Since 1931, the Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education has been enriching the cultural climate of the community.  Building a platform for arts engagement through exhibitions, arts education, and public programs,  PVAC provides audiences with sustainable and transformative experiences.  Showcasing a wide range of artwork, PVAC presents artists at all stages of their careers.  Related educational programming includes guided tours, catalogues, lectures and workshops. 

PVAC’s Gallery Hours
10 am – 4 pm Mondays through Saturdays
1 pm – 4 pm Sundays (except major holidays) 

Exhibition Tours
Available to schools and community groups. Tours can be arranged by contacting Gail Phinney at GPhinney@pvartcenter.org or calling 310.541.2479 X 305.

The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly presents its Annual Student Art Exhibition, an exhibition highlighting Peninsula student work. The Annual Student Art Exhibition opens May 1, 2015 in the Yassin and Walker galleries of the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes CA. The exhibit will run through May 29, 2015. 


This exhibition will highlight recent artistic creations from two Palos Verdes Art Center school-based outreach programs: Art At Your Fingertips and Partners in Art.  Additionally, there will be a showcase of work from high school students from The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.


Art At Your Fingertips, a 39-year institution at the Palos Verdes Art Center, reaches 7,000 students annually on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with additional partnerships in Title 1 Schools throughout Los Angeles County. Run completely by parent volunteers, AAYF's paramount objective is to help every child feel comfortable using art as a means of communication and expression­. The projects on view for this exhibition include: "Joyous Abandon," "Starry SoCal," "Abstract Vistas," "Watts Up," and "Rainforest Birds."


Partners In Art focuses on engaging 6th graders through a two-part program by incorporating the current exhibition program at PVAC. Instructed by PVAC teaching artists, students from Miraleste, Palos Verdes, and Ridgecrest Intermediate schools are brought to the art center to tour the exhibition on view. Afterwards, students work with a visiting artist in the art room to create a work inspired by the exhibition. This year's exhibition features the following projects: "Elements Sticks," (inspired by The Living Room yarn bomb), "Re-imagining Martel," (referencing Paul Jean Martel (1879-1944): Post Impressionist), and "Doors of John Elgin Woolf" (celebrating John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency).

See a video of this year's Art At Your Fingertips projects HERE

John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

March 20 - July 19, 2015

Opening Reception March 19, 6 - 9pm
Presented in partnership with Art, Architecture & Design Museum at U C Santa Barbara

John Elgin Woolf, Collection of Art, Architecture & Design Museum, UCSB

John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency, on view at Palos Verdes Art Center March 20 through May 29, presents over 50 selections from the Woolf archive housed at the Art, Architecture & Design Museum at University of California, Santa Barbara. Opening Reception, March 19, 7 - 9pm with talk by historian and preservation consultant Steven Price. Heralded as "architect to the stars," Woolf gave film royalty a new luxury style. According to The New York Times, Woolf "established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living ... synthesized 19th-century French, Greek Revival and Modernist touches into a heady mixture that has since been christened Hollywood Regency, which foreshadowed aspects of postmodernism." He designed houses for many luminaries, including Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, David O. Selznick, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Included in the exhibition are Woolfs drawings, photographs, and designs, along with business correspondence from the Los Angeles firm he shared with his partner, the interior designer Robert Woolf, which was active from 1940 until his death in 1980.

Ranee Henderson: Latchkey

June 12 - July 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, June 12th, 6 - 9 pm

Ranee Henderson's painting Starkweather and Fugate was chosen from more than 230 entrees from 14 leading Southern California colleges to receive the 2014 Alpay Purchase Award.  Latchkey, a new body of work by the artist, was made possible in part by the Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund.
Henderson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and in 2015 earned her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Visiting the theme of childhood isolation, the pieces in the exhibit examine the life of latchkey children. Her distinctive use of heavy impasto, modeled to reveal facial features, blends sculptural elements with rich tones of paint to emphasize the unknowable aspects of personal experience.