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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. We even launched a new website with Studio Misfits! 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 brought hundreds of art enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Saturday, February 10

California Cool Art Auction 2018

Art Auction 2018 included 100 works by notable California artists, plus live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails, all in support of the museum.

Thursday, April 19

Film Premiere: Laguna Art Museum at 100

The film by Dale Schierholt chronicles the museum’s history from the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918 to the present-day Laguna Art Museum.

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-guided tours, and community partner programs.

Saturday, September 29

Centennial Ball

This one-time exclusive event celebrates 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.


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.

Special Projects

Laguna Art Museum: A Centennial History

Dr. Malcolm Warner’s publication celebrates the centenary of the LBAA, which became the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, which became today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum at 100

The film by Dale Schierholt chronicles the museum’s history from the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918 to the present-day Laguna Art Museum.

John Wayne Airport Exhibition

The exhibition Laguna Art Museum Turns 100 is on view between Terminals B and C at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport from July through December, 2018.

Creative Collaborations

The Museum Store partners with local designers for exclusive, limited-edition apparel and accessories, using Laguna’s artistic legacy as inspiration to celebrate 100 years.


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
Thomas Stiles II
and Barbara Alexander
Wayne Thiebaud
Ruth Westphal
Bob Whalen

Centennial Donors Circle

Anonymous donors
Bank of America Foundation
Kathleen and Gregg Abel
Linda Banks
Jerome C. Barr
Marla Bird
Yvonne Boseker
City of Laguna Beach
E. Gene and Diane Crain
Donnie J. Crevier
and Laurie Kraus
Bobbi Cox
Alison Davis
Kelvin Davis
Ranney and Priscilla Draper,
The Draper Family Foundation
David Dufour
Ebell Club of Laguna Beach
Deborah and Cody Engle
Festival of Arts Foundation
Margot and Sue Freeman
Whitney Ganz
William C. Georges
William Gillespie Foundation
Heather and Paul Haaga
Joe and Jane Hanauer
Robert Hayden III and Rick Silver
Historical Collections Council

Patricia and Chester Houston
Eric Jessen
Dr. Korey S. Jorgensen
and Stuart Wilson
Dr. Mark A. Judy
Robin and Steven Kalota
William Kritzmire
Julie Laughton
Clark Leonard
The LLWW Foundation
Joan and Mitchell Markow
McBeth Foundation
Dr. Eric McDonald
and Brian K. Yaw
Judy McKay
Danny and Jeri McKenna
Mitchell and Margot Milias
Mike and Linda Mussallem
Lindy J. Narver
James and Martha Newkirk
Mary and Jon Nord
Nordstrom Cares
Peter and Gail Ochs
Pacific Life Foundation
Lauren and Richard Packard
Suzanne and Ted Paulson
Earl and Elma Payton
Paul and Jorja Puma

Ann Quilter
Charlie Quilter
Chris Quilter
Michael D. Ray
Teddie Ray
Ray and Beverly Redfern
Joni Rehnborg
Marisa and Stephen Robbins
Al Roberts
Laura and Louis Rohl
Keitha Russell
Kristin and Steve Samuelian
Francine and Daniel Scinto
The Segerstrom Foundation
Herb Seymour
George and Irene Stern
Thomas B. Stiles II
and Barbara Alexander
Diane Stovall
Richard Tucker
Dave Walker
Wells Fargo
Ruth Westphal
Doug and Karen Wilson
Lizanne and Matthew Witte
Susie and George Wood
Jennifer S. Yelland
James Zidell

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


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