Artists and the Community
Since its inception in 1956 as a non-profit community-based organization, the Chico Art Center's mission is to foster and promote the visual arts. The Center has a long history of offering fine art instruction, professional gallery shows, and events that connect the public with artists. The intent now, as always, is to help the community appreciate the importance of visual art in our society. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Four times per year a full schedule of art classes is offered. Classes are four to eight weeks in length and geared toward specific age groups and experience levels. CAC also offers special workshops, lectures, and demonstrations by guest artists. Our newsletter is distributed to all members, and includes announcements of upcoming events, and class or workshop registration information.
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Open Studios Art Tour
This annual, October, self-guided tour through local artists' studios gives curious art lovers the opportunity to watch the artists at work in their private, creative space.
Calls for Art
The Center boasts an 800-square-foot gallery space with professional lighting. Calls for art elicits a wide range of proposals. Group shows, as well as solo exhibitions, representing all media are presented throughout the year. For example, the Chico Discovery Series is designed to encourage regional artists in the exploration and development of their respective mediums. Through exhibitions at the Center, the diversity of talent that surrounds us is highlighted and recognized.
Chico is home to talented artists, many of whom support the arts through their membership in the Chico Art Center. All member artists have the opportunity each year to display their work in the gallery during the annual Member Showcase. This event showcases the interesting and diverse talents of our members.