March 29-April 19, 2015
The California Art Club presents its hallmark exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art for the second time in three years. The only exhibition of its kind in the country, this much-anticipated display of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more than 200 never-before-seen works of art of genres ranging from quintessential California landscapes and seascapes to figures, still lifes and sculpture.
Expressly un-themed to encourage artists to take risks with their artwork, the Gold Medal Exhibition showcases the work of nationally renowned painters and sculptors, who incorporate time-honored fine art techniques with poetic aesthetics. With their resulting works, these artists provide a visual commentary on how life is changing, as they explore contemporary issues and concerns, ranging from the environment and social issues to spiritual messages.
The rich history of this annual exhibition pays tribute to early Club members, plein air painters who inspired California Impressionism, the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian. These artists believed fellowship and education were important aspects of progressing as artists and building appreciation of traditional art, and included William Wendt, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne, Franz Bischoff and William Lees Judson, who founded the USC School of Fine Art in 1895. The artwork selected for this year’s display were juried by a panel with representatives from prominent Southern California museums, including Kay Allen, Associate Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Selma Holo, Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Peter Keller, President, Bowers Museum; and Michael Zakian, Director, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University.
During the exhibition, the Club will offer a number of events and educational programs that will allow art enthusiasts to meet the participating artists and learn more about classical art forms. Please visit the “Programs & Events” page for more information.
All of the works are available for acquisition.
The 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition has been generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Majestic Realty Co.
One of the easiest ways to travel to the USC Fisher Museum and see the Gold Medal Exhibition is to “Go Metro.” Take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).