NEW GALLERY SEASON HOURS:  THU – SUN 1-6 PM

At-A-Glance

YUCCA VALLEY ART GALLERY advocates public accessibility to the highest quality of artistic talent by presenting diverse and engaging exhibitions and events in a technologically innovative setting.

In addition to traditional forms of artistic expression, the gallery supports the creative freedom of all artists by providing an open framework to promote experimental ideas and new approaches to artistic disciplines. The gallery provides a showcase for local artists of its Joshua Tree National Park communities and exhibits many California, national, and internationally renowned artists. The Yucca Valley Art Gallery’s open, multi-disciplinary approach allows new concepts, perspectives and forms of art and culture to emerge and cross-integrate, promoting learning and knowledge through discussion and debate around the differences and parallels in contemporary artistic practices. Additionally, the art gallery offers exceptional opportunities for public purchase of artworks on display and through its gift shop.

Yucca Valley Art Gallery is a venue and program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar Gold Status non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

MISSION

YUCCA VALLEY ART GALLERY presents engaging exhibitions and programs in a technologically innovative setting, supporting artists and providing a framework in which they can present their work and test new ideas and approaches. The gallery’s multi-disciplinary approach encourages cross pollination of ideas and perspectives to create dialogue and learning.

Michael McCall

Executive Curator

MICHAEL MCCALL received a Master of Fine Arts graduate degree from the University of Illinois and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across the United States.  He served as preparator for the Washington Project for the Arts in D.C. where he also ran the outdoor public arts sculpture program.  He has resided in the city of Los Angeles over three decades, keeping a large studio near downtown prior to recently moving full time to Yucca Valley.  Although schooled as a painter, his artwork extends beyond painterly boundaries into areas of sculpture, photography, performance, and conceptual art.  Represented by Timothy Yarger Fine Arts of Beverly Hills, McCall is also a reviewer for the venerate Fabrik Contemporary Art & Design magazine.  His memoir, Captain Squid and the Tentacle Room, will be published later this year.

YVArts Advisory Board

Cathy Allen

Artist & Professor

Professor, Copper Mountain College | Graduate of Sculpture & Performance Art, Claremont Graduate University | Graduate, Otis Art Institute | Apprentice, Noah Purifoy

Raini Armstrong

Artist & Curator

Executive Curator, Hi-Desert Cultural Center—theARTISTS Galleries at Hi-Desert Medical Center | Board Director, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

Peter Frank

Art Critic & Curator

Frequent Contributor, Huffington Post | Longtime Critic, LA Weekly | Art Critic, Village Voice & Soho Weekly News, NY | Senior Curator, Riverside Art Museum | University Educator

Caroline Huber

Artist & Curator

Former Co-Director, Diverse Works Arts Space, Houston, TX | Board Member & past President, Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts | Advisory Board, Jay Defeo Foundationa and the Cornudas Mountain Foundation | Current Board member of the Menil Collection, Houston, TX | Wife of the late Walter Hopps III

Casey Kiernan

Cinematographer, Photographer & Director

Professional Photographer—CBS News, History Channel, Al Jazeera, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Gila Film Festival | Director, TimeLapse Film Festival

Bernard Leibov

Artist & Curator

Director/Founder, BoxoProjects | Former Director, Judd Foundation

Adolfo Nodal

Entrepreneur & Cultural Developer

Executive Director, Washington Project for the Arts, D.C. | Director, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center | Former General Manager, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles | Founding Member, National Associations of Artists Organizations (NAAO)

Steven Rieman

Sculptor

Graduate, Art Center College of Design, CA | Kinetic Sculptural Artist

VISION

YUCCA VALLEY ART GALLERY honors freedom of expression as an essential tenet of a civil society and knows that art carries an astounding promise for individual growth and insight.  Through sharp attention to artistic quality and creative action, YUCCA VALLEY ART GALLERY will…

Invigorate the Joshua Tree National Park communities by fostering civic participation, cross-cultural understanding, economic development, and fueling artistic innovation

Be a nationally recognized artist-centered leader in presenting art that defies expectations

Supply a steady array of stimulating installations, unlikely collaborations, and inventive happenings

Value freedom of expression, authenticity, experimentation, collaboration, quality, diversity, and fun.