Join us as we celebrate 100 years!

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). The 1918 founding of the LBAA began the story of Laguna Beach as an art colony and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

As we approach the centennial year of 2018, we take pride in continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education for children and adults alike, presenting programs in music, dance, and film as well as the visual arts. To celebrate this legacy with our supporters and the larger community, starting in January of 2018, Laguna Art Museum will host a year-long series of exhibitions, special events, programs, and celebrations that honor our past and look ahead to our future.

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. Please CLICK HERE to subscribe.


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

Art Auction 2018: California Cool

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.


Centennial Projects

Publication: A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, 1918-2018 is a full-color, illustrated publication of the journey through the first 100 years of the museum, available at the museum store and at select booksellers in 2018.
Documentary: Laguna Art Museum at 100 will chronicle the museum’s history from the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918 to the present-day Laguna Art Museum. Produced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt and available in January 2018.
building sky thumb John Wayne Airport Exhibition: Laguna Art Museum Turns 100, July 19 through December 19, 2018
Laguna Art Museum is delighted to collaborate with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program to present a didactic exhibition at the airport, between Terminals B and C, on view from July 19 through December 19, 2018.
Creative Collaborations: The museum is partnering with local and regional designers to create exclusive, limited-edition apparel and accessories, using Laguna’s artistic legacy as inspiration, that will be available in the museum store from January 2018.


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.


Centennial Committee of Honor

Lita Albuquerque, Marla 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 B. Stiles II and Barbara Alexander, Wayne Thiebaud, Ruth Westphal, Bob Whalen


Centennial Executive Committee

Susie Gordinier (Co-Chair), Betsy Jenkins (Co-Chair), Kathleen Abel, Rick Balzer, Deborah Engle, Jane Hanauer, Vanessa Helin, Janice Johnson, Michele Monda, Chris Quilter, Laura Rohl, Lester Savit, Jasmine Shodja


Centennial Donors Circle

Jerome C. Barr, City of Laguna Beach, Ranney and Priscilla Draper, Draper Family Foundation, William C. Georges, Robert Hayden III, Robin and Steven Kalota, William Kritzmire, the LLWW Foundation, Peter and Gail Ochs, Al Roberts, Louis and Laura Rohl, the Segerstrom Foundation, Ruth Westphal, Jennifer S. Yelland