From the Museum website:
“East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is one of the very few community colleges in the U.S. with a major art collection. In fact, Vincent Price Art Museum has had a presence on this campus for more than 50 years. In 1951, Vincent Price — noted actor, collector and one of Los Angeles’s great champions of the arts — made his first visit to ELAC. Together with his wife Mary Grant, Vincent Price was a frequent visitor here, a speaker at graduation ceremonies and a classroom guest who eagerly engaged with our students and faculty. As he got to know ELAC, Mr. Price noticed a lack of opportunity for students on this campus – and in East LA in general – to have first-hand experiences with art. The Prices took the initiative to remedy this shortcoming and donated 90 pieces from their personal collection in 1957 to establish the first ‘teaching art collection’ housed at a community college. In recognition of this extravagant gift, ELAC renamed the art gallery in the Prices’ honor.
Over the past 50 years, the collection has grown to more than 9,000 objects, and more than 100 shows have been mounted here. The range is impressive and eclectic, much like the Prices’ own collecting interest in world art; African, Mesoamerican, Native American and European artworks have all been exhibited here.”
Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park. For more information, visit VincentPriceArtMuseum.org or call (323) 265-8841.