The Artists Council, now in its third 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 artists through exhibitions, professional development, and community engagement". We do this by offering a robust program of exhibitions, art and business-of-art classes, workshops, lectures, critiques, salons, book clubs, and social gatherings. With the current shelter-in-place restrictions, we have a thriving and growing array of activities on FaceBook and Zoom. Visit our calendar often to find online critiques, professional development sessions, book club meetings, online charity sales, and FB People's Choice Awards.


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.

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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. An AC Board member will get back to you promptly.


What is the Artists Council mission?

Elevating artists through exhibitions, professional development, and community engagement 


What are plans for the new Artists Council? 

Plans for the Artists Council are always developing, with programs including ongoing exhibitions at our new 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, art book club, studio tours; and more.

What exhibitions are planned for the future?

Virtual and physical member exhibitions at the Artists Center at the Galen include NEXUS Exhibition and Sale October 15 to November 21, 2021; Annual Holiday Squares Virtual Exhibition and Sale December 8 to 11, 2021; and ACE Exhibition and Sale February 12 to March 26, 2022. Additionally, there will be PrimeTime Pop-Up exhibitions throughout the year that feature works from our Member Gallery.  


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?

David Hatcher, Chair,

Mary Ann Sutherland, Secretary,

Shar Emami, Treasurer,


Who is on the Artists Council Board?

  1. David Hatcher, Chair,

  2. Chris Cozen, Director of Education and Professional Development,

  3. Shar Emami, Treasurer,

  4. Gerald Fogelson, Chair, Advisory Council

  5. Carlos Garcia, Director of Development, Membership Liaison and Surveys,

  6. Barbara Gothard, Director Emeritus,

  7. Carole Hatcher, Director of Events and Facilities,

  8. Nancy Hunt-Weber, Director of Marketing,

  9. Paul Messink, Director of Systems, 

  10. Tony Radcliffe, Director of Exhibitions,

  11. Mary Ann Sutherland, Secretary,

  12. Uschi Wilson, Director of Member Programs and Communications,



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.