Palo Alto Art Center Reopening October 6

Palo Alto Art Center Reopening October 6

The Palo Alto Art Center welcomes fall with a partial public re-opening and an outdoor exhibition that celebrates the collective wisdom of our community!

On September 30, artist Susan O’Malley’s Community Advice project, featuring a series of three colorful, radically positive, oversized posters, was installed outside the Art Center along Embarcadero Road. Susan O’Malley (1976-2015) was commissioned to create Community Advice in 2012 in conjunction with the Palo Alto Art Center’s grand reopening exhibition Community Creates. As part of the project, O’Malley interviewed around 100 people in Palo Alto asking, “What advice would you give your 8-year-old self? What advice would you give your 80-year-old self?” Using the words of those she met, O’Malley designed ten different letterpress posters. The posters were installed on electrical poles along Embarcadero Road. For this new project, the Art Center and Public Art Program collaborated to reprint three of the posters large-scale along Embarcadero Road, which will be on view through December. In addition, five of the original posters were reprinted for distribution to local senior communities and K-5 classrooms and as part of the Art Center’s school tour program Project Look.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Art Center will open to the public with new hours. The community can visit from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Selections from the Peninsula Photo Competition will be exhibited in the Art Center’s Glass Gallery.

On November 3, the Art Center expands its opening to the full Main Gallery space, featuring an exhibition of parent artists creating work around the challenges of parenting in the COVID era.

The Art Center’s reopening is being coordinated in close compliance with County and State guidance to promote community safety. Attendance is restricted to 25% capacity and keeping a safe distance and wearing a face covering will be enforced. In order to accommodate community members, we ask that you visit only once daily and that you limit your visit to 30 minutes.

Visit the Art Center page for more information and upcoming exhibitions.

Susan O’Malley’s Community Advice is a presentation of the Estate of Susan O’Malley, the Palo Alto Art Center, and the Palo Alto Public Art Program. The project is generously supported by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, the Palo Alto Public Art Program, and Pamela and David Hornik.

Last Updated: October 1, 2020