The mission of the Pasadena Museum of California Art is to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California.
History and Background
The Pasadena Museum of California Art was founded to honor the rich and eclectic artistic and cultural history of California. With a mission that encompasses both historical and contemporary art, the Museum celebrates in equal measure the plein-air painters inspired by the region’s mountains and deserts—as well as today’s artists who use the PMCA’s building as canvas. As a non-collecting institution, the Museum develops temporary exhibitions with independent curators, which allows for flexible and dynamic programming.
In 1999, the Oltmans commissioned the Los Angeles architectural firm Johnson Favaro Architecture and Urban Design to create the Museum. They broke ground in December 2000, and the Museum opened to the public in June 2002.
Inside, the museum is home to a unique gift store and gallery, PMCA Shop, which was designed and fabricated by Amy Devers Art/Design.