Art in Public PlacesArt in Public Places

Background: Art in Public Places (APP) was established by the City of Twentynine Palms in 2004 as part of its Public Arts Program and is administered by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC). The PAAC oversees public art installations and sponsors Art in Public Places exhibitions at the City's Visitor Center & Gallery.


Mission: Art in Public Places of Twentynine Palms is dedicated to enhance and enliven the quality of its vital cultural community. As part of the Public Arts Program of the City of Twentynine Palms, administered by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC), Art in Public Places encourages artists, developers, and the business community to discuss commissions and donations for public art, displaying art in public places, and planning cultural events.


PAAC meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Dept. conference room, Luckie Park, 74362 Joe Davis Drive, Twentynine Palms, (760)367-6799 ext.1023. The public is invited.


PAAC Members: Chair Pat Flanagan, and Directors Ann Congdon, Dianne Fox, Debbie Medina, Gillyan Thorburn, Wayne Winiecki. PAAC/City liaison, Jon Beard.


YOUTH AND THE ARTS - Grants 2016

The PAAC is offering small grants to support Youth and The Arts programs in 2016, to nurture, enhance, and encourage community participation in arts programs for the youth of Twentynine Palms and MCAGCC. Hurry! Deadline is Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 for grant applications. Read complete GUIDELINES below...


 GUIDELINES for Grant Applications - Youth and The Arts Programs 2016



 EXHIBITION GUIDELINES - Information for Artists - 2014


 ART CONSIGNMENT AGREEMENT for Art in Public Places Exhibitions


ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - Exhibitions at 29 Palms Visitor Center

Art in Public Places exhibitions feature works by local artists portraying the iconic images of our Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, and Twentynine Palms in paintings, watercolors, photography, gourd art, mixed media, and three-dimensional works. Exhibitions are presented quarterly at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. (at Desert Queen Ave.), downtown Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (760)367-6197.  Open 10-4 Mon.-Fri., 9-2 Sat.-Sun. Admission free.




April 1 to June 24, 2016 - "Desert Hues" - Opening Reception is Friday, April 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with refreshments and music.



Jan. 8 to March 25, 2016 - "A Walk in the Park" Celebrating 80 years of Joshua Tree National Monument/Park and 100 years of the National Park Service

Oct. 2 to Jan. 8, 2016 - "In the Wilderness: Celebrating the California Wilderness"

July 1 to Sept. 25, 2015 - "Shade and Shadows"

April 1 to June 26, 2015 - "Color Explosion"

Jan. 9 to March 27, 2015 - "Winter Skies"

Oct. 1 to Dec. 26, 2015 - "Gold, Iron, Steel- A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin"

July 1 to Sept. 26, 2015 - "Water in the Desert"

April 4 to June 27, 2014 - "The Desert Rocks!"

Jan. 3 to March 28, 2014 - "Dust, Rust & Verdigris" Weathered Relics of the Desert

Oct. 1 to Dec. 27, 2013 - "Recollections" - Morongo Basin in the 20th Century.

July 1 to Sept. 27, 2013 - "It's Gonna Be a Scorcher!" - Impressions of Summer Heat

April 1 to June 28, 2013 - "Desert Critters"

Jan. 2 to March 29, 2013 - "Palms"

Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 - "Military Memories" Art Show

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2012 - "Sunrise/Sunset" Show

June 1 to August 31, 2012 - "Desert Nights" Show

March 1 to May 31, 2012 - "Desert Wildflowers: Kaleidoscope of Color"

Jan.2 to Feb. 29, 2012 - "Desert Storms" Show

Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011 - "Desert Ingenuity, Keys Ranch"

Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2011 - "Pioneering Spirit" Exhibition

June 8 to Aug. 31, 2011 - Steve Flock Photography

April 1 to June 7, 2011 - Joshua Tree National Park 75th Anniversary

ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - Past Exhibitions at City Hall


