Lux Art Institute was founded in 1998 with the mission to educate, transform and inspire viewers with visual art. Lux places the living artist, the creative process and the native environment at the core of its mission. Upon completion of its permanent facility, the Institute will host artists-in-residence to create and exhibit new works of art inspired by Southern California's unique environment. While the resident artist lives and works at Lux Art Institute, visitors will be invited to come and watch the process of artistic creation.
In contrast with a conventional museum experience that affords viewers a detached encounter with a finished product, Lux will give visitors a personal experience with the artist, and a chance to witness the workâ€™s evolution from inspiration to actualization. By reframing the natural world through art and encouraging the viewer to engage with the commissioned artist, the Institute will allow people of all ages and backgrounds to see their surroundings in a new light.
The first portion of the building is under construction and is expected to open in Fall of 2007. While under construction Lux has been active in the community with The Valise Project, an education program that brings portable works of art into underserved schools, and with Family Days, a free biannual community event that brings families together for hands-on art workshops, art displays and entertainment. In 2006 these programs served 6,436 individuals.