Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921


The Pacific Art League organizes monthly thematic exhibitions to promote artistic excellence and showcase some of the exceptional work by PAL members and artists throughout the region. Our gallery is located in the vibrant heart of Palo Alto, surrounded by restaurants, shops and tech startups. In addition, PAL encourages art sales and provides cash awards for juried exhibitions.

Except for the biannual Members' Exhibitions, the monthly exhibitions are juried by noted curators, artists, art historians and art critics.  To view upcoming juried exhibitions see the Exhibition Calendar.

To view the exhibit’s prospectus, click on the prospectus (right) to view the submission criteria and guidelines. After reviewing the prospectus, you may apply to the show by clicking on the links to the right. PLEASE NOTE: all entries are submitted digitally by following the links to the right. If accepted, all art must be hand-delivered to the Pacific Art League. No shipped work will be accepted. Please read the entire prospectus carefully before applying to our exhibits.

August 3rd to 30th
The Human Form

Through the millennia, the human form has challenged artists to capture movement, underlying bone structure, expression, gesture and emotion. Mastering the depiction of the body has also formed the mainstay of artistic academic training, working from live models or studying classical statues and paintings. Whether it’s head studies, portraiture, nude or clothed models, we have a tradition of harnessing the collective talent of our membership and respected artists from throughout the region and creating engaging shows celebrating the human form at PAL.

Please consider selecting your most accomplished works in any medium, paint, pencil, clay, photography or video and join us for a wonderful show in our beautiful gallery space in August.

Opening Reception: August 3rd at 5:30PM
Submission Deadline: July 12th
Selection Notification Date: July 19th
Drop off: July 27th & 28th - 10AM to 4PM
Pick up: August 31st & September 1st - 10AM to 4PM