The California Art Club is hosting a virtual experience for its 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition in collaboration with the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. The event was originally scheduled to be revealed at the museum, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have made the exhibit accessible online. It will be presented from May 16 through June 13.
On opening day, the event kicks off with a virtual tour from art historian Jean Stern, an expert on California Impressionism and executive director of the Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine. The un-themed exhibit will feature more than 160 works of art with pieces spanning from figurative works and still lifes to landscapes and seascapes created by both renowned painters and up-and-coming artists. The exhibit pays tribute to the artists that founded the organization in 1909 and contributed to the California Impressionist movement but is updated with contemporary art and new innovations.
The showcase will also include works from the Ninth and Tenth Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions presented in 1918 and 1919 during the time of the Spanish flu pandemic, which infected about 500 million people worldwide. Other activities and educational programs such as virtual studio visits with Gold Medal artists, “Ask the Artist” question-and-answer opportunities, and demonstrations from master artists also will be available.