Current Exhibitions


Catalina Paintings: Night and Day
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
February 8, 2020 - June 7, 2020

Night and Day explores visions of Catalina through the eyes and palettes of contemporary plein air painters. The natural island beauty and bustling seaside community of Avalon have long been a draw for artists and painters. This exhibition focuses on the virtuosity of those who captured the island during dawn, day, dusk and dark and celebrates their success in bringing the impressionist technique back from the twilight to advance the contemporary plein air movement. 

Enjoy artwork from this exhibition through digital puzzles. Click here to view and try the first one.

A new one will be released each week. 

Elizabeth Turk: Tipping Point
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Artists' Plaza and Schreiner Family Plaza
April 2019 - April 4, 2020

MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship Awardee Elizabeth Turk began working on the Tipping Point exhibition in the Fall of 2018 during a month-long open studio/live exhibition with Tyler Stallings at Orange Coast College. Highlighting various attributes of this continent's birds, Turk developed an alphabet of symbols. Using these unique symbols, she explores the greater concept – Extinction. The sound columns - "Echoes of Extinction" - juxtapose the ephemeral with the eternal. Inspired by recordings of extinct birds (cataloged by the Ornithology Lab at Cornell University) Turk created evocative sculptural forms. The metal maze laced with imagery cut to create beautiful interactive moments.

Where the audience becomes both victim and aggressor in the fate of our planet. The interactive moments become even more dramatic when illuminated after dark. 

"Extinction as a concept, event as a conversation, overwhelms us so deeply, we remain silent. Tipping Point is an artwork created to open this sensitive topic, without conclusions, only respect for a natural world much larger than we are."   - Elizabeth Turk

Sponsored by Tod and Linda White

View photos and videos from the official opening Tipping Point; Are We Creating a Silence? ThinkLab LIVE .003 held on Saturday, July 13, 2019. 

The History of Catalina Island
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Grindstone Foundation Galleries
William Wrigley Jr. Gallery
Permanent Installation

From the island's discovery some 8,000 years ago to William Wrigley's purchase of the island and the rise of Avalon as Hollywood's favorite vacation spot, Catalina Island has a history that is rich in events and personalities, including the island's connection to the Chicago Cubs, its role in World War II, and much more. For the first time, the history of Santa Catalina is told in detail. Designed specifically to accommodate the hundreds of artifacts and photographs in the Catalina Island Museum's archive, the William Wrigley Jr. Gallery permanently exhibits Catalina Island's unique history.

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