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Pasadena Museum Of Californian Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state's rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.

"At the PMCA, we believe that the quality and excitement of the work that has been and continues to be produced in California is deserving of its own venue," said Wesley Jessup, Executive Director of the museum. "It is a rare opportunity and privilege to contribute to the planning and launch of a new museum that will set out to explore and clarify the contributions of California artists, architects, and designers in a national and international context," said Jessup.

Museum founders Robert (Bob) and Arlene Oltman are long-time Pasadena residents and art collectors. Oltman is a general partner of Space Bank Mini Storage, a company he co-founded 25 years ago. The impetus to build a museum devoted to California art grew in recent years as the Oltmans' collecting activities began to focus on artists from California. "We realized that there was not a museum in Southern California that was committed 100 percent to California art," said Bob Oltman. "The pioneering role of historic California artists, the vibrant contemporary art scene, and in recent years, the growing public interest in California art in general, led us to pursue this project."

Permanent Collection

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is committed to presenting the evolution of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California. The eventual goal of the museum is to be recognized as the leading voice devoted to advancing the appreciation and understanding of California art and design Since its opening, the PMCA has developed a number of signature exhibitions, including the California Design Biennial, a juried exhibition of the best in fashion, graphic design, consumer products, furniture and transportation from California. In addition, the PMCA Project Room is a series of contemporary site-specific art installations by early to mid-career artists.


Kent Anderson Butler:
Little Sunshine

On View April 18, 2007

Opening Reception Monday, April 23, 2007.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wine and music.
Free admission.

The PMCA is pleased to welcome video and installation artist Kent Anderson Butler to the PMCA Project Room, where he has completed a new installation entitled, Little Sunshine. In a departure from his previous autobiographical works, Anderson Butler presents a new video, set in a constructed environment, that references the universal phenomenon of childhood memory and perception. Starting with the sheer joy and terror experienced during childhood which become indelibly etched into the psyche, Anderson Butler creates a work that speaks to the essence of the self.

An annual event at the PMCA, the California Art ClubĂ­s Gold Medal Exhibition is juried by museum directors and curators and features over 100 selected paintings and sculptures by current California Art Club artist members. Attracting plein-air artists and collectors from around the country, the exhibition showcases the long tradition of California Impressionism that continues today. The work is for sale and the proceeds benefit the artist, the California Art Club, and the PMCA.


$6 for Adults
$4 for Seniors and Students
Free to Members
Free the first Friday of the month
*Special offer with the Pacific Asia Museum on Colorado and Los Robles: Attend both museums in the same day and receive 50% off admission at the second museum when you present proof of entrance.

Opening hours

Wednesday - Sunday
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Getting there

The museum is located one block north of Colorado Blvd. between Los Robles Ave. and Oakland Ave.
Free parking is available on the ground level of the museum and additional public parking is available across the street on Union.


To take the Metro Gold Line to the museum, exit at the Memorial Park station and head south on Arroyo Parkway one block to Union Street. Turn left and head east on Union for about six blocks. The museum is on the south side of Union, just before Oakland Ave.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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At this time, the museum does not offer regularly scheduled docent tours of our special exhibitions. However, docent tours are available to private groups for a fee of $75. A non-refundable deposit of $40 is due two weeks prior to the scheduled date in order to guarantee a tour. We regret that we are unable to accommodate tours for groups smaller than 10 or larger than 50 people. Before requesting a tour, please check the exhibition calendar to see which exhibitions will be available during your visit.

A discounted group rate of $3 per person is available for groups of 20 or more, and free admission is offered to school groups of K-12 public school students. Please call to notify us at least one week in advance for these special admission rates.