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The Artists Council, now in its sixth year as an independent organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit, promotes the art and artists of the Coachella Valley and beyond through our mission: “Elevating our artist members through exhibitions, professional development, and impactful community engagement". We do this by offering a robust program of exhibitions, art and business-of-art classes, workshops, lectures, critiques, salons, and social gatherings. We have a thriving and growing array of activities both in person at the Artists Council at the Galen as well as on Zoom. Visit our calendar often to find online critiques, professional development sessions, online artwork sales, and updates about workshops, shows and exhibitions.


With the support of our members and the community, we can reach our goal to create the most important arts organization in the Coachella Valley.

The Artists Council is committed to a fulfilling creative life for all and recognizes the powerful impact art can have on our world, both in the making of art and exposure to it. Our concept of inclusion embraces all races, genders, ages, religions, identities, personal experiences and lifestyles. Cultural inclusion is one of our guiding principles.

Subscribe to our newsletter and e-blast announcements - SUBSCRIBE

Become a member or renew your membership - You can also renew at any time by accessing your membership information in the Member Portal - just click the link at the top of this page.

Watch for announcements with instructions for submitting to Artists Council exhibitions.

Go to the Calendar page often for listings of classes, critiques, book club sessions, salons, and more.

Though we are now 'virtual', keep tuned for news about plans for the future.


The best is yet to come!


How do I join or renew my membership in the new Artists Council? 

Please click on Join/Renew button on the home page. This will take you to the membership page.


How much does it cost to join the Artists Council?

We have three levels of membership: Student at $37.50, Individual at $75, and Sustaining at $400 for a full year, including Preferred access to all Artists Council activities, most at no cost or a discounted rate, including exhibitions, newsletter, classes, workshops, life drawing, salons, critiques, studio tours, and more. For more details, click on the "Join the Artists Council" button on the home page.

How do I volunteer to help?

Contact us at, leaving your email and phone number. Our Volunteer Coordinator will get back to you promptly.


What is the Artists Council mission?

Elevating our members through exhibitions, professional development, and impactful community engagement 

What is the Artists Council vision statement?

A meaningful and authentic arts organization -- creating platforms for artists to grow, thrive, and impact society through art.


What are plans for the new Artists Council? 

Plans for the Artists Council are always developing, with programs including ongoing exhibitions at our home - the Artists Center at the Galen in Palm Desert; community outreach programs; exchange exhibitions with organizations outside the Valley; classes for beginners to experienced artists; 3- to 5-day workshops; other learning opportunities, including salons, business-of-art workshops, critiques, studio tours; and more.

Is the Artists Council a non-profit?

  • Incorporated, California Secretary of State, as the Artists Council (August 3, 2018)

  • Employer Identification Number: 83-1485698

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (received September 7, 2018)


What if I already renewed my membership this year?

Your membership in the Artists Council Is good for one year from when you joined. The Artists Council will email you renewal instructions prior to your expiration date. You also can also renew at any time by accessing your individual account at:

Remember, to participate in the Artists Council exhibitions, you must be a member at the time of submission and for the duration of the exhibition. If you have questions about membership, please email us at

Who are the Board Officers?

Carlos Garcia, Board Chair,

Mary Ann Sutherland, Secretary,

Shar Emami, Treasurer,


Who is on the Artists Council Board?

  1. Carlos Garcia, Board Chair, and Director of Surveys and Social Justice, 

  2. Jim Bilger,

  3. Shar Emami, Treasurer,

  4. Nancy Hunt-Weber,

  5. Paul Messink, 

  6. Christopher Molinar,

  7. Merritt Price

  8. Tony Radcliffe,

  9. Melissa Russo,

  10. Mary Ann Sutherland, Secretary,

  11. ULRIKE, Board Chair-Elect,


We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment 

without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, 

veteran or disability status. 

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