Celebrate With Us

Celebrating Our Centennial

We’ve come a long way since the summer of 1918, when Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, and other artists formed the organization from which the museum would spring, the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus began the story of Laguna Beach as an art colony and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

There is something for everyone during the museum’s centennial year. Stay up to date throughout the year on all things centennial by following us on our social media channels. To join the celebration, use the official centennial hashtag #LAM100.

The museum’s e-newsletter will also provide the latest information about our centennial.

Schedule Of Events

Saturday January 27

Centennial Bash

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

Saturday, February 10

California Cool Art Auction 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.

Thursday, April 19

Film Premiere: Laguna Art Museum at 100

The documentary film will chronicle the museum’s 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.

Saturday, August 25

LBAA Birthday Party

To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways.

Saturday, September 29

Centennial Ball

A one-time exclusive dinner event celebrating the museum’s history in grand style with dancing and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach.

November 1 – 4

Art & Nature

Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art & Nature presents special exhibitions, a commissioned artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.


Support Your Museum

Support the Museum’s Centennial Year

There are many underwriting and support opportunities available throughout the year. If you would like to help support the museum’s centennial and take part in preparing the museum for the next 100 years, please email deputy director Genny Boccardo-Dubey or call 949.494.8971 x208.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting Laguna Art Museum’s centennial in 2018.


Honorable Mentions

Centennial Commitees

Committee Of Honor

Lita Albuquerque
Maria Bird
Yvonne Boseker
Tony DeLap
Laddie John Dill

Anne Earhart
Marcia Hafif
Robert Hayden III and Rick Silver
G. Ray Kerciu

Nancy Dustin Wall Moure
Ray Redfern
Carole Reynolds
Louis and Laura Rohl
Wayne Thiebaud

Thomas Stiles II and Barbara Alexander
Ruth Westphal
Bob Whalen

Donors Circle

Jerome C. Barr
City of Laguna Beach
Ranney & Priscilla Draper
Draper Family Foundation

William C. Georges
Robert E. Hayden III
Robin and Steven Kalota
William Kritzmire

The LLWW Foundation
Peter and Gail Ochs
Al Roberts
Laura and Louis Rohl

The Segerstrom Foundation
Ruth Westphal
Jennifer S. Yelland

Executive Committee

Betsy Jenkins (Co-Chair)
Susie Gordinier (Co-Chair)
Kathleen Abel
Rick Balzer

Deborah Engle
Jane Hanauer
Vanessa Helin
Janice Johnson

Michele Monda
Patricia O’Brien
Chris Quilter
Laura Rohl

Lester Savit
Jasmine Shodja


Laguna Art Museum Timeline

Our Journey


Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, and other artists formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA) with a purpose “to advance the knowledge of and interest in Art, and to create a spirit of cooperation and fellowship between the painter and the public.”


Following a successful fundraising drive led by Anna Hills, the LBAA opened a grand, custom-built gallery designed by the well-known Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt. This survives as the Steele Gallery within the present museum building.


With the growth of a permanent collection of donated works and the beginnings of a program of loan exhibitions, the LBAA’s gallery took on some of the characteristics of a museum and became the Laguna Beach Museum of Art.


The museum changed its name to Laguna Art Museum and a physical expansion that completed the building as it now stands added galleries, public spaces, and staff offices.


The museum established Art & Nature, an annual event with special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.


The museum celebrates the centennial of the founding of the LBAA and continues to collect and show California art, offer art education programs, and serve the community as a cultural and social center with programs in music, dance, and film as well as the visual arts.