The Community Gallery

The Community Gallery gives local arts organizations the opportunity to promote their programs and services. The Community Gallery showcases a wide range of art media and subject matter. Based in our Children’s Wing, the gallery serves all of our audiences, including children.

Who May Exhibit: Non-commercial community organizations living, working, or based in Santa Clara and/or San Mateo Country serving the public. Priority will be given to organizations located in Palo Alto who are serving undeserved audiences, teens, and young professionals. While the Art Center’s Community Gallery focuses on group exhibitions, individual artists may propose an exhibition by sending an email to

Current Exhibition

Palo Alto Art Center Volunteer Program Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Opening reception: Saturday December 8, from 2-4pm. Free and open to the public - come and meet the artists and get some refreshments


“I have had an extremely enriching and memorable experience here at the Art Center and have learned so much and made so many connections with people. Volunteering is truly a special and rewarding experience and the Art Center has been incredibly supportive.” – Art Center Teen Leadership Volunteer

The Palo Alto Art Center is proud to work with a vibrant community of volunteers. Volunteers support all aspects of Art Center operations and programs, working as classroom and studio assistants, docents, outreach event helpers, teen leadership group members, camp counselors, and more. Art Center volunteers donated 7,837.17 total hours in fiscal year 2018 at a value of $216,305.89. In addition, the Art Center hosts approximately 25 college and graduate interns annually, and many of our interns have moved into professional positions at the Art Center and other museum and art institutions. Volunteers are an incredible asset to the Art Center and allow us to extend our services and engage people in our community.

This exhibition celebrates the artistic endeavors of our community of volunteers. The works featured showcase the diversity of our volunteer corps, with representation from the Adult Studios, Children’s Fine Art, Art Center Teen Leadership, the Project Look Docents, and more.  Both adult and teen volunteers are strongly represented as well.

Four pieces of art from the exhibition

Featured in the picture:

Sowmya Ramakrishnan, Miles to go before I sleep, 2013, Oil on canvas

 Sofia Sierra Garcia, Glow, 2017, Digital photography

Jan Schachter, Storage Jar, 2018, Stoneware clay

 Leslie Gordon, Pedant, 2018, Sterling silver, gemstone, teal-colored dioptase and pink cobalto-calcite set in sterling on hand-woven fine silver chain

How to Apply

Exhibitors installing in the Community Gallery