The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art was founded in the 1950s as the San Luis Obispo Art Association by a small group of artists and educators to establish a collective space for artists and creatives. Soon, the Art Association evolved into the San Luis Obispo Art Center and began offering youth education classes and a small exhibitions program. In 2011, the Art Center became the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, with the goal of fulfilling its mission to provide and promote diverse visual arts experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibition, education, creation, and collaboration.

If you are interested in meeting fellow regional artists, visit the Central Coast Artists’ Collective website or send them an email. The Artists’ Collective is a great way for photographers, craftmakers, sculptors, and painters to network, collaborate, and exhibit. Individual groups are listed below.

CENTRAL COAST CRAFTMAKERS

Focuses on contemporary fine crafts including clay, glass, fiber, metal, paper, and wood.

CENTRAL COAST PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Shares artistic and technical experiences with photographers.

CENTRAL COAST PRINTMAKERS

Concentrates on a variety of printmaking processes including etching, lithography, and silk-screening.

THE PAINTERS GROUP

Supports painters at every level and in any style, using acrylic, oil, encaustic, pastel, watercolor, collage, mixed media, and digital.

CENTRAL COAST SCULPTORS

Promotes sculpting and the exhibition of sculpture on the Central Coast. Presents opportunities for members to sell artwork, tour member studios, and join public presentations of member artworks.