Welcome to the Vincent Price Art Museum

It is a great honor to reach out to the Vincent Price Art Museum’s (VPAM) community. Since assuming my post in mid-May as VPAM’s Director, the staff and I have been working to assess how we can better serve our public and build upon the museum’s strong foundation and history. Thank you for your commitment and support of VPAM. We hope you will continue your involvement for what will be an exciting time for the museum.

Next year, in 2017, we will mark the institution’s 60-year anniversary, with a mere five years in our current 40,000 square foot building. The focus for VPAM’s future is fully realizing the transformation of the museum from a hidden gem to a vibrant and dynamic institution that not only serves our immediate surrounding community, but which also serves as a leader in the arts nationally and beyond. In this new chapter, VPAM is committed to growth through presenting groundbreaking exhibitions, expanding public programming and special projects, building our collections, and connecting with you on new digital platforms.

We have an exciting lineup of fall programming with openings from September through November. Our headlining exhibition is Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes from Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943 – 2016, which includes more than thirty-five artists and traverses generations and distinct moments in the history of the region’s young people. We present emerging student talent from East Los Angeles College in New Voices: The 2016 Student Art Exhibition selected by guest juror Selene Preciado, independent curator and program assistant at the Getty Foundation. Our project space features Beatriz Cortez: Nomad World, an exhibition including interactive sculptures and installations that invite visitors to move between childhood and the present, and between temporal realities in San Salvador and Los Angeles. Peter Wu: Rise of the Fly IIexplores new relationships between painting, video projection and sculpture, by way of the classic science fiction “The Fly” films (1958 and 1986), to explore the aesthetics of technology, and processes of transformation and translation.

We are working to make our materials more digitally accessible and offering more ways to connect with us via social media. Please visit our newly designed, smartphone friendly website, be on the lookout for our store, blog, and upcoming events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and geotag us and use our new Snapchat filters.

VPAM is dedicated to building bridges and partnerships, and to carrying our message to the arts community at large. Come travel with us to Mexico City for the Zona MACO and Material Art Fairs in February 2017, where we will learn about what is hot from galleries around the world, and share what is new from VPAM. Join us on private tours of collections, museum and artist studio visits, fantastic dining and great parties! Mexico City is one of the world’s most vibrant art scenes – come see it with us and enjoy the art community from an insider’s perspective. For more information, please inquire: vincentpriceartmuseum@elac.edu.

Save the date for VPAM’s Annual Gala, which, this year, will be joined with the East Los Angeles College’s President’s Gala on April 8, 2017. The event will be held in VPAM’s galleries and is sure to be an exciting and memorable evening, benefiting both the museum and the college, and allowing us to bring you more exhibitions, public programs, educational opportunities, and student scholarships.

VPAM is positioned for growth. As I considered joining VPAM, I was incredibly impressed by the amazing assets it holds — a dynamic and rich community, an incredible facility, a global collection, a deep history tied to amazing artists, and, of course, the venerable philanthropist and art lover Vincent Price. I hope you will join me in becoming inspired by the infinite possibilities we will explore together.

VPAM will present at least twelve exhibitions and two scholarly publications over the course of this year. We understand that you are asked to give to many worthy causes, but VPAM needs your support. The Board of Directors and I have committed to raising $10,000 by October 1st, and we need your help to reach our goal.

You can contribute at one of our giving levels, which celebrate titles from Vincent Price’s illustrious film career:
Title Giving Amount
Service de Luxe $25 – $249
The Tingler $250 – $999
Thriller $1,000 and above


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: vincentpriceartmuseum@elac.edu.

Thank you in advance for your investment in VPAM’s exciting future.


Pilar Tompkins Rivas


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