Special Events

Installation of The Sheltering Sky exhibition

A Conversation with Artists Ala Ebtekar, Linda Connor,
Chris McCaw, and Tony Misch

In coordination with our current exhibition The Sheltering Sky

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3-5 p.m.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303

FREE event and open to the public but you can rsvp HERE


In conjunction with our exhibition The Sheltering Sky, we have invited several local artists to introduce their work and have a conversation, with one another as well as with our audience. Please join us as we welcome Linda Connor, Ala Ebtekar, Chris McCaw, and Tony Misch.


Celebrated photographer Linda Connor has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work to places such as India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and Southeast Asia. Connor’s peripatetic practice demonstrates a longstanding interest in the relationship between systems of belief and the natural world, and has seen her photographing wide-ranging subjects, from sacred sites and intricately jagged cliff faces, to antique plate-glass negatives from San Jose’s Lick Observatory and petrified bodies from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii. She has recently begun printing some of her most iconic images as shimmering sublimation prints on aluminum plates, lending an ethereal quality to already exquisite prints. 


Ala Ebtekar is an artist, researcher, and educator who works between his native San Francisco Bay Area and Tehran, Iran. Born in Berkeley, California to Iranian activist/artist parents, from an early age, he developed an affinity towards various notions of in-between-ness, which has led him to explore the many spaces amongst the two cultures, both shared and separated, momentary and boundless. Such experiences have evolved into a dynamic practice that disquiets dominant notions of identity and complicates cultural difference. For the past twenty years, he has situated his art practice as a multitude of spaces between and even above. He currently teaches at Stanford University in the Department of Art & Art History and Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford. He is the founder and director of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse, a three-year Stanford global initiative on art that investigates the multiple contexts that shift and define changing ideas of public space.


Chris McCaw is an American photographer known for his stark, incandescent, and otherworldly large-format photographs that seem to exist out of time. By using the most basic elements of photography – light and time, he creates remarkable and unique images of landscapes and seascapes across the world. Chris McCaw was born in 1971 in Daly City, California. He graduated in photographic arts and film production from the De Anza College, California in 1990, and got his BFA in 1995 from the Academy of Art, San Francisco.


Tony Misch holds a BFA from the University of Washington (1975) and an MFA from Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County (1979). From 1982 until 2007 he lived and worked at mountaintop observatories, first on Mt. WIlson and later at University of California's Lick Observatory. In recent years his interest in the history of astronomy has led him to the preservation and evocation of its artifacts. He runs the Lick Observatory Historical Collections Project.

Friday Night at the Art Center, January 25, header imageFriday Night at the Art Center

Opening Celebration for The Sheltering Sky

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Art Center’s FREE celebration will provide a chance to experience our new exhibition, The Sheltering Sky, in a fun and festive atmosphere. The event will feature artmaking activities, specialty cocktails, a guided planetarium experience, and more!