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Emeritus Advisory Council 


The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was established in 1973 as the Palo Alto Art Center Guild, just two years after the establishment of the Palo Alto Art Center (as the Palo Alto Community Cultural Center). Throughout the past four decades, the Foundation has provided much-needed resources to create, support and enhance programs and to transform and renovate the Art Center. The Foundation’s most successful achievement has been the successful completion of a $4M capital campaign. Completed in October 2012, the $7.9M renovation represented a landmark public/private partnership between the Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, and community members.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part with support from the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members. Cultural Kaleidoscope is a program of the Palo Alto Art Center and is made possible by generous grants from the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Community Fund, Enlight Foundation, and Wysteria Foundation. This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For a full list of Art Center Foundation members and supporters, please see our most recent annual report here.

Brigid Barton

Pat Bashaw

Bern Beecham

Lucy Berman

Judith Content

Jeannie Duisenberg

Sidney Espinosa

Arlene Gutowski

Selina Kaing

Gurmeet Lamba

Spandana Nakka

Amelia Norris

Marcia Pugsley

Dori Ives

Director of Development


Sandra Becerra

Melissa Caswell

Judy David

Christine Duval

Sally Glaser

We wish to thank all of you—our loyal members, donors, and supporters—for everything you’ve done to help increase our impact in the community!

Enjoy reading our 2016 Program Report ​

Karen Kienzle

Director of the Palo Alto Center

Joanne Gee

Anne Gregor

Mary Kelley


Carol Kenyon

Iris Korol

Patty McGuigan

Cornelia Pendleton


Board of Directors

The Emeritus Advisory Council is composed of former members of the Board of Directors. They are advocates and advisors of the Art Center, representing various business, community, education, and artistic perspectives.​


The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy.
The Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization that provides support to the Palo Alto Art Center in a public-private partnership. The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto.

The mission of the Art Center is: the Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Together we provide the opportunity for 90,000 visitors annually to see, make and be inspired! Our tax ID number is 94-2382459.

Elizabeth Evans Bennett

​Manager of Donor Services and Retail Operations

​Priscilla Rojas


Ritu Sharma

Larisa Usich

Karen Valladao

Christina Wong

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation is governed by a robust Board of Directors, who are committed to supporting our mission. These community leaders also secure resources to strengthen the art and educational programming of the Palo Alto Art Center and its visibility in the community. Our Board of Directors make vital contributions to the long-term success of the Palo Alto Art Center as a community institution.​

Susan Rosenberg

Roxane Mehta

Loren Saxe

Jan Schachter

Carolyn Tucher

Lisa Van Dusen

Teri Vershel

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Annual Program Report

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