The City of West Hollywood organizes several visual art programs directly:
- Art on The Outside is the City's temporary art program that installs rotating temporary artworks on the City's medians and parks. These works include sculpture, murals and other outdoor works, most of which remain on display for between 6 months-3 years.
- Library Exhibitions - The City organizes and host rotating exhibits in the West Hollywood Library. Occasionally the City host other exhibits in City owned spaces such as City Hall or Plummer Park.
- Urban Art Program - The City of West Hollywood initiated the Urban Art Program in 1987. The Urban Art Policy requires developers of certain projects to contribute one percent of the project cost to public art. Developers can choose to place an on-site artwork or contribute the one percent amount to the City's Public Art and Beautification Fund. To see a map of Urban Art works and locations, and plan your own walking tour click here.
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Opportunities for Artists
- Open Calls for Artists - The City has occasional open calls for artists, and our local partners such as LAAA also host open calls. For more information it is recommended you sign up for our WeHo Arts Briefs and regularly check the 'Opportunities' section. Additionally we have hosting graphic design/poster competitions for One City One Pride and other programs. Sign up for our Artist Registry to be alerted to upcoming artist calls.
- Pop-Up Gallery Guide - The City has created a cheat sheet for artists interested in creating a pop-up art gallery in the City.
- Temporary Art Proposals - The City has a standing open call for Temporary Art proposals.
Local Non-Profit Visual Arts Organizations
The City through its Arts Grant program funds a number of Visual Arts organizations. Recently funded organizations include:
- LAAA (Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825) - One of the oldest local non-profits arts institutions, LAAA was founded in 1925 by such esteemed civic leaders such as Harry Chandler, Rufus Von Kleinsmid, William May Garland and Edward A. Dickson. Many of the LAAA's founders went on to play key roles in the founding of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chandler Pavilion, and Otis Art Institute. LAAA has been located at 825 N. La Cienaga since the 1950s, during a time the famous Ferus Gallery was just across the street. LAAA organized numerous group and solo shows with an open annual membership call devoted to supporting emerging artists. Open hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is free.
- MAK Center for Art and Architecture - The Schindler House (835 N. Kings Road), designed and built by modern architect and Viennese émigré Rudolph M. Schindler in 1922, is considered one of the world’s first modern houses. It has influenced and inspired generations of architects worldwide and was the architect's home for many years. Programming focuses on international architecture, their artist-in-residence program, and avant-garde art that evokes the salons that Schindler and his wife were well-known for hosting. Open hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission is $7/ $6 for students and seniors. Free admission for Friends of the MAK Center and children under 12, as well as on Friday afternoons, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm; International Museum Day in May; and R.M. Schindler’s birthday on September 10.
- MOCA PDC - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center location is at 8687 Melrose (in the fountain plaza of the PDC). Exhibitions focus on art relating to the West Hollywood location, architecture and design. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm; and closed on Monday. Admission is always free.
- ONE Archives and Gallery - ONE Archives is the longest continuously existing LGBTQ organization in the world. The gallery space located at 626 N. Robertson Blvd. focuses on LGBTQ art relating to the archive collection. Open hours are Thursday, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Admission is always free.
June Mazer Archives does not host regular exhibitions but does has a large archive for research purposes, some permanent displays, and hosts readings and screenings on a regular basis. Located above the ONE Archives, open hours are Tuesdays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, and the first Sunday of each month 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Also open by appointment. Admission is free.
- West Hollywood has had a thriving gallery scene dating back to when the Ferus Gallery dominated the post-war art period, and Barney's Beanery was the choice hang out for artists. For a full list of galleries look at our WeHo Arts Briefs.
- Design LAb at Pacific Design Center offers a platform to explore design as an extension of artistic practice, spanning a variety of disciplines and mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, architecture, design and performance. Five times per year designLAb galleries host receptions open to the public on the same evening.