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Beach=Culture at Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach=Culture features exhibitions, artist residencies, literary programs and other scheduled and pop-up arts experiences. Come down to the beach and find the unexpected - poetry amidst the swimmers, sculpture alongside volleyball players, dance in the middle of the sand. 

For more information about artist residency applications and calls for curators, please visit Opportunities.

Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence from 2009-2019

2019 Gallery Exhibition Season

Annenberg Beach House 2019 Gallery Program

Three exhibits each year showcase the work of regional artists and artist groups – both emerging and established. This gallery program is designed to embolden and inspire Santa Monicans to see and hear art in new contexts that are fun, challenging, and provocative.

  • On and Off the Street

    January 21 - April 30, 2019

    Curated by M. Robert Markovich.

    Featured artists are Philip Adam, Cindy Bendat, Tommi Cahill, M. Robert Markovich, Douglas McCulloh, and William Purcell.

    An exhibition of street photography examining the blurred lines of overlapping public, private and personal space. Image: Cindy Bendat, Flag Woman: L.A. Woman's March, 2017.

  • And then there is California

    May 3 - September 2, 2019

    Curated by Beck+Col.

    Featured artists are Alia Ali, Santiago Acero, Diego Barrientos, Kira Doutt, Philipp Farra, Hanieh Khatibi, Serena Himmelfarb, Chloe Levaillant, Lydon Frank, Alicia Piller, Kelly Wall, & Beck+Col.

    These eleven artists all share an interpretation of southern California which they have adopted as their home. Image: Beck+Col, Rainbow Face, 2017. Photo credit: Hailey Magoon.

  • Memories of Diaspora: Immigration Narratives of Los Angeles by Art Division

    September 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020

    Curated by Daniel McCleary of Art Division.

    Featured artists are Demian Flores, Javier Carrillo, Luis Serrano, Jessica Cuautle, Sanda Maldonado, Narsiso Martinez, Otis Woods, Diego Rodarte Planter, Rosario/La Pitzola, Luis Hernandez, Luis Mateo, Victor Reyes, Maria Galicia, Emmanuel Galvez, & Sergio Teran.

    The unbroken horizon between ocean and sky is one of the most iconic images of Los Angeles. For those of us born and raised in California, the horizon is part of our everyday life, we may take for granted as just another beautiful view in our home city. For the thousands of immigrants who have come to Los Angeles over generations, the horizon over the Pacific Ocean is a symbol of hope, freedom, and the promise of new life.

Upcoming Events

    Getting Here

    Take the Expo line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. The beach house is 1.8 miles away from the station.
    Take the Big Blue Bus or Metro Bus.

    Metro Bikes are available at the Downtown Santa Monica Station. Bike racks are available at the beach house.
    Parking is available at the Beach House and in Beach Lots 9 & 8 North. Machines in three areas of the Beach House lot take cards and cash. For evening events, please note that the lot stays open after stated times and payments are still required.

    Shared Mobility Devices cannot be used within the facility. Electric scooters are not allowed on the bike path.

    Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact us at culture@smgov.net, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

    We're located at:

    415 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Santa Monica, CA 90402



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