Upcoming Exhibitions

Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration

January 22-May 21, 2022

Creative Attention Art and Community Restoration logo design by Christine Wong Yap

Lettering by Christine Wong Yap. 

Image description: A digital artwork with a background of light blue at the top, fading to light pink at the bottom, and with calligraphy-style text in blue, purple and pink that reads: "Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration".

About the exhibition

Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration will feature the work of 18 artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The exhibition will showcase alternatives to our chaotic world of stress and anxiety, through practices of mending, healing, restoration, belonging, sustainability, and resiliency. 

Some of the work that will be included in the exhibition looks inward—addressing past personal struggles with illness, addiction, and loss. Other artists turn their attention outward to connect with those who are suffering and to find solidarity in our shared adversity. Universally, what begins in the studio alters the life of the artist, who in turn brings that change to the world.  

Artists in the exhibition will include: Johnna Arnold, Lynn Beldner, Wes Bruce, Caledonia Curry (Swoon), Paz de la Calzada, Angela Hennessy, Alexander Hernandez, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Jeremiah Jenkins, Corita Kent, Tucker Nichols, Marcel Pardo Ariza, Maria Paz, Jessi Rado, Leah Rosenberg, Lisa Solomon, Esther Traugot, and Christine Wong Yap.

The exhibition will feature several site-specific installations, including: a wall painting by Paz de la Calzada featuring plants collected in nearby City of Palo Alto Community Gardens; a site-specific collection of Flowers for Sick People, a multimedia art and health project by Tucker Nichols; an immersive installation by Wes Bruce exploring the meditative and healing properties of water; and Expanding Space Project, a project that combines meditation, photography, and social practice by Johnna Arnold. The exhibition is guest curated by Ann Trinca.

The Creative Attention exhibition is part of a larger initiative that includes artist residencies, community art therapy workshops, and wellness programs. Christine Wong Yap will engage local teens and seniors in a residency project focused on places of belonging in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, resulting in a site-specific Belonging Map that will be installed in the galleries beginning in March. Marcel Pardo Ariza will work in residence with the Avenidas Senior Center’s Rainbow Collective, hosting a series of workshops celebrating intergenerational LGBTQ+ personal stories. Art therapist Anh Tran will work in collaboration with community partners Dreamcatchers, Stevenson House, and Palo Alto Housing on a series of free art therapy workshops. Free wellness programs will also be presented during the run of the exhibition.

Special events

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Art Center will provide in-person and online programs:

Friday Night at the Art Center: Creative Attention Virtual Opening Reception—Friday, January 28, 6:15-8 p.m., FREE 
We’re moving our opening celebration of Creative Attention online, and promise to retain all of the fun and community in a virtual context. Join us for this free special celebration of the exhibition, featuring a virtual walkthrough, a chance to meet and hear from artists in the show, participate in hands-on art activities, and more! 

Register today for this free special event.

Event Schedule
6:15     Welcome, introductions
6:20     Meditation with artist Angela Hennessy
6:40     Artist Paz de la Calzada reads an invocation for El Palo Alto
6:55     Virtual gallery walkthrough with guest curator Ann Trinca
7:15     Brief comments by artists in the exhibition
7:30     Artist Jessi Rado reads from Everyday Healing
7:45     Hands-on art activity with Art Center staff
8:00     Event closing

Please note that timings and performances are subject to change.

Friday Night at the Art Center: Creative Attention Virtual Members’ Preview—Friday, January 28, 5-6 p.m., FREE—Members only
Join us for an exclusive preview of the Creative Attention exhibition, featuring a chance to meet the curator Ann Trinca and to participate in flash talks by Creative Attention artists Lisa Solomon, Tucker Nichols, and Jeremiah Jenkins. Stay for the public opening to meet more of the artists and learn more about the exhibition.

This event is limited to Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Members. Become a member today and register for this exclusive event.

Creative Attention Virtual Artist Residency Conversation with Christine Wong Yap and Marcel Pardo Ariza—Friday, March 4, 2022, 5 p.m., FREE
Join our Creative Attention artist residents for a virtual presentation about their work and their residencies in conjunction with the project. 

Register today for this free online event.

Virtual Wellness Programs—every Thursday from January 27-June 30, noon, FREE 
Join the Palo Alto Art Center for weekly virtual meditations with stress management consultant Julie Forbes, Ph.D. on Thursdays at noon, January 27-June 30. This series is presented in conjunction with Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration. Register today for free.  

Community Day Celebration—Sunday, April 10, 2022, noon-4 p.m., FREE
This Community Day Celebration will feature hands-on art activities, a sound bathing activity with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and a special drag queen performance led by Grace Towers. Bring your worn clothing and repair it in a special workshop with The Mending Collective, a collective of artists who wish to create a space for people to come together to learn and practice visual mending techniques. Register today for this free special event. 


Thanks to the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Creative Attention exhibition will continue accessibility components initiated by The Art of Disability Culture exhibition, including audio descriptions and Braille labels. Social narratives will also be provided and available online for visitors with autism. 

Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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We would like to acknowledge Pamela and David Hornik for their special gift to support the artists for public and educational programs.

Advance exhibition schedule

To learn more about our upcoming exhibitions, view our Advance Exhibition Schedule(PDF, 192KB).