Contemporary still life paintings -
Mary Kay West, "The Pastry Shelf," Oil on panel, 24 x 18 in., Collection of the Artist

The California Art Club (CAC) will present its 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, a display of contemporary-traditional fine art, in an online collaboration with the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University from Saturday, May 16 to Saturday, June 13, 2020.

The virtual exhibition will feature more than 150 works of art, ranging from pristine landscapes and seascapes to evocative figurative works and still lifes. The un-themed showcase pays tribute to the California Impressionist movement that was inspired by the pioneering artists who founded the organization along the banks of the Arroyo Seco in 1909.

Impressionist paintings -
John Cosby
Last Light
Oil on linen
32 x 48 inches
Collection of the Artist

Exhibiting artists include nationally renowned painters and sculptors, as well as up-and-coming artists, who have employed time-honored techniques to create works that provide a commentary on issues currently facing society, including environmentalism and diversity.

“The California Art Club is thrilled to partner for the first time with the Hilbert Museum of California Art to present our signature event,” says CAC president and artist Peter Adams. “Our shared dedication to spotlighting not only artwork that is uniquely Californian, but also the cultural development of the Golden State, will allow us to raise the bar, once again, for our Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.”

“We’re delighted to host the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition at the Hilbert Museum,” says Mary Platt, director of the museum. “We look forward with great anticipation to our first opportunity to work with this venerable and highly respected organization, and we know our visitors will enjoy viewing the beauty and diversity of our state through the eyes of these outstanding artists.”

Impressionist paintings -
Dan Schultz
Autumn’s Carpet
Oil on linen
12 x 16 inches
Collection of the Artist

Because the art organization’s mission includes fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for traditional art forms and its classical techniques, it will present a series of free online educational programs during the display.

Contemporary landscape paintings -
Scott W. Prior
Oil on panel
36 x 36 inches
Collection of the Artist

The programming kicks off on opening day with a virtual tour with art historian Jean Stern, the foremost authority on California Impressionism. Other programs during the four-week exhibition include virtual studio visits with Gold Medal artists, “Ask the Artist” question-and-answer opportunities, and demonstrations from master artists.

Contemporary art sculptures -
Adam Matano
Bronze on a steel base
82 x 36 x 21 inches
Collection of the Artist

The presenting sponsor of the 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition is Majestic Realty Company. For more information about the exhibition and its programs, visit

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