The historical origins of the California Art Club

The history of the California Art Club is intertwined with that of the Painters Club of Los Angeles which was founded in March 1906 by a group of California’s early professional artists in order to arrange exhibitions and further the fine arts in the Southland. After several years and a number of successful exhibitions it became apparent to the members that the scope of the organization, which was open only to male painters, was too limited and a consensus arose to dissolve the organization in order to form one that was wider in scope.

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