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 underserved 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

Teen Pop-Up

Exhibition Dates: February 3 - March 17, 2019


Art Center Teen Leadership (ACT Leadership) is a dedicated cohort of teens—24 members representing seven local high schools—volunteering their time to the Palo Alto Art Center. Inspired by their artmaking workshops at the Art Center, ACT Leadership wanted to bring the Art Center experience to their high schools. With funding from SVCreates, Teen Pop-Up was created and piloted at four local high schools—Palo Alto High School, Gunn High School, Los Altos High School, and Harker Upper School.

Rather than focusing on technical artmaking skills, Teen Pop-Up focused on addressing the inner critic, reducing self-judgment, and using creativity and art as a way to explore self-expression, self-inquiry, and honor intuition.  Teaching Artist, Nicola Franklin, led workshops in watercolor, printmaking, collage, and mixed-media sculpture. Participating teens were encouraged to voluntarily submit artworks at each workshop for this culminating exhibition in the Art Center’s Community Gallery.

With ACT Leadership members as ambassadors and the high school art faculty as sponsors, Teen Pop-Up created opportunities to more deeply engage with our teen audience, and to recruit new teens, in building an arts-focused community.

Watercolor painting from one of the Teen Pop-Up workshops


How to Apply

Exhibitors installing in the Community Gallery