We are pleased to announce that the 100th Anniversary Exhibit of the Gardena High School Art Collection will be open at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University in Orange from May 11th through October 19th, 2019.  This extraordinary exhibit will include nearly the entire collection of more than 70 of the paintings acquired between 1919 and 1956.  Never before has this expansive collection been seen by the public.

Accompanying the exhibit is a book of over 200 pages with color plates of the entire collection and its historical background. The book, titled Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956, was extensively researched and written by art historian Susan Anderson, and tells the remarkable story relating how the collection came to be as each graduating class selected a painting to add to the collection.  Also included is information about each painting in the exhibit.  This valuable collection has garnered much acclaim and is the most exceptional collection of its kind gathered by students.

The book is available now.  The proceeds will go directly to cover the cost of publication, further conservation and care of the collection, and educational endeavors.  Please buy the book!  It is beautiful, informative, and commemorates the legacy of this extraordinary collection.

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Image: Along the Arroyo Seco by William Wendt (1865 - 1946) 40 x 50 inches, oil on canvas. Class of Summer 1924.

The Collection

The Gardena High School Art Collection is widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding collections of California Impressionism in the country.  What began in 1919 as a lesson in art appreciation for the high school’s graduating senior class matured into an exceptional permanent collection, an art association, and a cherished community tradition.  The collection enriched the lives of an entire community over three decades, leaving a tangible legacy of the community’s ideals.

From 1919 to 1956 each graduating class would purchase a work of art as a parting gift to the Student Body.  “The exercise in collecting and organizing an art exhibition exposed the students and the wider community to lessons in art appreciation, as well as in good citizenship, collaboration, and debate.  The collection still ties generations of students and community members together in Gardena,” said Eiko Kamiya Moriyama, an alumna of the high school and a founding board member of the GHS Art Collection, a nonprofit organization created in 2010 to protect and preserve the collection.  “However, since the mid-1950s, the collection has been in storage and unavailable for viewing by the public in its entirety, with many of the paintings and frames in need of restoration.”

Now all of that is about to change.  Gardena High School is hoping the community of Gardena, art lovers, and alumni will answer the call, ensuring the legacy of the Gardena High School Art Collection continues into the future. 

Moriyama, along with Bruce Dalrymple and other GHS alumni and friends, founded the GHS Art Collection for the protection and preservation of the works of art owned by the Gardena High School Student Body.  Fundraising effort has been ongoing to fund conservation of the paintings and to underwrite a traveling exhibition and publication featuring the collection in anticipation of its 100th Anniversary in 2019.


Beethoven by Carlo Wostry (1865 - 1943)

59 x 59 inches, oil on canvas

Class of Summer 1930

Desert Royalty by Agnes Pelton (1881 - 1961)

26 x 36 inches oil on canvas

Class of Winter 1942.

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The Cowboy by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939)

28 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

Class of Summer 1937

On the Road to San Gabriel by Jean Mannheim (1863 - 1945)

48 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

Class of 1920

Conservation is funded by the Historical Collections Council of California.

The 100th Anniversary Project


The goal of the 100th Anniversary project is to document Gardena High School Art Collection’s extraordinary story of community collaboration and to preserve and protect the collection for future generations.  It is a definitive study of the history and importance of the collection within a national context.  The 208-page catalogue, with reproductions of over 70 paintings and illustrations, accompanies the traveling exhibition opened in May 2019 thru December 2020.

Gardena High School principal Rosie Martinez believes arts engagement and civic participation promote social tolerance and strengthen the community.  Martinez believes the history and legacy of the Gardena High School Art Collection, which is at the heart of the school’s identity, provides the basis and rationale for an expanded arts program.  She is founding a Creative Arts Academy with video production and graphic art studios that will open next year, and new art classes that will have a teaching component on the school’s own art collection.  Martinez has a dream, saying: “I want to be sure that every student leaves knowing about the collection and takes pride in their school’s rich history.“

A large part of enabling this dream to come true will be making the art collection and its extraordinary story fully available to the students and the public again in the centennial year in 2019.   According to Dalrymple, “The expenses for storage, insurance, and restoration of the paintings, and the publication of the book are daunting.   Although our fundraising shows strong momentum, we are still working hard to raise fund for reaching our goal.”



GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956



January 24 - June 28, 2020

Address: 2233 N First St, Fresno, CA 93703


July 18 - November 29, 2020

Address: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054


Portrait of Mr. Frank Goulet by Emil Kosa, Jr. (1903 - 1968)

38 x 32 inches oil on canvas

Class of Summer 1956


Bruce Dalrymple President (Class of S’1961)

Simon K. Chiu Vice President

Craig K. Ihara Secretary (Class of S’1961)

Bea Walker Treasurer

Keith Colestock

Justin E. D. Daily

Carol Ginder Kofahl (Class of 1970)

Rosie Martinez GHS Principal

Kathy Zimmerer-McKelvie

Susan Negrete (Class of 1965)

Pamela Nokes Rockwell (Class of S’1961)

Janet Halstead-Sinclair (Class of S’1950)

Eiko Moriyama President Emeritus (Class of S’1961)

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Image: Hills of Majesty by Hanson Puthuff (1875 - 1972), 36 x 40 inches, oil on canvas. Class of Summer 1928.




GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956

  • Author:  Susan M. Anderson

  • Publisher:  Pasadena Museum of California Art in Association with GHS Art Collection, Inc and the Gardena High School Student Body

  • Publication Date: 2019

  • ISBN: 978-0-9770408-2-7

  • Hardcover: 208 pages

  • Dimensions: 10 x 11 x 1 inches

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Painted Light: California Impressionist Paintings from the Gardena High School

Painted Light: California Impressionist Paintings from The Gardena High School/Los Angeles Unified School District Collection was the catalogue of a major assemblage of plein air paintings by many of California's greatest Impressionist painters, exhibited at the University Art Gallery of the California State University Dominguez Hills, and The Irvine Museum in 1999.

The exhibition was curated by Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum, who also wrote the catalogue essay and biographies of the artists. "These paintings are representative of one of the most remarkable and distinctive schools of regional American art," said Stern.

Cover: John Frost (1890-1937), Desert Twilight, oil on canvas, 27 x 32 inches

Paperback, 56 pages. Brand New. 12” x 9”.

ISBN-10: 0966249003

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William Frederick Foster, A. N. A.: Portrait of a Painter

Written and designed by award winning Art Historian, Phyllis Settecase Barton. Meticulously documented, lavishly illustrated, this remarkable art book enhances the timeline of American Art history by documenting Will Foster's illustrations appearing in Life, Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post plus other popular American periodicals between 1906 & 1939. A 221-page catalogue that records more than 820 of Foster's illustrations and recounts the artists' painting career, his awards, his models and students.

Hardcover. 471 pages. Brand New. 12” x 10.5”.

ISBN-10: 0961916109

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California Colors: Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972)

This was published as the catalogue for an exhibition in 2006.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art presents the exhibit California Colors: Hanson Puthuff. This is the first museum exhibition focusing exclusively on the work of Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972), an American Impressionist who painted primarily in California. Organized by the PMCA, the exhibition will feature a selection of some of his best work in private Southern California collections.

Hanson Duvall Puthuff was born August 21, 1875 at Waverly, Missouri. He trained and studied at the University Art School, Denver and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

Arriving in Los Angeles in 1903, he was employed as a commercial artist and by 1926 was able to support himself as an easel painter. As a plein air painter, Puthuff bathed the Southern California landscape -- his mountains, rollings hills and valleys -- with warm atmospheric effects.

Hanson Puthuff held memberships at the California Art Club, Laguna Beach Art Association, Palette and Chisel Club, Chicago and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He won First Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1920 and 1921, Gold Medal at the Painters of the West, 1927, the Silver Medal at the Pacific Southwest Exposition, Long Beach, 1928 and the Gold Medal at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1931. He died in Corona del Mar, California on May 12, 1972.

Hardcover, 63 pages.

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Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage

At heart a storyteller, Hansen sought subjects that were broadly consequential, depicting scenes, characters, and activities specific to the Monterey Bay region but that conveyed universal themes of physical labor, hardship, danger, bravery, and loss. He rendered these scenes in oil, on the etching plate, and in watercolor, charcoal, and pastel. Celebrated especially as an etcher, Hansen earned a reputation as one of America's finest practitioners of the medium, which on a national level surpassed his renown as one of California's preeminent painters. Released in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum, Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage presents over two hundred reproductions and photographs, as well as a detailed biography and chronology, depicting Hansen's artistic legacy and his love for Monterey's fishermen and the setting in which they worked.

Hardcover Smyth-sewn casebound book, with jacket

280 pages with 175 full-color and black-and-white reproductions by Armin Hansen, as well as 25 photographs
Includes Chronology, Bibliography, Exhibition Checklist, and Index

Publisher: Pasadena Museum of California Art / Pomegranate (January 15, 2015)

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Clown, Says Grace, by Christian von Schneidau (1893 - 1976)

30 x 42 inches, oil on canvas

Class of Summer 1951

Conservation is funded by alumni of Classes 1950 to 1953