Art Center News

News ImageGlass Pumpkins are a Staple Artform for Glassblower Treg Silkwood
September 14, 2017Glassblowing artist Treg Silkwood has created many types of glass artworks over the years, but he says he enjoys making glass pumpkins for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® the most.

News ImageCollector says Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® is ‘Uniquely Palo Alto’
September 9, 2017Roxane Mehta lives only a couple of blocks away from the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® and views the annual event as something that is uniquely Palo Alto.

News ImageShort Course Leads to Long Relationship with Glassblowing
September 9, 2017A two-week course in glassblowing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was all Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® artist Bob Kliss needed to fall in love with the craft.

News ImageThe Power of Photography Celebrated during Art Center’s Summer of Photography
June 1, 2017Celebrate the creative and expressive potential of photography during the Palo Alto Art Center’s Summer of Photography program beginning in June.

News ImageDesign Thinking Class Empowers Teens to Fight Climate Change
March 29, 2017Teens interested in learning the design process, creating change, and exploring a new way of thinking all while helping the Sierra Club fight climate change should check out the Palo Alto Art Center’s new Design Thinking class beginning April 13. The course, aimed at teens ages 14-18, will use the Stanford process of interviewing for insight, conducting empathy fieldwork, synthesizing findings into compelling needs, ideating radical design alternatives, and prototyping. Click the link for the full story!

News ImageThe Art Cart Rolls Into the Art Center
February 8, 2017

The Art Center is excited to debut The Art Cart—an activity cart filled with art supplies and activities for use in and outside our galleries! Created after more than a year of research and planning, the Cart is intended to provide families with engaging creative activities they can do together.


News ImageArtist Lisa Solomon's Color Meditations with Teens
December 29, 2016

Color is such an integral part of our lives. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the mood we are in is all linked by our personal preferences for color. Culture also influences. Ultimately, the thing that is so compelling about color is that it is completely and unarguably subjective and personal.—Lisa Solomon

Thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists Activating Communities Program, the Palo Alto Art Center partnered with Oakland-based artist Lisa Solomon to create a series of workshops for teens focused on color and meditation. In the workshops, Solomon employed a process similar to a warm-up activity she utilizes for her own work—small, water color paintings in which she explores color through repetition of a simple shape. The exercise both clears her mind and get “into the zone” for further creative explorations.


News ImageArt Center Celebrates 45th Anniversary with Year-long Series of Events
May 13, 2016The Palo Alto Art Center has launched its 45th anniversary celebration with a year-long series of community events, ambitious exhibitions, ceramic artist residencies, an Art Center historic timeline, informative lectures, and much more.

The celebration kicked off in earnest on May 1 with a community tea, the public dedication and unveiling of an “Art Center Drive” commemorative sign with Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, and a Spring Family Day.

News Image45 Days of Clay Artist Residencies
May 13, 2016The Palo Alto Art Center has announced the selection of three ceramic artists for its 45 Days of Clay residency program. The artists who have been chosen to participate in the residency program from June 23-August 20 are Malia Landis, Wesley Wright, and Matthew Goldberg.

News ImageCeramic Artists Sought for New Clay Residency Program
February 3, 2016The Feb. 29 deadline for all ceramic artists interested in participating in a new and exciting residency at the Art Center is fast approaching!
The Art Center’s 45 Days of Clay Artists-in-Residence coincides with the exhibition Big Clay, and is being offered this summer in conjunction with Art Center’s 45th anniversary celebration.

News ImageJoin Creative Ecology Artist David Tomb in the Gallery
February 3, 2016What does the creative process actually look like? Artist David Tomb invites members of the community to find out as he creates colorful dioramas complete with birds, grasses, and marsh from a diverse range of materials during the second phase of his Creative Ecology residency in February and March.

News ImageArt Center Winter Closure begins December 24
December 19, 2015The Art Center will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24-Jan. 4, 2016, and will reopen for regular business hours on Jan. 5. This past year was a great one for the Art Center, including the launch of our latest artist in residence program, Creative Ecology, the California State School Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education for Cultural Kaleidoscope, and the creation of Palo Alto’s first Happiness Map by artist Kate Pocrass. 2016 looks to be another wonderful year with new classes, exciting art exhibitions, fun-filled events, and the celebration of the Art Center’s 45th anniversary! Have an art-filled holiday, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!


News ImageFor Glassblowing Artist Richard Small, Love for Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Shines Through
September 20, 2015Artist Richard Small loves meeting the people who purchase his work, creating new pumpkins, and the creative spirit of the patch.

“The best thing about the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® is the fact that I get to interact directly with the people,” says Small, who works out of his glassblowing studio in Campbell.

