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Pacific Art League
Formation 1921; 100 years ago (1921)
Type non governmental arts organization
Purpose arts education, arts exhibition
Formerly called
Palo Alto Art Club

The Pacific Art League (PAL), formally known as the Palo Alto Art Club was founded in 1921 in Palo Alto, California and is a membership-run nonprofit arts organization, school, and gallery. The group is located in a historic building at 668 Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto.


The Pacific Art League employs roughly 35-40 instructors and as of 2017, has over 2,000 students enrolled per quarter. Classes are on a quarterly system, and additionally they offer workshops and summer camps. As of 2020, the current director of PAL is Lisa Coscino.


The Palo Alto Art Club was founded in 1921. The initial founders of the club were around 40 artists of upper class and many were connected to Stanford University. In the beginning the club met at member's houses, later they met at the Palo Alto Library, and by 1926, they moved to 340 Melville Avenue. In 1952, the group moved to 855 Cowper Street due to the popularity of classes. Over time the club became more democratic and community-centered, it is now a nonprofit.

In 1965, PAL purchased thebuilding and moved to its current location at 668 Ramona Street, in a historical Spanish Revival building designed by Birge Clark. In 2014, the building had a $4 million renovation which included compliance with the American Disabilities Act and seismic retrofit.

In 1984, the name changed from Palo Alto Art Club to the current, Pacific Art League.

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