Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center


Western Art Council

For more information:
Jessica Orzulak


Council Officers:

Loren G. Lipson, MD, Chair

Janet Langford, 1st Vice-Chair, Programs

Jane Weber, 2nd Vice-Chair, Membership

Bob Saltonstall, Treasurer

Janet Langford, Secretary

The museum's Western and Native American collections have long been a cornerstone of Palm Springs Art Museum and represent one of its greatest legacies for the future. Membership in the Western Art Council (WAC) helps promote and foster appreciation of Western and Native American art through support of exhibitions, art acquisitions, and programs. WAC's popular activities include an annual barbecue, fundraiser, and exciting art tours. Other events include Conversations with Collectors, a series of "show-and-tell" gatherings scheduled in private homes.

"On behalf of the WAC Board of Directors I extend our greetings and welcome you back to the desert and the Western Art Council.  I hope your summer went well and you are ready for WAC fun and work. Abundant thanks go to last year’s WAC board members for their hard work and commitment to the Council.

2015/2016 offers excitement and a new sense of mission. We are extremely fortunate to have Elizabeth Armstrong, our new JoAnn McGrath Executive Director to help lead us into an exciting future. We want to congratulate former WAC Board member Jane Saltonstall for her appointment as President of the Board of Trustees, and WAC members Jim Egan and Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad for their new positions on the Board of Trustees.

The year will start with our annual Welcome Back BBQ! and George Montgomery Awards, where we will honor extraordinary WAC members Michael O'Keefe and Susan and Michael Oster. The 2015/2016 season will also include an incredible exhibition of Western art titled Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks, (February 20 - May 29, 2016), Art Salons, Conversations with Collectors, a gallery tour, and more."

Loren G. Lipson, MD

Chairman, WAC Board of Directors

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Member benefits include:
Each WAC membership is entitled to two participants at members-only events including Conversations with Collectors.

All Spur members are entitled to invitations to Western Art Salons. In addition, each Platinum Spur membership is entitled to one WAC sponsored exhibition catalogue and two complimentary reservations for a Western Art Salon along with a reduced price for the extended art tours.

Each season, members will receive the latest WAC Round Up Newsletter, as well as an updated roster.

Join WAC at one of the following levels:
Friend ($200)
Gold Spur ($500)
Platinum Spur ($1000)
Platinum Business Spur ($1,000)
Membership fees are partially and fully tax-deductible.

For more information please contact the WAC Coordinator at 760-322-4888 or

Council Specific Events

Gallery Tour

Gallery Tour

03/21/16 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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WAC Annual Fundraiser

WAC Annual Fundraiser

04/02/16 5-9 p.m.
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