Pasadena Museum of California Art to close

“The Pasadena Museum of California Art has been a showcase of the Golden State—landscapes by the 1920s and 1930s plein-air painters depicting sun-dappled citrus groves, Midcentury Modern art, and contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, and installation works. But no longer. The museum’s board has voted to close the institution after its current exhibitions end Oct. 7.

“The move comes as a surprise to some patrons. Executive Director Susana Smith Bautista wouldn’t say why the museum was closing. But she did say PMCA has been struggling for years.

“The museum has had a lot of internal challenges for many years—governance, legal issues as far as the building goes, operational challenges and funding,” Bautista said. “We don’t own the building. We rent it from the museum’s founders, Bob and Arlene Oltman, who still live on the third floor of the building and both sit on the board.”

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