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.
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection was conceived by longtime volunteer Arne Nybak. Established in 1998, Mr. Nybak was a staunch supporter of the visual arts and of the region’s artists. He created the Permanent Collection as a testament to the artistic richness of the region, and to the many artists who gathered at the Museum. While the Museum is not currently adding to the Permanent Collection, it reflects the Museum’s roots, founding legacy, and the tremendous support of the region’s artistic community at large.
At this time, the Museum is not accepting new works for inclusion in the Permanent Collection. For research and image use inquiries, please contact the Museum’s Collections Manager.