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Designed to entertain as well as educate, changing exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot gallery space in the History Center feature diverse topics that speak to the area's multi-faceted history and interests.

By Popular Demand Exhibit Extended - Now on View through April 13

Something Revealed;

California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960

September 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Phase I: September 29, 2018 - January 13, 2019; Phase II: January 20 - March 31, 2019

Door Bothwell (1902-2000)

Historically marginalized? Relegated to “Sunday painters”? Encouraged to paint or sculpt children, still lifes, puppies, kittens, ducklings and a random landscape? Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 stands to dispel the misconception that women were limited in their subject matter and demonstrate that women, especially here in California, have historically made their mark in a male dominated world.  Even today, the role of men in the annals of art history frequently overshadows the artistic accomplishments made by women. The exhibition will show a long history of excellence in female-created art and prove that women could and did contribute to the evolution of style, technique, and exploration in the world of art.

This exhibition of more than 300 artworks showcases just a fraction of the countless number of women who were working in the arts beginning in the mid-nineteenth century in California. From traditional to abstractions, focusing on works produced between the mid-1800s through the 1950s, the exhibition presents an eclectic array of oil paintings, works on paper, ceramics, metalcraft, textiles and sculpture. The exhibition, loosely divided into themes, explores the wide breadth of what women could and did accomplish as they overcame any notion that their art was in anyway inferior to their male counterparts. Curated by Maurine St. Gaudens Studio and accompanied by St. Gaudens' four volume book, Emerging from the Shadows; A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960, this exhibition will stimulate conversations and shatter any preconceived notions of the limitations of art created by women.

View the list of artists with artwork on view in Phase II.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

John F. Merrell Foundation | The Paloheimo Foundation | Sumner Development | City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division

Goldman Sachs Gives | Justin & Victoria Gmelich | Kevin J. Casey & The Casey Family in Memory of Ellen Casey Gmelich

Anthony's Framing Gallery | Jackie & James E. Lockington | John Moran Auctioneers | Pasadena Picture Framing Co. | Stringfield Family    

City of Pasadena logoSomething Revealed is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.


PMH Celebrates women's history month with a special program at the pasadena central library

On March 20, at 6:30 pm, Mindy Johnson, historian and author of the groundbreaking book Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, returns to explore the creative and technical advances of leading women artists whose contributions expanded and defined many of Walt Disney’s classic animated films. Presented in conjunction with Something Revealed, the work of Mary Blair and Nelbert Chouinard – featured in the exhibition – along with many more California artists, will be explored in this fascinating presentation featuring original clips and classic animation.


Alice Best (1870-1926)