About the Center

The Parks Exhibition Center is a focal point of the Idyllwild Arts campus. It is open throughout the year and serves to enrich the Academy and Summer Program by featuring the work of students, faculty and visiting artists. The 1,400 square foot space was dedicated in 2002 and is a gift of Elizabeth B. Parks.

During the Summer Exhibition Season, Parks is proud to feature a diverse breadth of Native American artwork and jewelry, as well as the creative talent of the many visiting faculty artists. Highlights of the season will include exhibits of faculty work from the Summer Program’s themed programs – Hot Clay, Metals Week, and the Native American Arts Festival. Artists’ receptions, lectures and demonstrations are scheduled each week and are free and open to the public.

September through May, the Parks Center is an integral part of the Academy’s Visual Art program. It offers students the opportunity to view art works in a professional gallery setting. Parks is an invaluable educational tool, providing a forum for critical dialogue between the students and artists. It has become a dynamic part of Idyllwild Arts, hosting readings, performances and local community events.

Mission

The Parks Exhibition Center Mission is multifold. First, the Center works to support the educational programs of the Academy and Summer Programs.

Second, to provide a spacious gallery environment where students from Idyllwild Arts Academy can show their work and create a forum for critical dialogue about art making.

Third, to bring in respected professionals for Visiting Artists shows, lectures and workshops, exposing the students and community to a dialogue with established artists.