Over one hundred years ago, in 1919, an extraordinary art collection was born. At the recommendation of their principal, the senior class of Gardena High School gifted the school with an original landscape painting by Ralph Davison Miller, beginning what was to become a unique, annual tradition. Read more >> 

Upcoming Programs

Curator's Lecture: GIFTED

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:00-7:00 PM PT Join us in the galleries with art historian and curator Susan M. Anderson for an in-depth look at CMATO’s new exhibition, GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956. The exhibition is often cited as one of the nation’s greatest collections of early 20th century California art. Admission is free for museum members and $15 for non-members. Members, use promo code MEMBERGIFT.

CMATO Program - Gifted Nature Muse

Virtual Family Art Day: Nature as Your Muse

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 PM PT Combine your creative talents with your love of nature at our next Virtual Family Art Day! Join CMATO and CReATE STUDIO as we create a mixed-media collage of a California landscape inspired by CMATO’s new exhibition. Previous painting experience is not required. This session will be held via Zoom.

Buckingham Dawn Familiar Hike

Artist Workshop: Plein-Air Essentials

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 PM PT Have you ever wanted to work plein-air? Join artist Dawn Buckingham to explore what it means to create “out of doors” in the style of famous California Impressionists during our next Artist Workshop! Admission for Artist Workshop is free but pre-registration is required. This session will be held via Zoom.

Past Exhibitions

Defining Beauty

3rd Annual International Juried Art Exhibition featuring works by Zara Monet Feeney, Francene Levinson and Sungjae Lee.

Car Culture

Jonathan Michael Castillo's Car Culture features his arresting, candid photographs that capture LA's driving culture.

The Memory Project

Created by artist Christine Aaron, The Memory Project is an effort to explore memories and how they unite a community.

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