Santa Paula Art Museum Collection

In fulfilling the Santa Paula Art Museum's mission to preserve the artistic heritage of the Santa Clara River Valley, the Museum has established its own permanent art collection that has grown to include over 200 significant works of art. This exceptional collection is designed to reflect the diverse peoples, events, and landscape of the local region. Both vintage and contemporary styles are represented with historic works by artists like Horace Bristol, Maynard Dixon, and Ralph Holmes complementing the modern artistry of local masters like John Nava, Susan Petty, Gail Pidduck, and Hiroko Yoshimoto. Selections from the permanent collection are always on exhibit.

The Santa Paula Art Museum welcomes donations of artworks which align with the Museum's mission and collecting policy. Prospective donations are reviewed by the Museum's Accessions Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. 

If you are interested in donating an artwork to the Santa Paula Art Museum's permanent collection, please contact us.

Recent Acquisition

"Study for Hollyhocks and Ducks" by Cornelis and Jessie Arms Botke, gouache on paper, 12 x 13.5 inches.

This priceless addition to the Museum's collection is a study in gouache for one of Jessie Botke's famous linocut prints. It includes handwritten notes by Jessie and her husband Cornelis describing the colors to be used in printing each element of the scene. Linocuts are a relief process in which a design is carved into a piece of linoleum and then inked, pressed, and transferred onto paper.

Highlights from the Collection

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