Artists Council Coordinator
Mary Ann Southerland
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM’S ARTISTS COUNCIL
CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS WITH INNOVATIVE EXPANSION PLAN
Creation of a new, independent artists’ program underway
PALM SPRINGS, CA – (March 5, 2018) – As Palm Springs Art Museum’s Artists Council achieves a milestone 50th anniversary, it was announced today that the group is creating a new, independent artists’ program for the Coachella Valley. This incarnation of the Council will continue to provide artist members with services such as networking, educational and exhibition opportunities, but will allow for greater expansion and increased partner relations.
The Artists Council was originally formed and affiliated with the Palm Springs Desert Museum when the focus was not on fine arts but rather natural history and sciences. During those early years, the Council sponsored exhibitions of local artists at the facility, laying the groundwork for a future art museum.
By the mid-2000s, the Museum had moved away from its original focus and was renamed the Palm Springs Art Museum. Since then, the Museum has built a curatorial staff of national reputation, grown its art collections, and mounted highly acclaimed exhibitions designed to bring the best of regional, national and international art to the Coachella Valley.
Over the past decade, the Artists Council has increased in size, ambition and scope. While operating under the umbrella of the Museum, its expansive plans in recent years have frequently taken its programs off site. Working with new partners, it has brought its services to the broader community, mounted art exhibitions, and realized success in various locations throughout the Valley.
“The Museum’s Board of Trustees celebrates the Council’s fifty years of service and programming,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, the Museum’s JoAnn McGrath Executive Director, “...and looks forward to its exciting growth and contributions to the artists’ community over the next fifty.”
On February 27, 2018, the Artists Council honored long-time philanthropists and visionary community patrons Barbara and Jerry Keller. Throughout the rest of the year, it will present additional programs in collaboration with the Museum, concluding with its hallmark Artists Council Exhibition opening on October 20, 2018.
For information about Palm Springs Art Museum hours, locations, exhibitions, admission prices, membership opportunities and ongoing exhibitions, please visit https://www.psmuseum.org or call (760) 322-4800.
Member benefits include:
Free Experimental and Art + Internet Workshops, Discounts for purchase of art supplies at Venus Studios Art Supply, in Palm Desert and Jack Farley's Art Supplies in Palm Springs, and Framing at Purvis Gallery of Design in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, Opportunity to submit original artwork to the ACE & UCR Exhibitions.