About this event
The Society of Western Artists, a representational fine arts society located in Northern and Central California, was established in San Francisco during the 1930's in protest to the rise of Abstract Expressionism and many other changes going on in the art world at that time. It was originally called the "Society for Sanity in Art" and in 1939 changed its name to Society of Western Artists. It became the largest representational art society west of the Mississippi.
"Western" refers to the "western tradition" in painting and sculpture that dates back to the Greeks and Romans. Today, the Society of Western Artists is dedicated to and welcomes artists and art patrons that appreciate representational art and also to the ongoing art education of young people. Its members have been actively engaged in public school programs as artist volunteers and teachers for over 47 years.