas: A Passion for Perfection and has previously curated Endless Forms: Darwin, Natural Sciences and the Visual Arts and Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.



Schedule of Events