Exhibitions

Learn, Discover, and be Inspired by Exhibitions

With free admission and a welcoming atmosphere, our shows offer something for everyone! The Art Center’s acclaimed exhibitions bring the work of both emerging and professional artists to the community. Our thought-provoking exhibitions feature works of high aesthetic quality and craftsmanship produced in a wide range of artistic media. Thanks to the support of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, exhibitions organized by the Palo Alto Art Center have traveled to museums and art institutions throughout the country.

Artist and Exhibition Submission Guidelines

The Palo Alto Art Center welcomes artist and exhibition submissions for our exhibition program. Exhibitions at the Art Center reinforce the connection between seeing and making art that is central to our mission. Please note that our exhibitions are planned three years in advance and due to the large volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee a response to all. The Palo Alto Art Center prefers submissions by email. Please submit 5 digital images of artwork in jpeg format and/or artist website link, resume and artist statement to artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org. Be sure to include your contact information including your email address, phone number and mailing address.

To see images of both our exhibitions and our opening celebrations please visit our Flickr page.


Currently on View

Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking

Exhibition Dates: June 15—August 25, 2019
Opening Celebration (Friday Night at the Art Center): Friday, June 21, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Kathy Aoki, (She) Twerkin', 2014, stone lithography with watercolor, 18x24 in., courtesy of the artist


The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the most creative and innovative print studios in the country. Locally and internationally renowned artists have created new work with master printers at presses which include Arion Press, Crown Point Press, Electric Works, Gallery 16, Greunwald Press, KALA, Magnolia Editions, Mullowney Printing, Paulson Fontaine Press, Trillium Graphics, and Smith Andersen Editions. For this exhibition, the Art Center has collected pieces produced at these notable presses in order to celebrate the rich tradition of fine art printmaking, showcasing its many processes and results. With our accompanying artist-in-residence program highlighting local printmakers for short, nine-day residencies, the Center intends to engage the public directly in the power of printmaking. And through our Summer of Printmaking, inspire our visitors to try their hand at this dynamic and always-evolving form of expression.