California Art Club to Present 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

During April 2006 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art
Special Lectures to Be Offered During Exhibition Will Enable Art Lovers to Learn More About Viewing, Collecting Traditional Fine Art
PASADENA, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 12/08/2005 — The California Art Club’s 95th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, one of the country’s premier displays of contemporary-traditional fine art, will be on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from April 2 to 23, 2006.

Special events to be held in conjunction with this exhibition include a Gala Preview Reception on the evening before the exhibition opens to the public, as well as lectures on what to look for in traditional fine art and strategies for collecting art.

The Gold Medal Exhibition, which showcases sculpture as well as paintings of genres ranging from quintessential California landscapes and seascapes to figurative and still life, is the only exhibition of its kind curated by a group of museum professionals.

“Assembling an esteemed panel of museum scholars to jury the Gold Medal Exhibition represents a concerted effort by the California Art Club to continually raise the bar in presenting a diverse cross-section of the best contemporary-traditional fine art,” said American artist Peter Adams, the Club’s president.

The jurors who selected the 112 paintings and 17 sculptures for the exhibition included D. Scott Atkinson, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art, San Diego Museum of Art; Sara Campbell, Ph.D., Chief Curator, Norton Simon Museum of Art; Wesley Jessup, Executive Director, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Peter Keller, Ph.D., President, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art.

The exhibition will feature the work of more than 120 artist members of the Club, including such nationally renowned artists as Meredith Brooks Abbott, Peter Adams, Bela Bacsi, John Budicin, George Carlson, Dennis Doheny, Calvin Liang, Jeremy Lipking, Daniel W. Pinkham, Victor Riesau, Ray Roberts, Jason Situ, Mian Situ, and Shuqiao Zhou.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St. in Pasadena. Hours of operation are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

For more information on the Gold Medal Exhibition and the exhibition’s special programs, contact the California Art Club at (626) 583-9009 or visit www.californiaartclub.org.

About the California Art Club

The California Art Club (www.californiaartclub.org), established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. The mission of the Club, which is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture, to produce and promote art exhibits that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history, and to furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.

About the Pasadena Museum of California Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (www.pmcaonline.org) opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the exhibition and development of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. Located in Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District, the PMCA is an intimate museum that engages the public, encourages involvement, and fosters creativity through innovative events and programs.

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