Cathedral City, CA

The Agnes Pelton Society is an non-profit organization established to promote the life, art and legacy of American artist Agnes Pelton.

Agnes Lawrence Pelton (1881-1961) was a modernist painter who was born in Stuttgart, Germany to American parents, William Halsey Pelton and Florence Pelton. She lived in Rotterdam, Holland trom 1882 to 1884 and in Basel, Switzerland trom 1884 to 1888. She relocated to Brooklyn after her father’s death in 1890. She studied at the Pratt Institute From 1895 to 1900, and privately with Arthur Wesley Dow in 1900. She took summer classes from William Langson Lathrop in 1907. She studied in ltaly in 1910 and 1911, taking life drawing lessons at the British Academy in Rome, and also studied with Hamilton Easter Field. Walt Kuhn invited her to participate in the 1913 Armory Show, where two of her paintings were exhibited. In 1919, she visited Pueblo Indians in the American southwest, where she Painted portraits and desert landscapes. She painted portraits and still lifes in Hawaii in 1923 and 1924. She settled in Cathedral City, California in 1932, and resided there until her death June, 1961.

Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging and diverse artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe. 18th Street provides a hub for contemporary art through two program areas that reflect its mission: 1) A three-tiered Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue and 2) A Public Events and Exhibition Program that focuses on engaging the public and revealing the art-making process through exhibitions, events, talks, publications and other opportunities. Our Residency Program has three strategies to support artists: long-term residencies for mentoring artists and ‘anchor’ organizations, who have helped to define the character and scope of the organization; mid-term residencies of 3 years to advance California artists’ careers; and short-term residencies, for national and international visiting artists and curators who live at 18th Street for 1-3 months. The Public Events and Exhibition Program encompasses our signature Artist Labs series, the new Curator in Residence Program, presentations of emerging artists in our Atrium Gallery, and a lecture series featuring artists, curators, and scholars whose presentations relate to exhibition content and thematics explored in our residencies.