News ImageMapping Happiness in Palo Alto
July 17, 2015
Artist Kate Pocrass wants to know: Where do you find happiness in Palo Alto?
The answer to that question comes in the form of a project launched by Pocrass, who has asked hundreds of Palo Alto residents to identify and describe their happy places throughout the city.


News ImageExhibiting at Art Center a Sound Experience for Kate Lee Short
May 7, 2015
Short’s piece for the exhibition, Oculus, a 12-channel, 275-speaker installation, enticed viewers to step inside and listen to low-frequency sounds. She says that she learned a lot about her own art from the reactions of viewers and was honored to have her work shown alongside the other Hear This! artists: Chris Duncan, Mark Malmberg, Christian Marclay, and Julianne Swartz,


News ImageThank You, Art Center Volunteers!
April 10, 2015While National Volunteer Week takes place only once each year in April, volunteerism thrives year ‘round at the Palo Alto Art Center, as hundreds of volunteers routinely donate thousands of hours to ensure the success of the Center’s programs and events.

News ImagePatrick Dougherty returns to the Palo Alto Art Center!
September 8, 2016Internationally recognized artist Patrick Dougherty returns to the Art Center to create a new sculpture this November.
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News ImageSpring Family Day a Shining Success!
April 11, 2015On a sunny Sunday afternoon at the end of March, we welcomed 365 visitors and 31 volunteers at Spring Family Day!

News ImagePottery Creek by Judith Content
December 18, 2012Palo Alto artist Judith Content is best known for her textile artworks, which have been exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe, and Asia. But Judith got her start as a ceramic artist. Pottery Creek honors her background in ceramic arts as well as the important role of ceramics in the history and future of the Palo Alto Art Center.

News ImageCelebrating 25 Years of Love at the Art Center
February 6, 2015Although Palo Alto residents Claire Taylor and Charles Schulz first fell in love with each other 34 years ago, they fell in love with the Palo Alto Art Center in 1988 when they had their marriage ceremony and reception in the courtyard.

News ImageArt Center closes for the holidays on December 24
December 19, 2014All of us at the Art Center wish you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and an art-filled New Year! The Art Center will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 1 and will reopen on Friday, January 2. We will kick off the New Year with fun and imaginative classes for children and adults and our winter exhibition, Hear This!, opening on January 17. See you at the Art Center in 2015!

News ImageArtist-in-Residence Program Continues with May Wilson and Lauren DiCioccio
November 21, 2014Community members have the unique opportunity to view and contribute to the creative process as artists Lauren DiCioccio and May Wilson begin their residency as part of the Palo Alto Art Center’s Artist-In-Residence program this month.

Palo Alto Art Center Announces Artist-in-Residence Program!
July 16, 2014The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to announce the 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence Program participants. Artists were selected through a competitive process by a panel consisting of Art Center staff members from the exhibitions, education, and studio program areas.

News ImageBirthday Parties at the Palo Alto Art Center!
March 11, 2014The birthday program is tailored for our younger artists, ages 5-12, and provides the opportunity to explore art making and have tons of fun doing it!

News ImageYouth Art/Cultural Kaleidoscope Spring Exhibitions
April 16, 2013Celebrate the artwork of children at the Palo Alto Art Center’s spring exhibitions!

News ImageFriday Nights at the Art Center! April 12 6-9pm
April 6, 2013Take off with us we say bon voyage to our grand reopening show, Community Creates, and welcome the arrival of the Jewelry Studio.


News ImageFriday Nights at the Art Center!
January 10, 2013Join us on February 8 for the first in a series of fun and exciting evenings at the Art Center, the new place to be on a Friday night!

News ImageA Transformed Palo Alto Art Center Opens For the Community!
October 25, 2012October 6 marked the long-anticipated grand reopening of the newly transformed Palo Alto Art Center! Check it out!

News ImageA Transformed Palo Alto Art Center Opens On October 6
July 16, 2012The Palo Alto Art Center welcomes the public back to its newly transformed space after eighteen months of renovation. Created by the community more than 40 years ago, the newly transformed Art Center is the place where you can actively participate in the arts! Highlights of our renovated building include a new Children’s Wing with double the number of classrooms, transformed exhibition galleries, new lobby spaces and public areas and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces for all to enjoy!

Click here for a detailed list of the days activities!

News ImageA Mobile Place for Making, All for Teens
May 17, 2013In the spring of 2013, the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Library embarked upon an exciting project with local teens—the creation of a mobile makerspace. Funded by a California State Library grant, this project will result in a mobile makerspace—created by and for local teens—that will premiere at the Art Center in August 2013 and then travel to libraries and community centers throughout Palo Alto.