March-April 2011 ~ Kelly O'Sullivan - Desert nature photography

January-February 2011 ~ Zander Hardin photography & Lyn Sells paintings

November-December 2010 ~ Diana Shay Diehl photography & David Greene paintings

September-October 2010 ~ Jim Smart Desert Photography

July-August 2010 ~ Rocky Arnold abstracts & Patricia Quandel photography

May-June 2010 ~ Drew Reese Desert Photography

March-April 2010 ~ Pat Flynn "Desert Florals" watercolors

January-February 2010 ~ Ray Yeager & Jim Smart photographic art

November-December 2009 ~ Marilyn Fernald & Chris Walters desert paintings

September-October 2009 ~ Chuck Caplinger oils, Wally Pacholka night sky photography

July-August 2009 ~ Bruce Miller photography

May-June 2009 ~ Jennifer Ruggiero b/w photography

March-April 2009 ~ Kevin Wong photography

January-February 2009 ~ Deane Locke watercolors

November-December 2008 ~ Barbara Matheney paintings



Artist Survey: Morongo Basin artists, photographers, writers, musicians, and performing artists participated in an online survey created by the Public Arts Advisory Committee to compile a profile of our desert art community. PAAC Chair Pat Flanagan gave a Power Point presentation at the Arts & Business Roundtable in Twentynine Palms on Feb. 23. Click the link below to see a copy of that summary. (PDF files)

 ARTIST SURVEY 2012 - Summary of Artist Survey Responses 


 Comments & Responses to Artist Survey Question #22


 Comments & Responses to Artist Survey Question #23  

Public Art at MBTA Twentynine Palms Transit Center

Two new public art installations have been added to the City, selected for placement at the new MBTA Twentynine Palms Transit Center on Adobe Road, which opened in Fall 2010. After a review of applications and a selection of four finalists by the Public Arts Advisory Committee, final award to two Morongo Basin artists was announced by the Morongo Basin Transit Authority on Nov. 19, 2009: Randy Addy of Pioneertown and John Whytock of Joshua Tree.

ART IN PUBLIC PLACES: "Celebrate 29!" Sculpture

Art in Public Places: The City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee wrapped its newest public art sculpture with a giant bow for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 1, 2009. Designed by Chuck Caplinger and built by Maurice "Moe" Pegorelli of Twentynine Palms, the 7-1/2-foot tall "29!" sculpture is installed at the base of Donnell Hill (downtown side) at Bullion Avenue and 29 Palms Hwy., and is designed to be a gateway statement to greet motorists entering the downtown area. "29!"




On May 1, 2009, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in downtown Twentynine Palms for the new "29!" sculpture. On hand to perform the official ribbon cutting were (left to right) artist and sculpture designer Chuck Caplinger, Chair of the Public Arts Advisory Committee; local artist/builder Maurice "Moe" Pegorelli, who completed construction of the sculpture in March 2009; and Mayor pro tem Steve Flock, City of Twentynine Palms.




ART IN PUBLIC PLACES: Swigart Memorial

Swigart Memorial Sculpture on National Park Drive, donated by artist Simi Dabah

Art in Public Places: The Public Arts Advisory Committee installed the Michael Swigart Memorial Sculpture on National Park Drive in 2009 in honor of the late Michael Swigart (1945-2008), for his support of the arts in Twentynine Palms. Swigart served as City Manager 2002-2006 and was instrumental in formation of Art in Public Places and the City's Public Arts Program and Public Arts Advisory Committee.


This 20-foot steel sculpture by artist Simi Dabah (of Joshua Tree/Los Angeles) was donated to the City of Twentynine Palms for the memorial. A dedication was held on March 20, 2009, followed by a reception at 29 Palms Inn. More than 75 prominent citizens, artists, and city officials attended the festivities and experienced a renewed sense of community spirit at the event. Support for public art in Twentynine Palms is entering a new phase. Watch for more City sculpture installations coming soon!






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