538 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Supervisor: Kate Hoffman
Recreation Specialist: Sabrina Pettrow
Fax: (714) 374-5304
Tuesday - Thursday: 12-8 pm
Friday: 12-6 pm
Saturday - 12-5 pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday
The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) is a community arts and cultural center serving Huntington Beach and the Southern California region. The Center presents the works of artists producing in all media. Through exhibitions, performances, film/video screenings, lectures, and educational programming, the HBAC serves to advance public awareness and understanding of cultural, historic, and contemporary perspectives. The HBAC creates opportunities for local, regional and national artists and the community to share in a climate of experimentation, education, and experience.
The HBAC is a public/private partnership with the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation, a non-profit private corporation. The HBAC is operated through the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department, Cultural Services Division. Founded in 1989, the Art Center Foundation was created to raise funds for the HBAC construction and program endowment. Through 2002, the Foundation produced the annual Summer Classic Equestrian event as their primary fundraiser. They continue to raise funds through events such as the Brunch for the Arts and Dining en Plein Air. The Art Center Foundation has successfully generated over $2 million for the HBAC's renovation, programs, and operations.
The HBAC invites you to become a member. Membership levels range from $30.00 to $1,000.00 and offer an array of special privileges, including invitations to exhibitions and events, special discounts on classes, workshops and events, and a 10% discount in the HBAC Store. In turn, your membership will provide support for the HBAC's education and exhibition programs.
The exhibition program features the work of contemporary artists working in all media. The HBAC has established a national reputation for presenting artists of national and international prominence as well as the works of emerging artists. The exhibition program begins the year with the annual, open call community exhibition of local and regional artists, Centered on the Center, which attracts nearly 300 artists for the salon style presentation.
The HBAC offers a wide range of fine art classes for youth and adults taught by professional artists. In a multidisciplinary educational approach, classes include instruction in drawing, painting, watercolor, jewelry, and photography, Polynesian dance classes for youth and adults and specialized workshops. Information and registration is available at the HBAC and in the SANDS Community Services Guide at www.hbsands.org.
The popular Art at the Beach art camp for children ages 6-12 years old offers a week-long experience exploring the visual and performing arts. Full and half day sessions are available from June through August. Taught by professional artists, each week explores a different theme through a variety of media, culminating with an art project held at the beach on Friday afternoons.
The HBAC relies on the involvement of volunteers of all ages to assist with special events, education programs, front desk and mail operations. The Art Center Foundation is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to raise funds to support Art Center programs and exhibitions. The Foundation Board of Directors is seeking new members to assist in the planning and implementation of fundraising strategies.
Did you know the Historic Resources Board has organized a Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Huntington Beach? Pick up your walking tour brochure today on the 3rd floor of City Hall! Check out the Historic Huntington Beach webpage for more information!