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1220-B Linda Mar

Pacifica, CA 94044









The Pacifica Center for the Arts is a multi-use complex made up of visual and performing arts organizations as well as individual artist studios.

Sanchez Art Center

Art Guild of Pacifica

Sanchez Studio Artists

Pacifica Performances

Stephen Johnson Photography


The mission of the Sanchez Art Center is to create community through art.

The art center provides exhibitions by emerging and established California artists; education and outreach programs designed to make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds; and affordable studio space for up to 30 Bay Area artists.

The art center has three exhibition spaces:

  • Main Gallery - exhibitions by established and emerging West Coast artists
  • West Wing Gallery - Art Guild of Pacifica exhibitions
  • East Wing Gallery - community and multicultural exhibitions by Bay Area organizations and children

Opening receptions are generally held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each exhibition. Galleries are staffed by volunteers and, during exhibitions, are open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m (except opening Fridays). Admission is free. To schedule a different time, contact the office at 650-355-1894. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Art Center is home to the Art Guild of Pacifica, whose 150-plus members volunteer for exhibitions, events, and gallery sitting, as well as serving on the center's committees and board.

The Sanchez Art Center is a non-profit organization (tax ID#94-3314658). Funding comes from grants, donations, art classes, art sales, and art studio rentals. We rely on the volunteer efforts of our studio artists, members of the Art Guild of Pacifica, and the community to help carry out our programs for the community.


In 1996, a group of artists, volunteers, and local residents, in cooperation with the City of Pacifica, leased an abandoned elementary school building that they subsequently converted into the Sanchez Art Center. In 1998, with a neighborhood grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation, a team of local artists, youth, and family members completed Pacifica's first large-scale mural, containing images that celebrate community spirit and commitment to diversity. In 2000, the Mary Harris Arts Education Room was established for art classes and summer art camps. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary throughout 2017–2018.


Throughout the country communities have taken to the streets in peaceful protest and creative outpouring in a collective call for justice and change in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd before the eyes of the world. A horrific act by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department who were sworn "to protect with courage and serve with compassion".

As disturbing as the callous disregard for human life that we saw take place on May 25, 2020, is that this was not an isolated incident. The killing of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery came only a few weeks prior in a deeply disturbing pattern of violent acts against unarmed Black people.

Sanchez Art Center stands together with the community, activists and artists in condemning the systemic racism that has scarred our country since it's founding. Racism that has prevented the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that belong to everyone.

Have you asked yourself: What can I do? How can I support? How can I better educate myself to create real, lasting change? Below is a list of resources to further your knowledge and ability to take action.

Californians for the Arts Anti-Racism Resource List

Five ways to show up for racial justice

Black Lives Matter, Ways You Can Help

7 Ways we Know Systemic Racism is Real

May we rise together united by our angst and heartbreak and stand firmly for change.


Arthur Takayama, President

Maryann Dresner, Secretary

Bonnie Miller, AGP President

Gale Frances

Jan Hanway

Summer Mei Ling Lee

Andrew Leone

Peter Loeb

Michele Trausch



Alida Bray, Past President/CEO
History San José

Sandy Irber
Legacy Giving Manager, SF SPCA

Susan Hillhouse Leask
Independent Curator
Former Acting Senior Curator at San Jose Museum of Art
Adjunct Faculty in Art History at California State University Monterey Bay

Philip Linhares, Chief Curator (ret.)
Oakland Museum of California
Marian Parmenter, Co-Founder
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery

Jacquelin Pilar
Former Curator, Fresno Art Museum

Lawrence R. Rinder
Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives
Dean of Graduate Studies, California College of the Arts
Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum
San Francisco Art Commissioner

Kathleen Salvia
Past Executive Director, Sanchez Art Center

Peter Selz
UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus
Founding Director of Berkeley Art Museum



Cindy Abbott, Executive Director

Jerry Barrish, Artistic Director

Linette Morales, Operations Coordinator